SEMI Hosts Intellectual Property Protection Workshop for Members

SEMI Hosts Intellectual Property Protection Workshop for Members

As part of its ongoing work in helping to promote the importance of Intellectual Property (IP)   protection to its members, SEMI hosted the U.S.Commercial Services “ Roadshow” at its San Jose, Calif. offices on May 30.  The roadshow includes a half-day conference of speakers from the U.S. Government who deal in intellectual property protection, as well as a series of one-on-one counseling sessions for members to speak with government experts about their most pressing IP matters.

Attendees of the Roadshow heard directly from representation of the U.S. Commercial Services who are responsible for helping U.S. companies with increasing exports to other countries while also doing so with a minimum risk.  Additional speakers included representatives from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), the International Trade Administration (ITA), as well as Customs and Border Protection, all of whom spoke about ways for small- and medium-sized companies can better protect themselves from IP theft.

In addition, the Roadshow focuses on education for small and medium enterprises on:

  • The basics of obtaining intellectual property rights in the United States and internationally
  • Protecting your patent in the United States and internationally, the Patent Cooperation Treaty, common mistakes to avoid
  • Trade secrets and best practices
  • How to obtain and maintain trademarks and copyrights
  • How to enforce intellectual property rights in the United States and internationally
  • Remedies for counterfeiting, piracy, and trade secret theft
  • Law enforcement resources for intellectual property rights enforcement

With the average SEMI member investing 10-15 percent of their annual revenue into R&D every year, finding ways to better protect those investments from theft is a top priority for SEMI.  That’s why SEMI has been working to increase the visibility of IP issues for its members while also working to form stronger relationships with government entities that work to help American companies protect their IP.

USPTO and ITA work alongside the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator and other U.S. agencies involved in intellectual property rights enforcement to help businesses secure and enforce intellectual property rights at home and abroad. ITA’s Office of Intellectual Property Rights administers on behalf of U.S. IPEC member agencies.  If you feel your company has been the victim of IP rights violations you can find resources and report violations at:

U.S. Department of Commerce
Office of Intellectual Property Rights
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20230

Phone: 1-866-999-HALT (4258)

If you’d like to learn more about SEMI’s effort to educate the public on issues concerning Intellectual Property, please visit, or contact Jamie Girard, senior director, Americas Public Policy at

July 1, 2013