Protecting innovation at the heart of modern-day electronics
Semiconductors lie at the heart of all modern-day electronics. Continuous advancements in technology by the semiconductor and integrated circuit (IC) industry directly enhance the way we work and play. With rapid leaps in performance year after year, the electronic devices with which we are surrounded time and again have redefined how we communicate, get news and information, enjoy entertainment, and live our lives.

From obtaining patents for innovators, licensing patents in the semiconductor and IC space, asserting those patents against infringing competitors, and defending against companies that are sued, Finnegan offers a comprehensive approach to developing sophisticated and tailored IP strategies for our semiconductor and IC clients. We have a long history of representing members of the industry in all aspects of IP. And our bench is deep, including professionals with advanced degrees, years of working in the industry, and decades practicing IP law in the semiconductor and IC space. Our experience includes both semiconductor manufacturing and semiconductor devices, and extends from single devices, such as LEDs and analog circuits, to complex VLSI and ULSI circuitry. We have also litigated, licensed, and prosecuted patents that involve firmware, ASICs, and FPGAs.

A deep knowledge of both law and technology provides the foundation for success

In this fast-paced technical field, it is not enough for a law firm to simply know the law. Of Finnegan’s more than 90 attorneys with degrees in electrical and computer technology fields, 50 have graduate degrees—including 12 with Ph.D.’s—in disciplines such as:

  • Computer Science
  • Computational and Statistical Physics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Information Science and Systems
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Operations Research
  • Physics
  • Security Informatics
  • Technology Management

In addition to our legal professionals having technical degrees, many have substantial experience in industry, having worked for some of the leading semiconductor and IC companies in the world.

Developing a sophisticated, comprehensive, and tailored approach to protecting innovation
Finnegan helps those in the semiconductor industry develop sophisticated, comprehensive, and tailored IP strategies to meet their individual needs. The services we provide to our clients include:

  • Developing a strong and comprehensive patent portfolio by obtaining patents in both the United States and abroad.
  • Analyzing the competitive landscape in specific markets and advising clients in areas in which they have freedom to develop new products without running afoul of others’ intellectual property.
  • Negotiating license agreements that provide the freedom to get products to market and keep them on the market.
  • Monetizing patent portfolios to generate additional revenue streams.
  • Performing sophisticated damages analyses both within and outside of the context of FRAND licensing requirements.
  • Asserting patents in litigation to protect our clients’ intellectual property.
  • Defending clients from claims of infringement before U.S. district courts, the International Trade Commission (ITC), and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
  • Challenging and defending patents in administrative proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), including ex parte review, inter partes review (IPR), and post grant review (PGR) proceedings.
  • Obtaining protection under the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act and litigating under that Act.

Negotiations and licensing

Licensing programs have become an increasingly crucial component of our clients’ business strategies. Today, successful companies are taking advantage of these programs to generate revenue, build brand equity and shareholder value, and gain competitive advantages. From Fortune 500 companies to small entrepreneurs, we have helped clients set up and run licensing programs that have generated significant revenue streams, and we have worked with clients to pool patents and deal with standards issues.

Defensive work

From small matters to bet-the-company litigation, Finnegan defends a wide variety of companies in the semiconductor and IC industry from allegations of infringement. With a deep bench of attorneys having significant experience in district courts and the ITC, Finnegan has a long history of success in fending off infringement claims against our clients. Moreover, defensive litigation today frequently involves parallel challenges to patents before the USPTO and its Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). With more than 250 of our attorneys registered to practice before the USPTO and more than 40 having experience working there, Finnegan provides our clients a distinct advantage in this arena. After the first year of PTAB proceedings, more than 60 Finnegan attorneys have worked on IPR and PGR matters, and we have become particularly well suited to advise clients on coordinating strategy between PTAB trials and district court or ITC litigation.