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Semiconductors

Since spawning the tech venture ecosystem in Silicon Valley, the semiconductor industry has developed into a massive global industry permeating every aspect of modern life, and raising critical national security, competition law and international trade issues. Arnold & Porter has been representing clients in the semiconductor industry for decades, from entrepreneurs to the largest public companies in the US and around the world. With our full-service corporate and transactional practice, deep bench of IP and commercial litigators, extensive regulatory and international trade expertise, significant public policy and lobbying practice, and global footprint, Arnold & Porter is uniquely qualified to help companies in the semiconductor industry navigate the complex issues they face.

  • Global Reach: We help clients in the US, UK, EU, and Asia acquire, sell, and finance companies, businesses and technology, enter into licensing and commercial transactions, implement compliance programs, navigate crises, and defend and enforce their IP and other legal rights.

  • Deep Regulatory Expertise: Our extensive regulatory expertise in areas such as CFIUS and Exon-Florio, export control and sanctions, cybersecurity, anti-corruption, environmental, antitrust and competition law, government contracts, and international trade enables us to develop and execute on practical legal strategies, and to help clients navigate changing regulatory and business landscapes.

  • Integrated Practice GroupsOur corporate and transactional, IP and commercial litigation, regulatory, and public policy groups work closely together to provide holistic solutions to client problems and stay informed of relevant legal developments.

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Experience Highlights

    • Cadence Design Systems as lead counsel in a multi-patent suit relating to circuit simulation, design rule checking, and synthesis software. The case was successfully settled.
    • Cypress Semiconductor in its defense of several patents undergoing inter partes review relating to both Universal Serial Bus and touch screen technologies before the PTAB. The IPR proceedings were successfully settled.
    • Microchip Technology in arbitration regarding scope and enforceability of license agreement.
    • Semiconductor companies in matters such as conducting an internal investigation, assisting in voluntary disclosure to OFAC, and assessing impact of Russia sanctions.
    • PNY Technologies in jury trial in Santa Clara County regarding flash memory royalties under license agreement.
    • Renesas Electronics America Inc., and its Japanese parent, Renesas Electronics Corporation, one of the world's largest makers of semiconductor systems, in the sale of its Roseville, CA semiconductor wafer fabrication facility to Heilbronn, Germany-based Telefunken Semiconductors International LLC.
    • High performance computing and quantum computing companies in a variety of national security, government contracts, export control, trade sanctions, corporate and finance, and technology licensing matters.
    • Samsung in defending against patent infringement claims asserted by semiconductor manufacturer ProMOS Technologies asserting infringement of all memory devices/components sold by Samsung since the mid-2000s.
  • Semiconductor Industry Association concerning chemical-regulatory and environmental matters.

    • Xilinx, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed leader in adaptive and intelligent computing, with respect to the acquisition of DeePhi Technology Co., Ltd, a Beijing-based company with industry-leading capabilities in machine learning, and multiple other acquisitions and corporate venture financings.
    • ATopTech in patent litigation and related IPRs defending against Synopsys over semiconductor design/EDA technology. The case settled after IPR victories and after summary judgment motions were filed.
    • Semiconductor developer in connection with the formation and governance of various industry consortia to create new technology standards for power management in processors for low power applications.