Trends in semiconductor patent transaction activity from 2013 to 2017

By Martin Bijman and Kim Waterman

Upheavals in the semiconductor industry have seen patents change hands at unprecedented rates. This activity means that the IP landscape now looks very different to how it did five years ago

The semiconductor industry has undergone significant changes over the past five years. Semiconductors have continued to become smaller, faster and cheaper, while being applied to an ever-expanding range of industries. Patenting has also gone through a dizzying array of changes, including heightened requirements for due diligence, inter partes reviews that slow down assertion, venue limitations, the US Supreme Court’s decision in Alice and a shift toward globalisation.

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