NXP/Freescale Merger – A Union of Equals

Contributed by Ray Angers   It was announced this week that NXP Semiconductor NV (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) and Freescale Semiconductor Ltd (Austin, Texas) plan to merge their operations.  The deal, ...

Hot technologies in USPTO class of 2014

Contributed by Michael Spence 2014 was another banner year for new US IP with an 8% growth of new patent grants over 2013.  Looking down the list of top 50 ...

Intel Bolsters IoT Position

Contributed by Martin Bijman On Feb 2, Intel announced it will purchase “Internet of Things” (IoT) chip company Lantiq. According to Intel, this will enhance connection experiences in the home, ...

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Nortel Patents Make News Again – Rockstar Patents Sold to RPX

Contributed by Martin Bijman On December 23, 2014, RPX purchased the remaining ...


Making Sense of the Cypress / Spansion Merger

Contributed by Michael Spence On December 1, 2014, Cypress Semiconductor Corporation and ...


Inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Contributed by C. Young, D. Yang, R. Fontaine, J. Morrison, D. James and ...


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