CMP's First Intellectual Property Symposium, a Joint Effort of EE Times, Semiconductor Insights and Portelligent, Unveils Industry Leading Keynote and Panel Line-Up

U.S. Patent & Trademark Director, Boston University law professor and former Intel Intellectual Property Director among influential list of speakers to lead Intellectual Property Symposium

Feb 12, 2008

CMP today announced the speaker line-up for the inaugural Intellectual Property Symposium (, a joint effort of EE Times, Semiconductor Insights and Portelligent, which is scheduled to take place April 15-16, 2008 at the San Jose Fairmont. The symposium is the first and only event to bring together the foremost legal, business and government minds to discuss the importance of properly protecting, managing and leveraging intellectual property. The Intellectual Property Symposium will be co-located with ESC Silicon Valley (, the largest electronic systems design event in North America.

The Intellectual Property Symposium will bring together industry leaders under two distinct knowledge tracks, business and technology. These knowledge tracks enable all attendees, including engineers, legal professionals, business managers and executives, to better understand best practices for successfully utilizing intellectual property in the rapidly changing marketplace for embedded design patents.

  Intellectual Property Symposium Highlights:
  The Intellectual Property Symposium will feature the following keynotes:

The Evolution of the Intellectual Property Marketplace will be presented by Peter Detkin (, Co-founder, Managing Director, Intellectual Ventures, and former Director, Intellectual Property, Intel, and Mike Meurer (, Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law and noted author on the problems of the patent system. The presentation will include an overview of the intellectual property market with a special focus on technology, and a discussion on the inefficiencies and imbalances that have led to opportunities for a variety of new players.

Today's Trends and Tomorrow's Realities in the Intellectual Property Marketplace will be presented by Jon Dudas (, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, who provides a rare perspective on recent Supreme Court decisions regarding intellectual property, proposed patent modernization legislation, and trends in intellectual property protection and enforcement around the world, including in China.

Expanding on the high-quality keynote conversations, attendees will learn from panel discussions and drill-down sessions discussing:

  --  "Open source software" with executives from Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft
      and MontaVista
  --  "Issues in silicon intellectual property" featuring top technologists
      from Intel and Texas Instruments
  --  "Intellectual property practices in China" with hands-on experience
      from TSMC and UTStarcom, Inc.
  --  "How to read and write patents effectively" from noted author David

To register for the Intellectual Property Symposium. visit:

  Mike McLean, vice president of IPinsights, Semiconductor Insights

"The importance of widespread insight into intellectual property laws is critical in today's embedded industry, especially with the rapid innovation in technologies. Without a deep knowledge of today's patent laws and a clear understanding of how to read and write patents, companies are at risk for preventable legal action. The Intellectual Property Symposium will deliver practical and actionable information for the business and legal community as well as the engineers who create the technologies."

Rick Merritt, Editor-at-Large, EE Times

"Intellectual property is one of the most pressing topics in the embedded industry, and there remains a distinct lack of comprehensive resources to educate involved parties on the pertinent details. The new Intellectual Property Symposium fills that gap with an impressive line up of presenters with an extensive background in the industry."

About Semiconductor Insights -- A CMP Company

Semiconductor Insights (SI) ( is the leading technical advisor to the world's microelectronics community. SI supports its clients through the technical investigation of patents, integrated circuits and electronic systems. Its TECHinsights division helps technology companies benchmark competing devices, improve time to market and solve technical problems while its IPinsights division helps technology companies and legal professionals evaluate, develop and monetize their intellectual property. Typical clients are major electronics and semiconductor corporations in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Europe and North America and the law firms that represent them.

About Portelligent -- A CMP Company

Portelligent is the world's premiere product teardown firm, delivering product analyses and related research in mobile, wireless, and consumer electronics to a global client base. Portelligent's technology intelligence enables clients to make faster, better, and more cost-effective decisions about their competitive positioning, technology options, investment strategy, intellectual property position, and marketplace opportunities. Portelligent is part of Semiconductor Insights.

About CMP

CMP ( is a media and marketing solutions company serving the technology industry. With the leading online, event and print brands in all technology market categories, and with services and tools that reach beyond traditional advertising, CMP shapes and influences the technology industry worldwide. CMP publishes highly respected media brands such as TechWeb, InformationWeek, ChannelWeb, CRN, EE Times and TechOnline; produces major industry events such as Interop, Web 2.0 Expo, XChange, Game Developer Conference and the Embedded Systems Conferences; and provides business information and marketing services such as the International Customer Management Institute, Semiconductor Insights and Second Life consulting for technology marketers. CMP is a subsidiary of United Business Media (, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $3 billion. For more CMP news, go to (

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