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Blog: 04/04/16

Senate Votes to Protect Trade Secrets; House Should Follow Suit

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

The Senate today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to strengthen the protection of trade secrets. Trade secrets are valuable intellectual property critical to continued growth and innovation in the semiconductor industry and across the U.S. economy. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (S.1890) would provide owners of trade secrets with new legal tools to prevent the theft […]

Intellectual Property
Blog: 04/01/16

The 2016 SIA Factbook: Your Top Source for Semiconductor Data

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

Did you know global semiconductor industry sales reached $335 billion in 2015? Did you know the U.S. semiconductor industry maintained market share leadership with 50 percent of the global market in 2015? Did you know semiconductors were America’s third-leading manufactured export in 2015, behind only airplanes and automobiles? These facts and many others are now […]

Market Data
Blog: 03/31/16

What End-Use Applications Drove Semiconductor Sales in 2015?

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

Communications (34.1 percent of total sales) and PCs/computers (29.7 percent) remained the top semiconductor markets by end-use in 2015, according to the recently released World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) Semiconductor End-Use Report. The report breaks down sales by end-use and regional end-market for a wide variety of semiconductor products. The figure below shows the six major […]

Market Data
Blog: 03/22/16

Don’t Write Off the Innovation Box

by Semiconductor Industry Association

Jason Furman, Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, recently stated the Obama Administration believes “…adopting an innovation box would move tax policy in the wrong direction, increasing complexity and cost without a commensurate boost to innovation.” We, however, believe it’s premature to write off the innovation box, which provides a lower tax rate […]

Intellectual PropertyTax
Blog: 03/16/16

U.S. Semiconductor Companies Dominate List of Top Patent Recipients

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

U.S. semiconductor companies, including several SIA members, were among the top corporate recipients of U.S. patents in 2015, according to an analysis of new data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Intellectual Property
Blog: 03/09/16

The Semiconductor Seven: SIA’s Top Trade Priorities

by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy

President Obama released his 2016 Trade Policy Agenda on March 2. This thick document includes a raft of trade priorities for this Administration, including major trade agreements either under negotiation or completed: Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA), Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), and expansion of the Information […]

Trade
Blog: 02/25/16

Semiconductors Remain Export Powerhouse for U.S. in 2015

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

Semiconductors continue to be a massive export product for the United States, according to recently released government export statistics for 2015, fueling U.S. jobs, economic growth, and innovation. The total value of U.S. semiconductor exports in 2015 was $41.8 billion, which amounts to the third-highest of any manufactured export product. The combination of strong domestic […]

Export Control
Blog: 01/28/16

How U.S. Semiconductor Technology Strengthens our Military on the Battlefield

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

SIA frequently points out that semiconductors play a critical role in strengthening our country, including our national security. A concrete example comes from a new semiconductor developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that gives our military a measurable advantage in one critical arena of the modern battlefield: electronic warfare.

Emerging Technologies
Blog: 01/19/16

Our 8-Point Plan to Advance Semiconductor Industry Priorities in 2016

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

SIA has long championed federal policies that promote U.S. innovation, economic growth, and global competitiveness. Now that the 114th Congress has reached its midpoint and lawmakers have resumed legislative work in the new year, it’s a good time to assess the progress made in 2015 on some of the semiconductor industry’s policy priorities and the […]

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Blog: 01/14/16

Three Ways the TPP Strengthens the Semiconductor Industry

by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy

SIA today testified at a hearing of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) about the critical importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to the U.S. semiconductor industry and the U.S. economy. Our core message was that trade is vital to the semiconductor industry’s ability to compete, innovate, and grow. SIA highlighted three specific ways the […]

Trade
Blog: 01/13/16

Tech Industry Echoes President’s Call for Congressional Approval of TPP

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

During tonight’s State of the Union address, President Obama outlined a vision for America’s future that includes priorities of great significance to the tech industry. SIA applauds the President’s support for policies to advance U.S. innovation. We also strongly support his call for congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an enormous, landmark trade agreement that […]

Trade
Blog: 12/16/15

Nairobi Delivers ITA Expansion!

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

NAIROBI — At long last, the effort to expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) is now irreversibly bound for implementation July 1, 2016 after negotiators attending the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference in this capital city of Kenya reached final agreement on the phase-out periods for the 201 tariff lines covered by this landmark trade pact. […]

Trade