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Harry Clapsis

Government Affairs Associate

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Blog: 06/05/19

Semiconductor Counterfeiter Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison

Most Americans have encountered counterfeit wristwatches or handbags, but many are unaware of the threat posed by counterfeiters of a product at the heart of modern technology: semiconductors. A reminder of the dangers of counterfeit semiconductors occurred on May 30, when Rogelio Vasquez was sentenced to 46 months in prison after pleading guilty to selling […]

Anti-Counterfeiting
Blog: 02/22/19

White House Report Highlights Importance of Protecting IP

The U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) on Feb. 4 issued the Trump Administration’s 2018 Annual Intellectual Property Report. The report lays out a four-part strategy to promote and protect intellectual property (IP): engagement with trading partners, effective use of legal authorities, expanded law enforcement action and cooperation, and engagement and partnership with the private […]

Intellectual Property
Blog: 02/21/19

Plea Bargain Highlights Danger of Counterfeit Semiconductors

Rogelio Vasquez, the owner of an Orange County-based seller of electronic components, pleaded guilty on Jan. 17 to federal charges of selling counterfeit integrated circuits (ICs), some of which were destined for military systems. This case demonstrates the public health and safety threat posed by counterfeit semiconductors. In light of cases like this, U.S. Customs […]

Anti-Counterfeiting
Blog: 12/19/18

SIA Applauds Congressional Passage of Quantum Computing Legislation

The House of Representatives today overwhelmingly passed the Senate-approved version of the National Quantum Initiative Act, sending the bill to President Trump’s desk for signature. SIA applauds Congress’ bipartisan approval of this important legislation, which reflects a commitment to ensuring the U.S. remains a leader in quantum technology. The National Quantum Initiative Act would create […]

Research
Blog: 12/06/18

SIA Welcomes White House Plan to Strengthen STEM Education

Earlier this week, the National Science and Technology Council released the Trump Administration’s plan to improve STEM education in the United States. The plan lays out three aspirational goals: (1) building a strong foundation for STEM literacy by ensuring every American has the opportunity to master basic STEM concepts; (2) increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM; […]

Immigration & Workforce
Blog: 09/13/18

SIA Welcomes House Passage of Quantum Computing Legislation

Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the National Quantum Initiative Act, legislation that would create a 10-year federal program to bring a whole-of-government approach to advancing quantum information science research and development. Continued government support of quantum computing is integral to ensuring the United States remains a world leader in this promising technology. While […]

Emerging TechnologiesResearch
Blog: 07/09/18

Study Highlights Need for More Government Support of R&D

In February, Congress raised the limits on defense and nondefense spending, giving significant increases in research spending across most agencies and research fields. However, a new white paper by Duke Law’s Center for Innovation Policy argues that while this is a good first step, more action is needed. This white paper, Righting the Research Imbalance, by […]

Research