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posted in November 2008
Fairchild files patent lawsuit against Infineon
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11/29/2008   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor (San Jose, Calif.) is suing Infineon Technologies AG in the U.S. District Courts of Maine and Delaware, claiming some of the German group's CoolMOS and OptiMOS power management devices, as well as its Infineon IGBT and CanPak parts, infringe one or more of eight Fairchild patents.
Toshiba may delay fabs, according to report
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
Japan's Toshiba may delay the construction of two flash memory fabs in Japan on account of conditions in the chip market, according to a report by the Kyodo news service.
Industrial Automation: To date no sign of recession
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
At SPS/IPC/Drives exhibition in Nuremberg the industrial automation industry shows no sign of a recession. The industry is in a good mood, there is still growth and the ZVEI (German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association) expects further growth due to extensive bookings.
InterDigital, Samsung settle patent disputes
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Samsung and InterDigital Inc. have settled their patent disputes, with the South Korean handset maker agreeing to pay the latter an undisclosed sum for both 2G and 3G products until the year 2012.
Report: Obama gives peek into H-1B policy
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
If President-elect Barack Obama appoints Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano to be secretary of the Department of Homeland Security the move would have significant implications on the incoming administration's policy on H-1B visas, according to a report.
New EU chemical rules take effect Dec. 1
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
European Union environmental legislation that takes effect on Dec. 1 will require manufacturers to register chemicals used in products sold in the EU.
Report: Patent office continues to fall behind
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11/17/2008   1 comment
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office gave itself high marks in an annual report but the office still has not found a route to clearing its growing backlog of applications despite several programs in the works.
Executives seek help to improve Europe's chip industry competitiveness
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11/11/2008   Post a comment
Europe needs to master innovation and shape its own semiconductor future to restore competitiveness according to a report from the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA).
Wanted: America's top tech exec
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11/5/2008   1 comment
President-elect Barack Obama pledged to name the first U.S. federal chief technology officer as part of his platform as a candidate, so here are our recommendations on what the job should focus on and eight candidates to consider.


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