CHIP PATENTS LLC
Semiconductor Patent Prior Art and Evidence of Use Support Services
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Chip Patents LLC

Semiconductor Patent Prior Art Research and Evidence of Use Analysis Services

 

Chip Patents LLC

sERVING the semiconductor and intellectual property community since 1979


Chip Patents LLC: Semiconductor Patent Prior Art and Evidence of Use Support Services

Chip Patents LLC (formerly IC Microanalysis LLC) provides customized semiconductor process and device structure patent prior art review/analysis/evidence retrieval and evidence-of-use (EOU) document preparation/review support services to corporations, consulting firms, law firms, and patent owners in the United States and Canada. We are here to provide an unbiased, independent, and cost-effective alternative external resource to supplement the expertise of your internal team.

Mr. David York, owner and consultant, has over 38 years (1979 - 2017) experience with semiconductor product/patent analysis, including 24 years (1979 - 2003) performing and overseeing hands-on physical/materials analysis of products, structures and processes at Integrated Circuit Engineering Corporation* (ICE Corporation), a well-respected Scottsdale, Arizona-based independent analytical laboratory and market research firm. During his time at ICE Corporation, Mr. York held a variety of senior-level positions in the Laboratory Services Group and gained extensive experience with semiconductor analysis techniques and tools, including device cross-sectioning and feature/junction delineation, selective delayering, optical and SEM/FESEM inspection/documentation, and qualitative/quantitative materials identification.

Over the past 13 years, Mr. York has served clients as a uniquely-qualified, independent historical and technical consulting resource on semiconductor processes, device structures, and materials, in support of a wide range of litigation, licensing, arbitration and monetization/investment projects. In addition, he has performed both cursory and detailed technical analysis on thousands of patents and technical documents for clients' portfolio mining, prior art, and infringement determination investigations.

Chip Patents is now focused on providing these specialized services:

Prior Art Research/Collection

  • Providing written declarations/testimony to support utilization and introduction of ICE Corporation's public SCA/SUB reports as prior art evidence.
  • Performing technical research and evidence collection from in-house technical library or customer-selected off-site locations.
  • Serving as technical interface/liaison between client and outside laboratory to monitor/direct analysis, report results, and protect product/evidence chain-of-custody. 

Evidence-of-Use Document Formulation/Evaluation

  • Evidence-of Use (EOU) Review/Preparation
    • Performing technical review of semiconductor patent (process, material, structure) to understand invention features, claims and elements.
    • Providing technical review of any client-provided documents/images/data to claimed features are present.
    • Preparing Evidence-of-Use documents to compare patent claim elements to documents/images/data.
  • Evidence-of Use (EOU) Review/Evaluation
    • Performing technical review of semiconductor patent (process, material, structure) to understand invention, claims and elements.
    • Providing technical review of any client-provided documents/images/data to claimed features are present.
    • Reviewing opponent's/patent holder's existing Evidence-of-Use (EOU) document to evaluate technical strength/weakness.

Mr. York brings extensive experience and professionalism to every project and customizes support to individual needs and concerns.

Business Operations Support Services

Chip Patents LLC currently shares it's decades of business and operations management, technical communications, website content/design, marketing and social networking experience with other small start-up Sole Proprietors/Limited Liability Companies (LLC's)/Self-Employed (doing business in a wide range of different fields) through it's hourly (special rates apply) Business Operations Support Services (contact us for more information). 

*ICE Corporation was purchased in 2001 by Chipworks (now TechInsights) and in 2003 was relocated to Ottawa, Canada. 

 

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"A patent for a claimed invention may not be obtained, notwithstanding that the claimed invention is not identically disclosed as set forth in section 102, if the differences between the claimed invention and the prior art are such that the claimed invention as a whole would have been obvious before the effective filing date of the claimed invention to a person having ordinary skill in the art to which the claimed invention pertains. Patentability shall not be negated by the manner in which the invention was made."

 
 

USPTO - Examination Guidelines for Determining Obviousness Under 35 U.S.C. 103 [R-07.2015]

 

Available Services


Integrated circuit engineering (ICE) corporation public SCA/SUB reports

Integrated Circuit Engineering (ICE) Corporation's* public SCA and SUB reports and technical content are regularly used by patent attorneys and agents for prior art evidence in litigation and licensing cases and new patent applications.

Mr. York served as Manager and Vice President overseeing the ICE Corporation laboratory services group, employees and product analysis before and during the time the company's publicly-available SCA/SUB reports were being produced and sold. In this role, he was responsible for directing the technical analysis of all reports and reviewing them for quality and accuracy. This first-hand knowledge and experience makes him a uniquely-qualified witness on details related to the report's background, generation and content. 

Mr. York has testified as a deposition witness and provided written statements in a number of patent-related cases before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and district courts to support content in ICE's public SCA, SUB and private reports.

*ICE Corporation was purchased in 2001 by Chipworks (now TechInsights) and in 2003 was relocated to Ottawa, Canada. Many of the SCA/SUB public reports are available for purchase from their website. Some reports are also available for review through the Smithsonian Institution (also see Archive Center - National Museum of American History).

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in-house/OFF-SITE technical research and evidence collection

Chip Patents is available to perform customized research and documentation of semiconductor-related technical prior art or evidence-of use information contained in specific books, manuals, reports, etc. from our internal reference library or customer-selected off-site locations. 

Chip Patents is also available to assist with semiconductor-related prior art research using free technical document research resources and U.S. Patent Database or client-provided paid-databases.


TECHNICAL INTERFACE/LIAISON SUPPORT

Chip Patents has the experience and knowledge to serve as a well-qualified technical interface/liaison between a client and a customer-selected outside laboratory to monitor, analyze and direct semiconductor-related analysis, provide preliminary results and conclusions, and protect product/evidence chain-of-custody. 

Chip Patents LLC: Semiconductor Patent Prior Art and Evidence of Use Support Services

evidence-of-use review/preparation

Chip Patents will provide the following:

  • Technical review and analysis of client-provided patent(s) to understand novel concepts of invention and extract key elements from targeted claims.
  • Technical review of potentially relevant client-provided prior art documentation, images and/or data.
  • Determine if prior art documentation appears to be relevant to claim elements in reviewed patent(s). 
  • Deliverable: Detailed EOU documents illustrating and comparing patented claims elements and potentially relevant technical content.

evidence-of-use review/evaluation

Chip Patents will provide the following;

  • Technical review and analysis of client-provided patent(s) to understand novel concepts of invention and extract key elements from targeted claims.
  • Technical review of potentially relevant client-provided prior art documentation, images and/or data.
  • Determine if prior art documentation appears to be relevant to claim elements in reviewed patent(s). 
  • Analyze and review opponent's/patent holder's provided Evidence-of-Use (EOU) documentation to evaluate technical strength/weakness.
  • Deliverable: Report detailing areas where the EOU document and/or technical data and conclusions might be challenged based on data or analysis errors, or weak support.

 

Business Operations SUPPORT Services

Chip Patents LLC  is available to assist start-up and existing small sole proprietors/LLC's in a wide variety of businesses areas with contracted operations support services, including:

 
  • proofreading/editing website and marketing content.
  • developing strategic growth strategies.
  • providing suggestions for new products.
  • fulfilling program orders.
  • managing communications with current/potential clients.
  • developing and implementing marketing ideas and promotions.
  • marketing products via social media/keyword search tools.
  • monitoring operational efficiency and adjusting strategies.
  • creating/updating website content.
  • optimizing website content for target audiences/search engines.
  • developing/managing social media content.
  • designing and delivering e-learning course.
  • providing business and technical customer support.
  • tracking income, costs, expenses.
  • analyzing, developing and writing efficient processes and procedures.
  • ordering/shipping manuals.