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Why Patents Matter

Patents in the semiconductor space are valuable, marketable assets that can generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, and also give rise to hundreds of millions of dollars of risk. They implicate every aspect of product design and manufacture, from circuit design to wafer fab to assembly and test. Threats and opportunities arise from both industry and academia. Patent litigation in the semiconductor space has generated some of the largest patent infringement jury verdicts in the last 20 years. It is imperative for executives to understand the risks and opportunities, and develop and manage a strategy accordingly.

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Steven Rizzi


McKool Smith

Steven Rizzi is a former engineer with more than 30-years’ experience as an attorney specializing in patent and related IP matters, with a focus on the semiconductor industry. He delivers efficient strategies and optimal results for clients in a range of matters, including patent litigation, patent monetization, and strategic patent counseling. Over the course of his career, he has successfully represented clients such as Amkor, ASE, Broadcom, LSI, Marvell, and STATS ChipPAC in multiple federal courts, the International Trade Commission, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office since 2006.

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McKool Smith, with 130 trial lawyers spread across offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, New York, and Washington, D.C., is renowned as a premier trial firm in the United States. Their track record includes securing 14 nine-figure jury verdicts and 15 eight-figure jury verdicts, surpassing all others in VerdictSearch and The National Law Journal’s “Top 100 Verdicts.” These courtroom victories have garnered critical acclaim, propelling McKool Smith to be hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “one of the biggest law firm success stories of the past decade.” Specializing in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, insurance recovery, and white-collar defense, McKool Smith consistently represents clients with excellence and distinction.

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