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Indian semicon industry focuses on IP

Posted: 21 Nov 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:India Semiconductor Association  intellectual property  IP  R&D  K.C. Krishnadas 

While India's semiconductor and embedded design industries have not to date created a significant amount of intellectual property, overseas companies are currently using their R&D centres in the country to develop IP either as a by-product of a specific project or purposely to feed their global IP portfolio, according to a report.

The India Semiconductor Association (ISA) reported that changes in technology and market dynamics have caused companies to focus on technology change and the market dynamics have made companies focus more on developing IP than in the past.

"Single-chip solutions and shorter time-to-market have made it imperative for companies to develop IP that can be re-used for cost and time benefit," the report said, adding that the total number of Indian patents awarded in the information technology area was roughly 750 in 2004, with an estimated 680 in the semiconductor area.

The Indian government once passed a separate IP law for semiconductor IC design layout, keeping in view the number of design companies setting base in India. The country is also in full compliance with its obligations under the World Trade Organisation's Trade Related aspects of Intellectual Property Rights agreement. The ISA said it believes this law should extended in order to provide protection for both design ideas and for algorithms—since any design idea can be implemented either in hardware or software, or both. If this law cannot be extended, new legislation for providing such protection can be introduced, ISA said.

Indian semiconductor and embedded firms will need to create more IP as they take up more complex and more value-added designs, ISA said. Such IP also needs to be both innovative and re-usable.

The disintegration of the semiconductor value chain enables firms focus on developing products in a shorter time, bringing up a growing market for IP. All this means a more vital role for patents and copyrights in the country's semiconductor design business than it ever had in the past.

- K.C. Krishnadas
EE Times

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