In the semiconductor industry, Ropes & Gray’s intellectual property practice has earned a reputation as the “go-to” practice for everything from bet-the-company litigation to global patent portfolio development and portfolio management.



With attorneys, patent agents and technical advisors at the forefront of the semiconductor industry internationally, Ropes & Gray has the knowledge and experience to handle semiconductor-related IP litigation when the stakes are highest. 

In addition, our IP rights management group has filed and prosecuted hundreds of semiconductor technology-related patent applications. Our professionals have the background necessary to evaluate any semiconductor and processing technology patent portfolio, as well as to create global strategies for portfolio development and monetization.

Our knowledge and experience also span related fields such as nanotechnology, software, signal processing, wireless communication and information systems. As a result, we are able to foresee implications and issues that may arise across multiple industries, and counsel clients accordingly.

Our clients in the semiconductor industry include Linear Technology, Marvell Semiconductor and Motorola.


  • In the Matter of Certain Flash Memory and Products Containing the Same – We defended Spansion Japan Limited in ITC investigation into alleged infringement of patents owned by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., relating to semiconductor device manufacturing.
  • Realtime Data L.L.C. d/b/a IXO v. Packeteer, Inc. – We represented Realtime in a patent infringement action relating to compression based data acceleration.
  • OPTi Inc. v. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. – We represented AMD in a patent infringement action relating to pre-snooping functions.
  • Analog Devices, Inc. v. Linear Technology Corporation – We represented Linear Technology in a patent infringement action relating to analog integrated circuitry.
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