FormFactor Patent Portfolio Ranked Among World’s Most Valuable By IEEE Spectrum Magazine
December 14, 2006
LIVERMORE, Calif. – December 14, 2006 – FormFactor, Inc. (Nasdaq: FORM) today announced that its patent portfolio has been identified as one of the most valuable portfolios in the semiconductor equipment industry, according to the “Patent Power” survey published by IEEE Spectrum magazine. Specifically, FormFactor was ranked sixth in the Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturing category, and highest among any manufacturer of semiconductor test equipment.
“Our patent portfolio helps protect our continuing investment in innovation, which is a key enabler in our ability to deliver mission critical products and solutions to IC manufacturers that help lower their cost of test and enable their technology roadmaps,” stated Dr. Igor Khandros, FormFactor CEO. “We are proud of our technological leadership and are honored to be recognized by IEEE Spectrum for our efforts.”
The survey was conducted for IEEE Spectrum by 1790 Analytics, a Mount Laurel, N.J.-based research firm that specializes in analyzing patent citations. According to the survey, 1790 Analytics considered over a thousand organizations with the most influential—and potentially most lucrative—patent portfolios and identified the top 10 companies with the most powerful patent pipelines based on those companies’ U.S. patents among 15 key industry sectors.
The results of the survey were published in the November 2006 issue of IEEE Spectrum, and can be viewed online at http://spectrum.ieee.org/nov06/4699.
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