<p>As you can see in the short video below, electrical sensors, similar to those used in electrocardiogram systems, hug each arm and the torso in the   The white patch on the chest of Maxim Integrated strategic marketing manager Steve LaJeunesse is the Cardio Leaf module. This contains the electronics — microcontroller, power management, and a Bluetooth transmitter to send the information to a screen which (hopefully) displays a rhythmic 72 heart beats per minute. </p>

Until recently, Chartered officials were planning to increase the company's production capacity by 44% in 2001 to 1.4 million eight-inch equivalent wafers from 926,700 in 2000. Chartered shipped 695,300 processed wafers in 1999.

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The Patent Office sometimes issues a patent in error, and, given the volume of applications and the difficulties inherent in the examination process, that's not surprising.

But in passing the America Invents Act (AIA), Congress recognized that bad patents burden innovation rather than encouraging and rewarding it. Litigation of patents that are or may be invalid or entitled to narrower scope than asserted is costing companies–and ultimately consumers–millions in legal fees and settlements. One of the ways Congress sought to minimize these effects was to make it faster and easier to bring potentially wrongly issued patents to the Patent Office’s attention for review.  

The majority of issued patents are never asserted or licensed, let alone litigated, and they theoretically provide the public with useful knowledge as soon as they are published. But even these passive” patents deter others from using the ideas claimed and building on them if they wish to avoid any risk of being accused of patent infringement.


Perhaps only a small percentage of issued patents are wrongly issued. But when patents are asserted and found invalid only after years of expensive litigation, it reflects badly on the whole patent system. This undermines the public’s confidence that patents are only issued for real inventions.  

Patent improvements The Patent Office should do everything in its power to encourage well-supported petitions challenging patent validity.


From the business point of view, being a supplier for the Asian region will be helpful for the QDR supply base. Networking is growing in Asia too,” he said.

We are pleased to welcome NEC to the QDR SRAM codevelopment team,” said Jerry Johnson, marketing manager for Micron (Boise, Idaho). They offer a strong customer representation in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region. NEC's participation brings an additional QDR source to the market, further reassuring QDR SRAM users that these high-performance memories are on multiple supplier road maps.”

NEC will design its devices using its own technology and fabrication facilities, and will deliver products according to its own internal schedules. Those schedules have not been worked through yet, said Hoshino. But NEC hopes to recapture revenues it used to count on from cache-based SRAM, a market that has almost entirely disappeared, he said.

There are lots of players in the fast SRAM market already,” Hoshino said. We want something that will easily be accepted by the market.”

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Lucent Technologies unveiled a strategy and a product line recently that underscore its intention to offer users value-added, intelligent, end-to-end application- and customer-aware Internet Protocol (IP) services rather than just simple connectivity.


AURORA, Ill. — Cabot Microelectronics Corp. here continues its dominance in wafer-polishing slurry applications for chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) in 2000. The company increased its market share to 75% of worldwide slurry sales, which totaled $284.5 million in 2000, said a new report from The Information Network.

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