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Idaho Statesman: Micron Braces for Rising Tide of Patent Suits

According to a September 5, 2004 article in The Idaho Statesman, Rod Lewis, Micron corporate counsel and vice president of legal affairs, worries that patent infringement cases could drive American businesses offshore. "There are some real concerns because there's an ever-increasing number of (patent) cases and there's a trend toward going after major manufacturers, particularly in the U.S.," said Lewis. "It makes it difficult to be a manufacturer here. We could be an IP (intellectual property) company and have someone in China manufacture for us. These trends ultimately are making it more difficult for U.S. manufacturing companies."
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Blogger Phil Mann said...

Of course, simply having "someone in China manufacture for us" won't get Micron off the hook for patent infringement unless they elect not to import, sell, offer to sell or use the products in the United States. I'm sure Micron's vice president of legal affairs knows this. So, is this simply an idle threat on his part? Or are they seriously proposing to walk away from the U.S market? (Enquiring minds want to know!) Seems the cure may be worse than the disease.

September 10, 2004 1:08 PM  

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