OTTAWA--(Marketwire - October 13, 2009) - Chipworks (, the world's leader in reverse engineering and patent infringement analysis for semiconductors and microelectronic systems, is pleased to announce that it will be hosting two workshop sessions during the LES Annual Meeting, October 18 - 21, 2009, at the San Francisco Marriott. These sessions feature senior licensing professionals from some of the top Fortune 500 companies and will offer valuable insights to leveraging IP assets during uncertain economic times. Chipworks is a Silver Sponsor of the LES Annual Meeting.

"Increasingly, companies striving to grow their business in tough times are seeking innovative strategies to leverage and expand their IP assets," said Julia Elvidge, President, Chipworks. "Identifying patents that are valuable for generating licensing revenue and then being able to enforce them with infringement analysis helps to maximize the value of any portfolio."

Ms. Elvidge will be joined by Scott Hover-Smoot, Vice President and General Counsel, Xilinx, Hiro Seki, General Manager, IP Division, Renesas Technology and Horace Ng, Director of IP at Marvell, in a session entitled "Finding Diamonds In The Rough: Leveraging IP Transactions In Difficult Financial Times," taking place October 20, from 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm. Panelists will share best practices for assessing patent value for licensing, acquisition or sale purposes.

The second session entitled "Patent Acquisition Due Diligence: Managing IP Transactions In Difficult Financial Times" will take place on Wednesday, October 21, from 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm. Mike Thumm, Vice President, Intellectual Property Services, Chipworks will be joined by Micky Minhas, Vice President, Patent Counsel, Qualcomm Inc. and David Su, Director, Advanced Technology Business Legal Division, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. The panelists will discuss perspectives on the due diligence process and how it can impact a decision to invest in or walk away from what may initially appear to be a lucrative acquisition opportunity.

To learn more about how Chipworks helps IP Groups and their outside counsel achieve favorable outcomes during patent licensing negotiation, litigation and acquisition, please visit the Chipworks Booth (#41) or visit the company's web site at

About Chipworks

Chipworks is the recognized leader in reverse engineering and patent infringement analysis of semiconductors and electronic systems. The company's ability to analyze the circuitry and physical composition of these systems makes them a key partner in the success of the world's largest semiconductor and microelectronics companies. Intellectual property groups and their legal counsel trust Chipworks for success in patent licensing and litigation -- earning hundreds of millions of dollars in patent licenses and saving as much in royalty payments. Research & Development and Product Management rely on Chipworks for success in new product design and launch, saving hundreds of millions of dollars in design and earning even more through superior product design and faster launches. Headquartered in Canada, Chipworks maintains offices in the USA, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

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