PATENTS AND TRADEMARKS
We have been an innovation leader for nearly 50 years. We have not only contributed to the remarkable advance of the semiconductor industry, we have shaped the industry itself through a series of breakthrough innovations in technologies such as plasma deposition and epitaxy and, since 2000, through ALD.
CULTURE OF INNOVATION
We are an innovative company and have created a culture of innovation at every level of the organization. We attract and retain creative people from all over the world, who help us create a steady stream of innovations that we bring into volume manufacturing through close cooperation with our customers.
CAPTURING IDEAS EFFICIENTLY
Intellectual Property (IP) managers work at all of our major global R&D sites, where they capture all patentable material resulting from our R&D activities. Each year we file between 50 and 100 initial patent applications, and now have over 1,300 patents in force worldwide. Many hundreds of those relate specifically to the ALD process technology platform, and we expect new deposition technologies and chemistries to be a major driver for new IP in the future. Patents protect our discoveries and enable us to speak more openly about our inventions and share ideas in the marketplace that benefit our customers. Our patents are usually registered in the principal countries where semiconductor devices or equipment are manufactured and/or sold.
TRADEMARK LIST AS OF JANUARY 1, 2016
We have registered a number of trademarks covering our product portfolio in the principal countries.
ASM, the ASM International logo, Advance, Aurora, Dragon, Eagle, EmerALD, Epsilon, Intrepid, Polygon, Pulsar and Silcore are registered trademarks of ASM International NV. A400, A412, ALCVD, Atomic Layer CVD, Horizon, Loadstar, Medallion, NCP, PEALD and Previum are our trademarks. ‘The Switch Is On’ and ‘Drive Innovation. Deliver Excellence.’ are our service marks.