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Jorge A. del Calvo
Semiconductor industry clients have relied on Pillsbury for legal counsel since 1968. Today, our semiconductor industry practice is the largest in the country, drawing from a multidisciplinary group of attorneys covering all areas of law including corporate, intellectual property, regulatory and licensing and litigation. We serve semiconductor clients from our offices in all of the major industry markets, including Silicon Valley, New York, Northern Virginia, London, Tokyo and Shanghai.
Pillsbury has represented hundreds of industry entrepreneurs, startup companies, established public companies, venture capital firms, investment banks and financial institutions. We are counsel of choice for companies in initial public offerings, with two of the 10 most active issuer-side attorneys in the U.S. since 2002, according to IPO VitalSigns, an independent market database.
Pillsbury has handled 17% of all completed U.S. semiconductor IPOs since 2002 and 46% of such IPOs involving semiconductor companies based in Silicon Valley. Our issuer-side IPOs include:
- Atheros Communications, Inc.
- Cambridge Display Technology, Inc
- Multi-Fineline Electronix, Inc.
- PortalPlayer, Inc.
- SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc.
- SunPower Corporation
- SYNNEX Corporation
We have also advised seven semiconductor companies in acquisitions and mergers since 2004. Our Mergers & Acquisitions group works closely with our Intellectual Property and Regulatory attorneys to assure that our client's intellectual property assets are optimally protected in the process.
More than 30 of the firm’s IP attorneys have significant experience with clients in the semiconductor industry. We help clients develop comprehensive and successful IP strategies by protecting, managing, asserting, defending, and leveraging their IP assets. Semiconductor industry clients rely on Pillsbury for IP counseling, patent prosecution, dispute resolution, licensing, trade secret protection and copyright and trademark protection.