Innovation

Ensuring access to talent, supporting STEM education and research, and protecting intellectual property.

Access to talent I STEM education and fundamental research I
Intellectual property protection

Access to talent

Our company’s ability to compete, innovate and succeed relies on the ability to hire and retain the world's greatest scientists and engineers.

In the United States, international students represent the majority of advanced-degree graduates from university programs in electrical engineering, a key discipline for our company. Current U.S. employment visa policies put American companies at a disadvantage for hiring and retaining those students. Our advocacy focuses on:

  • Enacting meaningful employment-based visa reforms that enable U.S. employers to access top global talent and give individuals with advanced degrees in STEM from U.S. universities a high priority for permanent resident status
  • Preventing measures that make it harder for U.S. employers to access and retain such talent, including overly restricting legitimate use of visas
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STEM education and fundamental research

Our company strongly supports science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programs and policies to build the U.S. talent pipeline. Our company’s education initiatives and the TI Foundation support efforts to foster STEM education and school improvement, especially in communities where we have a presence.

We are committed to engaging under-represented groups in STEM, specifically women, African American and Hispanic students.  

Research investments are at the heart of ensuring the United States remains competitive. Federal funding plays a critical role in supporting fundamental research at U.S. universities and national labs. Pre-competitive consortia and university research support groundbreaking semiconductor technologies and innovative applications.

We support robust federal and state funding to reinvigorate fundamental research, particularly at the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Department of Energy Office of Science. We also encourage state-level initiatives, such as the Texas Research Incentive Program, that leverage non-state dollars for emerging research universities.

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Intellectual property protection

Our company invests heavily in R&D and enjoys a strong brand based on years of providing customers with quality solutions. We hold more than 40,000 active patents and aim to protect our intellectual property around the world against infringement or misuse. Our advocacy includes:

  • Working to prevent counterfeit semiconductors from entering the supply chain by collaborating ¬†with governments worldwide and advocating through trade associations, such as the SIA and the World Semiconductor Council, in order to raise awareness and promote policies that combat counterfeiting
  • Supporting balanced U.S. patent-reform legislation at the federal level that curbs abusive litigation while protecting legitimate patent holders, including the use of the International Trade Commission to issue and enforce exclusion orders that prevent patent-infringing products from entering the U.S.
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