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National Semiconductor Sets Single-Year Patent Record

Company Awarded 221 Patents in Fiscal 2004, the Most it Has Received in One Year Since its Founding in 1959

National Ranked Among Top 100 US Patentees Across All Industries

Aug 17, 2004

August 17, 2004 - National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:NSM) today announced that it has been granted 221 United States patents in fiscal year 2004 for a wide variety of product inventions and process innovations, the most it has received in a single year since its founding in 1959.

Approximately one-third of all National patents are in analog technologies, giving the company one of the largest portfolios of analog patents in the semiconductor industry. The balance of National’s patent portfolio includes processing, device design, packaging, architecture, and other key integrated circuit (IC) technologies.

“National Semiconductor has a long history of innovation,” said Suneil Parulekar, senior vice president, Analog Products Group, National Semiconductor. “We are proud of our inventors, and strive to protect our substantial research and development investments with a strategic portfolio of patents that have significant business value.”

With a portfolio of more than 2400 active and 700 pending patents, National maintains a strategic program of protecting its research and development investment with patents. Approximately 250 of National’s current employees are holders of US patents. National Semiconductor is number 87 on the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) list of top patentees in the United States for calendar year 2003. For more information, see www.ipo.org

“In today’s innovation economy, patents and intellectual property are the heart and soul of a successful technology company,” Parulekar added. “Our strategic patents in analog, packaging, processing, device design and architecture will enable National to develop breakthrough technologies and successful products in the future.”

National also has approximately 1,300 active foreign patents, although a single National U.S. patent may have several foreign counterparts.  The company generally pursues patents in countries consistent with its markets, and has significant patent holdings in Germany, Taiwan, Korea and other countries. 

About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor, the industry's premier analog company, creates high performance analog devices and subsystems.  National's leading-edge products include power management circuits, display drivers, audio and operational amplifiers, communication interface products and data conversion solutions. National's key markets include wireless handsets, displays, PCs and
laptops.  The company's analog products are also optimized for numerous applications in a variety of electronics markets, including medical, automotive, industrial, and test and measurement.  Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, National reported sales of $1.98 billion for fiscal 2004, which ended May 30, 2004.  Additional company and product information is available at www.national.com.