Intellectual Property Policy
Intel public policy: How Intel promotes innovation worldwide
Intel owns over 40,000 patents worldwide. Innovation, and the intellectual property (IP) that underlines it, are central to our business. Intel believes that a balanced, fair approach to IP systems is the best way to incentivize innovation. Intel's objective is to achieve balanced protection and enforcement for intellectual property—including patents, copyrights, and trade secrets—globally.
Conversely, a balanced patent system spurs innovation by rewarding individuals who put the public in full possession of new ideas. That reward is unjustified when individuals fail to describe fully or claim clearly their invention with vague and ambiguous patents. Further, rewards must be apportioned based on the actual contribution of the patented technology to the product, because over-compensation harms the patent system as much as under-compensation. Abusive litigation practices that exploit weaknesses in our laws and procedures to obtain excessive rewards wastes limited government and industry resources, taxes legitimate innovation and undermines the patent system.