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Posted: September 11, 2007

Chipworks appoints new VPs to head up Patent and Technical Intelligence Business Units

(Nanowerk News) Chipworks (www.chipworks.com), the leader in reverse engineering and analysis of semiconductors and microelectronic systems today announced that in support of corporate expansion they have appointed two industry veterans to lead the Technical and Patent Intelligence business units. The company appointed Mike Thumm, vice president, Patent Intelligence and Gary Tomkins vice president, Technical Intelligence.
Mr. Thumm brings more than 10 years Chipworks' experience to this new role. Most recently he managed the company's financial and intellectual property assets as vice president and chief financial officer. As lead for Patent Intelligence, he is responsible for worldwide sales, engineering and marketing initiatives. Chipworks' Patent Intelligence Business Unit helps law firms and IP groups around the world protect and defend their intellectual property or generate revenue streams from their patent portfolios.
"Mike's long tenure with Chipworks have given him a comprehensive understanding of the company and the value we bring to our customers," says Chipworks' president, Julia Elvidge. "Holding senior positions for more than 10 years at Chipworks, he has demonstrated a passion for excellence and a natural affinity for building mutually beneficial relationships with our customers."
Previously Mr. Tomkins headed up Chipworks' core capabilities team and was a senior member of Chipworks Technical Intelligence business unit. As vice president, Technical Intelligence, he will lead the engineering teams and guide the sales, marketing and product management activities. Technical Intelligence at Chipworks works closely with customers around the globe, delivering technical analysis that helps them to benchmark their product roadmaps, reduce the time-to-market and de-risk research and development.
"The scope and scale of Gary's technical expertise, his dedication to deliver objective, third party analysis and his lengthy experience with Chipworks made him the perfect choice to lead our Technical Intelligence unit," commented Elvidge. "Gary is an enormous asset for this team and our customers will benefit from his industry experience and his in-depth technical knowledge."
About Chipworks
Chipworks is an internationally recognized technical services company that analyzes the circuitry and physical composition of semiconductors and electronic systems. Our services include a wide range of applications in patent licensing support and competitive study. For more than 14 years, Chipworks has successfully helped semiconductor and electronics organizations achieve their goals by supporting research and development efforts in strategic product development and patent portfolio management. Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Chipworks has offices in Warsaw, Poland; Seoul, Korea; Taipei, Taiwan; Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. The Company is represented in Israel. For further information: Chris Neil, Manager, Corporate Communications, (613) 829-0414 ext 3061, cneil@chipworks.com
Source: Chipworks