Roger S. Borovoy
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Abstract of Interview
Roger S. Borovoy worked as counsel at both Fairchild Camera Instrument Corporation and Intel Corporation, placing him at the heart of the semiconductor revolution in America. He begins his oral history discussing his choice of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for his undergraduate degree, as well as his early interest in the law, especially patent law. Aftera short period of time at Chevron Research, Borovoy began to work as Patent Counsel at Fairchild Camera Instrument Corporation, meeting Gordon Moore; Borovoy quickly became entrenched in the burgeoning electronics industry and legal issues surrounding intellectual property and patents. After fighting legal battles with Motorola, and dealing with international licensing issues, he moved on to working for Intel in 1974. Throughout the remainder of the oral history, Borovoy reflects upon the AMD processor agreement, the Chip Protection Act, Gordon Moore and the culture of Intel, as well as his life after leaving Intel. He provides great insight into what life was like in technology development from the 1960s to the present, the way fortunes were won and lost, and how a select group of people changed the world.
|1956||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||BS||Chemical and Electrical Engineering and Business|
|1959||Harvard Law School||JD|
Fairchild Camera Instrument Corporation
Brown & Bain
Fish & Richardson, P.C.
Table of Contents
Why he chose MIT. Early interest in law. How he got into Patent law Offered job by Robert Noyce. Impressions of Noyce and Moore. Kilby v. Noyce. Cross-licensing.
Companies start breaking off. Trade secret suits. Interactions with Gordon Moore. Metal oxide semiconductors. Difficulties in intellectual property and patent law. Cross Licensing in the Electronics Industry.
Les Hogan comes from Motorola. Motorola files suit on trade secrets. Court battle and settlement. Licensing and Japan. Highly profitable. Different forms of licensing.
Arrives in 1974. Interactions with Noyce and Moore. Andrew Grove. AT&T sues Intel. No existing record of depositions. AMD microprocessor agreement. Five year arbitration. Trial after he left.
Wrote original draft. Act wasn't really important. HR legal responsibilities.
Very reserved but employee focused. Opposite personality of Noyce. Working for Gordon Moore.
Private practice. Venture capital in the current market. Patent infringement.
Gordon Moore's influence. Integrity. Honesty.
About the Interviewer
David C. Brock is a senior research fellow with the Center for Contemporary History and Policy at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. As a historian of science and technology, he specializes in the history of semiconductor science, technology, and industry; the history of instrumentation; and oral history. Brock has studied the philosophy, sociology, and history of science at Brown University, the University of Edinburgh, and Princeton University.
In the policy arena Brock recently published Patterning the World: The Rise of Chemically Amplified Photoresists, a white-paper case study for the Center’s Studies in Materials Innovation. With Hyungsub Choi he is preparing an analysis of semiconductor technology roadmapping, having presented preliminary results at the 2009 meeting of the Industry Studies Association.