LONDON The National Microelectronics Institute (NMI), the trade association representing the semiconductor industry in the U.K. and Ireland, has introduced a free legal assistance service for its members.
The service will be provided through Manches LLP, a commercial law firm specialising in technology and intellectual property work. Members using the service will have access to legal checklists and standard legal documents covering a range of industry specific topics and a legal helpline via a dedicated telephone number and email address.
In its basic form, the helpline will allow members to contact Manches free of charge to raise legal queries and receive guidance on issues to consider and courses of action.
“By its nature the semiconductor industry yields its own critical set of legal issues: non-disclosure, IP strategy, and distributor agreements to name but a few. Our collaboration with Manches will provide NMI members large and small with more confidence to tackle such issues head on,” said John Moor, director of marketing at NMI.
Jonathan Oddy, technology partner at Manches said, “It is our aim to provide straightforward information and advice that is as tailored as possible to meet the specific needs of the semiconductor sector.”