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

    OTTAWA, Sept. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Chipworks (, 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
    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

    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.

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