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            Powered by Innovation: Micron Cracks Top 20 for Patents

            By Joel Poppen - 2021-02-01

            Innovation is a core value?here at Micron?for good reason:?Technology companies?fail without continuous brilliant ideas and solutions.?And maintaining Micron’s position as a technology leader requires lots of?truly brilliant ideas.

            Fortunately, our team is putting in the hard work that leads to great results.?Micron ranked?19th on?IFI's?list of companies ?receiving patents from?the United States Patent and Trademark Office?in 2020.?With a projected 1,535 patents for the year, Micron?leapfrogged?giants?such as?Boeing, Ericcson and General Motors.?We now rank?directly?behind Google (#17) and General Electric (#18).

            That’s good company, especially considering that Micron was?issued more patents on a per-capita basis than?virtually all other?companies?sitting?atop?the list.?With?expertise?earned over 42 years?in the memory and storage business, Micron is?no?scrappy startup. But pound for pound, we innovate with the?biggest and the?best.?

            How’s this for innovation:?In 2020, Micron patents increased 21% from 2019 and?nearly?doubled over the last three years.?That growth reflects?tremendous talent and?dedication across our many sites around the globe.?We have more individual inventors?at Micron?than?at any point in?company history.?In addition, we have more women inventors than ever before?—?a particular point of pride.?Having more perspectives?unlocks more and better?ideas.

            Movies paint inventors as quirky geniuses in lab coats?pouring?bubbling mixtures from beakers or?assembling?robots from spare parts.?The reality is much more complex.?At Micron, intense collaboration?turns?ideas into patents.?Our?talented?patent attorneys?work with?our world-class?inventors to capture the kernels that become world-changing technology and nurture them through the expensive, complex and lengthy process of disclosing inventions and applying for patents.

            Bright and hardworking people flourish?at Micron. We?want our team members?to feel like their efforts are appreciated and rewarded. We?hope our rise?up?the patent list broadcasts?a bold message to the world: College students! Professionals in the technology world!?Come innovate at Micron.?Our team has many brilliant people, but we always have room for more.

            We?mean it when we?say that innovation is a company value. Innovation permeates our culture. It drives our mission to?transform how the world uses information?to enrich life?for all.?Cracking the top 20 on the patent list won’t?be a huge surprise to team members,?but?if nothing else, it?provides an?opportunity?to celebrate.

            Amit Gattani

            Joel Poppen

            Joel Poppen is Vice President of Legal Affairs, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary at Micron Technology and is responsible for Micron's global legal, intellectual property, ethics and compliance, government affairs, and security functions. Mr. Poppen joined Micron in 1995 and held various positions of increased responsibility, most recently as Deputy General Counsel.

            Mr. Poppen earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law. He is a member of the State Bars of Arizona and Idaho.

            Mr. Poppen serves on the Board of Directors of the Micron Technology Foundation, the Idaho Technology Council, and several other nonprofit organizations. He is also a founder and board member of One Stone.