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Senate Passes CHIPS Act, Incentivizing Intel’s Investment in Ohio

After months of delay, the CHIPS Act of 2022 (“CHIPS”) finally cleared both houses of Congress last week, as part of larger legislation focused on supporting many aspects of science and innovation.

CHIPS, short for “creating helpful incentives to produce semiconductors,” is intended to provide billions of dollars in financial incentives for companies to develop domestic semiconductor manufacturing capability encompassing infrastructure, workforce, and research and development (“R&D”).

With microchips being a necessary component of many consumer products, such as computers, phones, appliances, cars, etc., as well as critical to military and aerospace applications that overlap with areas of National Security, CHIPS represents a philosophical shift from the laissez-faire approach that limited government involvement in the microchip industry over the last several decades. Ideally, CHIPS will usher in a return to prominence of semiconductor chip manufacturing and R&D in the U.S., creating new jobs and industries for years to come, while weakening what has been perceived as a growing reliance on foreign companies for America’s supply of microchips.

Nowhere is this more evident than with Intel Corporation’s recent decision to build a large-scale, next-generation semiconductor fabrication facility in Central Ohio. CHIPS should further incentivize Intel’s investment in the Midwest, as opposed to overseas, with positive economic consequences likely to be felt throughout the region.

As a leading provider of legal services in Ohio, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP looks forward to leveraging its strengths in intellectual property, litigation, corporate, government relations, and other areas to assist our current clients and partner with new clients in response to the opportunities presented by CHIPS.

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