NO. R-30.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the employees at the IBM Microelectronics Division in Essex Junction for their prolific patent award‑winning technological advances.


Offered by:  Representatives Mazur of South Burlington, Allaire of Rutland City, Anderson of Woodstock, Brennan of Colchester, Brooks of Montpelier, Carey of Chester, Clark of Vergennes, Connell of Warren, Crowley of West Rutland, Dakin of Colchester, Deen of Westminster, Duffy of Rutland City, Emmons of Springfield, Fisher of Lincoln, Gervais of Enosburg, Heath of Westford, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Hummel of Underhill, Hunt of Essex, Johnson of Canaan, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kennedy of Chelsea, Krawczyk (Albert) of Bennington, Krawczyk (Joseph) of Bennington, Larrabee of Danville, LaVoie of Swanton, Livingston of Manchester, Marron of Stowe, Masland of Thetford, McCullough of Williston, McLaughlin of Royalton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Monti of Barre City, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O’Donnell of Vernon, Otterman of Topsham, Partridge of Windham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pelham of Calais, Perry of Richford, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Robinson of Richmond, Schiavone of Shelburne, Shaw of Derby, Smith of Morristown, Symington of Jericho, Tracy of Burlington, Trombley of Grand Isle, Valliere of Barre City, Vincent of Waterbury, Winters of Swanton and Winters of Williamstown.

Whereas, the ultimate recognition in the United States of a new technology’s emergence is the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s granting of a patent, and

Whereas, numerous corporations dedicated to the development and marketing of new technologies are annually awarded patents, but since 1993, IBM has been the undisputed U.S. patent leader having been granted a record 22,357 patents with 3,288 having been awarded in 2002 alone, and

Whereas, much of the credit for IBM’s success in the U.S. Patent Office is directly attributable to the inventive genius displayed daily at the IBM Microelectronics Division in Essex Junction, and

Whereas, 411 of the company’s patents in 2002 were awarded based on work performed at IBM Microelectronics in Essex Junction, which places Vermont as the fourth most productive state in the receipt of IBM‑developed patents in the year 2002, and

Whereas, from a more individualized perspective, the IBM Essex Junction facility can boast the second highest number of inventors whose research ingenuity resulted in the awarding of ten or more patents during the past decade, and

Whereas, this personalized statistic serves as a critical foundation for the Burlington area’s impressive ranking as the nation’s seventh most productive location on a per capita basis for the awarding of new patents, and

Whereas, patentable and innovative research at the IBM Microelectronics Division in Essex Junction has encompassed multiple technologies related to the semiconductor industry, including both semiconductor and microprocesses, lithography, mask technology, circuit design, engineering design automation, memory technology, ASIC methodologies, and others, and

Whereas, IBM’s research advances are directly responsible for the company’s role as a world leader in chip technology whose future commercial and consumer electronics applications are innumerable, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:  

That the General Assembly is delighted to extend congratulations to the employees at IBM Microelectronics Division in Burlington on their patentable ingenuity and outstanding decade-long record of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office‑awarded patents, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Hank J. Geipel, senior location executive at IBM in Essex Junction.