Intel’s Andy Grove Wades, Briefly, into Patent-Reform Debate

Semiconductor luminaries honored at a black-tie ceremony in Silicon Valley Saturday night didn’t get a lot of time on stage. Most posed a few seconds for a photo with their award, said a few words about how honored they were, and left the stage. Andy Grove couldn’t resist doing a little more, including comparing commerce in patents to the actions that brought down Wall Street.

Intel’s (INTC) former chief executive and chairman was given a lifetime achievement award by the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame. The group helped celebrate the 50-year history of the semiconductor by inducting 15 chip innovators Saturday, along with a description of their seminal patent and its number.

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