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North Plate Semiconductor, LLC is an Intellectual Property licensing company specializing in semiconductor technologies.  Our IP portfolio consists of numerous issued patents and pending applications throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.  North Plate Semiconductor works to capture the value of our portfolio of semiconductor-technology patents through engaging in licensing and other strategic commercial transactions.  We understand that companies and inventors invest heavily in protecting their patents and other intellectual property rights, but that all too often those rights remain under-recognized and under-utilized assets.  We are devoted to monetizing those assets.  If you would like to inquire about our portfolio or believe we may assist you with your patent portfolio, please contact us at

Mark Foster, President

Mark Foster, President of North Plate Semiconductor, LLC, has over 35 years’ experience as a lawyer representing companies, inventors, and

  • Mr. Foster led Volumetrics Medical Imaging, LLC (a Duke University technology spinoff) for a decade as General Counsel successfully enforcing its real-time 3D/4D ultrasound imaging patents against infringement by GE, Toshiba, Siemens, Samsung and Philips, the largest ever successful medical device patent enforcement effort.
  • Mr. Foster served as General Counsel of Natus Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTUS) upon its public listing.
  • Earlier, Mr. Foster served as Special Counsel to the United States Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, as trade lawyer in Japan appointed by President Reagan. Foster was described by the Wall Street Journal as the “full time lobbyist for US business in Japan.”
  • Mr. Foster has an AV™ rating by Martindale Hubbell, and is a member of the American Law Institute, having been nominated by Attorney General Dick Thornburgh.

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