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O&R Helps Arctic Sand Withstand the Heat in Semiconductor Market

Case Background  

Arctic Sand Technologies, founded in 2010 as an MIT spinoff, is a semiconductor company transforming power management in electronic devices. The company is commercializing a power conversion technology for multiple mass markets that consolidates several board-level power components onto one chip. Arctic Sand’s power converter chips are designed to cut down on the electricity needed to run traditional data centers. The company has developed power conversion chips that are 10 times smaller and 75% more efficient than traditional conversion systems. Their technology uses switched capacitor technology for power conversion with smaller inductive components, increased efficiency, and higher power density compared with other technologies.

Differentiating Their Technology in the Patent Office and the Marketplace

O&R helped them figure out the best way to position their technology and different themselves in the marketplace. Because of the complexity of Arctic Sand’s technology, O&R was challenged to find ways to explain it in the simplest terms for patent examination.

Furthermore, O&R aggressively prosecuted their application and worked with Arctic Sand to successfully expedite their patent application through the Accelerated Examination program procedures of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In addition to typical patent application procedures, O&R’s specialists made several in-person visits to the USPTO to advance the accelerated examination.

Positioned for Future Success

O&R’s team helped them to successfully file their initial patent and enabled them to continue to file additional patents, as needed, and effectively tell their story, attracting outside investors. Arctic sand closed a $9.6 million in Series A financing at the end of 2012 from a syndicate of financial investors—including Arsenal Venture Partners, Northwater Capital and Ray Stata, and strategic investors, including Dialog Semiconductor and Energy Technology Ventures.