SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- One day after the sudden departure of Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s microprocessors chief, AMD today announced that Harry Wolin has joined AMD as vice president of intellectual property.
In this newly created position, Mr. Wolin will be responsible for the intellectual property matters of AMD, direct the Technology Law Department, and report to the Office of the General Counsel and Secretary.
Prior to joining AMD, Mr. Wolin was with Motorola for 12 years and held a number of positions within its legal organization, primarily in intellectual property law. Most recently, Mr. Wolin served as vice president and director of legal affairs for Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector where he was responsible for the worldwide legal matters, including intellectual property, of Motorola's semiconductor business.
In this newly created position, Wolin will be responsible for AMD's intellectual property matters, direct the Technolo gy Law Department, and report to the Office of the General Counsel and Secretary.
Prior to joining AMD, Wolin was with Motorola Inc. for 12 years and held a number of positions in its legal organization, primarily in intellectual-property law. Most recently, Wolin served as vice president and director of legal affairs for Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector, where he was responsible for the worldwide legal matters, including intellectual property of the company's chip business.
"Harry brings a wealth of experience in intellectual property strategy, development and licensing, as well as other sophisticated technology transactions. Harry's decision to join our organization is an affirmation of AMD's stature as a world class intellectual property producer," said Thomas M. McCoy, senior vice president, secretary and general counsel of AMD.
Wolin, whose principal office will be in Austin, Tex., said, "AMD is a technology leader in high speed microprocessor and flash memory design as well as in process development and manufacturing. This, along with its unique business position makes it a very intriguing place to practice intellectual property law."
Earlier this week, Larry Hollatz, group vice president of AMD's Computation Products Group and one of the highest officials in the company, resigned without explanation (see Aug. 31 story). No successor has yet been named, though AMD chief executive officer Hector de J. Ruiz is filling in until a replacement is found. Like Wolin, Ruiz came to AMD from Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector in Austin.