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These excerpts taken from the FLEX 10-K filed May 20, 2009.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
 
We own or license various United States and foreign patents relating to a variety of technologies. For certain of our proprietary processes, we rely on trade secret protection. We also have registered our corporate name and several other trademarks and service marks that we use in our business in the United States and other countries throughout the world. As of March 31, 2009 and 2008, the carrying value of our intellectual property was immaterial.
 
Although we believe that our intellectual property assets and licenses are sufficient for the operation of our business as we currently conduct it, we cannot assure you that third parties will not make infringement claims against us in the future. In addition, we are increasingly providing design and engineering services to our customers and designing and making our own products. As a consequence of these activities, we are required to address and allocate the ownership and responsibility for intellectual property in our customer relationships to a greater extent than in our manufacturing and assembly businesses. If a third party were to make an assertion regarding the ownership or right to use intellectual property, we could be required to either enter into licensing arrangements or to resolve the issue through litigation. Such license rights may not be available to us on commercially acceptable terms, if at all, and any such litigation may not be resolved in our favor. Additionally, litigation could be lengthy and costly and could materially harm our financial condition regardless of the outcome. We also could be required to incur substantial costs to redesign a product or re-perform design services.
 
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
 
We own or license various United States and foreign patents relating to a variety of technologies. For certain of our proprietary processes, we rely on trade secret protection. We also have registered our corporate name and several other trademarks and service marks that we use in our business in the United States and other countries throughout the world. As of March 31, 2009 and 2008, the carrying value of our intellectual property was immaterial.
 
Although we believe that our intellectual property assets and licenses are sufficient for the operation of our business as we currently conduct it, we cannot assure you that third parties will not make infringement claims against us in the future. In addition, we are increasingly providing design and engineering services to our customers and designing and making our own products. As a consequence of these activities, we are required to address and allocate the ownership and responsibility for intellectual property in our customer relationships to a greater extent than in our manufacturing and assembly businesses. If a third party were to make an assertion regarding the ownership or right to use intellectual property, we could be required to either enter into licensing arrangements or to resolve the issue through litigation. Such license rights may not be available to us on commercially acceptable terms, if at all, and any such litigation may not be resolved in our favor. Additionally, litigation could be lengthy and costly and could materially harm our financial condition regardless of the outcome. We also could be required to incur substantial costs to redesign a product or re-perform design services.
 
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We own or license various United States and foreign patents
relating to a variety of technologies. For certain of our
proprietary processes, we rely on trade secret protection. We
also have registered our corporate name and several other
trademarks and service marks that we use in our business in the
United States and other countries throughout the world. As of
March 31, 2009 and 2008, the carrying value of our
intellectual property was immaterial.


 



Although we believe that our intellectual property assets and
licenses are sufficient for the operation of our business as we
currently conduct it, we cannot assure you that third parties
will not make infringement claims against us in the future. In
addition, we are increasingly providing design and engineering
services to our customers and designing and making our own
products. As a consequence of these activities, we are required
to address and allocate the ownership and responsibility for
intellectual property in our customer relationships to a greater
extent than in our manufacturing and assembly businesses. If a
third party were to make an assertion regarding the ownership or
right to use intellectual property, we could be required to
either enter into licensing arrangements or to resolve the issue
through litigation. Such license rights may not be available to
us on commercially acceptable terms, if at all, and any such
litigation may not be resolved in our favor. Additionally,
litigation could be lengthy and costly and could materially harm
our financial condition regardless of the outcome. We also could
be required to incur substantial costs to redesign a product or
re-perform design services.


 




INTELLECTUAL
PROPERTY



 



We own or license various United States and foreign patents
relating to a variety of technologies. For certain of our
proprietary processes, we rely on trade secret protection. We
also have registered our corporate name and several other
trademarks and service marks that we use in our business in the
United States and other countries throughout the world. As of
March 31, 2009 and 2008, the carrying value of our
intellectual property was immaterial.


 



Although we believe that our intellectual property assets and
licenses are sufficient for the operation of our business as we
currently conduct it, we cannot assure you that third parties
will not make infringement claims against us in the future. In
addition, we are increasingly providing design and engineering
services to our customers and designing and making our own
products. As a consequence of these activities, we are required
to address and allocate the ownership and responsibility for
intellectual property in our customer relationships to a greater
extent than in our manufacturing and assembly businesses. If a
third party were to make an assertion regarding the ownership or
right to use intellectual property, we could be required to
either enter into licensing arrangements or to resolve the issue
through litigation. Such license rights may not be available to
us on commercially acceptable terms, if at all, and any such
litigation may not be resolved in our favor. Additionally,
litigation could be lengthy and costly and could materially harm
our financial condition regardless of the outcome. We also could
be required to incur substantial costs to redesign a product or
re-perform design services.


 




These excerpts taken from the FLEX 10-K filed Jun 24, 2008.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
 
We own or license various United States and foreign patents related to a variety of technologies. For certain of our proprietary processes, we rely on trade secret protection. We also have registered our corporate name and several other trademarks and service marks that we use in our business in the United States and other countries throughout the world.
 
Although we believe that our intellectual property assets and licenses are sufficient for the operation of our business as we currently conduct it, we cannot assure you that third parties will not make infringement claims against us in the future. In addition, we are increasingly providing design and engineering services to our customers and designing and making our own products. As a consequence of these activities, we are required to address and


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allocate the ownership and responsibility for intellectual property in our customer relationships to a greater extent than in our manufacturing and assembly businesses. If a third party were to make an assertion regarding the ownership or right to use intellectual property, we could be required to either enter into licensing arrangements or to resolve the issue through litigation. Such license rights may not be available to us on commercially acceptable terms, if at all, and any such litigation may not be resolved in our favor. Additionally, litigation could be lengthy and costly and could materially harm our financial condition regardless of the outcome. We also could be required to incur substantial costs to redesign a product or re-perform design services.
 
INTELLECTUAL
PROPERTY



 



We own or license various United States and foreign patents
related to a variety of technologies. For certain of our
proprietary processes, we rely on trade secret protection. We
also have registered our corporate name and several other
trademarks and service marks that we use in our business in the
United States and other countries throughout the world.


 



Although we believe that our intellectual property assets and
licenses are sufficient for the operation of our business as we
currently conduct it, we cannot assure you that third parties
will not make infringement claims against us in the future. In
addition, we are increasingly providing design and engineering
services to our customers and designing and making our own
products. As a consequence of these activities, we are required
to address and





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allocate the ownership and responsibility for intellectual
property in our customer relationships to a greater extent than
in our manufacturing and assembly businesses. If a third party
were to make an assertion regarding the ownership or right to
use intellectual property, we could be required to either enter
into licensing arrangements or to resolve the issue through
litigation. Such license rights may not be available to us on
commercially acceptable terms, if at all, and any such
litigation may not be resolved in our favor. Additionally,
litigation could be lengthy and costly and could materially harm
our financial condition regardless of the outcome. We also could
be required to incur substantial costs to redesign a product or
re-perform design services.


 




These excerpts taken from the FLEX 10-K filed May 23, 2008.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
 
We own or license various United States and foreign patents related to a variety of technologies. For certain of our proprietary processes, we rely on trade secret protection. We also have registered our corporate name and several other trademarks and service marks that we use in our business in the United States and other countries throughout the world.
 
Although we believe that our intellectual property assets and licenses are sufficient for the operation of our business as we currently conduct it, we cannot assure you that third parties will not make infringement claims against us in the future. In addition, we are increasingly providing design and engineering services to our customers and designing and making our own products. As a consequence of these activities, we are required to address and allocate the ownership and responsibility for intellectual property in our customer relationships to a greater extent than in our manufacturing and assembly businesses. If a third party were to make an assertion regarding the ownership or right to use intellectual property, we could be required to either enter into licensing arrangements or to resolve the issue through litigation. Such license rights may not be available to us on commercially acceptable terms, if at all, and any such litigation may not be resolved in our favor. Additionally, litigation could be lengthy and costly and could materially harm our financial condition regardless of the outcome. We also could be required to incur substantial costs to redesign a product or re-perform design services.
 
INTELLECTUAL
PROPERTY



 



We own or license various United States and foreign patents
related to a variety of technologies. For certain of our
proprietary processes, we rely on trade secret protection. We
also have registered our corporate name and several other
trademarks and service marks that we use in our business in the
United States and other countries throughout the world.


 



Although we believe that our intellectual property assets and
licenses are sufficient for the operation of our business as we
currently conduct it, we cannot assure you that third parties
will not make infringement claims against us in the future. In
addition, we are increasingly providing design and engineering
services to our customers and designing and making our own
products. As a consequence of these activities, we are required
to address and allocate the ownership and responsibility for
intellectual property in our customer relationships to a greater
extent than in our manufacturing and assembly businesses. If a
third party were to make an assertion regarding the ownership or
right to use intellectual property, we could be required to
either enter into licensing arrangements or to resolve the issue
through litigation. Such license rights may not be available to
us on commercially acceptable terms, if at all, and any such
litigation may not be resolved in our favor. Additionally,
litigation could be lengthy and costly and could materially harm
our financial condition regardless of the outcome. We also could
be required to incur substantial costs to redesign a product or
re-perform design services.


 




This excerpt taken from the FLEX 10-K filed May 29, 2007.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
 
We own or have licensed various United States and foreign patents related to a variety of technologies. For certain of our proprietary processes, we rely on trade secret protection. We also have registered our corporate name and several other trademarks and service marks that we use in our business in the United States and other countries throughout the world.
 
Although we believe that our intellectual property assets and licenses are sufficient for the operation of our business as we currently conduct it, we cannot assure you that third parties will not make infringement claims


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against us in the future. In addition, we are increasingly providing design and engineering services to our customers and designing and making our own products. As a consequence of these activities, we are required to address and allocate the ownership and responsibility for intellectual property in our customer relationships to a greater extent than in our manufacturing and assembly businesses. If a third party were to make an assertion regarding the ownership or right to use intellectual property, we could be required to either enter into licensing arrangements or to resolve the issue through litigation. Such license rights may not be available to us on commercially acceptable terms, if at all, and any such litigation may not be resolved in our favor. Additionally, litigation could be lengthy and costly and could materially harm our financial condition regardless of the outcome. We also could be required to incur substantial costs to redesign a product or re-perform design services.
 
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