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Taiwan Apple Supplier Sued for Infringement


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Wed, 28 Aug 2019 17:35 GMT

Taiwan’s chip manufacturer TSMC, a major supplier of Apple products, pledged on Tuesday, August 27th to "fight vigorously" GlobalFoundries’ patent infringement claims, AFP reported.

GlobalFoundries, TSMC’s American competitor, accused the semiconductor manufacturer in the US and Germany of copying 16 of its patents via lawsuits on Monday.

The US company wants compensation for "significant damages" from TSMC and to secure court orders precluding it from importing products that utilise technology GlobalFoundries claims are copied.

"For years, while we have been devoting billions of dollars to domestic research and development, TSMC has been unlawfully reaping the benefits of our investments," Gregg Bartlett, Global Foundries senior vice president of engineering and technology, said in a statement.

"This action is critical to halt (TSMC's) unlawful use of our vital assets and to safeguard the American and European manufacturing base."

Against a wave of the replacement of American semiconductor manufacturers with Asian alternatives, GlobalFoundries said it has invested over $15bn in the last ten years in the US and $6bn in Europe.

TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) said the allegations were "baseless" and vowed to use "any and all options to protect our proprietary technologies."

"We are disappointed to see a foundry (professional) peer resort to meritless lawsuits instead of competing in the marketplace with technology," it said in a statement.