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Chipmaker GlobalFoundries Sued Supplier TSMC Over Patent Infringement

Contract chipmaker GlobalFoundries sued bigger rival and Apple supplier TSMC for patent infringement, seeking to cease imports into the U.S. and Germany of products produced with the supposedly infringed technologies.

In lawsuits registered on Monday in the United States and Germany, GlobalFoundries additionally inquired indefinite “significant” damages from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) based on the Taiwanese agency’s unlawful conduct of its technology in its “billions of dollars of sales.”

The complaints claimed that chip manufacturing technologies used by TSMC infringed GlobalFoundries’ 16 patents, and sought to prevent imports of consumers’ products containing chips produced with the infringing technologies, the Santa Clara, California-based firm stated in an announcement.

It did not describe on products affected by the alleged infringement, however, listed Apple Inc., Qualcomm Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Nvidia Corp, Lenovo Group and Taiwan’ MediaTek Inc. among TSMC’s customers affected by the complaints.

TSMC referred to as the allegations “baseless.”

“We’re disappointed to see a foundry peer resort to meritless lawsuits instead of competing in the market with technology,” it said in an announcement.

In a move to highlight its funding in the USA amid an intensifying U.S. trade war with China over Beijing’s alleged unfair practices involving technology transfers and intellectual property, GlobalFoundries additionally stated the lawsuits are aimed at protecting its U.S. investment.

“While semiconductor manufacturing has continued to shift to Asia, GlobalFoundries has bucked the trend by investing closely in the American and European semiconductor industries,” GlobalFoundries, which is owned by Abu Dhabi’s state investment vehicle, said.

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