GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) filed multiple lawsuits in the U.S. and Germany alleging that semiconductor manufacturing technologies used by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) infringe 16 GF patents. The lawsuits were filed in the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), the U.S. Federal District Courts in the District of Delaware, the Western District of Texas, and the Regional Courts of Dusseldorf and Mannheim in Germany. GF seeks to prevent semiconductors produced with the infringing technology by TSMC from being imported into the U.S. and Germany. These lawsuits require GF to name certain major customers of TSMC and downstream electronics companies. GF also seeks significant damages from TSMC.
“While semiconductor manufacturing has continued to shift to Asia, GF has bucked the trend by investing heavily in the American and European semiconductor industries, spending more than $15 billion dollars in the last decade in the U.S. and more than $6 billion in Europe's largest semiconductor manufacturing fabrication facility. These lawsuits are aimed at protecting those investments and the U.S. and European-based innovation that powers them,” said Gregg Bartlett, senior vice president, engineering and technology at GF. “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. This action is critical to halt Taiwan Semiconductor’s unlawful use of our vital assets and to safeguard the American and European manufacturing base.”
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