TSMC Responds to Lawsuit by GlobalFoundries: Allegations Are Baselessby Anton Shilov on August 27, 2019 1:30 PM EST
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TSMC has responded to GlobalFoundries accusations of patents infringements. The world’s largest foundry said that it would defend itself in courts and that it considered allegations as baseless. The contract maker of semiconductors said that throughout its history it was granted 37,000 patents and naturally considers itself one of the leaders in the industry.
On Monday GlobalFoundries said that TSMC, a number of its customers, as well as makers of various products infringed 16 of its patents covering various aspects of chip manufacturing. In particular, GlobalFoundries claims that TSMC’s 7 nm, 10 nm, 12 nm, 16 nm, and 28 nm nodes illegally use its intellectual property. Among defendants, the company named Apple, Broadcom, Mediatek, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Xilinx and many others. GlobalFoundries seeks damages from TSMC and wants courts to ban shipments of products that use infringing semiconductors into the USA and Germany.
|GlobalFoundries vs. TSMC et al|
|Fabless Chip Designers||Consumer Product Manufacturers||Electronic Component Distributors|
Quite naturally, TSMC denies any allegations and claims that it will defend itself in courts. The company stresses that it spends billions of dollars on R&D and has been granted 37,000 patents worldwide. Typically, high-tech companies counter-sue each other in patent infringement cases, so it will not be surprising if TSMC decides to sue GlobalFoundries. In the end, this is what patents are for. Meanwhile, unlike GlobalFoundries, TSMC will unlikely sue fabless designers of semiconductors that use the former’s services to a large degree because the vast majority of chip developers are it slients.
The statement by TSMC reads as follows:
TSMC is in the process of reviewing the complaints filed by GlobalFoundries on August 26, but is confident that GlobalFoundries’ allegations are baseless. As a leading innovator, TSMC invests billions of dollars each year to independently develop its world-class, leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing technologies. As a result, TSMC has established one of the largest semiconductor portfolios with more than 37,000 patents worldwide and a top 10 ranking for US patent grants for 3 consecutive years since 2016. We are disappointed to see a foundry peer resort to meritless lawsuits instead of competing in the marketplace with technology. TSMC is proud of its technology leadership, manufacturing excellence, and unwavering commitment to customers. We will fight vigorously, using any and all options, to protect our proprietary technologies.
|GlobalFoundries vs. TSMC et al, GF's Patents in the Cases|
|Bit Cell With Double Patterned Metal Layer Structures||US 8,823,178||Juhan Kim, Mahbub Rashed|
|Semiconductor device with transistor local interconnects||US 8,581,348||Mahbub Rashed, Steven Soss, Jongwook Kye, Irene Y. Lin, James Benjamin Gullette, Chinh Nguyen, Jeff Kim, Marc Tarabbia, Yuansheng Ma, Yunfei Deng, Rod Augur, Seung-Hyun Rhee, Scott Johnson, Subramani KengeriSuresh Venkatesan|
|Semiconductor device with transistor local interconnects||US 9,355,910||Mahbub Rashed, Irene Y. Lin, Steven Soss, Jeff Kim, Chinh Nguyen, Marc Tarabbia, Scott Johnson, Subramani Kengeri, Suresh Venkatesan|
|Introduction of metal impurity to change workfunction of conductive electrodes||US 7,425,497||Michael P. Chudzik, Bruce B. Doris, Supratik Guha, Rajarao Jammy, Vijay Narayanan, Vamsi K. Paruchuri, Yun Y. Wang,Keith Kwong Hon Wong|
|Semiconductor device having contact layer providing electrical connections||US 8,598,633||Marc Tarabbia, James B. Gullette, Mahbub RashedDavid S. Doman, Irene Y. Lin, Ingolf Lorenz, Larry Ho, Chinh Nguyen, Jeff Kim, Jongwook Kye, Yuansheng MaYunfei Deng, Rod Augur, Seung-Hyun Rhee, Jason E. Stephens, Scott Johnson, Subramani Kengeri, Suresh Venkatesan|
|Method of forming a metal or metal nitride interface layer between silicon nitride and copper||US 6,518,167||Lu You, Matthew S. Buynoski, Paul R. Besser, Jeremias D. Romero, Pin-Chin, Connie Wang, Minh Q. Tran|
|Structures of and methods and tools for forming in-situ metallic/dielectric caps for interconnects||US 8,039,966||Chih-Chao Yang, Chao-Kun Hu|
|Introduction of metal impurity to change workfunction of conductive electrodes||US 7,750,418||Michael P. Chudzik, Bruce B. Doris, Supratik Guha, Rajarao Jammy, Vijay Narayanan, Vamsi K. Paruchuri, Yun Y. Wang, Keith Kwong Hon Wong|
|Methods of forming FinFET devices with a shared gate structure||US 8,936,986||Andy C. Wei, Dae Geun Yang|
|Semiconductor device with stressed fin sections||US 8,912,603||Scott Luning, Frank Scott Johnson|
|Multiple dielectric FinFET structure and method||US 7,378,357||William F. Clark, Jr., Edward J. Nowak|
|Bit cell with double patterned metal layer structures||US 9,105,643||Juhan Kim, Mahbub Rashed|
|Complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) device having gate structures connected by a metal gate conductor||US 9,082,877||Yue Liang, Dureseti Chidambarrao, Brian J. Greene, William K. Henson, Unoh Kwon, Shreesh Narasimha, and Xiaojun Yu|
|Hybrid contact structure with low aspect ratio contacts in a semiconductor device||DE 102011002769||Kai Frohberg, Ralf Richter|
|Complementary transistors comprising high-k metal gate electrode structures and epitaxially formed semiconductor materials in the drain and source areas||DE 102011004320||Gunda Beernink, Markus Lenski|
|Semiconductor device with transistor local interconnects||DE 102012219375||Mahbub Rashed, Irene Y. Lin, Steven Soss, Jeff Kim, Chinh Nguyen, Marc Tarabbia, Scott Johnson, Subramani Kengeri, Suresh Venkatesan|
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levizx - Thursday, August 29, 2019 - linkNo high horse yet you think China is the only one mastered this, just because your "first hand" story. History tells a very different story. Not even a century ago USA steals "on an individual scale", not even half a century ago Japan steals "on an individual scale", merely a couple of decades ago Korea steals "on an individual scale". Just because you are too dumb to understand you don't know everything, doesn't mean none of those happened.
lejeczek - Friday, August 30, 2019 - link@levizx - An angry man you are and after you called people names whatever you say can be ignored while being flushed down the toilet.
Vitor - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - linkThe tendency of knowledge is too spread. Should the western nations pay IP royalties for "stealing" powder from China centuries ago?
Humans are a successfuk species because we are really good at learn from each other and adopting new methods and skills. No dumb law of granting a temporal monopoly over some concept can change that.
ghdsports app - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - linkTSMC Responds to Lawsuit by GlobalFoundries: Allegations Are Baseless. TSMC has responded to GlobalFoundries accusations of patents infringements. ... The company stresses that it spends billions of dollars on R&D and has been granted 37,000 patents worldwide.
Sivar - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - linkDefendant responds to lawsuit by saying the allegations are baseless. News at 11:00. :)
mikato - Thursday, August 29, 2019 - linkShocking
Cashmoney995 - Thursday, August 29, 2019 - linkOh GlobalFoundries, every single member of this site that has followed AMD knows that you were the true culprit in AMD's downfall....and magically when you left...things became amazing. Pathetic attempt of greed when history shows you ain't nothing but a Rambus.
Techie2 - Friday, August 30, 2019 - linkHopefully in court it will all get resolved. GloFo isn't dumb enough to waste millions on litigation if they don't believe they can prove their claims in court. These cases can go back and forth in court for years. The bottom line is in the end the courts will rule based on evidence not emotion. If GloFo prevails then TSMC will be paying tens or hundreds of millions and they could be forced to terminate sales of certain products. If TSMC wins then GloFo is likely to have to cough up tens of millions so there is no point in filing frivolous lawsuits.
Yongzhi - Saturday, August 31, 2019 - linkGF is too poor to pay for the daily payment. They had a good idea. To court TSMC patents infringements.
nt300 - Sunday, September 1, 2019 - linkSomething weird about this, it seems as though GlobF is in desperation or something.