GlobalFoundries Files Multiple Lawsuits Against Bitmain Chip Supplier For 16 Patent Infringements
The world’s leading specialty foundry based in the United States, GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) has sued rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. for infringement of their patents. TSMC is currently the largest chip manufacturer in the world while GF holds second place in terms of annual sales.
The U.S.-based company is seeking substantial damages from its Taiwanese rival which it alleges is using Globalfoundries’ technology to help it win tens of billions of dollars of sales. GF cited products including iPhones, AirPods, Apple TV and iPad models. It also mentioned Cisco’s switch boxes as using infringing chips.
TSMC is the world's largest dedicated independent semiconductor foundry, with its headquarters and main operations located in the Hsinchu Science and Industrial Park in Hsinchu, Taiwan.
Senior vice president of corporate development at Globalfoundries, Sam Azar says:
“Someone had to do something, the world needs a competitive semiconductor industry. We’re using courts in the U.S. and Europe that care about protecting manufacturing.”
GF is looking for orders that will prevent semiconductors produced with the infringing technology by Taiwan-based TSMC from being imported into the U.S. and Germany. Additionally, they are also seeking the names of TSMC chip importers that incorporate the infringing TSMC technology along with “significant damages.”
Gregg Bartlett, senior vice president of engineering and technology at GF added:
“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.”
Bitmain’s relationship with TSMC is not in good shape, as the company is in arrears in the amount of over $300 million. Bitmain has, at one point, owed TSMC over $1 billion, but it was only able to pay $700 million.