Aug 27, 2019

iPhone faces sales ban threat due to computer chip patent battle

US-based GlobalFoundries is demanding an import ban of products that use processors manufactured by its rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company in the US and Europe. The company, which is based in California, is seeking "Significant" damages, alleging that the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company had made billions of dollars of profit using its patented technology. GF wants to prevent the import of chips produced with the technologies in question. "These lawsuits are aimed at protecting those investments and the US and European-based innovation that powers them," said Gregg Bartlett, senior vice-president of engineering and technology at GF. "This action is critical to halt Taiwan Semiconductor's unlawful use of our vital assets and to safeguard the American and European manufacturing base." "We are disappointed to see a foundry peer resort to meritless lawsuits instead of competing in the marketplace with technology," the company said in a statement.

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