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GlobalFoundries wants to ban U.S. imports of TSMC, customers, products

The logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), is seen at the company headquarters in Hsinchu, Taiwan-August 31, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Contract chipmaker GlobalFoundries has been calling for a larger rival, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), for patent infringement, seeking to stop the defendant’s customers, including Apple, from importing products into the United States.

In court on Monday in the United States, GlobalFoundries did not specify “significant” damage as a result of TSMC (2330.T) on the basis of the Taiwanese company’s unauthorized use of its technology and the tens of billions of dollars of revenue.”

The complaint, which alleged that as the chip technologies that can be used by TSMC violated the GlobalFoundries’ 16 of its patents, and sought to prevent the importation of a product, with the chips produced using the infringing technologies, Santa Clara, California-based company said in a statement.

It does not address the products affected by the infringement, but it is listed as Apple Inc’s (AAPL.(O) and Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.(O) in the Alphabet, Inc. ‘ s (GOOGL.(O), Google, and Nvidia Corp (NVDA.O), Lenovo Group (0922.HK), and Taiwan MediaTek Inc. (2454.WATER is among TSMC’s customers are affected by the symptoms.

TSMC was not immediately available for comment. Nvidia has declined to comment. Other customers were also not immediately available for comment.

In a move to highlight the investment in the United States is in the midst of a deepening of the US trade war with China, Beijing’s unfair practices, which is the transfer of technology and intellectual property, GlobalFoundries, said that the lawsuits are intended to protect the U.S. investment.

“While semiconductor manufacturing has continued to shift to Asia, and GlobalFoundries, has bucked the trend by investing heavily in the European and American semi-conductor industry,”

GlobalFoundries, which is owned by Abu Dhabi state investment vehicle, it said.

“With this action, it is of vital importance … the protection of the U.s. and Eu industrial base.”

Reporting by Josh Horwitz; Editing by Miyoung Kim and Stephen Coates

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