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TSMC counter-suing the US chip rival to GlobalFoundries for patent infringement

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is to look at an investor conference in Taipei, Taiwan, 13 April, 2017. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo

(Reuters) – Apple Inc’s supplier, TSMC (2330.WATER has counter-sued a smaller contract chipmaking rival GlobalFoundries Inc. in the United States of america, Germany, australia and Singapore, saying the U.S. company had violated 25 of the patents.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) said in court on Monday, has requested to issue orders to stop the GlobalFoundries’ manufacturing and the sale of the team, which is an infringement of the patent.

TSMC, the world’s largest contract chipmaker, said in a statement on Tuesday it was seeking “substantial damages, of GlobalFoundries,” but does not specify an amount.

The suits come in a little more than a month after the GlobalFoundries charged with TSMC for the allegedly infringing 16 of its patents, seeking to stop the importation into the United States of products made using the technology of that patent.

“TSMC has long been made use of its dominant position in the market, in order to put pressure on its smaller rivals, and the concern that the litigation filed today is consistent with that history,” Santa Clara, California-based GlobalFoundries, said in a statement.

“We are confident in our position and the legal process, and we are not intimidated by these actions.”

GlobalFoundries, said in August that the attacks were aimed at the protection of the investments made in the United States of america. The company was looking for other than specified as “significant” damage on the basis of what they have said was for TSMC’s unlawful use of its technology and the tens of billions of dollars of sales”.

GlobalFoundries was mentioned, Apple’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 customers will be affected by the symptoms.

TSMC, at the time referred to as GlobalFoundries’ allegations are “without merit”.

Reporting by Sayantani Ghosh and Douglas Busvine and Yimou Lee; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Muralikumar Anantharaman

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