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Apple vendor TSMC counts rival chip manufacturer as legal battle continues



The legal battle between Apple supplier TSMC and chipmaker Global Foundries is heating up. The TSMC was first sued by Global Foundries back in August for patent infringement, but now it is fighting back with its own counter suites, as first reported by Reuters .

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As mentioned last month, Apple was named a defendant in the patent infringement case against TSMC. The lawsuit seeks to prohibit the import of Apple devices from both the United States and Germany. Global Foundries claims that TSMC infringed 16 of its patents, and Apple is cited on three of them.

TSMC now rejects claims that Global Foundries infringes 25 of its patents. By comparison, TSMC is the world's largest contract tile manufacturer based in Taiwan, while Global Foundries is a smaller contract tile manufacturer based in Santa Clara, California.

TSMC states that it is seeking "substantial financial damages from Global Foundries" over the patent infringement.

In the lawsuit on Monday, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TSMC) requested injunctions to stop GlobalFoundries' manufacture and sale of chips that allegedly violate the patents, the Taiwanese company said in a statement on Tuesday.

The lawsuits come just over a month after GlobalFoundries sued TSMC for allegedly infringing 16 patents, trying to stop imports into the United States and Germany of products made with technologies using these patents.

TSMC has stated that the original Global Foundation's claims are "groundless" but that has not prevented it from beating back. How this legal battle eventually ends up affecting Apple remains to be seen. Nevertheless, TSMC is a major iPhone provider, so any outcome has the potential to have a major impact on Apple.

Of course, TSMC extends beyond Apple as well. The original Global Foundries lawsuit also cited Qualcomm, Google, Nvidia, Lenovo and MediaTek being affected by the lawsuit.

These cases may notoriously extend over many months, so we do not expect a solution to be reached quickly, especially now that TSMC has counted.

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