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GlobalFoundries And TSMC Settle Patent Infringement Differences

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Taiwan-based TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd) and US-based GlobalFoundries have kissed and made up, after the two chipmakers agreed to settle their legal differences.

Earlier this month TSMC filed multiple lawsuits against GlobalFoundries in the US, Germany and Singapore for its alleged “ongoing infringement” of 25 patents related to its 40nm, 28nm, 22nm, 14nm, and 12nm node processes.

That move came in response to Santa-Clara-based GlobalFoundries, which had slapped TSMC in August with lawsuits in the US and Germany, alleging that it had infringed its intellectual property for its 7nm, 10nm, 12nm, 16nm, 28nm manufacturing processes.

It had sought for ‘significant damages’ for the alleged infringements.

But now according to Reuters, on Monday both parties agreed to dismiss all patent litigations between themselves and those that involve their customers.

It is reported that TSMC and GlobalFoundries will cross-license each other’s patents as well as those patents that will be filed during the next ten years, the companies said in a joint statement.

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