TSMC Files Complaints Against GlobalFoundries in U.S., Germany and Singapore for Infringement of 25 Patents to Affirm its Technology Leadership and to Protect Its Customers and Consumers Worldwide

Hsin짯chu, Tai짯wan R.O.C., Oct 1, 2019  TSMC, the world셲 lea짯ding glo짯bal inno짯va짯tor in semi짯con짯duc짯tor manu짯fac짯tu짯ring, filed mul짯ti짯ple lawsuits on Sep짯tem짯ber 30, 2019 against Glo짯bal짯Found짯ries in the United Sta짯tes, Ger짯ma짯ny and Sin짯ga짯po짯re for its ongo짯ing inf짯rin짯ge짯ment of 25 TSMC patents by at least its 40nm, 28nm, 22nm, 14nm, and 12nm node pro짯ces짯ses. In the com짯plaints, TSMC demands injunc짯tions to stop Glo짯bal짯Found짯ries manu짯fac짯tu짯re and sale of inf짯rin짯ging semi짯con짯duc짯tor pro짯ducts. TSMC also seeks sub짯stan짯ti짯al mone짯ta짯ry dama짯ges from Glo짯bal짯Found짯ries for its sale of inf짯rin짯ging semi짯con짯duc짯tor pro짯ducts and unlawful use of TSMC셲 paten짯ted semi짯con짯duc짯tor technologies.

The 25 TSMC patents in the com짯plaints rela짯te to a diver짯se set of tech짯no짯lo짯gies, inclu짯ding Fin짯FET designs, shal짯low trench iso짯la짯ti짯on tech짯ni짯ques, dou짯ble pat짯ter짯ning methods, advan짯ced seal rings and gate struc짯tures, and inno짯va짯ti짯ve cont짯act etch stop lay짯er designs. The짯se spe짯ci짯fic tech짯no짯lo짯gies cover the core fea짯tures of matu짯re and advan짯ced semi짯con짯duc짯tor manu짯fac짯tu짯ring pro짯ces짯ses. The patents at issue com짯pri짯se just a small por짯ti짯on of TSMC셲 exten짯si짯ve port짯fo짯lio that num짯bers more than 37,000 gran짯ted patents world짯wi짯de. TSMC was ran짯ked one of the top 10 com짯pa짯nies for U.S. patent grants last year, for the third con짯se짯cu짯ti짯ve year.

TSMC pio짯nee짯red the dedi짯ca짯ted semi짯con짯duc짯tor foundry model, enab짯ling an enti짯re fab짯less IC design indus짯try worth hundreds of bil짯li짯ons of dol짯lars in the United Sta짯tes. Fur짯ther짯mo짯re, TSMC plays a cri짯ti짯cal role in faci짯li짯ta짯ting the glo짯bal semi짯con짯duc짯tor sup짯p짯ly chain. For exam짯p짯le, TSMC col짯la짯bo짯ra짯tes with dozens of U.S.-based equip짯ment sup짯pli짯ers, intellec짯tu짯al pro짯per짯ty (IP) core pro짯vi짯ders and elec짯tro짯nic design auto짯ma짯ti짯on (EDA) ven짯dors. TSMC pro짯cu짯red about US$20 bil짯li짯on in equip짯ment and ser짯vices from U.S. sup짯pli짯ers over the past 5 years. TSMC also spurs the next gene짯ra짯ti짯on of semi짯con짯duc짯tor tech짯no짯lo짯gy by working clo짯se짯ly with U.S.-based cus짯to짯mers, sup짯pli짯ers and pres짯ti짯gious uni짯ver짯si짯ties. TSMC sub짯si짯dia짯ries ope짯ra짯te a manu짯fac짯tu짯ring site in Washing짯ton Sta짯te along with offices in Cali짯for짯nia and Texas with over a thousand employees.

TSMC셲 patents reflect deca짯des and tens of bil짯li짯ons of dol짯lars of invest짯ments in inno짯va짯ti짯on, resul짯ting in TSMC셲 signi짯fi짯cant con짯tri짯bu짯ti짯on to advance짯ments in semi짯con짯duc짯tor manu짯fac짯tu짯ring tech짯no짯lo짯gy, said Syl짯via Fang, Vice Pre짯si짯dent and Gene짯ral Coun짯sel for TSMC. TSMC셲 lawsuits seek to pro짯tect our repu짯ta짯ti짯on, our signi짯fi짯cant invest짯ments, our near짯ly 500 cus짯to짯mers, and con짯su짯mers world짯wi짯de to ensu짯re ever짯yo짯ne bene짯fits from the most advan짯ced semi짯con짯duc짯tor tech짯no짯lo짯gies that enable a wide ran짯ge of appli짯ca짯ti짯ons such as mobi짯le, 5G, AI, IoT and high per짯for짯mance com짯pu짯ting, which are cri짯ti짯cal짯ly important to the public interest.

About TSMC
TSMC pio짯nee짯red the pure-play foundry busi짯ness model when it was foun짯ded in 1987, and has been
the world셲 lar짯gest dedi짯ca짯ted semi짯con짯duc짯tor foundry ever sin짯ce. The com짯pa짯ny sup짯ports a thriving
eco짯sys짯tem of glo짯bal cus짯to짯mers and part짯ners with the industry셲 lea짯ding pro짯cess tech짯no짯lo짯gy and
port짯fo짯lio of design ena짯blem짯ent solu짯ti짯ons to unleash inno짯va짯ti짯on for the glo짯bal semiconductor
industry.

TSMC ser짯ves its cus짯to짯mers with glo짯bal capa짯ci짯ty of more than 12 mil짯li짯on 12-inch equi짯va짯lent wafers
per year in 2019, and pro짯vi짯des the broa짯dest ran짯ge of tech짯no짯lo짯gies from 0.5 micron plus all the way
to foundry셲 most advan짯ced pro짯ces짯ses, which is 7몁anometer today. TSMC is the first foundry to
pro짯vi짯de 7몁anometer pro짯duc짯tion capa짯bi짯li짯ties, and is head짯quar짯te짯red in Hsin짯chu, Tai짯wan. For more
infor짯ma짯ti짯on about TSMC plea짯se visit http://www.tsmc.com.