GLOBALFOUNDRIES and TSMC Announce Resolution of Global Disputes Through Broad Global Patent Cross-License


San짯ta Cla짯ra, CA and Hsin짯chu, Tai짯wan, R.O.C. Oct. 28, 2019  GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) and TSMC today announ짯ced they are dis짯miss짯ing all liti짯ga짯ti짯on bet짯ween them as well as tho짯se that invol짯ve any of their cus짯to짯mers. The com짯pa짯nies have agreed to a broad life-of-patents cross-licen짯se to each other셲 world짯wi짯de exis짯ting semi짯con짯duc짯tor patents as well as tho짯se patents that will be filed during the next ten years as both com짯pa짯nies con짯ti짯nue to invest signi짯fi짯cant짯ly in semi짯con짯duc짯tor rese짯arch and development. 

This reso짯lu짯ti짯on gua짯ran짯tees GF and TSMC free짯dom to ope짯ra짯te and ensu짯res that their respec짯ti짯ve cus짯to짯mers will con짯ti짯nue to have access to each foundry셲 com짯ple짯te array of tech짯no짯lo짯gies and services.

We are plea짯sed to have quick짯ly rea짯ched this sett짯le짯ment that ack짯now짯led짯ges the strength of our respec짯ti짯ve intellec짯tu짯al pro짯per짯ty. Today셲 announce짯ment enables both of our com짯pa짯nies to focus on inno짯va짯ti짯on and to bet짯ter ser짯ve our cli짯ents around the world, said Tho짯mas Caul짯field, CEO of GF. 쏷his agree짯ment bet짯ween GF and TSMC secu짯res GF셲 abili짯ty to grow and is a win for the enti짯re semi짯con짯duc짯tor indus짯try which is at the core of today셲 glo짯bal economy. 

The semi짯con짯duc짯tor indus짯try has always been high짯ly com짯pe짯ti짯ti짯ve, dri짯ving the play짯ers to pur짯sue inno짯va짯ti짯on that enri짯ched the lives of mil짯li짯ons of peo짯p짯le around the world. TSMC has inves짯ted tens of bil짯li짯ons of dol짯lars towards inno짯va짯ti짯on to reach our lea짯ding posi짯ti짯on today, said Syl짯via Fang, Gene짯ral Coun짯sel for TSMC. 쏷he reso짯lu짯ti짯on is a posi짯ti짯ve deve짯lo짯p짯ment that keeps our focus on advan짯cing the needs of our cus짯to짯mers for tech짯no짯lo짯gies that will con짯ti짯nue to bring inno짯va짯ti짯on to life, enab짯ling the enti짯re semi짯con짯duc짯tor indus짯try to thri짯ve and prosper.


GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) is the world셲 lea짯ding spe짯cial짯ty foundry. We deli짯ver dif짯fe짯ren짯tia짯ted fea짯ture-rich solu짯ti짯ons that enable our cli짯ents to deve짯lop inno짯va짯ti짯ve pro짯ducts for high-growth mar짯ket seg짯ments. GF pro짯vi짯des a broad ran짯ge of plat짯forms and fea짯tures with a uni짯que mix of design, deve짯lo짯p짯ment and fabri짯ca짯ti짯on ser짯vices. With an at-sca짯le manu짯fac짯tu짯ring foot짯print span짯ning the U.S., Euro짯pe and Asia, GF has the fle짯xi짯bi짯li짯ty and agi짯li짯ty to meet the dyna짯mic needs of cli짯ents across the glo짯be. GF is owned by Muba짯d짯a짯la Invest짯ment Com짯pa짯ny. For more infor짯ma짯ti짯on, visit

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 thri짯ving eco짯sys짯tem of glo짯bal cus짯to짯mers and part짯ners with the industry셲 lea짯ding pro짯cess tech짯no짯lo짯gy and port짯fo짯lio of design ena짯blem짯ent solu짯ti짯ons to unleash inno짯va짯ti짯on for the glo짯bal semi짯con짯duc짯tor 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 2 micron all the way to foundry셲 most advan짯ced pro짯ces짯ses, which is 7몁anometer today. TSMC is the first foundry to pro짯vi짯de 7몁anometer pro짯duc짯tion capa짯bi짯li짯ties and the first to com짯mer짯cia짯li짯ze Extre짯me Ultra짯vio짯let (EUV) litho짯gra짯phy tech짯no짯lo짯gy in deli짯ve짯ring cus짯to짯mer pro짯ducts to mar짯ket in high volu짯me. TSMC is head짯quar짯te짯red in Hsin짯chu, Tai짯wan. For more infor짯ma짯ti짯on about TSMC plea짯se visit