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SnapshotsAug 27, 2019 | 19:07 GMT
U.S.: A Chipmaker's Patent Lawsuits Risk Upending the High-Tech Industry
Legal action taken by U.S.-based chipmaker GlobalFoundries has the potential to disrupt supply chains for manufacturers of a variety of consumer electronic devices, including heavy hitters such as Apple Inc. In multiple lawsuits filed Aug. 27 in the United States and Germany and in a complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), GlobalFoundries accuses rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) of infringing on its patents by using its protected methods and equipment to manufacture certain types of semiconductors. It is seeking an import ban of the chips made by TSMC outside the United States using those processes and of any devices containing those chips.
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AssessmentsMar 29, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
A Samsung silicon wafer is displayed on March 23, 2011, in San Jose, California.
As the U.S.-China Tech War Rages on, the Electronics Industry Braces for Impact
Semiconductor manufacturers create the computer chips that power today's growing multitude of electronic devices -- from coffee makers to self-driving cars, and everything in between. The industry, therefore, plays a crucial and increasingly embedded role in the global economy. But today, manufacturers are facing the highest levels of geopolitical risk and competition they have seen in decades, as they grapple with a seismic shift away from Moore's law and toward more specialized chips. Meanwhile, the ongoing trade war between the United States and China -- the two most important markets for electronics -- is threatening to fragment the entire industry and globalized tech sector it operates within.
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AssessmentsAug 2, 2017 | 23:58 GMT
The Trump administration will launch new investigations soon into China's trade and intellectual property practices.
The Trump Administration Reaches for a Trade Sledgehammer
The Trump administration will launch new investigations soon into China's trade and intellectual property practices, underscoring how talks between the United States and China have broken down over U.S. expectations China would help rein in North Korea's nuclear program. With the 100-day action plan on trade that followed U.S. President Donald Trump's meeting in April with Chinese President Xi Jinping over and with North Korea still aggressively pursuing a fully functional and deliverable nuclear weapon, the White House already had signaled it no longer would be constrained when dealing with China before Trump tweeted July 29 that he was "very disappointed in China" for its inaction on North Korea. With comprehensive trade talks now frozen, the United States is pursuing far more aggressive measures [LINK: Invading China, One Trade Dispute at a Time] against China's economic policy — although it still retains the option to walk this pursuit back if
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