IFT Sues SMIC, Broadcom, Cypress, DISH as Part of “Second Wave” Assertion

  • December 20, 2019
  • Category: New Patent Litigation
    Market Sector: Semiconductors

With settlements this past October with TSMC and UMC, Innovative Foundry Technologies LLC (IFT) announced the end of the “first wave” of its litigation over a portfolio of patents acquired from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in June 2018, “which now triggers the beginning of the second wave of IFT’s foundry licensing program”. That “second wave” appears to include a new case, filed this past week, against SMIC, together with Broadcom, Cypress Semiconductor, and DISH Network (6:19-cv-00719). The plaintiff accuses certain SMIC semiconductor manufacturing processes of infringing four of those former AMD patents, which generally relate to various aspects of semiconductor/transistor fabrication, configuration, operation, and packaging.

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