Apple and Google could face sales ban following patent dispute

A patent dispute between chipmakers GlobalFoundries and its rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) could lead to certain Apple and Google phones being taken off the shelves.

US-based GlobalFoundries accused TSMC of intellectual property theft saying the company had used some of its technology in certain products such as the iPhone XS and Google’s Pixel smartphone.

GlobalFoundries is seeking damages but said it also wants to halt the import of products using its technology. This also affects Nvidia, Asus, Motorola and OnePlus.

Gregg Bartlett, senior vice president of engineering and technology at GlobalFoundries said:

“While semiconductor manufacturing has continued to shift to Asia, GF has bucked the trend by investing heavily in the American and European semiconductor industries, spending more than $15bn in the last decade in the US and more than $6bn in Europe’s largest semiconductor manufacturing fabrication facility. These lawsuits are aimed at protecting those investments and the US and European-based innovation that powers them.”

He added that the company had made significant investments in research and its development. “TSMC has been unlawfully reaping the benefits of our investments.” Therefore, legal action would be necessary, he added.

Well, there are always Samsung and LG if you’re in the market for a new smartphone.