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Samsung and Qualcomm sued for violating FinFET IP?!

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Samsung was known not just for manufacturing electronic appliances and smartphones. Their chipset manufacturing plant is one of the largest in this planet which covers manufacturing of Snapdragon 820 and 821 from Qualcomm Inc. Samsung has even given the right for 14nm FinFET technology development to AMD subsidiary GlobalFoundries. However, all those company who worked with Samsung, which including Qualcomm and GlobalFoundries is now sued for violating intellectual property of the FinFET technology. What on earth is going on?!

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KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology from Korea has raised a court letter on the intellectual property violation. The company now sues Samsung, Qualcomm and GlobalFoundries for ‘stealing’ their FinFET technology and thus looking for reimbursement fees.

KAIST IP claimed Samsung Electronics did not show interest in the 3D FinFET technologies in 2001 when Seoul National University professor Lee Jong-ho, who used to work at Wonkwang University at that time, presented them. The technologies can increase the degree of semiconductor integration on a chip to boost performance while reducing energy consumption.

 

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Posted : 2016-11-30 17:06
Updated : 2016-11-30 20:24
Samsung sued by KAIST over FinFET patent infringement

By Yoon Sung-won

Samsung Electronics has been taken to court for infringing on a semiconductor technology patent by an intellectual property (IP) management subsidiary of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in the United States, according to industry sources Wednesday.

The U.S. branch of KAIST IP filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics, Qualcomm and GlobalFoundries at a federal court in Texas on Tuesday local time, claiming the companies should pay royalties for their use of semiconductor manufacturing process technologies known as fin field effect transistors (FinFET).

KAIST IP claimed Samsung Electronics did not show interest in the 3D FinFET technologies in 2001 when Seoul National University professor Lee Jong-ho, who used to work at Wonkwang University at that time, presented them. The technologies can increase the degree of semiconductor integration on a chip to boost performance while reducing energy consumption.

But when Intel released a similar technology called tri-gate metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET) later, Samsung Electronics invited Lee to lecture its engineers and acquired its own patent, according to the KAIST subsidiary.

Samsung Electronics could save time and costs to develop the technologies by duplicating Lee’s invention without paying royalties. It continued to expropriate Lee’s achievements without consideration of his rights or proper compensation. – KAIST

 

Looks like its a tough year for Samsung.

Source : 快芯网, KoreaTimes

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