In Our Court

I don’t follow the foundries closely, but I something about this lawsuit between two chip behemoths — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. — caught my interet.

It’s not that one party accuses the other of IP theft. Nothing new there.

Rather, it’s where they chose to fight that jumps out. The two Asian based firms — TMSC, of course, is based in Tawain, while SMIC is headquartered in Shanghai — are duking it out in US court (in Oakland, California, to be precise).

Is it that the US provides a neutral battleground? Or is it our strong laws governing intellectual property?

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow

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