SAN JOSE, Calif. -- STC.UNM (STC)--the technology-transfer arm of the University
of New Mexico (UNM)--said that it is charging Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing
Co. Ltd. (TSMC) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. with alleged patent
STC, a non-profit corporation that is a subsidiary of the University of New
Mexico Regents, filed a complaint requesting that the U.S. International Trade
Commission commence an investigation into TSMC’s and Samsung’s ''importation of
infringing products that constitute unfair methods of competition and unfair
acts under the patent laws.''
STC is asking the ITC to issue an exclusion order which will prevent TSMC and
Samsung from importing the infringing products into the United States.
The STC said the ''patent pertains to lithographic methods that allow for the
manufacture of smaller features in semiconductor devices.'' The technology,
which issued as a patent in 2000, was developed by several researchers at UNM,
including Steven R. J. Brueck.
Last year, STC filed a complaint against Toshiba Corp., which STC dismissed
once Toshiba became a licensee under the STC patents. STC's complaint identifies
TSMC and Samsung as infringing STC's United States Patent No. 6,042,998,
entitled "Method and Apparatus for Extending Spatial Frequencies in
In March, NEC Corp. signed a non-exclusive license to use semiconductor
technology developed at the University of New Mexico. The process involves
optical lithography methods.
STC licenses technology developed at UNM, including optics, microfluidics,
and high performance materials as well as therapeutics, diagnostics, medical
devices, and drug discovery tools.