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Chinese Company Denies Alleged IP Infringement of ASML


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China’s Dongfang Jingyuan Electron, which makes software for chip manufacturing procedures, has denied reports about alleged IP theft from Dutch lithography giant ASML Holding


ASML's logo is seen at the company's head office in Eindhoven, in The Netherlands, January 23, 2019. Photo: Eva Plevier, Reuters.

 

China’s Dongfang Jingyuan Electron, which makes software for chip manufacturing procedures, has denied reports about alleged IP theft from Dutch lithography giant ASML Holding NV, calling them “false information.”

On an official social media account on Friday, the company said the “recent appearance of a large number of reports related to our company in online media that are inconsistent with the facts.”

DongFang Jingyuan Electron, which was founded in 2014, is a subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed China Oriental Group.

Earlier this week, in an annual earnings report, ASML said it had warned its customers against doing business with Dongfang Jinguan, alleging it was marketing products that may infringe on its intellectual property.

ASML added it was considering taking legal action against the company.

ASML dominates the market for lithography machines critical to making chips out of silicon wafers.

US export restrictions have prevented the company from shipping its most breakthrough extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology to customers in China. The curbs in effect prevent Chinese companies from manufacturing advanced computer chips.

 

• Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard

 

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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