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SMIC will vigorously defend against the trade secret case filed by TSMC in state court

04 Jun 2004

shanghai  [2004-06-04]

(Shanghai, China, June 4, 2004) Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. recently refiled a lawsuit against Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC; NYSE: SMI and HKSE: 981) in California state court based on claims of trade secret misappropriation. The claims and facts supporting these claims are substantially similar to those stated in the federal complaint which TSMC filed on December 19, 2003, and was subsequently dismissed on April 21, 2004. SMIC will vigorously defend itself from these so-called “new” claims in California state court.

SMIC emphasizes that it respects the intellectual property rights of others. SMIC has reputable technology partners and customers, and a strong and experienced technical team in house that has contributed to SMIC's success without the need to misappropriate any third party's trade secrets.

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