中国人盗窃ASML技术?光刻巨头强势回应!

2019-04-12
14:00:07
来源: 半导体行业观察

据路透社报道,荷兰财经报纸Financieele Dagblad(FD)在周四的一篇报道中指出,中国雇员从荷兰半导体公司艾司摩尔(ASML)(ASML.AS)窃取公司机密,并给造成了数亿美元的损失。

该报称,根据它自己的调查,研发部的高层中国雇员窃取了技术,并泄露给中国。

“艾司摩尔未发现中国当局参与的确凿证据,”该报引述艾司摩尔称。

这篇报导部分依据公司消息人士,部分依据美国加州一法院2018年11月对艾司摩尔美国子公司和XTAL Inc.之间案件的判决。 XTAL Inc.在判决作出一个月后申请破产。

但在不久之后,ASML就此事发出了回应。

光刻巨头在其官方声明中表示,他们不同意“ASML是中国间谍受害者”的这种说法。

ASML总裁兼首席执行官Peter Wennink说: “关于我们在某种程度上是国家阴谋受害者的说法是错误的。 事实上我们是是被硅谷的一小部分员工‘盗窃’技术。 但所有这一切都发生在几年前,我们自己发现了这一点,并于2016年在公共法庭寻求法律诉讼。 之后在2018年11月我们胜诉之后,有多个媒体也报道了这个新闻”。

按照ASML的官方声明和相关报道我们可以看到,这些来自不同国籍的雇员(当中涉及中国人)盗窃了MASK优化软件,并将其转让给XTAL公司(公司资金来自中国和韩国),希望基于此打造一个更具竞争力的产品,将其销售给ASML的南韩客户。 而根据当时的法院判断,XTAL需要给ASML赔偿吧2.23亿美金。

ASML也表示,公司很遗憾成为了技术盗窃的受害者。 但他们也强调,这种IP盗窃现在一直存在于各个行业,且永远是一种风险,但ASML在过去多年来已经加强了保护。

公司CEO在声明中强调: “关于这件事,我们反感对AMSL在中国开展业务有任何影响的说法”,他表示,这仅仅是一单企业间单纯的商业间谍案,也有其他国家的人参与其中。

ASML也表示,这些泄露的软件技术仅仅是ASML广泛的产品和服务组合中的一小部分,与外界猜测的复制一台光刻机相去甚远。

附ASML官方声明原文:

ASML disagrees with any implication that it has been victim of "Chinese espionage", as stated in an article in Dutch financial newspaper Financieele Dagblad earlier on Thursday, 11 April 2019. The article discusses the results of a public court case in the United States that ASML had initiated and won last year, in which a company called XTAL was found by a jury to have misappropriated ASML's confidential and proprietary information and trade secrets in 2015.

"The suggestion that we were somehow victim of a national conspiracy is wrong. The facts of the matter are that we were robbed by a handful of our own employees based in Silicon Valley, who had broken the law to  enrich themselves. All of this occurred several years ago. We found this out by ourselves and immediately sought legal action in public court in 2016. This was reported on in several publications after our victory in November 2018," said ASML President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Wennink.

While still employed by ASML, these employees, with various nationalities, stole software for mask optimization, a specific small part of ASML'

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