TSMC Must Detail Trade Secrets In Fraud Claim Against Tela

Law360, Los Angeles (July 24, 2014, 8:16 PM EDT) -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. must add specific details about the trade secrets Tela Innovations allegedly misappropriated for its own patent applications in order for TSMC’s fraud claim to survive, a California federal judge ruled Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman tossed TSMC’s fraud claim and its allegation that Tela willfully and maliciously used the Taiwanese company’s trade secrets, finding that TSMC had only alleged “neutral facts” to make its case.

“Plaintiff has failed to allege any facts to show that its confidential information was...
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