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ASML says damage from corporate theft in U.S. was limited

ASML Holding logo is seen at company's headquarters in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Januari 23, 2019. REUTERS/Eva Plevier/File Photo

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch semiconductor equipment manufacturing company ASML Holding NV on Thursday confirmed it had been the victim of corporate espionage but downplayed the impact on its business.

Following a report in Dutch paper Financieele Dagblad that Chinese employees had stolen intellectual property, ASML confirmed it had been a victim of theft.

However it said the material stolen was "not a blueprint" that would allow competitors to copy its core product, the lithography systems used in semiconductor manufacturing.


(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Jan Harvey)