Sat, Jan 28, 2006 - Page 5 News List

Business Quick Take


■ Semiconductors
MediaTek settles patent suit

MediaTek Inc (聯發科), a local digital media chipset solutions provider, said yesterday it has agreed with Zoran Corp of the US to settle their patent infringement disputes. Under the settlement, the two companies will immediately dismiss all pending litigation filed against each other in all jurisdictions worldwide, the Taiwanese firm said. The companies began suing each other in 2004. MediaTek, the world's biggest maker of chips for DVD players, will pay Zoran US$55 million in licensing fees and US$30 million in royalty payments over the next 30 months. Zoran said it would split the proceeds of the settlement with another rights holder, which it didn't name. The two sides also signed agreements authorizing the use of each other's patents in optical storage devices for computer products.

■ Technology

`Taiwan e-Future' proposed

With information and telecommunication technology expected to connect all corporations, homes and individuals in the future, Chunghwa Telecom Co (中華電信) and Microsoft Corp yesterday announced plans to develop joint service offerings for a "Taiwan e-Future." The two companies signed a letter of intent to co-develop various IT services and undertake various public benefit programs to reduce the digital gap and a training center to cultivate domestic IT and communication talent. Chunghwa Telecom hopes to make telecommunication services more useful and offer services especially geared toward small and medium-sized businesses, company president Lu Shyue-ching (呂學錦) said. To reduce the digital gap for students in remote areas and disadvantaged groups, Microsoft Taiwan will donate software to students, while Chunghwa Telecom will provide Internet connection services, said Tim Chen (陳永正), Microsoft's corporate vice president and CEO for the Greater China region.

■ Employment

Sales staff most sought

Sales, manufacturing, restaurants and tourism will be the sectors most in need of employees this year, according to the results of a survey that was released yesterday by Pan Asia Human Resources Management Co (泛亞人力銀行). According to the survey of the 280,000 jobs advertised by the company this month, sales staff are most needed, with jobs in this sector representing 19.68 percent of job offerings. This is followed by manufacturing with 13.07 percent and tourism and restaurants with 12.24 percent. Yang Ken-cheng (楊肯誠), the company's chief operation officer, said the large number of jobs in tourism and at restaurants indicates that people are taking more vacation time and spending more money on leisure.

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