AmTran faces patent probe
Taiwan-based LED TV assembler AmTran Technology Co (瑞軒) and its California subsidiary, AmTran Logistics Inc, are facing an investigation by the US International Trade Commission. In a statement released on Thursday, the commission said AmTran has been accused of infringing on patents asserted by Graphics Properties Holdings Inc, a patent-holding company in the US that filed a complaint with the commission on May 17 demanding an investigation. In addition to AmTran, the complainant has alleged that Japan’s Panasonic Corp and Toshiba Corp, China’s ZTE Corp (中興) and Vizio Inc, a US-based TV brand owned by AmTran, stole its technology. According to the commission, the investigation will involve certain electronic products, including notebook computers, tablet computers, desktop computers, TV sets and high-definition camcorders, along with DVD players that have display and processing capabilities.
Operators, Hon Hai team up
The nation’s two biggest telecoms yesterday announced that they will sell 70-inch LCD TVs made by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密) for NT$58,800 along with their Internet TV service packages. It is an extension of the partnership between Chung-hwa Telecom Co (中華電信), Taiwan Mobile Co (台灣大哥大) and Hon Hai that began in November last year, when the companies teamed up to sell Hon Hai’s 60-inch LCD TVs. Chunghwa Telecom said it has attracted 12,000 subscribers for its Internet TV service.