ITC initiates Spansion case
Local memorychip maker Macronix International Co Ltd (旺宏電子) yesterday said that the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has initiated a patent infringement investigation into Spansion and certain customers of Spansion. The ITC’s move came after Macronix filed complaints last month saying that Spansion has infringed on its patents, and that some of its customers, including Beats Electronics LLC, have used problematic chips in their products. Macronix also requested the ITC to ban the sales and imports of Spansion’s infringing products, or any products containing those problematic chips to the US.
Veteran to head Hon Hai
Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密), the main manufacturer of Apple Inc products, said yesterday it has hired telecom veteran Lu Shyue-ching (呂學錦) to head its information and communication technology development center. Lu, who resigned in April last year as chairman of Chunghwa Telecom Co (中華電信), Taiwan’s largest telecom, is expected to complete Hon Hai’s cloud-based multiscreen strategy, the company said in a statement. Chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) said Lu’s work will contribute to the firm’s plan to offer a wider range of technology services, according to the statement. Hon Hai said its center will foster the required technologies, patents and talent for the next generation of Web-based communication products.