Patent allegations to be probed
The US International Trade Commission has decided to launch an investigation into patent infringement allegations against Taiwanese integrated circuit (IC) designer MediaTek Inc (聯發科), PC vendors Acer Inc (宏碁) and Asustek Computer Inc (華碩), and various other companies.
The commission said the decision to launch the probe follows a complaint filed in May by US-based Freescale Semiconductor Inc that accuses the firms of infringing on its patents.
The commission said it would look into certain ICs made on the technology asserted by Freescale, as well as products containing the same technology, such as wireless communication devices, wireless phones, televisions, optical disk players and tablet computers.
Other high-tech companies to be investigated include Taiwanese television maker Amtran Technology Co (瑞軒), Japan’s Sharp Corp and Sony Corp, and China’s PC vendor Lenovo Group Ltd (聯想), as well as US-based Amazon.com Inc.
Wintek’s revenue rises
Wintek Corp (勝華), which supplies touch panels to Chinese handset maker Xiaomi Corp (小米), yesterday said revenue rose 1.8 percent to NT$6.89 billion (US$230 million) last month, from NT$6.77 billion.
That brought last quarter’s revenue up 27.53 percent to NT$20.8 billion, compared with NT$16.31 billion in the first three months.
On an annual basis, May revenue soared about 57 percent from NT$4.39 billion, Wintek said in a statement.
In the first six months of this year, revenue increased 2.84 percent to NT$37.11 billion from NT$36.09 billion during the same period of last year, according to the statement.
4G services expand
Taiwan Mobile Co (台灣大哥大) yesterday expanded its fourth-generation (4G) telecom services network to Changhua City and Greater Tainan, boosting its national coverage to 85 percent of Taiwan’s total population, from 80 percent across six major cities.
Far EasTone Telecommunications Co (遠傳電信) also extended its 4G network to Changhua County, Greater Tainan and Taitung County yesterday.
Market researcher IDC Corp has raised its forecast of Taiwan’s 4G subscribers to more than 1 million users this year from its earlier estimate of 600,000 users. The number of 4G users will at least double next year from this year, it said.
ScinoPharm president to retire
ScinoPharm Taiwan (台灣神隆), which supplies active pharmaceutical ingredients, yesterday said its president and CEO Jo Shen (馬海怡) would retire at the end of this month.
The company said Shen’s decision was made due to family issues, according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange.
The 67-year-old Shen has led the company for 17 years and she will remain on the company’s board after she retires on July 31, the company said, without specifying a successor.
Plastic One M8 to go on sale
A cheaper plastic variant of HTC Corp’s (宏達電) One M8 flagship smartphone has been certified by the National Communications Commission (NCC) for sale in Taiwan.
In a statement posted on the commission’s Web site, the device called the HTC One (E8) 4G was approved by the commission on Friday, indicating that the company is set to release the new handset in its home market in the coming weeks.
The E8 supports full-spectrum 4G long-term evolution (LTE) connectivity in Taiwan, including the 700 megahertz (MHz), 900MHz and 1,800MHz frequency bands, the commission said.
Polytronics Technology Corp (聚鼎科技) yesterday announced that it is buying Henkel AG’s thermal clad dielectric material (TCLAD) business division for US$26 million as the Taiwanese firm aims to improve its technology, product portfolio and revenue performance. Polytronics, headquartered in the Hsinchu Science Park (新竹科學園區), is a supplier of protection components and heat dissipation materials. The firm entered the metallic heat-dissipation substrate market in 2007 and developed a unique solventless production process. Its board of directors approved signing an agreement with Henkel to acquire the German chemical firm’s TCLAD division in the US. The purchase includes all assets and business interests, including equipment,
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With the US dollar expected to weaken in the next 12 months due to near-zero interest rates, investors should consider purchasing US corporate bonds, Standard Chartered Bank Taiwan Ltd (渣打台灣銀行) said on Thursday. The bank said that the US Federal Reserve since last month has been buying bonds issued by US companies to curb default rates. The US dollar is forecast to be weaker against the pound, the euro and the yen, as well as the Canadian dollar, the Swedish krona and the Swiss franc, as the greenback lacks high investment returns after the Fed in March slashed the benchmark interest rate
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