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Genesis loses lawsuit
Genesis Microchip Inc, the world's biggest maker of chips for flat-panel computer monitors, said a US trade agency judge ruled that two Taiwanese competitors didn't infringe a patent. The US International Trade Commission administrative law judge's finding that the Genesis Microchip patent wasn't infringed by Media Reality Technologies Inc (晶捷科技) and Trumpion Microelectronics Inc (創品電子) isn't final, the company said. Genesis Microchip said it ask will the full commission to overturn the judge's finding. Three other patents remain in the case filed with the agency. Genesis Microchip, based in San Jose, California, filed the complaint seeking to ban the import of products using its patented innovations.
IMF raises HK's forecasts
The IMF may raise its GDP growth forecast for Hong Kong due to positive effects from close ties with the booming mainland Chinese economy, IMF deputy research director David Robinson said yesterday. Hong Kong's burgeoning economic recovery was being propelled by positive factors including a rise in Chinese tourists and the signing of the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) with China in June, he said. Hong Kong firms and professionals will be granted easier access to China's huge market when the CEPA trade agreement comes into effect on Jan. 1, giving them an important headstart over foreign competitors. As a result, "the IMF is considering raising its GDP growth forecasts for Hong Kong," which currently stand at 1.5 percent for this year and 2.8 percent for next, said Robinson.
Xilinx to farm out new chips
Xilinx Inc, the world's biggest designer of programmable semiconductors, is in talks with chipmakers, including Japanese companies, on making chips using finer circuitry widths, a move that would place the company ahead of closest rival Altera Corp in terms of production techniques. "We are now in talks with chipmakers, including the Japanese, to decide where to farm out system chips with circuitry of 65 nanometers," chief executive Willem Roelandts said in an interview this week in Tokyo without saying which companies he's talked to. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. The most advanced chips now use circuits with features 90 nanometers wide. The San Jose, California-based chipmaker began using 90-nanometer technology a year ahead of competitors by contracting production to Hsinchu, Taiwan-based United Microelectronics Corp (聯電), the world's No. 2 supplier of made-to-order chips.
US net surfers at new high
The number of US Internet users topped 150 million in September for the first time, a market research group said Tuesday. The report by comScore Media Metrix also found that time spent online also grew, driven by students returning to universities after summer vacation. "In September, a number events impacted Americans' use of the Internet, including Hurricane Isabel, the kickoff of the NFL [National Football League] season and students returning to school," said Peter Daboll, president of comScore Media Metrix. Microsoft and its MSN sites topped the list of most visited sites with 110 million users, followed by America Online and Time Warner sites with 109 million. Close behind was Yahoo with 108 million.
TWO CASES: The five allegedly conspired with conglomerates, threatening the nation’s governance and subverting the rules of ethical conduct, a deputy chief prosecutor said Taipei prosecutors yesterday charged three legislators and one former lawmaker with contravening the Anti-Corruption Act (貪污治罪條例) in a case linked to former Pacific Distribution Investment Co (太平洋流通) chairman Lee Heng-lung’s (李恆隆) battle with the Far Eastern Group (遠東集團) over ownership of the Pacific SOGO Department Store (太平洋崇光百貨) chain, while independent Legislator Chao Cheng-yu (趙正宇) was indicted in a separate case involving two funeral services companies and a plot of land in a national park. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators Chen Chao-ming (陳超明) and Sufin Siluko (廖國棟), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Su Chen-ching (蘇震清) and former New Power Party legislator
PENGHU INSPECTION: Taiwan cannot let its enemies strut around in its airspace, Tsai said, one day after a Chinese spokesman denied a median line exists in the Taiwan Strait Following China’s assertion on Monday that there is no “median line” in the Taiwan Strait, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday pledged to defend the nation’s airspace during a visit to an air force base in Penghu, saying that Taiwan cannot allow others to flex their military muscle in its territorial airspace. Tsai praised the “heroic performance” of the pilots of the Indigenous Defense Fighters who have been intercepting Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force planes in recent days. “I have a lot of confidence in you. As soldiers of the Republic of China [ROC], how could we let enemies strut
Swedish Member of Parliament Hampus Hagman is pushing for changing the name of the nation’s trade office in Taipei to signal improved relations with “Asia’s perhaps foremost democracy.” Hagman on Wednesday last week proposed renaming the Swedish Trade and Invest Council to “Sweden’s Office in Taipei,” following similar changes by other nations. The Swedish Trade and Invest Council, part of Business Sweden, is owned by the Swedish government and Swedish industry. Taiwan and Sweden share important values such as respect for democracy, human rights, the rule of law and freedom of speech, Hagman said in the motion, adding that the two nations
EFFICIENCY: The rules for Philippine arrivals were revised after 17.6% of arrivals with symptoms tested positive, compared with 0.7% of those with no symptoms Starting today, Chinese spouses who hold a reunion permit can apply to enter Taiwan and travelers without symptoms from the Philippines do not need to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival, but are to be tested after a 14-day quarantine, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, said that from today, Chinese who are married to a Taiwanese citizen and hold a reunion permit can apply to the National Immigration Agency for entry into Taiwan. Chinese who are married to a foreign national and hold an accompanied reunion permit