Cher Wang (王雪紅), chairwoman of smartphone maker HTC Corp (宏達電), said yesterday the company had no plans to settle patent lawsuits with Apple Inc, local media reported.
Wang made the remark after Apple claimed a victory in a patent suit against Samsung Electronics Co on Friday last week in the US. A California-based jury awarded Apple US$1.05 billion in damages after ruling that Samsung had infringed on six of the seven patents contested by Apple.
“Samsung’s defeat does not mean that Google Inc’s Android camp is defeated,” the Chinese-language online news outlet Cnyes.com quoted Wang as saying yesterday.
Samsung is the world’s largest maker of smartphones running Google Inc’s Android system. Other companies that also use the Android platform in their smartphones include HTC, South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc, as well as China’s Lenovo Group Ltd (聯想), ZTE Corp (中興) and Huawei Technologies (華為).
Wang was talking on the sidelines of a press conference for an upcoming APEC Business Advisory Council meeting. She is one one of Taiwan’s three representatives on the council.
HTC and Apple have sued each other in several cases at the US International Trade Commission. The Taiwanese company is expected to hear an initial ruling by the commission on Nov. 7 on its second lawsuit against Apple.
MediaTek Inc (聯發科), the world’s biggest 5G chip supplier, saw its ranking rise by one notch to No. 7 last year among world semiconductor vendors, as it benefited from the rapid 5G smartphone uptake in China after Huawei Technologies Co (華為) was forced to exit the market, Gartner Inc said in a report yesterday. MediaTek’s revenue soared 58.8 percent to US$17.45 billion last year from US$10.99 billion in 2020, outpacing the global semiconductor industry’s growth of 25 percent, according to Gartner’s tally. That gave MediaTek a 3 percent market share. The Hsinchu-based chip company ranked No. 8 in 2020, behind Texas Instruments
Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corp (高端疫苗) yesterday reported higher neutralizing antibody levels in people who were given its COVID-19 vaccine as a booster after two AstraZeneca doses, the company said. In a trial of 200 participants who received Medigen’s COVID-19 vaccine, neutralizing antibodies against the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 grew by 5.7 times one month after being administered, Taoyuan General Hospital said. Medigen said that the results have been submitted to medRxiv, an online platform for researchers to share complete but unpublished papers. Another trial conducted by National Taiwan University Hospital showed that among 45 participants who received three doses of the Medigen vaccine,
BEATING EXPECTATIONS: With electric vehicles and the metaverse on the horizon, the company predicts a solid first quarter as customers stockpile inventories Key iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密) could achieve an “unprecedented” performance in the first quarter, chairman Young Liu (劉揚偉) said. “Our performance in the first quarter might surpass how we fared in the past few years, and it is likely that some staff at key sites might only get two days off during the Lunar New Year holiday,” Liu said in prepared remarks for the company’s annual workers’ party yesterday. Manufacturers around the world are racing to build up inventory out of fear that outbreaks of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 and other uncertainties could further disrupt their supply
Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd (怡和洋行), a diversified Asia-based group whose businesses span property, transport, retail and luxury hotels, is considering strategic options for its restaurant unit, people with knowledge of the matter said. The Singapore-traded conglomerate is weighing a sale of Jardine Restaurant Group (怡和餐飲集團), a wholly owned subsidiary that operates KFC and Pizza Hut franchises in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Vietnam, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the information is private. The subsidiary also runs Pizza Hut restaurants in Myanmar, according to its Web site. Jardine Matheson has held preliminary discussions with advisers, the people said, adding