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South Korea fines Qualcomm $854 million for violating competition laws



South Korea fines Qualcomm 4 million for violating competition laws

Uber to invest $500 million in global mapping project: FT


Uber to invest 0 million in global mapping project: FT

New York (Reuters) – Ride-coming service Uber [UBER.UL] has decided to invest $ 500 million in an ambitious global mapping project to wean itself off dependence on Google Maps and pave the way for driver cars, the Financial Times reported yesterday.

The San Francisco-based company is ramping up spending on new technology, such as mapping and driver cars following new investment in the company earlier this year.

A representative for Uber could not be reached immediately for comment

(Reporting by Catherine Ngai; Editing by Marguerita Choy).

Apple ordered to pay $234 million to university for infringing patent


Apple ordered to pay $234 million to university for infringing patent

(Reuters) – A US jury on Friday ordered Apple Inc. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arm patent license more than $ 234 million to pay compensation to integrate its technology chip in some of iPhones and iPads the company without authorization

The amount less than the $ 400 million from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) claiming damages after the jury Tuesday said Apple violated its patent for improved performance was computer processors.

Apple said it would appeal the ruling, but declined further comment.

WARF welcomed the ruling and said it was important to protect the inventions of the University of unauthorized use. “This decision is great news” – said Director General of WARF Carl Gulbrandsen in a statement.

The jury deliberated about 3-1 / 2 hours before returning the verdict closely followed in the case by a federal court in Madison, Wisconsin. It was the second stage of a process that began on October 5.

The jury investigated whether Apple A7, A8 and A8X processors found in the iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus, and the various versions of the iPad, violated patent

WARF sued Apple in January 2014 violate the patent on a 1998 “predictor circuit” developed by computer science professor Gurindar Sohi and three of his students.

Much of the argument of injury had to do with whether a particular section of Apple chips sold in the units abroad, rather than placed in the US, also infringed WARF the patent. Jurors liked what they were doing.

Apple had tried to argue strongly limited its liability to the jury that WARF earned even less than the $ 110 million the Foundation set with Intel Corp on after that company in 2008 on the same patent.

Apple had argued that patent WARF to as little as $ 7 per unit sold, instead of $ 2.74 which demanded WARF.

WARF uses a portion of the revenue it generates to support research at the school, to distribute more than $ 58 million in grants last year, according to its website.

On Thursday, US District Judge William Conley, who presides over the case, ruled that Apple did not willfully had infringed the patent of WARF, raising the possibility of treble damages in the case.

Last month, WARF has launched a second lawsuit against Apple, focusing on the latest chips and enterprise devices, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus and Pro.

The case is Wisconsin Alumni Research iPad. Foundation v Apple Inc, US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, No. 14-cv-62

(Reporting by Andrew Chung, edited by Alexia Garamfalvi and Tom Brown).

Cisco ordered to pay $70 million in civil fraud patent case


Cisco ordered to pay  million in civil fraud patent case

Cisco Systems, Inc. will provide $ 70 million in damages payable to the patentee licensor Xpert Universe Inc. for fraudulently obtaining the technology developed by the company in New York, a jury found Friday, according to court documents.

The jury also found that two patents Cisco Xpert Universe violated and awarded an additional $ 34,000 in damage to these claims.

Cisco, the world’s largest maker of networking equipment, said he would appeal if the court has no influence on the jury verdict.

“We are surprised and very disappointed with the verdict of the jury,” Cisco said in a statement emailed after the verdict was rendered by a federal court in Delaware.

Xpert Universe

according to the lawsuit San Jose, California, Cisco “Expert on Demand” software platform was developed based on a software Xpert Universe.

Xpert Universe

Cisco said violated an agreement not to disclose that he had signed and filed patents on the technology developed by Xpert Universe. He said that the companies have entered into a relationship in which Cisco distributes the technology was developed with experts Xpert Universe effectively responds to the call centers.

Xpert Universe

said that the companies have signed non-disclosure agreement before he showed Cisco “all aspects of intellectual property.”

Cisco Xpert Universe approached in 2004 and the companies worked together until 2007, when Cisco is the link Xpert Universe said in his trial.

The following year, Cisco announced that he “Expert on Demand” launching. Xpert Universe filed its complaint in 2009.

a court filing this week, Cisco, said U.S. District Judge Richard Andrews in Wilmington, that “there is no evidence from which the jury could find in favor of XU on his fraudulent concealment or patent applications.”

Xpert Universe Stroock & Stroock lawyer Charles Cantine & Lavan LLP of said the company was “very happy” with the ruling.

The Case of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware Xpert Universe Inc. vs. Cisco Systems Inc., 09-157.

Sony trims quarterly loss to $115 million


TOKYO (AP) â?? Sony Corp. is bad but still managed to reduce red ink for the last quarter, the Japanese electronics and entertainment is a return of a record annual losses.

Sony on Thursday reported a loss of 10.7 billion yen ($ 115 million) for the period October-December quarter compared to a loss of ¥ 158 billion a year earlier.

The company has a record loss of 457 billion yen for the year to March 2011 the TV business struggled and suffered damage to plant and supplier in northern Japan since the earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

quarterly revenue rose slightly

nearly 7 percent to 1.95 trillion yen ($ 21 billion), despite a decline in sales of gadgets such as flat screen televisions and video recorders, Blu-ray, but only because Sony an advantage of a weaker yen.

The yen weakened as a result of the expectations of the central bank’s monetary policy easing and helped Sony increase the value of sales abroad.

Sony has lost money over the last four years, since it fell behind its powerful rivals like Apple and Samsung Electronics Co. of profitability and innovation.

Kazuo Hirai, who took over as president nine months ago, promises to lead to a return to what he calls the “wow” products, such as owls, mobile devices, digital cameras and sophisticated interconnected gadgets designed to bravery Sony show.

The problem is that competitors do the same, and sometimes do more quickly and at a better price.

Sony should provide information on the PlayStation 4 video game machine later this month, but it is unclear whether video games can really save Sony.

division of Sony TV

the ninth consecutive year, the red ink.

The activity

movie performed better on the success of “Skyfall” and “Hotel Transylvania”, while the music industry has also done well with bestsellers Alicia Keys “Girl on Fire” One Direction “Take Me Home” , and Celine Dion “No Wait”, says Sony. Both divisions showed an increase in operating profit and sales.

Sony has its eking predict a return to 20 billion yen ($ 214 million) profit for the year to March. has also left unchanged its forecast of 6.6 billion yen ($ 70.6 billion) in annual sales increase of 1.6 percent over the previous year.

other Japanese electronics manufacturers have also suffered, but was helped by the weak yen.

Panasonic Corp. and Sharp Corp. are both expected huge losses for the fiscal year in March. Panasonic announced last week a profit ¥ 61.4 billion ($ 667 million) for the period October-December Friday, reversing losses in the same quarter a year earlier, while Sharp reported a small flow of red ink on a 36.7 billion yen ( $ 399 million) quarterly loss.

Sony has promised to reduce bureaucracy in the ranks of management and product development decisions. He sells his headquarters building in New York for $ 1.1 billion in a deal expected to be completed in March. He along with the Japanese medical equipment maker Olympus Corp. to develop in this lucrative field.

Sony was once a brand recognized for its innovation, creating new fields of electronics, such as Walkman, one of the first mobile devices to the moment when it became a hit in the 1980s to catch. Some analysts believe that overtaking in smartphones and flat-screen TV can be a little too late, and the company have a much more innovative if it hopes to regain its historical prestige. Also

Thursday, Fujitsu announced that 5,000 jobs, or about 3 percent of its global workforce, to cut by the end of next month, as it seeks its computer chip business and operations abroad shape. Of these redundancies will be 2,800 in Japan and 2,200 abroad, mainly in Europe. A more detailed breakdown was not immediately available.

company spokesman said Takashi Koto redundancies will be achieved through early retirement, layoffs and other methods.


Yuri Kageyama

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