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Son of ACTA pours fuel on IP trade fire

Activists are mobilising against another international trade treaty, with the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) negotiations between America and the EU starting to cause angst. Negotiating texts of the treaty began leaking earlier this year, and that has given policy analysts time to look under the skin of …
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Euro trade commish criticises Chinese telecoms subsidies

Chinese government subsidies to its telecoms sector are fundamentally unfair, Europe's top trade official has said - just after he announced that the European Commission has dropped a planned unfair pricing investigation into EU imports of Chinese mobile equipment. European Union trade commissioner Karel De Gucht criticised what …
OUT-LAW.COM, 07 Apr 2014

China softens duty-free stance to revive global IT trade talks

Global trade talks aimed at removing tariffs on a swathe of technology products are set to restart within weeks after China finally agreed to reverse a hardline decision which threatened to derail the ambitious plans. The World Trade Organisation talks aim to update the 1996 Information Technology Agreement (ITA) by adding an …
Phil Muncaster, 08 Oct 2013

Will the next US-EU trade pact prevent Brussels acting against US tech giants?

The European Union government in recent years has proven to be perhaps the most willing to take on the world's major tech companies over digital rights and wrongs. But that could come to an end if planned measures allowing companies to sue governments for lost profits are implemented as part of the next EU-US trade agreement. A …
Jennifer Baker, 18 Jul 2014
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Oz trade minister: TPP will happen in 2015

Australia's trade minister Andrew Robb has refined his understanding of when the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership will be finalised, putting the deadline somewhere in the first half of 2015. Robb, who in January said the deal would be finalised “soon”, now sees the US electoral cycle as putting a boundary around the …
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World Trade Organisation chief warns global deals are ABOUT TO TANK

The World Trade Organisation head Roberto Azevedo has warned that the first potential global deal in over 10 years – which deals with issues like tariffs on goods, food security and faster global trade – hangs in the balance after talks in Geneva. Azevedo said that negotiations had been held up in sight of the finishing line as …
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Redmond expands fanboi trade-in program to include iPhones

Microsoft has expanded its trade-in program for iOS devices to include iPhones, in addition to iPads. Earlier this month, the software giant began offering customers in the US and Canada $200 gift certificates to the Microsoft Store in exchange for iPad trade-ins, in hopes that customers would spend the dough on a Surface …
Neil McAllister, 27 Sep 2013

EC trade secrets plans: Infringing kit may be DESTROYED by order

Courts could order companies that infringe rivals' trade secrets to destroy goods developed using that know-how and pay damages under new laws proposed by the European Commission. The Commission has published a draft Directive on trade secrets (26-page/133KB PDF) in a bid to harmonise the legal framework around the unlawful …
OUT-LAW.COM, 02 Dec 2013
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Hotmail-gate: Windows 8 code leaker pleads guilty to theft of trade secrets

A former Microsoft employee accused of leaking prerelease Windows 8 software has pleaded guilty to stealing the company's trade secrets. Alex Kibkalo, a Russian national who spent seven years as a Microsoft employee in Russia and Lebanon, was arrested in Seattle, US, in March on charges that he shared proprietary Microsoft code …
Neil McAllister, 01 Apr 2014

So far, so SOPA: Web campaigners to protest world's biggest ever free trade deal

Internet activists are planning a major on- and offline protest at what has been described as a "secretive, SOPA-like" agreement being hammered out as the world's largest economies attempt to agree the world's biggest ever free trade deal. They argue the pact will lead to greater web censorship, even though talks between the US …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Apr 2014

Apple to accept iPhone trade-ins at US Retail Stores

With the rumored launch date of the next iPhone fast approaching, Apple on Friday began allowing iPhone owners to trade in their old handsets at the company's Apple Retail Stores in the US. "iPhones hold great value," an Apple spokeswoman told the AFP news service. "So, Apple Retail Stores are launching a new program to assist …
Neil McAllister, 30 Aug 2013

HP wants HUNDREDS of hapless staffers OUT by April - trade union

Hundreds of British HP workers are being lined up for the chop this quarter with almost a half expected to come from Enterprise Services. Ian Tonks, national officer for IT and comms with trade union Unite, met with HP last week - as did the UK Works Council - to thrash out the latest tranche of local job cuts. He told us: "784 …
Paul Kunert, 11 Feb 2014

'Toothless' environment protections in secretive global trade pact TPP leaked all over the web

Just days after an Australian government minister declared the Trans-Pacific Partnership “ready to be sealed”, another leak from the Salt Lake City round of talks reveals that the parties can't agree to the environmental chapters of the treaties, even though they're voluntary and largely unenforceable. Whistleblowing website …

China stalls WTO trade talks on tariff-free IT goods

Chinese negotiators have come in for heavy criticism after global trade talks aimed at removing tariffs on a range of technology products broke down because Beijing wanted to exempt nearly half of them from the discussion. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA) was originally signed in 1996 but …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Jul 2013
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US trade commish kicks off patent-troll-nixing plan

The US International Trade Commission has kicked off a pilot scheme to rein in the glut of intellectual property claims from patent trolls. The ITC said that it will soon require complaining firms to prove upfront that they have any actual business in the States before pursuing their case. The commission has become a popular …
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EU trade chief looks to reboot anti-dumping case against Huawei, ZTE

The EU's top trade investigator is going to try to get permission to probe Chinese telcos Huawei and ZTE, despite the fact that European firms like Ericsson refuse to complain about them. The European Commission, like US government officials, have been looking into Huawei and ZTE over alleged state subsidies that let them …
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Euro trade chief snaps on glove, goes it alone in Huawei, ZTE probe

European Union trade chief Karel De Gucht will investigate allegations that Chinese telecoms hardware makers are undermining their Euro rivals. The China-based electronics goliaths are accused of unfairly gaining an advantage by trousering state subsidies from the communist regime and dumping cheap networking kit on the European …
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Amazon workers in Delaware reject trade union membership

A small number of Amazon warehouse workers in Delaware have voted against joining a union, which claims that the employees were under pressure from the firm to stay away from third-party representation. In a vote administered by the National Labour Relations Board (NLRB), the Amazon staff voted 21 to six against joining the …
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Hackers steal trade secrets from major US hedge firm

Criminals have successfully attacked a hedge fund, delaying trades and stealing profitable secrets in a rare direct raid on the financial services sector, according to BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. The clever hack cost the unnamed US-based hedge fund millions of dollars over two months, the firm alleges. Attackers apparently …
Darren Pauli, 23 Jun 2014
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Storage giant EMC, rival upstart Pure Storage trade new charges

Play hard? We’ll show you playing hard. First EMC sued flash storage upstart Pure Storage for alleged improper staff recruitment and use of EMC proprietary data (PDF), charges which Pure denied. Even as the startup has hit back with some serious allegations of its own, EMC lobbed another sueball at Pure the very same day, …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2013
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How to sail the stormy seas of international trade

Bono must love Japan. Most of the streets there really do have no name; instead, cities and towns are subdivided into areas, subareas and blocks. Some of those land blocks (known as banchi) aren’t listed linearly but in the order that they were registered with the government. To a westerner, it is a wonder that anything ever …
Robin Birtstone, 14 May 2014

China ponders joining controversial IP trade treaty

China has signalled it may consider joining the group of nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade treaty that has attracted extensive criticisms for its proposed reforms to copyright law and other intellectual property regulations. China's People's Daily reports that Ministry of Commerce “spokesman Shen …
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2013

China admits $10 BEEELLION tech trade deficit

Despite a growing trade surplus with the rest of the world and a claim to be the global centre of tech manufacturing, China’s technology exports were worth $US10bn less than its imports in 2011. Zhou Liujun, a senior official with the Ministry of Commerce, told a press conference at the Shanghai International Technology Fair on …
Phil Muncaster, 07 Dec 2012
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US gov advised to SUE GOOGLE by FTC over patent trade wars

The US government has reportedly been advised by the Federal Trade Commission to sue Google for breaching competition law, because of the ad giant's requests to US courts to prevent the sale of goods it claims infringe its essential patents. According to Bloomberg, which cites anonymous sources, the five-member Federal Trade …
Team Register, 02 Nov 2012
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WD escapes $630m hit over Seagate 'trade secrets' ... for now anyway

Western Digital is off the hook for a cool $630m in an arbitration case it initially lost over the alleged misuse of Seagate's confidential information, including trade secrets. Back last year, Seagate complained about the activities of WD and a former Seagate employee who had joined WD, alleging that WD was using Seagate trade …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2012
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Google can't use finger-fumble patent to poke Apple - Trade panel

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has declared that a Motorola "finger slip" patent that stopped users dialling wrong numbers is invalid. That means it cannot be asserted against Apple or used to ban or block Apple products by the patent's new owner, Google. The ITC ruling by Judge Thomas Pender, reported by Reuters, …
Anna Leach, 19 Dec 2012

Twitter-mad twits trade 14 million shares in BANKRUPT zombie biz

US regulators have had to change the stock symbol of bankrupt electronics firm Tweeter after some overexcited investors mistook the shares for soon-to-IPO microblogging website Twitter's stocks, sending them surging by 750 per cent. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority assigned Tweeter Home Entertainment Group the new …
Team Register, 10 Oct 2013

AT&T's adds 'Next' plan to allow phone, tablet trade-ins after one year

In a bid to get out from under the billions of dollars in subsidies it pays to smartphone and tablet manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung, AT&T is instituting a plan it calls AT&T Next, in which you pay the full price of the device yourself in 20 monthly payments and have the option to trade it in after 12 months for a new …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Jul 2013
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Opera sues designer for leaking trade secrets to Mozilla

Norwegian browser maker Opera Software has filed suit against Trond Werner Hansen, one of its former developers, alleging that Hansen took trade secrets with him when he went to work with Opera rival Mozilla. As first reported by The Next Web, Hansen worked at Opera from 1999 through 2006. There he led design and UI development …
Neil McAllister, 29 Apr 2013
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Trade Me completes IPO, starts trading

Fairfax Media’s New Zealand online auction site Trade Me began trading on the Australian and New Zealand stock exchanges yesterday. The IPO raised a total of $NZ363.5 million and a total of 134.6 million shares have been issued to new investors which include Trade Me staff under the Executive Share Plan. Fairfax Media will hold …

People's Bank of China bans Bitcoin over 'drugs and guns' trade fears

China has banned its banks from using Bitcoin after warning the cryptocurrency could be used to fund terrorism. Financial institutions in the Middle Kingdom will no longer be able to use Bitcoin, although citizens are free to spend the digital funny money. The People's Bank of China announced its decision in a statement …
Jasper Hamill, 05 Dec 2013
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US Trade Rep criticises tech trade barriers in Oz, NZ

Australia and New Zealand have come under criticism from the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) over a raft of tech issues. In its latest 420-page National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers, the USTR expresses concerns at Australia’s National Broadband Network, and government concerns at …

Under cap-and-trade, flying is greener than taking the bus

Under so-called "cap and trade" schemes designed to reduce carbon emissions, individuals will actually be acting more green-righteously by taking the plane rather than the bus, according to new research. Dr Grischa Perino of the University of East Anglia uses the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) - a typical cap- …
Lewis Page, 04 Feb 2013
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EU and China in yet another tech trade spat

Already-tense relations between Europe and China appear to have worsened after the People’s Republic announced an anti-dumping investigation into EU imports of solar-grade polysilicon. The move was widely seen as a response to the European Union’s decision to launch a similar investigation against Chinese manufacturers in …
Phil Muncaster, 05 Nov 2012
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US diplomat: If EU allows 'right to be forgotten' ... it might spark TRADE WAR

US diplomat warns of "trade war" if "right to be forgotten" proposals in Europe are followed through. The introduction of planned changes to EU data protection laws could herald a trans-Atlantic "trade war", a US diplomat has warned. John Rodgers, economic Officer in the US Foreign Service, said that "things could really …
OUT-LAW.COM, 05 Feb 2013
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Bankers bid to use offshore temp techies

Financial services organisations could parachute IT staff in wherever they please instead of employing locals, under provisions of an annex to the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) revealed today by WikiLeaks. TISA is a trade agreement aimed at making it easier for service providers to access foreign markets. But the Financial …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2014

International Trade Commission heeds Moto, targets Apple

The IT industry’s ongoing battle to outlaw itself with intricately cross-linked patent-driven bans on device sales continues, with Google-owned Motorola Mobility winning an International Trade Commission investigation into Apple over yet more infringement. Back in August, the Chocolate Moto asked the ITC for the probe. At the …
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Trade Me set for end of year float

Fairfax Media’s partial float of dotcom asset Trade Me may be on the cards before the end of the year according to industry reports out of New Zealand. Fairfax confirmed in August that it intended to float up to 35% of the online auction site in an Initial Public Offering (IPO) possibly on both the New Zealand and Australian …
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US trade body to 'revisit' Motorola's sole patent win over Apple

The US International Trade Commission has said that it will be revisiting an initial ruling made in April that Apple had infringed on one of Motorola Mobility's patents. Moto, now owned by Google, tried to pin four patent infringements on the fruity firm, but the ITC's administrative law judge only agreed on one in his initial …

ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US

Seagate and LSI are off the hook for infringing Taiwanese firm Realtek’s semiconductor patents after the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that Realtek can't enforce its rights without a local presence. Realtek had accused Avago-owned LSI and Seagate back in 2012 of violating its patent on a way of making an …

US trade commission: Xbox 360 violates Motorola patents

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that Microsoft's Xbox 360 does indeed infringe Motorola's intellectual property rights. The ITC issued its preliminary findings yesterday, backing four out of the five claims made by Motorola against Microsoft. These include patents covering the efficient transfer of video …
Caleb Cox, 24 Apr 2012
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Toyota catches up to William Gibson with LED hood

In William Gibson's 1994 novel Virtual Light, one of the characters' cars features “an animated hologram of a waterfall on the hood.” Fast forward 20 years and Toyota might just be about to deliver: at the 2014 Tokyo Toy Show the company showed off a vehicle with a hood covered in LEDs. The hood was hooked up to cameras, beneath …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jun 2014
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IBM boasts of Power-AIX win at E-Trade Korea

Big Blue is bragging once again about its ability to unseat its Unix-racket competitors from customer accounts after a big win at online stock trading company E-Trade Korea. E-Trade Korea is a big Sparc/Solaris shop, and was established a dozen years ago as a joint venture between the US-based online brokerage of the same name; …

POTUS promises Trans Pacific Partnership text

The text of the Trans Pacific Partnership remains secret at the moment, but President Barack Obama intends to present it to the public in November. According to Reuters, POTUS' remarks were made on Friday after discussing the timeline with New Zealand prime minister John Key during a visit to Washington. President Obama is …
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Murdoch calls for ISPs to be liable for users' activities

News Corporation Australia has used an inquiry by the nation's Senate into a proposed Australia/South Korea free trade agreement to suggest internet service providers become copyright enforcers. In its submission to the inquiry (number 56 in the list that starts here), News backs proposals in the treaty to criminalise 'net …

US negotiators in Singapore to unblock TPP negotiations

America's free trade tourists have returned to Singapore on yet another attempt to unlock stalled talks over the Trans Pacific Partnership treaty. Hailed by business and government alike, the 12-nation treaty has been criticised on various grounds: the secrecy of its proposed text, the lack of consultation in many countries, …

CMS Distribution warehouse BORG underway

CMS Distribution says it is working to minimise any impact of the warehouse consolidation taking place this summer. The storage, networking and infrastructure wholesaler currently operates two depots – one in North West London and one in Harrogate – but will now move to a single site in Castleford, West Yorkshire. In a note …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2014
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Olympics may have been glorious, but they 'dampened IT trade'

The Olympics may have boosted the feelgood factor in London and across the wider country but it dampened trade in the IT channel - well, according to distributor Northamber anyway. The veteran UK distie made the claim today as it reported financials for the year to 30 June which revealed a return to pre-tax profits but a double …
Paul Kunert, 27 Sep 2012
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Sony, Samsung trade body to push HbbTV to Brits

UK trade association Intellect, which represents electronics companies and broadcast technology firms, has detailed how it believes the HbbTV standard should be implemented alongside Freeview - effectively sticking two fingers up at YouView, which launched last week. HbbTV - which stands for Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV - …
Tony Smith, 09 Jul 2012
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Microsoft plots entry into tablet trade

Microsoft will launch its own tablet device next week, entering the booming slate market without the help of a separate hardware manufacturer, it has been claimed. The company has promised to make a major announcement at an event on Monday, 18 June said to be related to its tablet strategy. Sources close to the matter say …
Caleb Cox, 15 Jun 2012