December 22, 1987 |
A judge who issued a landmark ruling that the internal design of microchips is protected by U.S. copyright law has removed himself from the case, apparently because he owns $80 worth of stock. The move by U.S. District Judge William A. Ingram to quit the legal battle between Intel Corp. of Santa Clara, Calif., and NEC Corp. of Japan means that the two sides will have to start the case again from the beginning. It began in 1984.
June 2, 1987 |
There is a Japanese supercomputer performing more than 1 billion mathematical calculations per second in Houston these days, and it represents a significant challenge to U.S. dominance of one of the highest peaks in high technology. To get the order, NEC Corp. (formerly Nippon Electric Co.), a formidably competitive manufacturer of computers, telephone equipment and semiconductors, made a very attractive lease deal to the customer, the Houston Area Research Center.
April 23, 1987 |
Two leading Japanese manufacturers of portable, laptop computers are actively considering transfering production of the machines to the United States to reduce trade tensions and circumvent the tariffs imposed last week on Japanese consumer goods by the Reagan Administration. Among the locations that might be used for the newly transferred manufacturing is the Irvine plant of Toshiba America.
October 7, 1988 |
On the eve of a trial that might have aired the growing resentment of some American workers toward their Japanese bosses, two Americans who ran a Silicon Valley electronics firm agreed Thursday to settle a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against their Japanese former employers. Thomas McDannold and Edward A. Neubauer had charged that NEC Electronics, a Mountain View, Calif.
January 15, 1990 |
U.S. authorities are investigating a second bid-rigging case at a military base in Japan on the heels of a major victory that has increased pressure to open the Japanese construction market to U.S. firms. Stuart M. Gerson, assistant attorney general in charge of the civil division, confirmed that the second inquiry involves contracts at another U.S. base in Japan, but he declined to disclose any details. "There is at least one other case," Gerson said in an interview.