Business Briefs

Reported by Star-Bulletin staff & wire

Wednesday, March 25, 1998

Macy's in San Francisco hosting a Hawaii show

The Macy's store in San Francisco will be transformed into a Hawaiian tropical garden April 5-18, with flowers and foliage from the islands dominating the stores annual flower show.

The state government is sponsoring the show to promote Hawaii products throughout the store.

Macy's "Spirit of Hawaii" flower show will also feature demonstrations of traditional Hawaiian crafts and music and cooking demonstrations of Hawaii cuisine.

The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Department of Agriculture and the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau are helping with the event.

BBB seeks volunteers for arbitration training

The Better Business Bureau of Hawaii is seeking volunteers to become arbitrators, helping businesses and consumers settle disputes in a quick, inexpensive way.

Qualified applicants will undergo 3-1/2 days of training. When both sides in a business-consumer argument agree to dispute resolution, an arbitrator listens to both sides and renders a decision. For more information, applicants should call the BBB at 536-6956, extension 399.

New York company sues Apple for $1.1 billion

NEW YORK -- Imatec Ltd. said today it has filed a $1.1 billion lawsuit charging that Apple Computer Corp. infringed on its patents for computerized color imaging.

Imatec, based in New York, develops image reproduction technology for medical, graphic arts and other uses. For the nine months ended Sept. 30, it lost $1.06 million on revenue of $5.2 million.

In the lawsuit filed in New York federal court, Imatec claimed that Apple infringed three patents issued to Imatec chairman, president and chief executive Hanoch Shalit for the "Color Sync" color management system. Shalit exclusively licensed those patents to Imatec, the suit says.

Executives from Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Computer could not be reached for comment.

Netscape creates new Web marketing division

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Internet software company Netscape Communications Corp. said today it has created a division focused on its popular Netcenter Web site that will centralize resources and functions, including Web site marketing, sales and operations.

Netcenter provides Internet users with one-stop access to content, computing, commerce and community services. It competes with web-based services from sites provided by Yahoo Inc., Excite Inc. and CNET Inc.

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