INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

NEC Seeks Court Rule

On Intel CopyrightsTokyo-based NEC Corp. and its California subsidiary asked a federal judge here to rule that rival Intel Corp. of Santa Clara forfeited the copyrights it claims to have for the powerful and widely used 8086 and 8088 microprocessors.

The action by NEC and Mountain View-based NEC Electronics Inc. is the latest salvo in a two-and-a-half-year battle with Intel over the microprocessors, the central processing units, or brains, for personal computers.

While not conceding that Intel does have copyrights for the popular microprocessors, the NEC court action contends Intel has distributed 2.8 million, or about 10 percent of such microprocessors, without affixing

copyright symbols.

China to Cut Spending

By Government Offices

BEIJING - China's State Council has instructed government offices and state-funded institutions to reduce spending by 20 percent this year, and banned purchases of a variety of items ranging from automobiles to furniture, an official report said Wednesday.

The council said in a circular issued this week that previous calls for spending cuts were generally ignored and the stringent measures are necessary to control wasteful use of state funds, the state-run People's Daily (Renmin Ribao) reported.

Included in the new regulations, which affect government and party organizations at all levels, social organizations, the military, state and collective enterprises and capital construction units, is a list of 19 categories of merchandise which cannot be purchased this year.

Ford Plans $862 Million

Investment in Australia

DEARBORN, Mich. - Ford Motor Co. will invest over US$861.8 million in Australia in the next five years, Ford president Donald Peterson said during a visit to Australia this week.

A model-sharing relationship agreement signed last year between Ford's Australian division and Nissan Motor Co. of Japan will play an important role in the company's future in the Australian market, said Mr. Peterson, who did not give details of the planned investment.