US-Bahrain food export agreement signed

A general view shows the Bahraini Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Manama. (AFP)
Updated 09 April 2018

US-Bahrain food export agreement signed

Washington: Bahrain has agreed to continue to recognize US safety certifications for American food and agriculture exports to the Gulf nation, US officials announced Monday.
The agreement was contained in a memorandum of understanding signed March 30 by trade officials from both countries, according to the office of the US Trade Representative.
Bahrain has been among the countries hardest hit by new 10 percent import duties on aluminum that were announced last month by US President Donald Trump.
Manama, a major source of aluminum for the United States and key regional strategic partner, last month retained powerful Washington lobbyists to help navigate the new trade reality in Trump’s Washington.
US farmers and agriculture groups have been strongest in opposing Trump’s spiraling confrontation with major trade partners, fearing retaliation by other nations will hurt US exports.
“I am very pleased to support America’s farmers and ranchers by concluding and signing this memorandum of understanding that clarifies requirements for US food and agricultural exports to Bahrain,” Deputy US Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish said in a statement.
US agricultural and fishery exports to Bahrain in 2017 amounted to $76 million, according to USTR.
But Bahrain was the 8th-largest US source of refined and primary aluminum last year, with exports valued at $240 million, according to Commerce Department data.
A free-trade agreement between United States and Bahrain entered into force in January of 2006.


Chinese artificial intelligence company files $1.4 billion lawsuit against Apple

Updated 03 August 2020

Chinese artificial intelligence company files $1.4 billion lawsuit against Apple

  • Xiao-i argued that Apple’s voice-recognition technology Siri infringes on a patent that it applied for in 2004

SHANGHAI: Chinese artificial intelligence company Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology Co., also known as Xiao-i, has filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging it has infringed on its patents.
The company is calling for $1.43 billion in damages and demands that Apple cease “manufacturing, using, promising to sell, selling, and importing” products that infringe on the patent, it said in a social media post.
Xiao-i argued that Apple’s voice-recognition technology Siri infringes on a patent that it applied for in 2004 and was granted in 2009.
Apple did not respond to a request for comment. Reuters was not immediately available to find a copy of the court filing.
The lawsuit marks the continuation of a row that has been ongoing for nearly a decade.
Shanghai Zhizhen first sued Apple for patent infringement in 2012 regarding its voice recognition technology. In July, China’s Supreme People’s court ruled that the patent was valid.