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Chief Marketing Officers from various industries gathered in Chicago on March 14th for Argyle Executive Forum’s 2014 Chief Marketing Officer Leadership Forum to discuss effective marketing strategies and innovative practices for the upcoming 2014 year.

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Gunjan Aggarwal, Vice President and Head of Human Resources, North America at Ericsson recently joined a panel at Argyle Executive Forum's 2014 Human Capital Leadership Forum: Spring Event in San Francisco, titled "Talent Strategy and Keeping Employees Engaged." Today, Aggarwal further discusses Ericsson's talent on a global scale.

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Ken Wilcox, EVP of Customer Service & Sales at Republic Services, and Phil Moehlenpah, Managing Director of Worldwide Services for FedEx Services, both articulate the importance of big data and analytics and how to best utilize this growth as a way to improve business practices and drive customer engagement.

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Colette LaForce, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at AMD, discusses AMD’s employee-led brand transformation, the evolving role of the CMO, and what excites her most about the future of AMD.

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On February 11, 2014, human resources professionals joined the 2014 Redefining Employee Engagement in Today’s Results-Driven World Virtual Event. Argyle Executive Forum brought together HR professionals to discuss changes in employee engagement and how HR professionals can best adapt to these changes in order to ensure successful HR practices. Perspectives were given by Gary Harrison-Ducros, Vice President Labor Relations for Frito-Lay; Donna Howard, Chief Human Resources Officer for Sonic Healthcare USA; Sumeet Kapoor, Senior Vice President HR Strategy & Change Management for Huntington Bank; and Razor Suleman, Founder & Chief People Officer for Achievers.

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By Randall Mah

European Union regulators are investigating Samsung and Apple over possible violations of EU antitrust laws as the two technology giants exchange patent infringement claims in their war over supremacy of the global smartphone and computer tablet markets.

“The (European) Commission has indeed sent requests for information to Apple and Samsung concerning the enforcement of ‘standards-essential’ patents in the mobile telephony sector,” the European Commission said in a statement on Friday, according to Reuters.

“Standards-essential” refers to patents that have been incorporated in internationally accepted technology standards. For Samsung and Apple, this means 3G and Universal Mobile Telecommunications System technology.

While Samsung has indicated it is “cooperating fully,” Apple declined to comment on the request. The investigation, however, may be targeting Samsung rather than Apple, according to intellectual property expert Florian Mueller.

“Only Samsung enforces allegedly standards-essential patents, and the capacity in which Apple received the Commission’s requests for information must therefore be that of a witness and maybe also that of an informal or formal complainant,” Mueller told Reuters.

Apple and Samsung have been duking it out in a tit for tat battle over patents and licensing fees. Currently, the firms are engaged in over 20 legal disputes in 10 countries, which may have far reaching negative consequences, Mueller said.

“Samsung went too far by trying to shut down Apple’s products with its 3G patents in nine different countries on four continents. That’s a recipe for triggering antitrust intervention,” he said. “This investigation has huge implications for Apple’s dispute with Samsung, but way beyond those two companies, it’s about the kind of licensing commitment the entire technology industry relies upon.”

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