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Could a Microsoft Appeal Deny Fee/Patent-free Interoperability?

Posted in Antitrust, Europe, Interoperability, Microsoft, Novell, Protocol, Servers at 6:09 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Is is worth keeping an eye on Europe where Microsoft recently lost its appeal and was requested to disclose proprietary protocols — broken bridges which it had maintained in order to stifle competition. The latest word from Europe indicates that there is a chance of Microsoft procrastinating by letting the judgment go on forever in the courts.

The Sept. 17 ruling by the EU’s Court of First Instance means “there is a clear set of guidance for us, and we move on in that environment,” he [for Microsoft] told lawmakers.

Here is another article on this matter and one which praises Thomas Vinje for his important win.

The Clifford Chance partner who acted in support of the EC’s ruling that Microsoft had abused its dominance

Microsoft has not yet responded to requests for documentation (or at least so it seems). Unless this returns to the courtroom, all Linux distributors will be able to receive the benefits that Novell paid for, but for free. This would render parts of Novell’s deal moot.

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