Microsoft Blasts E.U. Antitrust Remedies As "Compulsory License"

Law360, New York (March 24, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- Microsoft's top attorney blasted the European Union’s decision to fine the software giant €497.2 million for antitrust violations, claiming the ruling would infringe its intellectual property rights.

In a conference call with reporters, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith said on Wednesday the European Commission's decision amounted to a "compulsory licence" of the firm's intellectual property rights within Europe.

"We believe that will infringe our IP rights in Europe and it also violates the international treaty obligations pursuant to its (the EU's) membership of the WTO (World...
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