Microsoft Appeals E.U. Antitrust Case, Citing Intellectual Property Rights

Law360, New York (June 8, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Microsoft Corp. has filed an appeal of the European Union's antitrust decision, citing intellectual property rights.

The appeal, filed Monday, asks the European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg to annul the European Commission's March 24 decision.

``We believe that the interest of consumers and other European companies should be at the heart of this case,'' Microsoft's top lawyer in Europe, Horacio Gutierrez, said in a statement.

``The Commission's decision undermines the innovative efforts of successful companies ... (and) the legal standards ... significantly alter incentives...
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