Microsoft Ruling Gives EU Ammo In Essential-Patent Cases

Law360, New York (June 27, 2012, 9:14 PM EDT) -- Microsoft Corp.'s failed bid to overturn the European Union antitrust watchdog's billion-dollar fine in its abuse of dominance case will give the regulator a stronger hand in its cases against Motorola Mobility Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. over the tech giants' essential patents, attorneys say.

The EU General Court on Wednesday roundly endorsed the European Commission's approach to requiring the software giant to license its interoperability data on reasonable terms, which experts say could prove useful in the bevy of cases the regulator has in...
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