Microsoft's E.U. Appeal To Be Founded On Intellectual Property Rights

Law360, New York (June 3, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Microsoft is expected to appeal the European Commission's $613 million antitrust fine this week with an argument founded primarily on intellectual property rights.

The software company will file its brief in the European Court of First Instance in Brussels shortly before the deadline for appeals, according to sources.

Microsoft's attorneys are likely to argue that the European Commission's decision infringes Redmond's intellectual property rights, and that the Commission forbids Microsoft to engage in practices common among its competitors.

A position paper posted on Microsoft's corporate website...
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