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Microsoft Expects Licensing Battle In Japan To Take Years

Law360 (August 10, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Microsoft Japan expects its legal battle with a government watch-dog over its licensing agreements could take as much as two years, the head of the software maker’s Japanese subsidiary has told reporters.

President and Chief Executive Michael Rawding told the Associated Press that Microsoft would cooperate fully with the Fair Trade Commission’s investigation, but added he didn't understand why Japanese authorities had a problem with the clause when similar investigations in the U.S. and Europe found it “lawful and appropriate.”

“It's not appropriate for me to...
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