Japan Antitrust Watchdog To Launch Probe On Microsoft Patent Clause In October

Law360, New York (September 3, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Japan’s Fair Trade Commission said Friday it will begin on Oct. 25 a series of hearings on what it calls anticompetitive practices by Microsoft Corp. in connection with software licensing deals with Japanese personal computer makers.

The government agency is targeting a provision in Microsoft's contracts with 15 Japanese PC makers that stipulate Microsoft’s partners take no legal action even if Microsoft's technologies are deemed to infringe their patents.

The FTC considers the clause anticompetitive and decided to launch the hearings after the U.S. software giant...
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