Microsoft Asks EU To Advise On Royalties

Law360, New York (April 23, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Responding to the European Commission’s latest objections over its commitment to interoperability, Microsoft Corp. on Monday waived its right to a formal hearing on the matter and repeated its request for more guidance regarding acceptable royalty rates.

Right now, Microsoft’s license program sets a 5.95% maximum royalty rate for products using its server protocols, a price which the company says reflects the protocol’s value.

But the Commission sent a statement of objections to Microsoft expressing the preliminary view that the company’s interoperability information contains “no significant...
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