Microsoft Lawyers Face Japanese Antitrust Panel In Dispute Over Patent Non-Assertion Clause

Law360, New York (October 26, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Microsoft lawyers have told a panel of the Japanese Fair Trade Commission that the software maker has dropped a provision in its licensing agreement that bars competitors from filing patent infringement lawsuits against the company, but argued that the clause is proper and widely accepted.

In an hour-long hearing on Monday, Microsoft attorney Hideto Ishida said the company was prepared to fight the allegations ''on all fronts.''

''We want to stress that the purpose of the clause is proper,'' he told commission officials, adding that the...
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