China Starts Anti-Monopoly Probe Of Microsoft

Law360, New York (June 18, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- China's State Intellectual Property Office has started investigating Microsoft Corp. and other global software firms to see if they have engaged in discriminatory pricing, the government watchdog told local newspapers on Wednesday.

The Shanghai Securities News said that SIPO was planning to bring lawsuits to challenge Microsoft's dominance in the industry and the pricing of its products once the country's first anti-monopoly law goes into effect on Aug. 1.

“Microsoft Windows retails at 1,000 to 2,000 yuan ($145 to $290) and its Office software suite at...
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