E.U.: Refusal to License Database May Be Monopoly Abuse

Law360, New York (October 15, 2003, 12:00 AM EDT) -- European Union Advocate General Antonio Tizzano has advised the European Court of Justice that a dominant company might be abusing its monopoly position by refusing to licence its marketing database to a smaller rival, U.K. specialist law firm Masons reported on Wednesday.

The case concerns the right of U.S. health information provider NDCHealth to demand a licence to the marketing database of its larger U.S. competitor, IMS Health.

IMS Health markets a service called RPM 1860, which helps German pharmaceutical companies track the flow of drug...
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