Microsoft Claims E.C. Requests For Code Violate IP Rights

Law360, New York (April 26, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Microsoft's legal counsel argued that demands for technical information about its products violated the software giant's intellectual property rights, as the week-long showdown between Microsoft and European antitrust regulators in Luxembourg entered its third day.

The court focused Wednesday on Microsoft’s obligation to turn over information about its wares that would help rival software makers create products compatible with Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

As part of its 2004 finding that Microsoft had abused its dominant market position, the European Commission directed Microsoft to provide interoperability protocols...
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