Japan FTC Rules Microsoft Contracts Anti-Competitive

Law360, New York (September 18, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A provision in Microsoft Corp.'s licensing contracts requiring personal computer manufacturers in Japan to agree not to sue the software giant for patent infringement violates the country's anti-monopoly law, the Japan Fair Trade Commission has ruled.

The competition regulator on Thursday upheld its initial recommendation in the matter first issued in 2004, again telling Microsoft to remove the provision from all of its Windows licensing agreements with original equipment manufacturers in Japan.

“These actions may adversely affect the fair competitive environment in the PC [audiovisual] technology...
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