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December 9, 2005

Two trade groups ask to join Microsoft EU appeal

Posted by David Hunter at 11:52 AM ET.

Jeremy Kirk at InfoWorld:

Two trade groups representing several of Microsoft’s competitors have asked to participate in the company’s second appeal of the European Commission’s March 2004 antitrust decision.

The European Committee for Interoperable Systems (ECIS) is asking to become an intervener in the case before the European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg, said Thomas Vinje, an antitrust lawyer with Clifford Chance, who represents the group. ECIS counts IBM, Oracle, Nokia, RealNetworks, and Red Hat as members.

The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) has also requested to join. As interveners, the trade groups would be able to access case files and make written comments on the hearings.

Vinje said it could take the court several months to decide on the group’s requests.

This is actually the second appeal and it relates to the licensing of Microsoft software protocols as the rest of the article describes.

Filed under Antitrust, Coopetition, Governmental Relations, IBM, Legal, Oracle, RealNetworks

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