LinuxJournal: Buy, Cheat, Steal, and Lie: The OOXML Story
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 04 Apr 2008 13:13
Number of posts: 1
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A 2007 decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit may end up coming back to haunt Microsoft in their ongoing U.S. antitrust battle. The case revolved around claims by Broadcom that Qualcomm had deliberately included its patents in the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System standard in order to create a monopoly for its products. The appeals court held that if a company acts deceptively to gain adoption of a standard that then results in a monopoly to their advantage, they can be held to have violated anti-trust laws, irrespective of their right to determine the use of their patents. Interestingly enough, the Court of Appeals ruling relies on a Federal Trade Commission ruling which in turn relied on — drumroll, please — United States v. Microsoft, the very case that put MS under supervision in the first place. All we can say is, we hope that with this many available avenues, something is done to rectify the farce acted out over the last several months.
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