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A Tale of Two EC Cases: IBM and Microsoft

BY | April 24, 2008

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle John Vickers, Apr 24, 2008 Arguably the largest abuse of dominance case in Europe before Microsoft was the…

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle

John Vickers, Apr 24, 2008

Arguably the largest abuse of dominance case in Europe before Microsoft was the IBM case of the early 1980s. Both cases were about interoperability and bundling, and both followed litigation in the United States. Unlike Microsoft, the European IBM case was settled without a decision being taken, so the public record is thin. This paper looks back at the case, and the increasingly competitive environment

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