Thursday, December 23, 2004

Microsoft in Europe

Relevant to the discussion on Judge Posner's blog about the value of trade secrets, the fate of Microsoft in Europe gives another reason why Microsoft (and others) might be preferring patents to trade secrets.

The European Court of First Instance rejected Microsoft's appeal for suspension of punitive measures and the fine levied by Brussels in March, 2004 of 497 million euros remains.

-->Microsoft also must offer consumers in Europe a stripped down version of Windows without the built-in Media Player music and video software. It also was forced immediately to reveal secret software code to let competitors tailor their programs more easily to the operating system.<-- (from EUBusiness)


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