IBM Hit with Another Antitrust Complaint in Europe

Earlier today in Brussels, a European open source company hit IBM with another antitrust complaint. The company, TurboHercules, manufactures a product aimed at providing mainframe users with a low cost alternative for some of their most crucial applications and data. TurboHercules’ allegations closely resemble other complaints filed against IBM in the European Commission and also…

CCIA Praises European Parliament Action Against ACTA

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement under negotiation encountered some staunch disagreement in Europe. The European Parliament voted 663-13 today on a resolution demanding the European Commission release all negotiating texts and brief the Parliament on the secretive agreement. ACTA is an executive agreement under negotiation that could change the way copyright laws are enforced around the…

Patent Prosecution by the Numbers – USPTO v. EPO

A January 7 article posted on the Intellectual Asset Management website alerted readers to a shortage of patent attorneys authorized to prosecute patents before the European Patent Office (EPO).  The EPO is an organization that provides streamlined search and examination functions on behalf of the patent offices of the individual member countries.  For example, an applicant seeking patent protection…

Intel Attack On EC Ahead of Findings

The Computer & Communications Industry Association is offering the following statement in response to new details released by the Financial Times and other news outlets on the latest details of the European Commission’s Intel antitrust investigation. It can be attributed to CCIA President & CEO Ed Black: “We are disappointed that Intel has apparently chosen…

A Mountain of Evidence is Released Supporting Charges Against Intel

Today, the European Commission released a substantial portion of the evidence that it relied upon in finding that Intel violated antitrust laws with its controversial business practices.  The evidence released included  a massive amount of data, internal emails and anecdotal evidence that indicates numerous breaches of competition law. This newly released non-confidential version of the European…