Luca Rubini from the University of Birmingham informed us about this event, which we reproduce for interested readers.
The Microsoft Case:
The IT industry and the Future of EC Competition Law
Friday 16 May 2008 (4:30 – 6:30 pm)
The case: A 2004 Commission Decision and a 2007 Court of First Instance Judgment condemned Microsoft for not disclosing interoperability information with its Windows Operating System and bundling it with its Media Player. The case required one of the longest Commission investigations, took three years to pass judgment, and sparked controversy striking at the very core of issues such as innovation, competition, and consumer interest. On 14 January 2008, the Commission showed that is was willing to make the most of the case which favoured it, by formally launching against Microsoft two new investigations for similar charges.
The conference: As the newly opened investigations show, Microsoft is a landmark case for both its findings and future implications. This conference gathers leading experts from private practice, including those who have been directly involved in the case, and from academia. Its objective is to provide an insight into the difficult technical and legal context of the case and facilitate a discussion of its practical impact on the evolution of EC competition law and intellectual property in the IT sector and beyond.
16:00 – 16:30 Registration and coffee
18:00-18:30 Questions and discussion
18:30 – 19:30 Refreshments
Starts: 16 May 2008
Start Time: 4:30
Venue: University of Birmingham
Academic Rate: £45
Student Rate: £25
Contact: Chloe Howell