The EU General Court issues a ruling on mandatory access and interoperability in the software industry (Contact Software)

The European General Court's ("GC") decision relates to a complaint filed with the European Commission ("EC") by Contact Software, a German software supplier of Product Data Management ("PDM"). Contact Software alleged an abuse of dominance by Dassault Systèmes and Parametric Technology Corp., as they refused to provide Contact Software with interface information on their computer-aided design ("CAD") software. PDM software allows businesses to store and organize all data related to a given product, including data related to CAD software products. CAD software is a standard tool for developing and manufacturing any finished industrial product. It is used by design professionals, architects, and engineers to design models of buildings and equipment. PDM and CAD

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Philipp Werner, Yvan N. Desmedt, Henry de la Barre, The EU General Court issues a ruling on mandatory access and interoperability in the software industry (Contact Software), 14 October 2017, e-Competitions Bulletin November 2017, Art. N° 84900

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