The EU General Court confirms that two big tech companies parties to a merger are not dominant in the internet visual communications market and rejects interoperability issues raised by appellants (Microsoft / Skype)

EU Court upholds the Commission’s decision on the Microsoft/Skype deal* On 11 December 2013 the EU’s General Court (the “Court”) handed down its ruling concerning Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype. The Court held that the Commission rightly considered that the transaction does not restrict competition either on the consumer Internet-based communications market or on the business Internet-based communications market, and is therefore compatible with the internal market. In their appeal, Cisco Systems and Messagenet claimed that the Commission was wrong in its assessment of the internet visual communications market and the effect of the interoperability between Skype and Microsoft’s business videoconferencing

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Gabriele Accardo, The EU General Court confirms that two big tech companies parties to a merger are not dominant in the internet visual communications market and rejects interoperability issues raised by appellants (Microsoft / Skype), 11 December 2013, e-Competitions December 2013, Art. N° 62231

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