The EU General Court dismisses an action for annulment brought by a competitor against a Commission decision finding no state aid in relation to licensing of software terms offered by a university Scheepsbouwkundig Advies / en Rekencentrum

State aid and (university) software licensing: who's interested? (T-488/11)* In its Judgment of 12 June 2014 in case Sarc v Commission, T-488/11, EU:T:2014:441, the General Court of the EU (GC) has assessed an interesting case concerned with the licensing of software developed at a Dutch university from a State aid perspective. In the case at hand, staff of the Delft University had developed source code usable in the development of software for ship design and ship loading (a highly commercial application). Those members of staff then left university and created a start-up company 'Delftship' that entered into a licensing agreement with the Delft University. According to competitor Scheepsbouwkundig Advies- en Rekencentrum BV ('Sarc'), the terms of the licensing agreement where too

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Albert Sánchez Graells, The EU General Court dismisses an action for annulment brought by a competitor against a Commission decision finding no state aid in relation to licensing of software terms offered by a university Scheepsbouwkundig Advies / en Rekencentrum, 12 June 2014, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2014, Art. N° 67087

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