A Dutch Court of Appeal refuses to order the execution of an award adopted by an American arbitration panel for breach of a licensing agreement, on the grounds that it violates Art. 81.1 EC and is contrary to public policy (Marketing Displays International / VR)

The companies concerned, Marketing Displays International (“MDI”) and VR, established in the United States of America and in The Netherlands respectively, are both active in the manufacture and marketing of bill boards. On 7 September 1990, MDI and VR concluded a licensing agreement, by which MDI granted VR an exclusive license for the territory consisting of The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg (Article I of the license agreement). The agreement contained an arbitration clause granting jurisdiction to the American Arbitration Association for Industry (Article XII) and was to be governed by the law of the State of Michigan and of the United States (Article XV). A grant-back clause, annexed to the licensing agreement and forming an integral part of the latter, provided that the

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Tristan Baumé, A Dutch Court of Appeal refuses to order the execution of an award adopted by an American arbitration panel for breach of a licensing agreement, on the grounds that it violates Art. 81.1 EC and is contrary to public policy (Marketing Displays International / VR), 24 March 2005, e-Competitions Bulletin March 2005, Art. N° 35

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