The EU Commission fines a US semiconductor chip manufacturer for abuse of a dominant position (Intel)

"Commission finds abuse of dominance in the Intel case"*I. Introduction On 13 May 2009, the European Commission concluded its Intel investigation by way of a formal Decision. The Commission found that Intel had abused its dominant position in x86 Central Processing Units (CPUs) by engaging in two types of practices. First, Intel gave rebates to computer manufacturers (Original Equipment Manufacturers or OEMs) on condition that they bought all, or almost all of their x86 CPUs from Intel, at least in a certain segment. Similarly, Intel also made direct payments to a major retailer on condition it stock only computers with Intel x86 CPUs. Second, Intel made direct payments to OEMs to halt or delay the launch of specific products containing a competitor’s x86 CPUs and to limit the sales

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Brice Allibert, Gabor Bartha, Barbara Bösze, Corneliu Hödlmayr, Damian Kaminski, Marieke Scholz, The EU Commission fines a US semiconductor chip manufacturer for abuse of a dominant position (Intel), 13 May 2009, e-Competitions May 2009, Art. N° 35025

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