The US FTC seeks divestiture of an exact copy of the software, thereby resolving anticompetitive effects from a completed merger in the engineering software industry (MSC / UAI / CSAR)

On August 14, 2002, the FTC announced that MSC Software Corporation had agreed to enter into a consent settlement, resolving concerns that arose after MSC acquired Universal Analytics, Inc. (“UAI”) and Computerized Structural Analysis & Research Corp. (“CSAR”) in 1999. The FTC determined that the acquisitions of UAI and CSAR caused a decline in competition and formed a monopoly in the market for the engineering software Nastran. As a result, the FTC sought divestiture of Nastran by requiring MSC to make an exact copy, which would be licensed to one or two

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Katherine Whitehead Miller, The US FTC seeks divestiture of an exact copy of the software, thereby resolving anticompetitive effects from a completed merger in the engineering software industry (MSC / UAI / CSAR), 14 August 2002, e-Competitions October 2002, Art. N° 53073

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