The EU Commission imposes interim measures for the first time in 18 years making the company cease and desist until the end of the investigation (Broadcom)

For the first time in 18 years, the European Commission (“Commission”) has imposed interim measures on a company, ordering it to cease and desist certain practices pending the outcome of its antitrust investigation (or for a period of 3 years if the investigation is not concluded earlier). The Commission is currently investigating whether certain of Broadcom’s contractual requirements and IP-related strategies in the markets for chipsets for TV set-top boxes and fibre and xDSL modems constitute an abuse of dominance. The Commission’s interim measures order Broadcom to stop applying certain contractual clauses contained in some of its existing customer agreements, including clauses containing exclusive or quasi-exclusive purchasing obligations, and to refrain from applying provisions with

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Catriona Hatton, Sofia Doudountsaki, The EU Commission imposes interim measures for the first time in 18 years making the company cease and desist until the end of the investigation (Broadcom), 16 October 2019, e-Competitions October 2019, Art. N° 94247

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