The EU Commission settles allegations of abuse and clears patent pools in the CD market (Sony / Philips)

Commission settles allegations of abuse and clears patent pools in the CD market1. The complaints Several manufacturers of pre-recorded CD discs [1] (that is CD discs that include already content – music or software – provided by content-owners) lodged complaints against Philips and Sony a number of years after both companies had agreed on a joint licensing program for different CD formats. Three complaints were made, bringing together a total of 20 complainants [2]. A common assessment was made for all three complaints. The complaints alleged that Philips and Sony had violated Articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty by setting up a patent pool which included non-essential and expired intellectual property and fixed royalties at an unfair level. 2. The products Philips and Sony had engaged

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Miguel Angel Pena Castellot, The EU Commission settles allegations of abuse and clears patent pools in the CD market (Sony / Philips), 7 August 2003, e-Competitions Intellectual property, Art. N° 38438

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