European Commission probes Intel

The European Commission has launched a probe into Intel Corp.'s licensing practices, the company said Friday. The EC said the investigation focuses on marketing tactics.

"We have received a request from the European competition authorities for information on our policies in licensing our bus architecture for Intel processors," said an Intel representative.

The EC said in a statement that it has asked Intel to respond to allegations that the hardware vendor, in its marketing practices, abused its dominant position in the microprocessor market for Windows-based computers.

Citing the confidential nature of the inquiries, the Intel representative declined to specify what questions the EC is seeking answers to, when the request was made, or when Intel will respond. However, the EC said it is already examining the U.S. chip giant's replies and that the probe was triggered by two complaints against Intel.

"We believe our practices are both fair and lawful," the Intel representative said, adding that Intel will cooperate with the regulatory agencies.

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