Opponents of attempts to allow software to be patented in the European Union warned Monday that new consultations on an E.U.-wide general patent could be used to reintroduce software patents through the back door.
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Some of Microsoft's biggest rivals lodged a new complaint with the European Commission Wednesday over its Office applications suite and other, upcoming products, arguing that the company's business practices are shutting out competitors.
Prospects of a legal battle between the German government and the European Commission over a new network for online access to World Cup football matches moved a step closer on Monday.
Officials with the European Commission confirmed Friday that they are examining complaints lodged by rivals against Microsoft's Vista operating system due to be launched by the end of this year.
Microsoft has written to the European Commission to complain that the company is being denied the normal rights to defense in its antitrust case. In a letter sent to the Commission on Monday, a Microsoft lawyer said that the Commission was "seriously prejudicing Microsoft's rights of defense" in the ongoing antitrust case by denying the company access to certain files relating to the case.
Antitrust investigators from the European Commission are holding meetings with key Microsoft officials at the company's U.S. headquarters to discuss whether it is complying with the Commission's antitrust ruling of March 2004, a Commission spokesman confirmed Tuesday.
Microsoft has asked for more time to comply with a European Commission antitrust ruling forcing it to ensure full interoperability with its workgroup server software, a Commission spokesman said on Monday.
Sex.eu was the most sought after domain name using the European Union's own TLD (top-level domain) on the opening day for registrations. According to data supplied by EURid, the body responsible for registering .eu domain names, sex.eu received the highest number of applications.
European Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding said on Thursday that she expected "several hundreds of thousands" of companies to apply to use the new .eu domain name.
Members of the European Parliament have welcomed the opinion by a top legal advisor to the European Union's highest court that the transfer of airline passenger data to U.S. authorities is illegal and should be stopped.
The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has asked to be allowed to make arguments against Microsoft in part of its appeal against last year's antitrust ruling against it by the European Union's competition authority, the European Commission, an FSFE attorney said Thursday.
The European Commission has published plans to make it easier for online music services to license media content across the 25 member states of the European Union.
Thirteen leading software, telecommunications and IT services companies launched a major new European research cooperation project on Wednesday aiming to develop the next generation of middleware for the provision of digital services.
Focusing on terms for licensing its communications protocols, Microsoft said that it has lodged a new appeal against the European Commission's antitrust ruling.
Thirteen software and telecommunications companies are launching a consortium to work together to develop new software and services based on open standards.
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