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Appeals Court Rules that Deceptive Conduct in Standard Setting can Violate Antitrust Laws

“While many of us have been preoccupied with the OOXML vote, the
rest of the world has naturally been continuing to go about its
business. One piece of business that took an interesting turn in
the last few days is a ruling by a Federal Appellate Court in the
United States that breaks new ground in protecting the integrity of
the standard setting system. The ruling may also have relevance to
the regrettable conduct witnessed in the recent OOXML vote.

“The ruling was handed down by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
for the 3rd Circuit, in one of the multiple, ongoing suits between
Qualcomm Incorporated and Broadcom Corporation, involving the vast
and lucrative market for next generation wireless telephones and
related services…”


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