China begins anti-monopoly investigation into Microsoft, software companies Deirdre Jurand at 12:25 PM ET
[JURIST] China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) [official website] Wednesday announced an anti-monopoly investigation into Microsoft [corporate website] and other international software companies suspected of dominating the Chinese software market, unfairly raising prices and bundling software. Software companies will likely face increased liability for alleged anti-competitive practices beginning August 1, when a new anti-monopoly law [Jones Day backgrounder; JURIST report] takes effect. Officials at Microsoft China [official website, in Chinese] said that they did not know about the investigation [IDG report]. AFP has more.
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