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The Commission’s Statement of Objections in the Android case

with 2 comments

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The competition news of  the past couple of days have just been confirmed. The European Commission has annnounced that it has addressed Google and its parent company Alphabet a Statement of Objections regarding its Android mobile operating system and apps. The Commission’s press release is available here.

Here are all of the previous posts that Pablo and I have written on the case. In the light of today’s press release they would still appear to be relevant and valid:

  • More on Android (includes presentations on the case positing contrarian views, including one by Microsoft’s lawyer in the case)
  • A comment on the Microsoft/Skype Judgment (although not directly related to this case, it dealt with many of the issues relevant to it. It seems I was among the few who read it attentively and took it seriously…).
  • Also, you should check out this recent piece on “Systemic Efficiencies in Competition Law: Evidence from the ICT Industry” by Konstantinos Stylianou (who did the Harvard LLM with me and who is now at the University of Leeds).

P.S. 1- We have some new ideas on the bundling aspect of the case, but we still need to decide whether these should be “open source” or “licenseable” 😉

P.S. 2- In addition to the bundling allegations discussed in our posts above, the press relese refers to two other challenged practices concerning the anti-fragmentation policy and alleged exclusivity arrangements. These are new to us and we don’t yet have a view on them.

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

20 April 2016 at 12:34 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I have recently written a paper concerning the Google Android case. The paper argues that Google’s licensing terms increase its incentives to invest in the Android OS and apps.

    Any comments from Chillin’Competition’s readers would be extremely welcome.

    The paper is available at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2767452

    Dirk Auer

    20 April 2016 at 1:48 pm

  2. A must read!

    jaimz57

    20 April 2016 at 8:43 pm


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