BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : MARCH 22, 1999 ISSUE
NEWS: ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY

Justice Redraws the Road Map


Through cases brought against Intel and Microsoft, the Justice Dept. and the FTC are hammering out policy for the Technology Age

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
With the Intel agreement, enforcers have established that dominant companies can't use intellectual property as a club to coerce customers and rivals.

INNOVATION
To spur innovation, regulators believe competition must be protected when new technology is just being developed--rather than wait for what happens in the market.

COOPERATION VS.COMPETITION
In markets where ''interoperability'' among products is key, the feds seek ways to permit collaboration among rivals without violating antitrust laws.

NETWORK EFFECTS
The feds are looking at how organizations such as Intel, which set the standards for an industry, can influence the network of companies that rely on its standards



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