Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Pascale Déchamps and Gunnar Niels ask The One Billion Euro Question for Intel: Moore’s Law or Murphy’s Law?
ABSTRACT: Moore’s Law (in layman’s terms) states that the processing power of computers doubles every two years. Murphy’s Law states that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. The process of reform of the EU rules on abuse of dominance, which the Commission commenced more than a decade ago, falls somewhere in between the two. The number of court judgements on the topic of abuse of dominance has grown in recent years (although it has not quite doubled), but these judgements have not all moved in the same direction: some have supported the Commission’s aim to give more prominence to the analysis of economic effects, but others have undermined it. No case illustrates this better than the one concerning the exclusivity rebates offered by Intel, the chip-maker co-founded by Gordon Moore, who came...