[Federal Register: January 31, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 21)]
[Page 4767]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]


[Dkt. C-3658]

Dell Computer Corporation; Prohibited Trade Practices, and 
Affirmative Corrective Actions

AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission.

ACTION: Consent order.


SUMMARY: In settlement of alleged violations of federal law prohibiting 
unfair or deceptive acts or practices and unfair methods of competition 
this consent order prohibits, among other things, a Texas-based 
personal computer manufacturer from enforcing its patent rights against 
computer manufacturers using the VL-bus, a mechanism to transfer 
instructions between the computer's central processing unit and its 

DATES: Complaint and Order issued May 20, 1996.\1\

    \1\ Copies of the Complaint, the Decision and Order, and 
Commissioner Azcuenaga's statement and the statement of the 
Commission are available from the Commission's Public Reference 
Branch, H-130, 6th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 

William Baer, FTC/H-374, Washington, DC 20580. (202) 326-2932.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On Wednesday, November 22, 1995, there was 
published ion the Federal Register, 60 FR 57870, a proposed consent 
agreement with analysis In the Matter of Dell Computer Corporation, for 
the purpose of soliciting public comment. Interested parties were given 
sixty (60) days in which to submit comments, suggestions or objections 
regarding the proposed form of the order.
    Comments were filed and considered by the Commission. The 
Commission has ordered the issuance of the complaint in the form 
contemplated by the agreement, made its jurisdictional findings and 
entered a slightly modified order to cease and desist in disposition of 
this proceeding.

(Sec. 6, 38 Stat. 721; 15 U.S.C. 46. Interprets or applies sec. 5, 
38 Stat. 719, as amended; 15 U.S.C. 45)
Donald S. Clark,
[FR Doc. 97-2435 Filed 1-30-97; 8:45 am]