Intel appealed the decision and the Luxembourg-based General Court, which is the EU's second highest court, rejected Intel's arguments in 2014. Now the case is in the hands of the EU's top court, where Intel will be receiving a final ruling.
Reuters reports the judgment may arrive sometime in 2018. It also looks like the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) may give Intel a more favorable ruling :
"I expect a judgment sometime next year," Marc van der Woude, vice-president at the General Court, told a competition conference organized by Concurrence.The decision may also have implications for the antitrust cases against Google and Qualcomm. Both are accused of squeezing out rivals.
Intel got a boost last year when ECJ court adviser Nils Wahl questioned whether the company's actions had really harmed competition. The court follows such recommendations in four out of five cases.