Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) – GTT appeals the Seoul High Court's decision dated December 1, 2022
Paris – December 22, 2022. GTT announced that it has appealed the Seoul High Court's decision of December 1, 2022 before the Supreme Court of Korea.
As a reminder, this decision partially granted GTT's appeal against the Korea Fair Trade Commission's corrective order by revoking the €9.5 million administrative fine paid by GTT, but confirmed the Company's obligation to separate the technology license agreement from the technical assistance if requested by the Korean shipyards.
GTT's appeal is related to the obligation to separate the technology license and the technical assistance. It will be accompanied by a request for suspension of the decision. On the other hand, the KFTC has appealed against the revocation of the administrative fine.
GTT wishes to emphasize that the licence of the technology and the technical assistance constitute an inseparable offering, which guarantees the integrity of its technologies.
The Company will keep the market informed of any significant development on the matter.
- December 2, 2020: KFTC’s decision ordering GTT to allow the Korean shipyards upon their request, to perform all or part of the technical assistance services currently included in the technology license and to pay an administrative fine of €9.5 million
- December 31, 2020: GTT’s appeal before the Seoul High Court and application to suspend the effect of the KFTC decision
- January 6, 2021: Seoul High Court decision to suspend the effect of the KFTC decision
- January 14, 2021: KFTC’s appeal of the suspension of effect decision before the Supreme Court of Korea
- May 14, 2021: decision of the Supreme Court of Korea to reject the appeal from the KFTC
- December 1, 2022: decision on the merits of the Seoul High Court.
- December 22, 2022: appeal of the Seoul High Court's decision before the Supreme Court of Korea.