Autodesk Says EU Probing Computer-Design Software Makers

Autodesk Inc. (ADSK), the biggest maker of engineering-design software, said European Union antitrust regulators are investigating producers of computer-aided design software.

“We are aware that the commission is reviewing the CAD industry and we’ll certainly provide anything the commission requests,” Greg Eden, a spokesman for the San Rafael, California-based company, said today in a telephone interview.

Amelia Torres, a spokeswoman for the European Commission in Brussels, declined to comment.

Autodesk, the developer of software used in bridge design and the special effects in the movie “Avatar,” generated revenue of $1.95 billion in the year ended Jan. 31.

Competition among technology companies is “particularly important because the dynamism in this industry is an asset for the whole economy,” the EU’s antitrust chief, Joaquin Almunia, said in November.

The EU’s executive last year started investigating International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) and Google Inc. (GOOG) after receiving complaints from smaller rivals.

Investigations under former EU antitrust commissioner Neelie Kroes resulted in 1.68 billion euros ($2.2 billion) in fines against Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and a record 1.06 billion-euro penalty against Intel Corp. (INTC)

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