The landmark antitrust ruling against Microsoft Corp. by Europe’s second-highest court opens a real gulf between U.S. and European approaches to regulating monopolies and will likely lead to forum shopping by firms seeking redress against competitors, according to legal observers.

Many observers predict more antitrust complainants going to Europe for enforcement help, while dominant firms may turn to U.S. patent and trademark law to fend off European decisions that require revealing corporate secrets.

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