Competition law includes the law against unfair competition and the law against restrictions on competition. The law against restrictions on competition (“anti-trust law”) protects free competition for all market participants. The aim of the law set out in the German Unfair Competition Act (“the law on fair trading practices” or “competition law in the strict sense”) is to protect businesses from unfair competitive practices in the interests of consumers, competitors and the general public as market participants.
Our core expertise in competition law lies in the field of the law against unfair competition. With our extensive experience in competition-related infringement proceedings, we are able to provide you with specialist support. Our expertise extends from sending warning letters in the pre-litigation stage to obtaining preliminary injunctions and carrying out legal action. In matters relating to competition law it is often important to react quickly and appropriately to possible infringements. Issues that may fall under competition law include deception, inadmissible advertising and sales practices, comparative advertising, and the denigration of competitors.
As the attorneys at isarpatent® specialise in the law relating to technical IP rights, trade marks and designs, they are able to draw on their wealth of experience in these fields in matters relating to supplementary protection under competition law.
We would be pleased to support you in the conceptual development of distribution, marketing, and agency agreements, in matters relating to company trade secrets and in connection with drafting licensing agreements and in issues relating to anti-trust law, all of which are often of particular significance in this context.
Franz Stangl | Partner and Head of Litigation Department