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Competition Law

In Germany the principle of freedom of competition holds good whereby the competition law sets the legal framework for economic activity. The securing under law of freedom of competition is brought about on the one hand by the "Gesetz gegen unlauteren Wettbewerb" (Act against Unfair Competition) and on the other hand by the "Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen" (Act against Restraints of Competition).

For years Notos has been supporting companies in the realization of the freedom of competition; the support may be vis à vis competitors or vis à vis market supervision authorities and may be offensive or defensive.

Warning notices, interim injunctions or prohibitory actions - finding the best way of using these sharp weapons always requires - in addition to a great deal of experience - proper regard for the economic significance of a dispute for the client.

Coming under the heading of competition law are in particular:

  • Unfair business actions
  • Unreasonable, uncalled-for influencing of consumers or other market participants
  • Exploitation of the special need for protection of consumers
  • Camouflaging of promotional measures
  • Putting down of competitors
  • Trade libel
  • Protection under competition law against copying, plagiarism etc.
  • Deliberate hindering of competitors
  • Obtaining a competitive advantage through a breach of law
  • Misleading business actions
  • Comparative advertising
  • Unacceptable harassment through advertising
  • Utilization of corporate and business secrets
  • Utilization of samples and sample piracy
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