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Unfair Competition/ Antitrust Law
Intellectual Property Rights may interfere with the market - WRST counsels on just how much interference is allowed.
Intellectual property rights provide the the proprietor with tools to significantly interfere with a market, in particular the right to prohibit third parties' use of the protected subject matter. Depending on various factors, including the structure of the market and market shares, this position may give rise to conflicts with competition and antitrust law, both on the national (German) level but also, particularly tricky, on the European market within the jurisdiction of the EU. Our attorneys advise on competition and antitrust law aspects and their respective influence on agreements and commercial activities.