Competition and Antitrust Law

 

The Act against Unfair Competition (Gesetz gegen den unlauteren Wettbewerb) makes very strict demands on the legitimacy of advertising and other market behavior in competition. This applies both to the development and promotion of novel cooperation models with other market participants and to the identification of legal barriers in the communication with insurance holders and prospects. Our work here is not restricted to identifying the limits. We rather strive to embark on paths that will ensure action on a legally sound basis.
 
In the trademark area we provide strategic consulting when it comes to finding the right name, (register) protection and using designations and trade names. We moreover assist our clients with defending their trade name(s) before all ordinary courts and before the Federal Patent Court.

 

Our consulting includes the following services, in particular: 

 

  • General competitive consulting in international and national marketing matters
  • Preparation of expert reports and opinions
  • Legal representation, incl. representation within the scope of immediate legal protection and trademark defense
  • Application for trademark registration, portfolio management and administration
  • Additional competitive questions related to trademarks, utility models and patents
  • Franchising agreements and questions related to professional standards
  • Know-how protection 

 

Thanks to our knowledge of the insurance industry and of the contractual and regulatory framework conditions, we have an excellent idea of what is possible in this specific market and what is not. Because of our long-standing experience, we can come up with pragmatic and practicable solutions for our clients.
 
Our consulting services include assessing individual activities in relation to the EU-group exemption regulation. But they also include all preventive measures that are necessary in order to ensure overall compliance with antitrust law at the company. This includes identifying antitrust risks and developing antitrust guidelines and rules of conduct. This way, we come up with recommendations for employee training and we even provide such training, if so requested. Here, assistance especially with topics related to antitrust compliance plays an important role. This means developing guidelines and training courses also for audits and providing support for, and assessing our clients' lobby work in terms of the law. 

 

Key Contact

 

Dr. Andrea Nowak-Over

Theodor-Heuss-Ring 13-15

50668 Cologne

Tel  +49 221 944027-895

Fax +49 221 944027-906

andrea.nowak-over@bld.de