Safeguarding competition while protecting exclusivity.
Competition law is today a central part of commercial law, both nationally and internationally. That companies enter into agreements with effects on competition law is the rule rather than the exception, irrespective of whether it concerns company acquisitions, collaboration or licensing agreements, or some form of commercial transaction.
The aim of competition law is to safeguard efficient competition and prevent distorted competition due to, for example, exclusive rights. At the same time IPR entitles the holder exclusivity. In other words, there is an inherent conflict between competition law and intellectual property law.
We offer reviewing of commercial contracts and business strategies from the perspective of competition law and advice regarding prohibitions and group exemptions on anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominant positions. We have a long experience in these fields, especially in situations where competition law and intellectual property law collide.