Law against Unfair Competition
Attorneys against Unfair Competition in Germany: Legal Representation of Companies and Entrepreneurs
The German Law against Unfair Competition has evolved significantly in recent years as a consequence of numerous new regulatory requirements from the EU. While some EU directives seek full harmonization in the EU, e.g. in the field of comparative advertising, other EU directives provide the individual EU countries with some leeway to enact stricter national rules on the respective subject, e.g. in the area of misleading advertising. Google
In our litigation law firm Attorney Dr. Christian Seyfert, LL.M. (USA) will handle the unfair competition case of your company. Christian is a Certified IP Law Specialist and a Certified Copyright & Media Law Specialist. He has represented companies and entrepreneurs in competition law matters in Germany for many years. Litigation in competition law matters is Christian's forte. Please just contact him for a discussion about your case.
Typical cases of application / areas of the law against unfair competition in Germany:
- Corporate personality rights: protection of the good reputation and economic appreciation of your business
- Protection against imitations of the goods and services of your company
- Unauthorized commercial exploitations of your business achievements
- Unauthorized use of your company's intellectual property rights (trademarks, patents, utility models, industrial designs, copyrights, etc.)
- Unauthorized use of the trade name or other characteristics of your company or your business model
- Misleading advertising by competitors
- Comparative advertising by competitors
- Unconscionable pestering of any kind
- Defamatory media reports and defamatory press reports
Attorneys against Unfair Competition in Germany: Legal Representation in Special Areas of German Competition Law
ZELLER & SEYFERT will also legally represent your company in the various special areas of German competition law. The German Act against Unfair Competition refers to a set of provisions from German laws which regulate certain special aspects of fair trade on the German market. The violation of such provisions regularly constitutes unfair competition on the German market to the detriment of other fair competitors. Attorney Dr. Christian Seyfert, LL.M. (USA) is specialized in particular in the following special legal areas of German competition law:
- E-Commerce & Internet
- Consumer protection rights: Information obligations of online shops, in particular the obligation to inform consumers about their fixed-term right to cancel long-distance transactions; also, unfair and invalid clauses in General Terms and Conditions of your competitors
- Telemedia Law
- Law on Price Quotations in Advertising
- Youth Protection Law
- Privacy Law / Data Protection Law
- Law on Advertising in the Health Care System
- Law on Medicinal Products
- Pharmaceutical Drug Law
- Food Law
- Food Labeling Law
- Gambling Law
Attorneys against Unfair Competition in Germany: Legal Representation before German Civil Courts
ZELLER & SEYFERT is a German litigation law firm with experienced litigation attorneys who have specialized in certain legal fields of law. They have represented companies before German civil courts for many years. In particular the following claims against an unfair competitor can be enforced before German civil courts:
- Injunctive relief against the unfair behavior of your competitor on the German market
- Claims for information on the nature and extent of the unfair behavior of your competitor on the German market
- Claims for damages against the unfair competitor
Attorneys against Unfair Competition in Germany: Legal Representation in Summary Proceedings (Speedy Trial)
If a competitor acts unfairly on the German market to the detriment of your company, urgent legal action is regularly needed to stop the unfair behavior of your competitor for the future. ZELLER & SEYFERT's attorneys will quickly enforce the competition rights of your company on the German market and seek an immediate injunction against the unfair competitor in a summary proceeding (speedy trial) before the commercial chamber of a competent German civil court. Our attorneys know the peculiarities of summary proceedings before the commercial chambers of German civil courts, particularly on issues related to competition law.
Attorneys against Unfair Competition in Germany: Legal Representation before German Administrative Courts
If your company has problems with the German authorities, in particular the German supervisory authorities, our attorneys will represent your company proficiently before the German administrative courts in order to get any burdening restraining order by the German authorities cancelled. Our attorneys have specialized in particular on disputes with the German authorities in the field of German gambling law.
Attorneys against Unfair Competition in Germany: Warning Letters – Legal Representation out of court
According to German law, claimants of certain legal rights generally have the burden to first send a warning letter out of court to the party which is violating their rights. Such an obligation also applies to claimants of anti-competition claims against unfair competitors. The warning letter shall mainly achieve three things: It shall inform your unfair competitor about its acts and omissions in violation of the German law against unfair competition; it shall seek a possible settlement between the two competing parties; and it shall seek an end to the unfair business practices of your unfair competitor for the future. Rushing with an unfair competition case to a German civil court without prior requesting from the unfair competitor that he shall cease and desist from his unfair business practices may otherwise have the result that your company has to pay the fees and costs of the entire lawsuit, i.e. court fees and attorney fees of both parties, even if your company later wins the anti-competition lawsuit.
Attorneys against Unfair Competition in Germany: Legal Analysis of your Online Shop for Errors (E-Commerce)
Do not provide your German competitors with a target. If your online shop or your online company is not in compliance with German statutory provisions regulating e-commerce and how to do business lawfully on the internet, your company may receive warning letters from German competitors or German consumer protection associations. These warning letters are not free of charge. If the content of the warning letter is accurate, your online company has to pay damages plus the attorney fees and other expenses of your competitor on whose behalf the warning letter had been sent. For further information please click on E-Commerce & Internet in Germany.
Attorneys against Unfair Competition in Germany: Defending Companies against Unfair Competition Claims of others
If anti-competition claims have been put forward against your company in Germany and these claims allege that your company has acted unfairly in business on the German market, our attorneys will quickly evaluate the legal situation for your company. Our attorneys will develop a solid defense strategy for your company. If your company has already received court documents from a German court based on unfair competition allegations or legal documents from Germany or a German court have been served to your company otherwise, an immediate response by a German lawyer is regularly necessary to meet all pending deadlines set by the German court.
Litigation in unfair competition matters is our attorneys' forte. Our attorneys will defend your company competently with years of practical legal experience in unfair competition matters before German courts.
Your Contact Person in Unfair Competition Matters
Do you still have questions concerning the German and the EU Law against Unfair Competition? Your contact person with ZELLER & SEYFERT concerning issues related to unfair competition, corporate personality rights, misleading advertising, unconscionable pestering, etc. is Attorney at Law Dr. Christian Seyfert, LL.M. (USA). Christian is a Certified IP Law Specialist and a Certified Copyright & Media Law Specialist. He is easy to talk to. Please just contact him by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (+49 (0)69-58 80 972-40) about your competition law issue.
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