Competition law

Industrial property rights


Competition law

Fighting unfair competition: we advise you in all areas of competition law, especially in matters of reputation exploitation and misleading advertising.

Competition law protects competitors, consumers and other market participants from unfair behaviour.

In the context of industrial property rights, it is of great practical importance that the inventors or authors of products are granted protection against third-party imitations of their products under certain circumstances. This is known as the supplementary protection of rights under competition law.

This still applies even if the product in question is not or no longer protected by a special protection right such as a patent, utility model or design.

However, the principle of freedom to imitate must be taken into account. Accordingly, unfair behaviour is only deemed to have occurred if there are further unfair features in addition to imitation. This includes, for example, exploitation of reputation.


Get in touch

Do you have a question about trademark law? Would you like our lawyers to advise you?

Then simply get in touch with us!

Klinger & Kollegen
Bavariaring 20
80336 Munich

Phone: +49 (0)89 54 42 54 – 0
Telefax: +49 (0)89 54 42 54 – 99


Your contact person

Dr. Alfred N. Klinger

Lawyer – European Trademark and Design Attorney