Protecting and defending your company from unfair competitive behavior
Unfair competition punishes behavior that is contrary to normal commercial practices, which, among other things, would be aimed at diverting customers from a competitor or denigrating a company’s products.
With a solid background in this area, our office advises and assists companies and individuals in procedures involving fraudulent competitive conduct.
Unfair competition punishes the wrongful conduct of an economic actor which creates a prejudice. Denigrating a competitor’s products, imitating its trademark or products by creating a likelihood of confusion in the minds of customers, or seeking to take advantage of the notoriety or investments made by a competitor constitute for example unfair competition acts.
Unfair competition action may also be carried out in conjunction with an infringement action, or alternatively when infringement appears more difficult to characterize.
Our law firm assists companies and individuals in identifying conduct that may constitute an unfair competition act and initiating actions accordingly, and can also defend companies or individuals in the context of such an action.
How we can help you
Before any dispute, we help you in :
- identifying the elements that can constitute an unfair competition act (loss of customers, decrease in turnover, debauching of employees,…);
- Collecting evidence of acts of unfair competition (including bailiff’s reports).
As part of a dispute, our firm can advise you and represent you:
- Sending cease and desist letter;
- Civil actions on the merits or urgent procedures in order to obtain compensation for the prejudice suffered.
Denigration – abusive warnings
The firm has defended a company that was denigrated by a competitor who issued abusive warnings.
The firm has assisted a fashion company in the scope of an unfair competition action.
Litigation – denigration
Fashion industry – jewelry
Our firm represents several companies specialized in the jewellery sector as part of a smear campaign against them.