The EU Commission finds that the company which created ’Green Dot’ trademark, is restricting competition by abusing its dominant position in the market for organizing the collection and recycling of sales packaging in Germany (System Deutschland)

"Commission acts against Duales System Deutschland AG for the abuse of a dominant position"*Introduction On April 20, 2001, the Commission adopted a decision finding that Duales System Deutschland AG (DSD), a company which created ‘The Green Dot’ (Der Grüne Punkt) trademark, is restricting competition by abusing its dominant position in the market for organising the collection and recycling of sales packaging in Germany. The Commission found that, in certain cases, the payment system used by DSD disadvantages its customers and prevents the entry of competitors in the market concerned. The decision is limited to one provision of DSD‘s trademark agreement and does not call into question the existence and overall functioning of the DSD system. The service agreements between DSD and its

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  • European Commission - Secretariat General (Brussels)
  • DG COMP (Brussels)

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Michael Gremminger, Gerald Miersch, The EU Commission finds that the company which created ’Green Dot’ trademark, is restricting competition by abusing its dominant position in the market for organizing the collection and recycling of sales packaging in Germany (System Deutschland), 20 April 2001, e-Competitions April 2001, Art. N° 39082

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