The Swedish Patent and Market Court finds that a dominant company’s termination of an access agreement with a downstream competitor constitutes an abuse (Svenska Förpacknings- och Tidningsinsamlingen)

In January 2019, the Swedish Patent and Market Court found that a dominant company's termination of an access agreement with a downstream competitor constituted an abuse. By finding that the refusal had to be able to eliminate all effective competition on the downstream market in order to be held abusive, the court not only introduces a stricter application than in previous decisions but also suggests an extension of the scope of situations in which the Bronner criteria should be applied. Producers of paper, metal and plastic packaging are under a legal obligation to collect and recycle packaging waste. To fulfil that obligation, producers must provide households with access to a nationwide public infrastructure for the collection of such waste. Svenska Förpacknings- och

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Erik Brändt Öfverholm, Philip Thorell, Antonia Malmgren, The Swedish Patent and Market Court finds that a dominant company’s termination of an access agreement with a downstream competitor constitutes an abuse (Svenska Förpacknings- och Tidningsinsamlingen), 21 January 2019, e-Competitions Bulletin April 2019, Art. N° 90049

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