The Slovak Competition Authority gives an unprecedented definition of relevant product market for trademark licensing (Envi-Pak)

Background On 28 August 2009, the Slovak Antimonopoly Office (“AMO“) adopted a decision against, and delivered to ENVI-PAK, a.s. (“ENVI-PAK”), a company engaged in the waste package materials processing business. ENVI-PAK is the registered holder of the “Der Grüne Punkt” trade mark in Slovakia, based on exclusive licence to the trade mark obtained through Packaging Recovery Organisation Europe s.p.r.l. (the “Green Dot”). Subject to the licence agreement, ENVI-PAK is exclusively entitled to sub-licence the use of the Green Dot in Slovakia to other entities. In Slovakia, as in other European countries, producers of waste package material (packagers, resellers, feeders, etc.) have the responsibility to process and recycle such waste packages. Many of them do it through specialized contractors,

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Bruno Stefanik, The Slovak Competition Authority gives an unprecedented definition of relevant product market for trademark licensing (Envi-Pak), 6 August 2010, e-Competitions August 2010, Art. N° 33096

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