October 1988

Unilateral Practices

The EU Court of Justice emphasises that the geographic market is important to take into account when determining dominance (Alsatel / Novasam)
European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
Case 247/86 Société alsacienne et lorraine de telecommunications et d’électronique (Alsatel) v SA Novasam* 1. The Court cannot, whether it be at the request of a party to the main proceedings or at the request of an institution which has exercised its right to submit observations, extend the (...)

The EU Court of Justice holds that a car manufacturer selling its products at a higher price than that charged for the same components by independent manufacturers does not necessarily constitute an abuse of a dominant position (Maxicar / Renault)
European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
Case 53/87 Consorzio italiano della componentistica di ricambio per autoveicoli and Maxicar v Régie nationale des usines Renault* 1. In the absence of Community standardization or harmonization of laws, the determination of the conditions and procedures under which protection of designs and (...)

The EU Court of Justice holds that a car manufacturer refusing to grant licences to third parties to produce spare parts for its car may not be considered an abuse of dominance (AB Volvo / Erik Veng)
European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
Case 238/87 AB Volvo v Erik Veng (UK) Ltd* 1. In the absence of Community standardization or harmonization of laws, the determination of the conditions and procedures under which the protection of designs and models is granted is a matter for the national rules of each Member State. It is for (...)

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