The Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition fines foreign-based suppliers for thwarting parallel imports of premium branded beverages (BG IN / Diageo Brands)

By Decision n° 136 of 22 June 2006 (the “CPC decision”), the Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition (the “CPC”) fined three foreign-based beverage suppliers for preventing parallel imports of premium branded alcohols into Bulgaria. The CPC decision is noteworthy for introducing the principle of extraterritoriality in the Bulgarian competition law and for its interpretation of the notion of “agreement”. Background Three foreign-based beverage suppliers - Diageo Brands B.V. [1] Justerini and Brooks Limited [2], and R & A Bailey & Co [3], all belonging to the Diageo Group [4], (collectively referred to as the “Diageo suppliers”) - are the trademark holders of the spirit brands Jonnie Walker, J&B, Guinness, Gordon's and Bailey's (the “Brands”). The Diageo suppliers are

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Dessislava Fessenko, The Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition fines foreign-based suppliers for thwarting parallel imports of premium branded beverages (BG IN / Diageo Brands), 22 June 2006, e-Competitions Intellectual property, Art. N° 16010

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