The book delineates, with extraordinary clarity and precision, the working of unfair competition law throughout the European Union. Its four comprehensive chapters encompass: basic considerations of definition, subject matter, enforcement, and applicable law: international provisions under the Paris convention, TRIPS, and WIPO model law; analysis of relevant EC directives and regulations and ECJ jurisprudence; and extensive discussions of the national unfair competition laws of all 25 Member States.
For each Member State, specific topics covered include such considerations as the following:
– sources of law;
– competition law in a nutshell;
– regulation of advertising;
– direct marketing;
– sales promotion;
– risk of confusion;
– disparagement, defamation;
– misappropriation, imitation;
– impediment of competitors; and
– breach of the law.
The author also provides a selected bibliography of sources for each country.
It would be difficult to find a more useful analysis of European Unfair Competition Law than this systematic study. It is practical, thorough, clarifying, and readable, all at the same time. The author untangles the most complex of apparent contradictions with impressive skill. Copies of this book will quickly take their places on the working shelves of interested practitioners, academics, and officials throughout Europe.