The Swiss Competition Commission fines leading camera manufacturer a total of 12.5 million CHF because of the restrictions on parallel imports of the company’s imaging products (Nikon)

I. Summary The Swiss Competition Commission (COMCO) fines Nikon AG a total of 12.5 million CHF because of restrictions on parallel imports of Nikon imaging products [1]. II. Case1. Parties Nikon AG, Switzerland [2] («Defendant«). The Nikon Group organizes its sales in Europe through its own offices in the respective countries or, if Nikon does not have its own office in a particular country, a general importer. Nikon does not sell its products to end-consumers in general, only to wholesalers and retailers as follows: Digitec AG, Switzerland [3] («Defendant«). Digitec is a reseller. Wahl Trading AG, Liechtenstein («Plaintiff«). 2. Market The market for digital cameras can be divided into four different relevant national markets: Digital cameras with interchangeable lenses Digital

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Patrick Krauskopf, Fabio Babey, The Swiss Competition Commission fines leading camera manufacturer a total of 12.5 million CHF because of the restrictions on parallel imports of the company’s imaging products (Nikon), 15 décembre 2011, Bulletin e-Competitions December 2011, Art. N° 45012

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