Competition law regulates trade through the prohibition of illegal restrictions, the fixing of prices and monopolies with the aim of creating a fair competition between companies and guaranteeing an efficient market structure. Knowing the applicable norms in Spain is fundamental to carry out any kind of corporate project.

Abogados en España

Unfair Competition: The Violation of Trade Secrets in Spain

The violation of trade or industrial secrets is regulated under Article 13 of the Law on Unfair Competition and consists of acts of exploitation of confidential information for the benefit of one’s self or a third party. To find a violation of secrets, a number of requirements must be met.

Special Legislation for Particular Goods in Spain

At times, the standard or regular laws on advertisements are not sufficient with regard to several types of products. This is usually because these products relate to health or they are products that are used frequently and therefore need more regulation. This is usually the case with products such as alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, etc. The laws on advertisement concerning pharmaceuticals are especially strict and detailed to ensure that no misleading advertisements are published.

Dispute Resolution in Advertising Law in Spain

There are several laws related to alternative dispute resolution of advertisement disagreements in Spain. Many measures have been set up so that the claimant/victim in an advertisement law dispute can get the compensation he/she deserves. However, this does not include damages, but mainly measures such as correcting the advertisement that caused the dispute or prohibitions of specific advertisements.

Protecting trade marks in Spain

A trade mark is a distinctive sign indicating products and services. Registration confers an exploitation monopoly to the depositor who can prohibit use of his or her distinctive sign by any third party. To protect his or her brand is essential; it prevents a third party from taking advantage of efforts invested in the product or service. In Spain, rights in trademarks are acquired with registration. A trademark is protected for ten years and is renewable infinitely.

Fighting cartels within the Spanish Competition Law

Competition law in the European Union, the United States and the United Kingdom appear to have the same, or similar, objectives but are very diverse in the manner in which they deal with the law and issues that arise. The differences arise in matters such as fighting cartels, which is more common than one may think.

Rules and regulatins

The regulation in defence of competition in Spain

The regulation in deface of competition in Spain is formed in light of the Law 15/2007, of July 3, of the Defence of Competition, which promotes a substantial reformation of the Spanish system of the defence of competition, and by which the National Commission of Competition is created. The development of this regulation was necessary […]

Amendments to the Unfair Competiton Act in Spain and its influence on other legislation

The Act No. 29/2009 of 30 December modifies the legal system of unfair competition and advertising to enhance consumer and user protection in Spain. Act No 29/09 incorporates the Community Directive 2005/29/EC dealing with unfair company commercial practice in their relations with consumers on the domestic market into the Spanish law, along with Directive 2006/114/EC […]