Spain’s antitrust authority brings infringement proceedings against the Association of Intellectual Property Agents

On 21 June 2013, Spain’s antitrust investigations authority, the Comision Nacional de la Competencia (CNC), brought infringement proceedings against the Association of Intellectual Property Agents, in relation to possible anti-competitive conduct resulting from the criteria for drawing up lists of experts in court, fee schedules, and the collection of contributions.

In particular, alleged violations of the Spanish Competition Act 15/2007 concern, firstly, the collection of court experts based on seniority in the Spanish Patents and Trademarks Office; secondly, a fee schedule that is set by exclusive guidelines; and thirdly, a collection of contributions that is based upon the professional activities of the Intellectual Property Agent before the Spanish Patents and Trademarks Office. [Anthony Reda]

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