Competition law, antitrust law, intellectual property rights

Not everything that is considered economically feasible is legally possible. Therefore it is vital to recognise limits and the possible scope of action at an early stage.

At hba we willingly and comprehensively attend to your questions on competition and international property law. Whether  we determine the admissibility of distribution or advertising measures or of public subsidies, or provide support in competition disputes and in the case of restraining orders, or represent clients before national and international competition authorities – under all these circumstances we apply in-depth legal knowledge.

We also offer expertise in relation to complex competition law or international property law contracts, namely licensing agreements and distribution and franchise contracts. We advise you on matters of antitrust law and in cases of abuse of market dominance as well as in the context of state aid procedures.

Clients can count on our expertise in the areas of planning, co-ordination and execution of national and international M&A transactions and any questions on merger control. At hba the word ‘comprehensive’ actually means comprehensive.

We assist you in protecting your intellectual property (especially trademarks, models, patents, utility models, copyrighted material and rights to images). Building on a wide-ranging under-standing of your business model, we offer specialist advice to technology-intensive com-panies, notably start-ups in the areas of IP, IT and e-commerce.

Our services

  • State aid assessment concerning public subsidies
  • Merger control
  • Review of contracts under antitrust law aspects
  • Advice on licence agreements and distribution, co-operation, franchise and development contracts
  • Copyright and publishing law
  • Media law, the law on media offences and protection of personal rights
  • Advertising law, IT, internet and e-commerce
  • Intellectual property rights, licensing and contract law
  • Litigation in competition and international property law and appropriate representation before courts and administrative authorities
  • Trademark law
  • Patent law