Hydrotherm Geratebau gmbh v Compact del Dott Ing Mario andreoli and c Sas: ECJ 12 Jul 1984

Europa In competition law, the term ‘ undertaking ‘ must be understood as designating an economic unit for the purposes of the subject-matter of the agreement in question even if in law that economic unit consists of several persons, natural or legal. Regulation nr 67/67 of the commission on the application of article 85 (3) of the treaty to categories of exclusive dealing agreements must be applied even if several legally independent undertakings participate in the agreement as one contracting party provided that those undertakings constitute an economic unit for the purposes of the agreement. In those circumstances competition between the persons participating together, as a single party, in the agreement in question is impossible.
Regulation no 67/67 is applicable where the obligations entered into cover not only a defined area of the common market but also countries outside the community.
Article 3 (b) (1) of regulation no 67/67 must be interpreted as excluding an agreement from block exemption only if it is clear from the actual terms of the agreement or from the conduct of the parties that they intend to use, or are in fact using, an industrial property right in such a way as to prevent or impede, with the aid of that right, parallel imports into the territory covered by the exclusive dealership. The fact that an agreement does not contain any provision to prevent abuse of an industrial property right is not in itself a sufficient reason for excluding that agreement from the application of regulation no 67/67.


[1984] ECR 2999, C-170/83, R-67/67, [1984] EUECJ R-67/67



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