Argument (#03 March 2012)

Unfair Competition on the Legal Services Market

by Konstantin A. Sidorenko

The On Protection against Unfair Competition Act of Ukraine No.236/96-VR of 7 June 1996 defines unfair competition as “any actions in competition that contradict the trade and other fair practices in economic activity”. A more detailed definition can be found in the Administrative Offenses Code of Ukraine. The Code considers “unfair competition” as “illegal copying of forms, packaging, exterior and also imitation, copying, and direct reproduction of other business” goods, unauthorized use of their name; intentional dissemination of false or inaccurate information that may harm business reputation or property interests of another business; receipt, use, disclosure of trade secrets and confidential information in order to harm the reputation or property of other business’…

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