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Protection against Unfair Competition Act, 1998

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Year of current version:1998
Date of entry into force of original text:February 19, 2001
Date of Text (Enacted):September 14, 1998
Type of Text:IP-related Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Competition, Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, Other, Trade Names, Undisclosed Information (Trade Secrets)
Notes:
Date of entry into force: see the Proclamation S.I. 2001, No. 20 of February 16, 2001 of the Protection Against Unfair Competition Act (Act 1998-20), available in the database as 'Unfair Competition Act 1998-20), Proclamation (Commencement), 16/02/2001, No. 20'.
WTO Notification States:
'This Act implements Articles 39-40 of the TRIPS Agreement and, inter alia, defines those acts or practices which amount to unfair competition, or can cause dilution of the goodwill or reputation of goods or services. Commercial activity designed to mislead the public in terms of the value of goods and services, and the disclosure or acquisition of secret information relating to a commercial enterprise, without the consent of the rightful holder of such information, are also prohibited under the Act. The Act also creates the criminal offence disclosure of secret information by competent authorities. It also provides for civil proceedings in the High Court in relation to contravention of the Act. The Court retains sole jurisdiction over matters under the Act.'
Available Texts: 
English

Protection against Unfair Competition Act, 1998 Protection against Unfair Competition Act, 1998, Complete document (pdf) [18 KB] Protection against Unfair Competition Act, 1998, Complete document (htm) [14 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

French

Loi de 1998 sur la protection contre la concurrence déloyale Loi de 1998 sur la protection contre la concurrence déloyale, Complete document (pdf) [138 KB]

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