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This chapter presents an overview of Dutch unfair competition law. It discusses how the unfair competition law has developed over the years. The chapter discusses a group of unfair trading practices that are dealt with under Dutch law in the field of misleading advertising, discrediting of competitors and protection of achievements including know-how. The Committee for Orderly Commerce, established in 1964 by the State Secretary of Economic Affairs, published a report in 1967 on the desirability of a general statutory regulation on orderly commerce. Since the report by the Committee for Orderly Commerce did not produce the desired effect, the State Secretary of Economic Affairs requested the opinion of the Social and Economic Council (SER) on this matter. The SER proposal was, in general, favourably received in the literature. Unfair competition law plays an important role in the regulation of behaviour between private parties on the market.

Keywords: Dutch unfair competition law; misleading advertising; social and economic council (SER); unfair trading practices



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