Commission condemns German “Green Dot” company for abuse of dominant position in market for collection and recycling of sales packaging
According to the Commission, DSD charges a full fee for its Green Dot trademark even in cases where it provides no service, because the collection and recycling is carried out by competitors. The Commission stresses that it does not call into question the Green Dot system itself and urges the company to take the necessary measures to end its abusive behaviour.
Duales System reacted angrily to the Commission’s decision. In a press release, the company calls the decision “removed from reality”, and a “massive attack on the trademarks of Duales System and lastly an invitation for the abuse of the Green Dot”.