HOUSEHOLD GOODS

Despite being closely linked, production and distribution businesses have several different legal features in this sector. In production there are two types of products: brown goods (audio and video) and white goods (electrical kitchen and other household appliances). In both cases 50% of the products are sold by specialised shops and the rest by large stores and supermarkets. In production there is a growing need for legal advice on industrial and intellectual property. Matters relating to trade secrets as well as competition issues are currently important. All matters relating to manufacturing have components in the working environment and relationships with suppliers and, where relevant, distributors. In distribution, issues regarding real estate contracting and distribution contracts are particularly relevant; the sale of these products typically involves detailed guarantees where it is important to ensure the proper functioning of the guarantee system with the users and the relevant associations.