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23 September 2019
The popularity of comparative advertising has grown in recent decades. However, it has been historically rare in Argentina due to the uncertainty and risk that it entailed, as there was no specific legislation in this regard until recently.
Since the Trademark Law reserves the exclusivity of trademark use for its owner, legal scholars in Argentina have debated whether the use of trademarks in comparative advertising is prohibited.
With the approval of Emergency Decree 274/2019 on 17 April 2019 (for further details please see "Implications of new unfair competition legislation for IP practitioners"), legislation has, for the first time, addressed comparative advertising in Argentina in a detailed and systematic manner and established when it shall be allowed.
Section 15 of Emergency Decree 274/2019 states that "for the purposes of this Decree, comparative advertising shall be that which explicitly or implicitly refers to a competitor, or their trademark, or the products or services offered by them".
Further, the decrees states that comparative advertising will be allowed if it complies with all of the following conditions:
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