A competing business is pressing our suppliers to stop to dealing with us. What can we do?

A competing business is pressing our suppliers to stop to dealing with us. What can we do?

The conduct of the competing business may be prohibited under Competition & Trade Practices law. If the competing business is also making false or misleading comments about your business, this may constitute misleading and deceptive conduct (also prohibited under Competition & Trade Practices law).

We have a registered business name. Does this prevent other businesses from trading under the same or a similar name?

No. A business name registration simply permits the owner to trade under that name. It does not give the owner any right to prevent any other business from trading under that name. However a trade mark registration (which can be for a trading name) gives the owner the right to prevent any other person using that trade mark in respect of the goods or services for which it is registered.