Select Country

Select a country to view information on local trademark law


Countries
A-E  F-J  K-O  P-T  U-Z

Multinational Agreements
AIPO/OAPI  ARIPO 
EUIPO  WIPO

Services Firms

Check IP services firms here

Feedback

Please report us if any of this content needs an update


Law Firms and
IP Consultancies

For legal advice please contact:

Koushos Korfiotis Papacharalambous L.L.C.
Nicosia, Cyprus (CY)

More info

Dr. K. Chrysostomides & Co. LLC
Nicosia, Cyprus (CY)

More info

Further contacts here

Get Listed

Promote your expertise to IP professionals worldwide.
read more

Cyprus (CY)

Print this page
05-02-2016 (Newsletter Issue 8/16)
PoA for E-Filing No Longer Required
The Department of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver in Cyprus announced that Powers of Attorney will no longer be required for trademark applications which are filed and renewed electronically.

The Registrar also announced that applications filed and renewed electronically will receive a higher priority.

Source: www.agip.com


09-02-2014 (Newsletter Issue 13/14)
New Common Practice on Black & White Trademarks
The Intellectual and Industrial Property Section of the Department of the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver of the Republic of Cyprus has issued a new practice direction for the purposes of harmonizing the practice of Cyprus regarding black and white or greyscale trademarks with the rest of European Union countries. The new practice direction will apply for all trademark applications filed after 15 July 2014.

Accordingly, trademarks filed in black and white or greyscale are no longer protected in all colours.

The new Practice consists of four parts and determines use of a black and white or greyscale trademark in colour is considered genuine use if the following conditions are met:

1. The colour should not be part of the main element that makes the trademark distinctive.
2. The colour or combination of colours in the trademark is not considered distinctive in itself.
3. The word and figurative elements of the trademark should be the most distinctive elements and should be used in the same way as the black and white or greyscale trademark.
4. The contrast between the shade of the trademark should be respected.

Source: www.agip.com


03-12-2013 (Newsletter Issue 3/13)
Official Fees Increased
The Registrar of Cyprus annouced that the official fees for patent and trademark work have been increased by an average of 18%. These new official fees are applicable for submissions to the Registrar as of February 4th, 2013.

The new official filing fee for one trade mark in one class is now EUR 50.00. The official filing fee for a certification mark is now EUR 80.00.

Source: Dr. K. Chrysostomides & Co LLC, Cyprus and Vayanos Kostopoulos, Greece


Legal basis is the Cyprus Trademarks Law Cap. 268 (as amended). The Cyprus legal system is largely based on the principles of “common law” (see United Kingdom) and European Union Law.
The law is valid for the entire territory of the Republic of Cyprus, but due to the current political situation it is de facto restricted to the free part of the Republic of Cyprus (in the South) where the legitimate government exercises its control.
Cyprus is a member of the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol.
Since May 1st, 2004, Cyprus has also been a member of the European Union.
Trademark protection is obtained by registration although unregistered marks may be protected in appropriate circumstances under the tort of passing-off (unfair competition).
Nice classification, 11th edition
Registrable as trademarks are all distinctive and graphically representable signs, such as words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices, the three-dimensional shape of a product or its packaging and any combination of such signs.
The following trademark types are registrable: trade marks and service marks, collective marks and certification marks.
The application is filed at the Cyprus Trademark Office.
Separate applications are necessary for each class.
Foreign applicants need a local agent.
The power of attorney for the local agent must be signed by the applicant.
However, a power of attorney is not required for trademark applications filed and renewed electronically.
Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
The application process includes an examination on formalities, an examination on absolute grounds and a search for prior trademark rights on the Register. Signs not deemed distinctive in the preliminary examination by the Registrar may still be registered if sufficient evidence of acquired de facto distinctiveness is submitted.
The processing time from first filing to registration or first office action is approx. 6 to 9 months.
After registration, the trademark is published in the “Official Gazette of the Republic”.
National:
The opposition period is 2 months from the date of publication of the trademark in the Official Gazette. The deadline is a strict one and cannot be extended.

Details regarding the Opposition Period against designation of IR Mark are available in our publication on this topic here
A trademark registration is initially valid for 7 years. Renewal is possible for periods of 14 years.
The grace period is 2 months from the date of publication in the Official Gazette of the non-payment of the renewal fee.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
If the trademark has not been used within 5 years from registration (or for a continuous period of 5 years), it may be subject to cancellation. Subsequent use of the trademark can restore protection if no party has requested cancellation due to non-use in the meantime.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
The official filing fee for one trade mark in one class is EUR 50.00 and each additional class EUR 50.00
The official filing fee for a certification mark is EUR 80.00.
The fee for registration is EUR 50.00 and publication is EUR 50.00.

Currency Converter   (Source for exchange-rates: bankenverband.de)
Find out how much this is in your own currency and convert!

Initial currency

Amount
left-to-right wrrow
convert into
Target currency

Amount

Practical details on licensing procedures, requirements and effectiveness are available in our publication on this topic here.
Search type First class Add. class
Word Mark Search (availability) 170,00 € 100,00 € 
Word Mark Search (identical) 120,00 € 90,00 € 

The Prices above are SMD Group Search Fees
Country Index is a free service of SMD Group. We thank the following law firms for their assistance in updating the information provided.

Country Survey
03-27-2017
Dr. K. Chrysostomides & Co. LLC, Nicosia, Cyprus  

09-21-2015
Dr. K. Chrysostomides & Co. LLC, Nicosia, Cyprus  

08-26-2014
Dr. K. Chrysostomides & Co. LLC, Nicosia, Cyprus  

02-22-2013
Dr. K. Chrysostomides & Co. LLC, Nicosia, Cyprus  

01-19-2012
Markides, Markides & Co., Nicosia, Cyprus

01-02-2012
Dr. K. Chrysostomides & Co. LLC, Nicosia, Cyprus  



Koushos Korfiotis Papacharalambous L.L.C.



Eleni Papacharalambous

Eleni Papacharalambous
20 Costis Palamas str., 'Aspelia' Court
1096 Nicosia
Cyprus (CY)
Tel +357 22 664 555
Fax +357 22 677 485
elenip@kkplaw.com
www.kkplaw.com

KKP LLC is a full–service law firm and its lawyers count more than 30 years of experience and an extensive knowledge of the International, European and Cyprus legal system.

KKP Intellectual Property Law practice is one of the leading practices in Cyprus, headed by our Partner Eleni Papacharalambous, who is recognized by Legal 500 as a Leading Individual in Intellectual Property Law. Our IP Team comprises of IP specialized lawyers and assisting personnel and guarantees the offering of high standard services tailored to each Client’s individual needs.

As members of INTA, MARQUES, PTMG and ECTA, our IP Team regularly participates in Conferences organized by these Associations, enhancing in this way our knowledge on the latest issues and challenges in IP practice.

Experienced in a broad spectrum of sectors, we provide a comprehensive range of services with regards to trademarks, patents, industrial designs, trade names, domain names, counterfeiting, copyrights and all court proceedings relating to these matters.

Our IP team handles a significant number of national, community and international trademark registrations. We are also very experienced in trademark opposition, invalidity and cancellation proceedings. Trade mark searches, renewals and recordal of changes are also amongst the services provided by our IP Department.

It is also worth mentioning that we are very experienced with patent proceedings before the Cyprus Patent Registry, including the validation of European Patents in Cyprus, renewals/payment of annuities, recordal of changes, and the registration of national patents.

Dr. K. Chrysostomides & Co. LLC



Eleni Chrysostomides

Eleni Chrysostomides
1 Lampousas Street
1095 Nicosia
Cyprus (CY)
Tel +357 22 777 000
Fax +357 22 779 939
eleni@chrysostomides.com.cy
www.chrysostomides.com

Our firm’s highly specialised IP practice offers the full range of IP and related services, and boasts an extensive list of high-calibre global clients, including top luxury brand owners, pharmaceutical companies, international franchise systems, and some of the world’s leading manufacturers for a wide range of products. With over 30 years’ experience in this field, our firm is widely acknowledged for maintaining one of Cyprus’ leading IP departments, and is consistently ranked in the leading tier in the major international legal directories.

At Dr. K. Chrysostomides & Co LLC, we understand the challenges of IP protection and our dedicated team of IP specialists provides unique solutions for even the most complex intellectual property matters. We advise on Trade-marks and Branding, Anti-counterfeit/ Parallel Imports, Patents, Designs, and Copyright matters. Furthermore, our IP practice works closely with our firm’s highly skilled and experienced litigation department. Our litigation team frequently advises and represents our clients before the Cyprus Courts in matters relating to the enforcement of their IP rights in Cyprus.

Our members are active in professional Intellectual Property organizations, such as INTA and PTMG. The Department’s partners – Eleni Chrysostomides and Alexandros Georgiades – are among Cyprus’ leading IP lawyers, and are recognized for their outstanding work by the major international legal directories.

Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Department of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver
Corner Makarios Av./Karpenisiou Str.
Xenios Building
1427 Nicosia
Cyprus
Tel +357 22 40 43 67
Fax +357 22 30 44 87
www.mcit.gov.cy

European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)
Avenida de Europa, 4
03008 Alicante
Spain
Tel +34 965 139 100
Fax +34 965 131 344
Mail information@euipo.europa.eu
www.euipo.europa.eu


World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
34, Chemin des Colombettes
1211 Geneva 20
Switzerland
Tel +41 22 33 89 11 1
Fax +41 22 73 35 42 8
www.wipo.int