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Apr 04, 2019
IP Office Will Not Accept Merger Request of Intl. Registration
Greece has notified WIPO in accordance with new Rule 27ter(2)(b) of the Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks and the Protocol Relating to that Agreement (the Common Regulations), which entered into force on February 1, 2019.

In the said notification, the IP Office has declared that its law does not provide for the merger of registrations of a mark and that, as a result, its Office will not present to the International Bureau of WIPO requests for the merger of international registrations resulting from division under new Rule 27ter(2)(a).

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Mrz 15, 2018 (Newsletter Issue 5/18)
Compulsory Mediation Procedure in IP Infringements Soon
The Law No. 4512/2018 on Arrangements for the Implementation of the Structural Reforms of the Economic Adjustment Programmes and Other Provisions was published in the Official Gazette on January 17, 2018, and entered into force on the same day, except as otherwise specified in different provisions of this Law.

The Law introduces inter alia in its Chapter B, Articles 178 to 206, the compulsory mediation procedure in civil and commercial matters. Article 182, paragraph f, especially provides that the disputes arising from the infringement of trademarks, patents and industrial designs be resolved by mediation before going to court for judicial proceedings. The mediation process will be applicable as of October 17, 2018.


Jan 30, 2018 (Newsletter Issue 2/18)
Mediation in Trademark Disputes Soon to be Obligatory
By virtue of law 4512/2018 which was published on January 17, 2018, all disputes concerning trademarks, patents and industrial designs initiated before civil courts are subject to obligatory mediation.

Hearing of the cases shall be inadmissible if the obligatory mediation process stipulated in the law has not been followed. The provisions shall start to apply as of October 17, 2018.

Plaintiffs are required to submit a request for appointment of a mediator from the list of mediators available on Ministry of Justice website and invite the other party to arrange for mediation within the next 15 days following such invitation. The mediation as such shall not exceed 24 hours unless otherwise agreed by the parties. The mediation must be completed within 30 days following the initial invitation. This may be extended upon mutual agreement of the parties by 30 more days.

Physical presence is not required and mediation can be conducted via teleconference which will be important to foreign entities.

In the mediation proceedings the parties are present together with their attorneys. The parties may decide at this first meeting that they do not wish to engage in the mediation process. This shall suffice for purposes of admissibility of the hearing.

If parties reach an agreement, the respective minutes including the settlement agreement may be submitted to the court secretariat for certification by any of the parties and become an enforcement title. Interim measures are not precluded pending mediation proceedings.

Source: Tsibanoulis & Partners, Greece

Mrz 18, 2015 (Newsletter Issue 4/15)
Change of Practice of PoA
Due to a recent change of practice for foreign applicants, the Greek Trademark Office requires that the PoA is authenticated up to the Hague Apostille.
Alternatively, the PoA can be filed without legalization provided that it is accompanied by a certified copy from the Companies’ Register or equivalent authority indicating that the signing person is an authorized legal representative with Apostille authentication.

Source: Law Office Evanghelou, Greece

Nov 11, 2014 (Newsletter Issue 17/14)
E-Filing now Possible
The Trademark Office of Greece has implemented e-filing for trade marks, a tool developed under the framework of the Cooperation Fund in collaboration with OHIM.

The new e-filing system offers an online registration process that makes trademark applications easier, quicker and more accessible. All users of the Greek trademark system will benefit from this.

The succesful implementation of the new e-filing system is a result of the collaborative work between the Greek Trademark Office and OHIM experts.


Okt 16, 2012 (Newsletter Issue 15/12)
New Trademark Law in Force/Official Fees Reduced
The new Trademark Law No. 4072/2012 which was published in the Government’s Gazette on April 11, 2012 is in force since October 11, 2012. For further information on the new Trademark Law please check the news archive of Greece or here

The official application fees for trademarks have been reduced. The fee for filing a trademark is now EUR 110.00 for one class and EUR 20.00 for each additional class (11th class upwards free).

Source: Vayanos Kostopoulos, Greece

Mai 02, 2012 (Newsletter Issue 7/12)
New Trademark Law
The new Greek Trademark Law No. 4072/2012 was published in the Government’s Gazette on April 11, 2012 and will be set into force as of October 11, 2012.

The main features of the new law include:

- E-filing possible
- Examiner will decide on absolute and relative grounds of refusal to speed up the registration procedure
- Official fees will be reduced
- Opposition term shortened to 3 months
- Faster electronic publication facility for accepted applications
- Codifies various provisions of the Greek law governing CTMs and International Registrations
- A trademark license agreement may be recorded upon petition o either the licensor or the licensee without the need for submission of the license deed and its examination by the Administrative Trademarks Committee.

For further information please also check the article of Dr. Nikolaos Lyberis from Vayanos Kostopoulos Law Firm here

Source: Vayanos Kostopoulos Law Firm, Greece

Jul 01, 2010 (Newsletter Issue 12/10)
Updates on Annulments/Revocations Available
The Hellenic Industrial Property Organization (OBI) will inform either through its official bulletin or on its website about updates on annulments/revocations of industrial property titles.

Furthermore, monthly discounts or withdrawal rights on industrial property will also be available. No information on these subjects will be provided in the future by letters.


Legal basis is the Law No 4072/2012 Articles 121-196 ( fully enforced on Oct. 11, 2012) as amended by Law 4155/29-05-2013.
Greece is a member of the Madrid Protocol and the European Union.
Trademark protection is obtained by registration.
Nice classification, 11th edition
Registrable as a trademark is every sign which can be graphically represented provided that it has a sufficient degree of distinctiveness. A trademark can consist of words, names, trade names, pseudonyms, devices, drawings, letters, numbers, colours, colour combinations, the three-dimensional form of a product or its packaging, any combination of the mentioned signs, and slogans. Sound marks and music phrases are theoretically registrable, but the Trademark Office has not elaborated filing requirements and examination guidelines yet.
The application is filed at the “Directorate of Commercial & Industrial Property” (Trademark Service) of the Ministry of Development in Athens.
Multiple-class applications are possible.
Foreign applicants need a local agent.
Foreign applicants need a PoA authenticated up to the Hague Apostille. Alternatively, the PoA can be filed without legalization provided that it is accompanied by a certified copy from the Companies’ register or equivalent authority indicating that the signing person is an authorized legal representative with Apostille authentication.
Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
If the trademark is not written in Greek or Latin script, a transliteration in Greek or Latin characters is required.
The application is examined regarding both absolute and relative grounds of refusal. It also includes a formal examination.
If approved by the Examiner, the trademark is published on the website of the Trademark Office (General Secretariat of Commerce) within one month from the filing date.
It is registered 3 months later if no opposition has been filed.
A smooth trademark registration usually takes approx. 6 months from filing.
The opposition period is 3 months from the date of the electronic publication of the decision by virtue of which the Trademark application was approved.

Details regarding the Opposition Period against designation of IR Mark are available in our publication on this topic here
A trademark registration is valid for 10 years starting from the day following the date of application. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
The grace period for renewals is 6 months from the expiration date of the trademark.

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 has later not been used for 5 years continuously, 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 application fee for trademarks is EUR 110.00 for one class and EUR 20.00 for each additional class (11th class upwards free).
Trademark renewals are EUR 90.00 in one class and EUR 20.00 for each additional class.

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Practical details on licensing procedures, requirements and effectiveness are available in our publication on this topic here.
Country Index is a free service of SMD Group. We thank the following law firms for their assistance in updating the information provided.

Jan 23, 2019
Law Office Evanghelou, Athens, Greece  

Jun 25, 2018
Law Office Evanghelou, Athens, Greece  

Mrz 30, 2017
Law Office Evanghelou, Athens, Greece  

Okt 28, 2015
Law Office Evanghelou, Athens, Greece  

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Law Office Evanghelou, Athens, Greece  

Okt 17, 2012
Law Office Evanghelou, Athens, Greece  

Feb 09, 2011
Law Office Evanghelou, Athens, Greece  

Vayanos Kostopoulos

Dr. Jur. Nikolaos Lyberis

Dr. Jur. Nikolaos Lyberis
37 Stournara Street
10682 Athens
Greece (GR)
Tel +30 210 3808 501
Fax +30 210 3816 685

With more than 110 years of legal expertise VAYANOS KOSTOPOULOS is one of the leading law firms with specialisation in the field of Industrial and Intellectual Property in Greece and Cyprus.

Committed to the needs of our distinguished associates and clients who come from all branches of industry and services, we serve enterprises of all sizes, including individual inventors and creators.
Our staff includes European Patent Attorneys, Lawyers, Trademark Attorneys and Litigators, Technical Advisors and Paralegals.

Our firm's operation is supported by most modern customised software and hardware facilities enabling the maintenance of reliable electronic records.


Languages: English, German, French

Fields of Specialization:
Patents, SPCs, Utility Models
IP Rights Maintenance
Domain Names
Customs Registration

Contact person: Dr Nikolaos Lyberis, Director, Attorney-at-Law

Law Office Evanghelou

Vasso Evanghelou

Vasso Evanghelou
45, Syngrou Avenue
11743 Athens
Greece (GR)
Tel + 30 21 09 21 03 62
Fax + 30 21 09 21 03 63

Law Office Evanghelou is a Greek law firm specialized in the field of Intellectual and Industrial Property protection since 1922.
Through the years we stay focused on providing our Clients with personalized, prompt and efficient legal services in combination with predictable fixed pricing.
Well-qualified attorneys, translators, consulting engineers, paralegals and secretariesform our team.
Our comprehensive services comprise searching, filing, renewal, watching, prosecution,litigation and dispute resolution regarding Patents, Trademarks, Designs in Greece and Cyprus.

Directorate of Commercial & Industrial Property” (Trademark Service) of the Ministry of Development
Plateia Kaningos
101 81 Athens

Tel +30 210 389 3000
Fax +30 210 384 2642

European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)
Avenida de Europa, 4
03008 Alicante
Tel +34 965 139 100
Fax +34 965 131 344

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