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Mrz 15, 2018 (Newsletter Issue 5/18)
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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.