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Trademark Law in Greece

Legal Framework

The most important pieces of legislation governing trademarks in Greece are the following:

- the Trademark Law (4072/2012, Part 3), as amended by Law 4155/2013. The new legislation radically changed various aspects of trademark law in Greece and is designed to harmonise the regime with the EU IP Rights Enforcement Directive (2004/48/EC and the Community trademark procedure;

"This article first appeared on World Trademark Review Yearbook 2014/2015, a supplement to World Trademark Review magazine, published by The IP Media Group. To view the publication in full, please go to"

"Olymp" marks held to be confusingly similar

In Galaktoviomichania Larisis AE v I Kesioglou & Sia OE (Opposition No B 2 107 822, December 18 2013), the Opposition Division of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market has upheld in part an opposition against the registration of the trademark OLYMPOS FOODS-OLYMPOS COMMODITIESOLYMPOS MEDITERRANIAN-OLYMPOS ORGANICS-K&K FINANCE.

Scope of protection of famous marks

In LOGO AE v CISA SpA (Decision No 249/2014, January 30 2014, notified only recently), the Greek

Supreme court has held that the famous LOGO mark was not protected against the use of the sign CISA LOGO LINE for non-competing goods. This is a landmark decision which further clarifies the scope of protection of famous trademarks.


"This article first appeared on WTR Daily, part of World Trademark Review, in June 2014. For further information, please go to"

"Vara" shoe buckle recognized as famous trademark

The special IP law chamber of the Athens Multi-Member Court of First Instance has issued its decision in a case involving the famous 'Vara' buckle device, an internationally renowned symbol that has been closely associated with shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo for more than 30 years.


"This article first appeared on WTR Daily, part of World Trademark Review, in August 2014.  For further information, please go to"


I. Introduction: The genuine use of a trademark in EU law and Greek law

With a view to reforming trademark law in Greece , Law 2239/1994 was abolished and replaced by Law 4072/2012[1]. The new act on trademarks contains broad changes and introduces new procedures and arrangements in the Greek landscape.



Patents in Europe 2013/2014 - Greece

By Helen Papaconstantinou and Maria Athanassiadou, Dr Helen Papaconstantinou, John Filias and Associates

1. What are the most effective ways for a European patent holder whose rights cover your jurisdiction to enforce its rights in your jurisdiction?

The first and quickest defence against infringement is for the patent holder to apply for a temporary restraining order, which is granted if the petitioner shows that there exists a prima facie serious infringement as a matter of exceptional urgency. Such a request must be filed concurrently with a petition for injunction. If granted, the temporary restraining order is usually effective until the injunction hearing takes place. A petition for injunction is granted if the element of urgency is evident in the circumstances of the case.

New Trademark Law in Greece (effective as of October 11, 2012)

1. Legal framework

The most important pieces of legislation governing trademarks in Greece are the following:

• the Trademark Law (4072/2012, Part 3), which replaced Trademark Law 2239/1994 (the interpretation and implications of the new measures introduced by the 2012 law remain to be seen);....

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