Intellectual property in Cyprus

Chrysostomides Advocates & Legal Consultants

Chrysostomides Advocates & Legal Consultants is a leading name in the market for advice on trade marks, patents, design rights and copyright matters, among other areas of IP law. It frequently acts for some of the world’s most renowned companies on issues such as IP filings and the management of anti-counterfeiting programmes. Senior partner Eleni Chrysostomides regularly handles applications for interlocutory injunctions restraining defendants from infringing trade marks, patents and copyright-protected material. Alexandros Georgiades has a wide practice, with particular expertise in the pharmaceutical sector, as well as extensive experience of advising on distribution, franchise and licensing agreements.

Testimonials

‘Whatever we needed as a company, the firm has provided support to the highest level, consistently.’

‘Extremely punctual and responsive. Very professional attitude. Commercially minded and practical approach from all lawyers we collaborated with.’

‘They are very responsive and always available. Their knowledge of local law and practice and their long experience in IP matters makes them stand out from the other legal professionals in Cyprus.’

‘Eleni Chrysostomides and Alexandros Georgiadis are always available to provide their advice and resolve any problem even on a very urgent basis.’

‘Very professional, very responsive, high level of service, high knowledge and expertise of intellectual property law. Up to date with all legal developments in the said sector, always available, excellent follow up of the cases.’

‘Both Eleni Chrysostomides and Alexandros Georgiades not only have a very deep knowledge of intellectual property law, but they understand the needs of the clients and they adapt the services provided in an excellent way. They are always available and reachable, and they deliver on time. They approach each case from all possible aspects, providing something more than their competitors.’

Work highlights

  • Successfully settled a trade mark opposition on behalf of its client against a national trade mark application that was filed by another party.
  • Recently filed an opposition on behalf of its client’s well-known brand against a national trade mark application filed by a company in the shoe industry.
  • Currently representing its client (a leading alcohol beverage company and owner of various famous trademarks) in a trade mark opposition matter against the registration of a national trade mark.

Elias Neocleous & Co LLC

Elias Neocleous & Co LLC provides comprehensive advice on all aspects of intellectual property matters, including patents and trade mark protection, design registration, copyright and the licensing of technology. In addition, the group is well-placed to advise on all relevant tax issues. It is retained by several global pharmaceutical companies to monitor their trade mark and patent applications and to identify any potential infringements of their intellectual property rights. It also works closely with various start-ups (especially in the tech and legal-tech industry). Also notable is that the practice has advised on various large intellectual property cases in the country. Andrea Kallis Parparinou and Ramona Livera co-head the team. Nicholas Ktenas has left the firm to set up his own practice.

Testimonials

‘I was greatly pleased with the proactive approach of the IP team when it comes to predicting further steps with TM regulation process and guiding as to further necessary steps and fees which would be required; that saved a lot of time and effort.’

‘Ramona Livera was great and always available.’

Key clients

Bolton Technologies Limited

Moderna Switzerland GmbH

Seattle Genetics Inc

Boltonshield A.G

Invel Real Estate Management Limited

British High Commission, Nicosia

Cyprus Mail Company Limited

Cyprus Tourism Development Corporation Ltd

European University Cyprus

Prodea Real Estate Investment Company S.A

Parklane Hotels

Huawei Technologies

KKCG Group

Limassol Marina

Mining Technologies RT JSC

Samsung Group

Landmark Hotel

Work highlights

  • Advised Moderna on their medical and promotional activities in Cyprus for the rollout of their COVID-19 Vaccine.
  • Advised an international publishing company on all Cyprus IP and contract law requirements for its purchase of all assets of a Cyprus publishing company, including the purchase and transfer of all IP rights held by the company.
  • Advised Spotify on the transposition of the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market into the Cyprus Draft Copyright Law.

Lellos P Demetriades Law Office

Lellos P Demetriades Law Office has a ‘very friendly’ and ‘very professional’ team, which is active in a wide range of IP matters including those concerning trade marks, patents, industrial designs and copyright issues. It is also recommended for its advice on the creation of bespoke anti-piracy plans.  The practice also has a strong track record of success in trade mark prosecutions and in overcoming any objections that the Trade Marks Registrar may have. The joint heads of the department are Achilleas Demetriades and Nicoletta Epaminonda (who is ‘very positive, smart and friendly‘).

Testimonials

‘I have had an excellent experience with the Lellos P. Demetriades law office. The people are super friendly and have done an excellent job every time I needed consultation and help. There is a sense of high professionalism and know-how, each time a positive spirit, immediate service and collaboration in solving all matters efficiently and in the best way possible.’

‘I very much value the office’s ethics and high expertise. Mrs Nicoletta Epaminonda and Mr Achilleas Demetriades have always been extremely professional and effective in caring for the matters I have to deal with. Their availability to discuss concerns, find solutions each time that prove effective is highly important to me. They have given me confidence and trust in their work and I have never been disappointed. I couldn’t recommend this office more.’

‘Nicoletta Epaminonda has high knowledge of intellectual property law. She is very professional, polite and accessible and can solve any problem in a matter of time. I have been very lucky to work with her.’

‘The team has been brilliant support in the international coordination of a pharmaceutical patent enforcement. A strong ability to advise on strategy that is relevant to Cypriot law as well as being mindful of strategy being adopted elsewhere in the same project. Nicoletta Epaminonda is a super engaging partner at the firm, who is always incredibly friendly and approachable offering practical and well-reasoned advice.’

‘Great knowledge of the law and practical approach for solving legal problems. We have worked with Nicoletta Epaminonda who is an experienced and very skilled lawyer always available and ready to help.’

‘The consistent and prompt service, the high level of knowledge and the charges which are at reasonable levels of the local market comparing to the other firms. Always up to date with changes in relevant legislation and changes due to pandemic. Friendly staff, well educated and trained ready to offer immediately the answers / solutions to the requests of its customers. Easily reachable at any time. First class all around.’

‘Lellos P. Demetriades Law Office LLC provides detailed assessment and replies promptly. We are working with Nicoletta Epaminonda with respect to two trademark opposition proceedings. We received detailed reports, assessments and prompt replies. Extremely responsive and well mannered, this is a team that carries a genuine feeling of a family business. The care and knowledge is of the highest standard.’

‘Nicoletta Epaminonda is attentive, polite, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. Her expertise in the field of IP is obvious and it was a very pleasant working relationship. The team has a strong expertise in intellectual property law especially in the trademark field. They provide high quality services for a competitive price. The legal opinions are sound, full, clear and straight to the point. The team is also very fast in responding to any request.’

Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC

Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC acts for many large foreign companies in their trade mark registrations, as well as in any renewal applications. Its team is well-placed to advise a broad range of clients before the Registrar of Patents and Trade Marks in Cyprus. The head of the practice is Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC.

Practice head(s):

Alexandros Coucounis

Testimonials

Alexandros is very helpful with respect to our clients who have a lot of business in the Middle East. They are very knowledgeable not just about Cyprus laws but other countries as well which makes him extremely helpful to work with when we are helping our clients generate a trademark strategy throughout the world. Alexandros is very nice and helpful with any matters we may bring to him for our clients.’

‘Strong analytical skills married with responsiveness and good client care. Alexandros is a great person to have in your team.’

The team is responsive and efficient.’

‘Andreas Coucounis  & Co. LLC is a highly diligent, proactive and commercially-minded firm. The team can make an otherwise tricky trade mark system seem simple. Alexandros Coucounis is excellent, providing clear, straightforward and good value advice across a range of trade mark matters, including contentious proceedings.’

‘They are always available when you need them, ready and willing to offer their insight and help. Mr. Alexandros Coucounis is always ready to help and offer assistance.  What I appreciate the most is that he shares his knowledge to help you make the right decision and he is only a phone call away.’

Key clients

easyGroup Ltd

Catherine Sidonio

Newsweek Inc.

Bank of Cyprus Public Company Limited

General Insurance of Cyprus Ltd

Eurolife Ltd

Chloride Group

Spartan Race Inc.

RHYTHM & BLUE INC. LIMITED

Banq Inc.

SSP Group PLC

Hellenic Technical Enterprises Limited

Cozcom Ltd

Work highlights

  • Retained over many years by easyGroup Ltd to handle all the matters in relation to their portfolio of trade mark registrations in Cyprus in proceedings before the Registrar of Trade Marks of Cyprus and in all the pending litigation matters in the Cypriot Courts.
  • Retained by General Insurance of Cyprus, the largest general insurance provider in Cyprus, to prosecute their new trade mark Registrations in Cyprus.
  • Continued to represent Catherine Sidonio, a famous French fashion designer and owner of fashion brand names such as MOLLY BRACKEN and Gabrielle, in opposition proceedings against a Cypriot trademark registration in a dispute with Chanel fashion house and in addition, the IP team, has successfully prosecuted for the said client the conversion of EU trade mark into a Cyprus national trade mark registration.

Deloitte Legal | Hadjianastassiou, Ioannides LLC

Deloitte Legal | Hadjianastassiou, Ioannides LLC has a skilled team that handles a wide spectrum of issues for clients, with work ranging from advice on the transfer and assignment of intellectual property rights to preparing due diligence reports on intellectual property matters. Under the leadership of Kypros Ioannides, the group is also skilled at handling contentious intellectual property matters such as trademark infringements and domain name disputes. It also excels in the niche area of software and copyright related matters.

Practice head(s):

Kypros Ioannides

Testimonials

‘They are able to understand very well the business issues and apply their knowledge to provide practical solutions.’

Key clients

Abacus Limited

Alpha Satellite Television S.A

Alpha Television Cyprus Limited

ARIS (A REALLY INSPIRING SPACE)

Deloitte Limited

KLC Law Firm

Propeller ads

Playtech Services (Cyprus) Limited

RJ Development Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised a software and advertising technology company on the transfer and assignment of a $130m marketing software, including preparation and drafting of all assignment-related documents and subsequent restructuring documentation.
  • Advised a client on a $2bn restructuring that included restructuring of its intellectual property portfolio.
  • Prepared and drafted the Cypriot intellectual property section of a due diligence report regarding a €70m investment in a company whose main asset is a life and non-life insurance platform.

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC has an excellent reputation for intellectual property work, with its team advising on the registration and exploitation of IP rights, as well as high-value IP disputes and the enforcement of IP rights. It attracts a steady work flow of work from leading international law firms and it is entitled to represent clients before the European Patent Office and the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Tonia Antoniou heads up the team, which includes Agis Charalambous.

Practice head(s):

Tonia Antoniou

Other key lawyers:

Agis Charalambous

Testimonials

‘The service is perfect, responses are always prompt and exhaustive. We now assume the firm to be a reliable partner that we will instruct on all of our future matters in Cyprus. Our contact person in the firm is Agis Charalambous who is remarkable for the quality of service he delivers.’

‘Good communication and attention to matters. Prompt, efficient service.’

‘Quick response times, deep knowledge about both domestic and international matters relating to IP law, very clear advice and guidance where needed. Transparent pricing.’

‘They are very quick to confirm our instructions and keep us fully informed of developments and any due dates in good time. The team is very helpful, the response time is very short, overall a very dedicated team that takes care of the execution of the mission in a very good manner.’

‘Diversity, excellent collaboration. We can reach them easily – our tasks are handled with a very professional and prompt practice.’

Key clients

Finovation

Doblon Holdings Ltd

CPA Global (Patrafee) AB

Dennemeyer & Co Luxembourg

Textrade Ltd

Multibrands Digital Cy Ltd

Pavis GmbH

Cabinet Beau De Lomenie

UDL Intellectual Property

Patrix IP Service AB

Zoopco International Ltd

Envoy International Limited

CPA GLOBAL

Vossius & Partner

Pantziarou Bros Dairy Products Ltd

Rasiewicz Oleksynkancelaria Prawna Spolka Jawna

AWA Sweden AB

UR Trade Fix Ltd

Intellect Law Firm

CY – Coops Ltd

Mchale & Slavin P.A.

Notino Ltd

Zanoli & Giavarini S.P.A.

MCTC Marine Ltd

McEvedy Solicitors & Attorneys Ltd

Crowd Tech Ltd

Dentons Europe LLP

Work highlights

  • Instructed by CrowdTech Ltd to proceed with an international application in Australia, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • Instructed by MCTC Marine Ltd to proceed with an international application individually for Singapore, Cyprus, Germany and the Philippines.
  • Instructed by Notino Ltd to file an opposition in relation to the international trademark with no. 1307885 in Turkey. The firm has also been instructed to proceed with the registration of two new European applications. Notino is an international online retailer operating in the fragrance and cosmetics industry with operations in 15 countries.

AGP Law Firm | A.G. Paphitis & Co. LLC

AGP Law Firm | A.G. Paphitis & Co. LLC advises both corporate and individual clients on how to manage, protect and expand their intellectual property rights. Its team, which is jointly led by Maria Hinni and Margarita Sofokleous, frequently represents clients during opposition and objection procedures. Another area of strength involves advising clients on any tax benefits through the use of tax optimised IP holding structures.

Testimonials

‘The AGP Law Firm offers excellent expertise and support in many areas of law, including intellectual property and corporate law. The company employs high-class professionals who promptly and efficiently process incoming requests.’

‘We would like to express our deep gratitude to Mrs. Maria Hinni for the wonderful cooperation, thanks to which we received unique advice and which helped us to make the most correct legal decisions.’

Key clients

Tototheo Maritime ltd

Weezzo Limited

EoraLife Ltd

Guaba Beach Bar

Ebro Foods SA

Metaquotes Software Corp

Work highlights

  • Engaged by Eoralife Ltd to register a trade mark, however, upon the registration a French company submitted their opposition due to similarity.
  • Successfully acted for Ebro Foods SA in submitting an opposition to a trade mark at a local level after the same opposition was granted on an EU level by EUIPO.

Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Co. LLC

Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Co. LLC advises clients on a wide variety of IP issues, such as those concerning copyright, trade marks, patents and designs, as well as matters relating to unfair competition and the protection of confidential information. It is well equipped to handle issues as they arise at a national, EU and international level. Maria Kyriacou and Christodoulos G. Vassiliades co-head the department, which frequently works with pratitioners in the litigation team on contentious matters, such as passing off claims, prosecutions and actions for counterfeit products.

Testimonials

‘Professional, punctual and responsive to our legal matters is the difference to the other firms I have experienced so far. Thorough case study with attention to detail and background leading up to a contract etc. with recommendations on legality on specific cases.’

‘The staff really knew the subject matter and advised on available options. Their knowledge on the matter makes them stand out; they were always available to consult.’

Key clients

MAIL.RU

Work highlights

  • Prepared a legal opinion for the biggest internet service provider in Russia concerning the participation of a Cyprus entity in a Russian financial institution. The purported transaction raised a number of regulatory issues and corporate law questions.
  • Acting for a client in relation to oppositions filed against the applications filed by it to register certain trade marks in Cyprus. This is an important case as it is ongoing alongside other proceedings, on a European level as well as in other third country jurisdictions.
  • Retained by a famous football club to monitor the importation of counterfeit goods bearing the mark and to initiate the procedure provided for under EU Regulation 608/2013.

E & G Economides LLC

The intellectual property and data protection team at E & G Economides LLC is led by Xenia Kasapi and includes George Economides. Its roster of clients includes high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs and multinational companies. The firm also generates mandates from Magic Circle and Silver Circle law firms. It is regularly engaged to handle the registration of trade marks, designs and patents at a national, European and international level.

Practice head(s):

Xenia Kasapi

Other key lawyers:

George Economides

Testimonials

‘Quality of service, response times and close proximity to the client. Whenever required, even on an ad-hoc basis, they responded promptly and very efficiently. Always willing to help, friendly and give support whenever required. They know how to communicate efficiently and effectively with the client. Whenever asked, Ms Kasapi responded immediately to our queries and helped us out without any delays.’

‘All the people in the company are professionals, experts in the field, cooperative, have a friendly approach and are willing to help in any way in achieving the goals and solving the problems that each company has. Extensive knowledge on subjects/ laws. On time, organised, friendly and professional.’

‘They are often engaged to assist in complex cases of intellectual property structures assisting with the legal requirements which should be considered in every transaction.’

Xenia Kasapi  – professional!’

My collaboration is with Ms Xenia Kasapi, who is head of the intellectual property & data protection department of the firm and has shown her expertise on a number of cases we have worked with such as registration of trademarks and dealing with multiple legal issues in various jurisdictions.’

‘My years of co-operation with the firm, has shown the firm’s in-depth knowledge and experience in intellectual property matters. They are involved in virtually all aspects of business relations ranging from the registration of trademarks, designs, patents at a European level. They can advise on a variety of intellectual property related matters such as maintenance of acquired intellectual property rights, filing oppositions, etc.

Key clients

Orbex Limited

Collagen Lift SA

Cloudlayer8 Limited (Cl8)

P.G. Dionysiou Beauty Spa

Brandpol Group Limited

G.N. Auto Odyky Express Road Service Limited

Tsakiris Mallas A.E

Zeme Eco Fuels And Alloys Ltd

A.T. Atermona Taxidia Limited

Roxor Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed by a well-known British online fashion and cosmetic retailer also listed in the London Stock Exchange (LSE), which has expressed an interest in acquiring the assets of one or more companies in a group. Advising and drafting of a complex assignment agreement.
  • Provided a legal opinion to a client on assessing the risk of a software operation in relation to copyright law in Cyprus.
  • Advising Brandpol Group Limited on the Cyprus legislative framework governing intellectual property.

George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC

George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC's clients include individuals, artists, TV celebrities, musicians and distributors. It also acts for municipalities, banks and international software companies. Through its extensive experience in corporate and competition law, the firm is well-equipped to support its corporate clients on all related IP and media matters. It routinely advises on the registration of domain names, brand management and contentious IP matters. It also provides tax advice on IP rights for groups of companies and individuals. George Z Georgiou leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

George Z Georgiou

Key clients

Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC)

Work highlights

  • Awarded a contract for being the legal advisor of Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation following a public tender procedure. It is currently advising in the areas of employment, pensions, administrative, civil, corporate, commercial, data protection, intellectual property, and technology.

Harris Kyriakides

Harris Kyriakides maintains a strong IP practice, which is primarily based at the firm’s office in Nicosia. Eleni Neoptolemou leads the team, which has increasingly been focusing on start-up businesses, especially in the fintech sector. It regularly advises companies on the enforcement of their IP rights and in IP related disputes. In addition, it provides tax advice on IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Eleni Neoptolemou

Key clients

MKS Audit & Consulting Ltd

IBB Solicitors

Prevention at Sea

USPA Polo

C & C Londou Bros Limited

Petrolina(Holdings) Public Ltd

Kendris

AJK Group

PlaygendaryLtd

Hafco- Ελληνική Εταιρεία Αεροπορικών Καυσίμων

DoriamoLtd