Intellectual property in Cyprus

Chrysostomides Advocates & Legal Consultants

Chrysostomides Advocates & Legal Consultants has a strong reputation for handling trade mark disputes in the technology, communications, fashion, media and entertainment sectors. It covers the full spectrum of IP matters such as patent, design, copyright and passing-off actions. The department that is led by Eleni Chrysostomides and Alexandros Georgiades is also skilled at advising on more contemporary fields associated with IP law such as online social platforms, online TV and video content platforms, music sharing platforms as well as user generated content platforms. The group also represents a plethora of technology industry leaders on a variety of IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Eleni Chrysostomides; Alexandros Georgiades

Testimonials

‘Efficiency, responsiveness and attention to detail. Alexandros Georgiades and Eleni Chrysostomiodes’.

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

‘ Eleni Chrysostomides and Alexandros Georgiades – not only do they have a very deep knowledge of intellectual property law but they understand the needs of the clients and they adopt the services provided in an excellent way. They approach each case from all possible aspects providing something more than their competitors’.

‘The team’s expertise, professional attitude and responsiveness are excellent and distinguishes it from other IP law firms in Cyprus. Both Alexandros Georgiadis and Eleni Chrysostomides are experts in IP prosecution as well as litigation. They are up to date with all the developments in IP law and case law’.

‘I have used the IP team at Chrysostomides for many years and the lawyers have proven themselves to be expert in what they do, with a good client manner and are able to agree to flexible costs’.

‘Eleni Chrysostomides is a very experienced IP practitioner whose understanding of overseas clients and of Cypriot law stands her out from the crowd. Alexandros Georgiades is also knowledgeable in pharma matters and anti-counterfeiting and is very client friendly’.

‘Chrysostomides team works together as an effective and cohesive team. In cooperation with the dispute resolution team, the intellectual property team has managed to get a very positive court opinion for our company in an extremely complicated cross-border intellectual property dispute. The partners get involved in the matters directly and are available around the clock. The intellectual property team has also been extremely helpful with providing expert reports on Cyprus law for an intellectual property dispute in another country, which has been extremely helpful .’

‘Alexandros Georgiades is highly knowledgeable, strategically minded, and very diplomatic. He listens carefully to the client’.

Work highlights

  • Recently filed proceedings for a large hotel owner-operator against a local property developer, for the appropriation of one of its registered EU trade marks.

Elias Neocleous & Co LLC

Elias Neocleous & Co LLC advises comprehensively on all types of intellectual property matters, from patent and trade mark protection to design registration, copyright and the licensing of technology. It is also retained by clients (including several global pharmaceutical companies) to monitor trade mark and patent applications in the context of identifying potential infringements of their intellectual property rights. Nicholas Ktenas leads the team, which is also recommended for its strength in pharmaceutical regulatory matters. In addition, the practice is renowned for its work with various start-up companies and it has a successful track record of representing several major brands in litigation. Senior associate Ramona Livera is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Ktenas

Other key lawyers:

Ramona Livera

Key clients

Bolton Technologies Limited

Blackstone Group International Partnership LLP

Boltonshield A.G

British High Commission, Nicosia

Cyprus Mail Company Limited

Cyprus Tourism Development Corporation Ltd

European University Cyprus

Four Seasons Hotels

Huawei Technologies

KKCG Group

Limassol Marina

Mining Technologies RT JSC Y

Samsung Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted a tech start-up through the planning and implementation of its operations and helped develop documents and registered trademarks, patents and IP licencing agreements.
  • Advised and assisted a global brand on the registration and protection of various trade marks it had developed and assisted.
  • Advised one of the world’s major manufacturers of medical equipment in relation to the transfer of various trademarks owned by the parent company to a subsidiary.

Lellos P Demetriades Law Office

Achilleas Demetriades and Nicoletta Epaminonda head the department at Lellos P Demetriades Law Office. The 'versatile team that delivers high-end results' has a particular specialism in intellectual property, data protection and pharmaceutical regulatory law. It also boasts particular strength in creating bespoke antipiracy plans for a variety of industry sectors with a primary focus on the food and drink industry and the pharmaceutical sector. It is well-regarded for its work on Anton Piller search orders in addition to its experience in assisting clients in obtaining patent protection for their inventions.

Practice head(s):

Achilleas Demetriades; Nicoletta Epaminonda

Testimonials

‘I have been incredibly lucky and grateful to work with this office. Everybody I have talked to and dealt with has given me incredible support and we have been able to work on legal matters in a super-efficient and proper manner. These are clearly people who love what they do and you can see it both in the job they deliver but also in their interpersonal skills. The responses were always fast, but above all thorough, making sure that as a client I would be informed and advised accordingly and in response to my needs, there has always been very quick feedback.’

‘Nicoletta Epaminonda and Achilleas Demetriades are the two individuals I highly value, they have an incredible knowledge of art and intellectual property matters, their positive and enthusiastic character is outstanding, their commitment and passion for the job is clearly noticeable and for sure their professionalism shines through in everything they do. I have great confidence and trust in them and I would feel conformable and confident to approach them for any matter knowing that they will each time show the same commitment and enthusiasm to help and support me and above all to solve any occurring issues in the most rigorous and meticulous way. I absolutely and highly recommend them and have full faith in them’.

‘The team of lawyers whom I worked with is very experienced and therefore it provided a big help in providing the best solution for the client from a legal and strategic point of view’.

‘Nicoletta Epaminonda and Achilleas Demetriades are two outstanding lawyers, always available and with a deep insight of the substantive and procedural law’.

The only firm in Cyprus with knowledge and the right contacts. Immediate expert advice at all hours. Nicoletta Epaminonda is a first-class lawyer, Achilleas Deoetriades has a first-class brain‘.

‘Professional, supportive, well-prepared, very nice people. The team has a strong expertise in intellectual property law especially in the trademark field.  The team is also very fast in responding to any request’.

‘Nicoletta Epaminonda is one of the best lawyer I ever worked with. She is always very clear in the communication, which is short, simple and containing full information as needed for the proper handling of the case. She is also much available be it by email or over the phone. On top of that, she is very kind, even-tempered and positive, which make her a pleasure to work with. I strongly recommend her’.

Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC

Alexandros Coucounis heads up the department at Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC that continues to be entrusted by many large foreign companies to prosecute their trademarks registrations in Cyprus and to renew their existing ones. The team is well-equipped to represent clients before the Registrar of Patents and Trade Marks in Cyprus and other authorities.

Practice head(s):

Alexandros Coucounis

Other key lawyers:

Tasos Coucounis

Testimonials

Dedicated, flexible and responsive whilst providing clear commercial advice for a difficult mutual client. Alexandros Coucounis is a strong technical lawyer and dedicated to his art‘.

The team has established itself as key players in this area of the law.  The lawyers have good networking and are able to get things done fairly quickly as a result. Good communicators and readily available‘.

The people working in the IP department are very friendly, insightful and always ready to help.  Having created a good relationship with them in dealing with different trademark registrations and renewals, I have received advice from them and guidance – either orally or in writing – which reflected the best interests of the organisation I work for‘.

The initial communication was with Tasos Coucounis, who is the managing partner and then we communicated with Alexandros Coucounis who took on the work. What makes both individuals stand out is the level of attention they give to their clients and how friendly they are‘.

‘Experienced; very friendly contact. Alexandros Coucounis is a very engaged lawyer, well-liked‘.

Key clients

easyGroup Ltd

Catherine Sidonio

Newsweek Inc.

Bank of Cyprus Public Company Limited

Chloride Group

Axiom Foods Inc.

Spartan Race Inc.

RHYTHM & BLUE INC. LIMITED

Banq Inc.

Barnes & Noble Inc.

SparkNotes

SSP Group PLC

Hellenic Technical Enterprises Limited

Cozcom Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advises EasyGroup in relation to its 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.
  • Advises Bank of Cyprus on prosecuting its new trademark registrations in Cyprus and to renew existing ones.
  • Advising fashion designer Catherine Sidonio, owner of names including Molly Bracken and Gabriel and Gabrielle, to file opposition proceedings against a Cypriot trademark registration in a dispute with Chanel.

Deloitte Legal | Hadjianastassiou, Ioannides LLC

Deloitte Legal | Hadjianastassiou, Ioannides LLC has a solid track record in this area routinely advising on the assignment and transfer of IP rights, through to conducting legal due diligence on intellectual property matters. Kypros Ioannides leads the practice that advises on the various elements of branding and re-branding, trade mark filings and prosecutions as well as know-how and trade secrets. The group continues to notice increased instructions from clients in niche areas such as mobile games and financial technology. Manager Rania Vrondou is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Kypros Ioannides

Other key lawyers:

Rania Vrondou

Testimonials

‘The knowledge it has in the specific sector and its experience in delivering allows for better decision making’.

‘Highly responsive and high quality from a technical perspective.’

‘Rania Vrondou analysed in a clear way the advantages and the disadvantages of our case, added valuable comments and suggestions and she successfully finalised our case with the opposing party.’

‘Hadjianastassiou, Ioannides LLC is a company with a number of experienced legal professionals who offer high-quality legal services through dedicated service lines focusing on three main areas: corporate law, commercial law and dispute resolution. In our case, its knowledge, capability and professionalism on intellectual property matters distinguished the firm from others – it is well known in the Cyprus market’.

‘We have been working with the said company for the past few years and we highly appreciate its professionalism and its strong technical ability.  Kypros Ioannides and his professional and high-calibre team – would recommend them without hesitation for their expertise, knowledge and integrity’.

‘In general professionalism is a key characteristic of Hadjianastassiou, Ioannides LLC. Polite, respectful, professional and punctual’.

‘The team has provided effective and creative solutions for complicated matters, which has helped us a lot with a major cross-border intellectual property deal. The co-operation between the company’s intellectual property and corporate teams is outstanding. ’

Key clients

3Y Connect Ltd (retail)

Alpha Satellite Television S.A) (Broadcasting and entertainment) (http://www.alphatv.gr/)

Alpha Television Cyprus Limited (Broadcasting and entertainment) (https://www.alphacyprus.com.cy )

ARIS (A REALLY INSPIRING SPACE) (start-up accelerator) (https://ariscy.com/)

CSC24Seven.Com Limited (electronic money institution licensed by the Central Bank of Cyprus) (www.csc24seven.com) (http://www.cscgroup.com/)

Deloitte Limited (audit and advisory services) (www.deloitte.com/cy/)

Evexo Pharmaceuticals Ltd (Pharmaceuticals) (https://www.evexo.com/)

ISWM group (Real Estate Private Equity) (http://iswm-group.com/)

KLC Law Firm (law firm) (https://www.klclawfirm.com)

Nexxie Group Ltd (interactive media) (https://nexxie.com/#home)

Playtech Services (Cyprus) Limited (Technology, market leader in the gambling and financial trading industries. FTSE company) (https://www.playtech.com/)

Realmode Services Limited (Applicant for the provision of e-money and payment services in Cyprus)

RJ Development Ltd (application developer and publisher)(https://rj-games.com)NoTradotech Ltd (online casinos and gaming)

Tradotech Ltd (online casinos and gaming)

Work highlights

  • Assisting Tradotech Ltd with negotiating and settling two EU trademark oppositions.
  • Winning eight trademark oppositions against eight Cypriot trademark applications filed on behalf of Alpha Satellite Television.
  • Advised Playtech Services on the post-restructuring (including post-merger) actions relating to its intellectual property portfolio.

IP Cyprus - Ioannides, Cleanthous & Co LLC

IP Cyprus - Ioannides, Cleanthous & Co LLC is a boutique firm that primarily advises on software development agreements, trade mark registrations and enforcement as well as more general advisory IP work. Marinos Cleanthous  and Maria Ioannides are the primary contacts at the firm, which is also active in a considerable amount of IP litigation relating to patent, trade mark and copyright disputes.

Other key lawyers:

Marinos Cleanthous; Maria Ioannides

KOUSHOS KORFIOTIS PAPACHARALAMBOUS LLC

Koushos Korfiotis Papacharalambous LLC advises well-known companies on a full range of IP matters including including trade marks, patents, industrial designs, trade names, domain names, counterfeiting and copyright issues. Under the leadership of Eleni Papacharalambous, the team also frequently advises several international pharmaceutical companies and multinational corporations on IP-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Eleni Papacharalambous

Testimonials

‘The IP team is very responsive, has very strong technical knowledge but at the same time maintains a commercial approach which is key for clients. It comes up with solutions’.

‘Eleni Papacharalambous is very responsive and accessible she is always willing to reply to quick questions and has strong technical knowledge.’

‘Absolutely responsive, efficient, cordial and with an interesting client portfolio’.

‘Eleni Papacharalambous stands out – she is a bright, efficient and talented professional.’

‘The team has good knowledge of trademarks law and it is diligent’.

‘Eleni Papacharalambous who is responsible for industrial property in the practice, is of high scientific level, up to date in the latest developments of the law and follows thoroughly industry conferences’.

Markides, Markides & Co LLC

Markides, Markides & Co LLC handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters, including trade marks and copyright. It has developed a strong reputation in the domestic market. Hermione Markides is among the main contacts.

Other key lawyers:

Hermione Markides

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC

Tonia Antoniou heads an established team at Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC , which has an excellent reputation for its work in the protection of IP rights as well as their enforcement. It is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious matters, and is known  for its skill at handing high-value IP related litigation. The practice continues to work with some major international law firms and acts for some well-known global organisations on IP matters. Associate Agis Charalambous advises clients on a daily basis on a myriad of intellectual property matters.

Practice head(s):

Tonia Antoniou

Other key lawyers:

Agis Charalambous

Testimonials

‘Great team, fast and appropriate results. We are very glad that we chose this team’.

‘Agis Charalambous is professional, knowledgeable, polite and very accessible. We are grateful for his help with our case’.

 

Key clients

Com Laude

Patrix IP

Vossius & Partner

CPA Global

Clarivate Analytics

World Patent & Trademark Law Office

Scope Markets Ltd

Plougmann Vingtoft

Norton Rose Fulbright

Cabinet Beau de Lomenie

UDL– Urquhart – Dykes & Lord LLP

Zanoli & Giavarini

Notino Ltd

YJ Universal Investment Ltd

Mewburn Ellis

PAVIS GmbH

Envoy International Ltd

Frohwitter

XTRADE

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

AGP Law Firm | A.G. Paphitis & Co. LLC has a strong reputation for its work on trade mark and brand registrations on a national, international and European level. Other strengths lie in advising on intellectual property disputes, and the team is particularly skilled at representing clients in opposition proceedings. Another core area of focus is providing IP tax planning advice, as well as patents. Maria Hinni, Margarita Sofokleous and Stella Georgiadou head the team.

Practice head(s):

Maria Hinni; Margarita Sofokleous; Stella Georgiadou

Testimonials

Working with AGP I have seen first-hand how attentive the lawyers are with their clients and will go out of the way to make them happy and deliver the best possible results. They have proved that I made a great choice choosing them  to represent us during the opposition stage as well. They were super professional‘.

Maria Hinni has been of great help, she is knowledgeable and very experienced at what she does. Personally, what I believe differentiates AGP & Co from its competitors is that having a variety of highly skilled professionals not only lawyers but as well as consultants in other areas of expertise under one roof, providing the clients  with one stop services‘.

In my opinion the firm’s intellectual property practice has been growing at a fast pace and I highly recommend the team as it consists of exceptional lawyers and consultants who deliver what is asked from them and in a timely manner‘.

If I have to mention a few individuals who stand out it will be Maria Hinni and Margarita Sofokleous, both excellent advocates and professionals. Also Maria Hinni has been very accommodating to all tasks assigned and has gone above and beyond to deliver the best results possible‘.

Key clients

Weezzo LTD

First Prudential Markets

CMS Global (EU)

Tototheo Maritime LTD

Sergey Mayzus

Eoralife LTD

Linkface

Activators

Messonghi Beach Hotel & Belvedere Hotel

Leatherex Ltd

Le Reve LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising an Australian investment broker on the ultimately successful filing of its trade marks.
  • Acted for Tastrom Investments Ltd in securing the successful passing through the opposition stage of its application for trademarks.

Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Co. LLC

Maria Kyriacou leads a team at Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Co. LLC  that advises on copyright, trade marks, patents, designs and other issues relating to unfair competition and the protection of confidential information. The group also works regularly with its litigation department to handle contentious matters such as passing-off claims, prosecutions, actions for counterfeit products and obtaining interim measures.  It also frequently provides due diligence reports on IP rights. Christodoulos Vassiliades is another highly-regarded member of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Maria Kyriacou; Christodoulos Vassiliades

Testimonials

‘ Whenever I have a case that requires legal attention, that is, copyrights, contracts or general legal advice, I can always depend on Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Co. LLC. The team will work towards my requirements and get to a spontaneous conclusion’.

‘Most or all of my dealings are with Maria Kyriakou, who can further direct my requirements to other members in the organisation, which is very beneficial, as I only deal with one person who has all the history from start to finish and am not required to explain my situation again and again, I can only conclude as follows; time saving for both parties and efficiency’.

‘Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Co. LLC does an excellent job, is always punctual, and offers the most competitive rates. Above that, the lawyers are reasonable and easy to work with due to their excellent interpersonal skills’.

‘The main thing is that the lawyers truly care about every client’.

Key clients

MAIL.RU

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client in relation to oppositions that have been filed against its applications to register certain trade marks in Cyprus.
  • Retained by a famous football club to monitor the importation of counterfeit goods bearing a mark and to initiate the procedure provided for under EU Regulation 608/2013.

E & G Economides LLC

With Xenia Kasapi at the helm at E & G Economides LLC, the department handles a variety of matters such as the registration of trademarks, designs and patents at a national, European and international level. The team also routinely files oppositions to the registration of IP rights and is adept at dealing with issues such as license transfers and confidentiality agreements. George Economides is another key member of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Xenia Kasapi

Other key lawyers:

George Economides

Testimonials

What makes this practice unique is its professionalism and approach to the customer. The lawyers offer solutions and they offer alternatives. They have in-depth knowledge of their subject, they are always up to date with all current developments including changes in laws etc‘.

Fully ethical. Thinking ‘outside the box’. Giving solutions and offering alternatives. Excellent in communication. Listening to customer issues and offering solutions‘.

‘The firm’s vast knowledge and experience in intellectual property is impressive.  I have collaborated on intellectual property matters regarding trademarks. I have only worked with Xenia Kasapi, who heads the firm’s intellectual property team and who has shown how well she knows such matters as registration of trademarks and dealing with multiple legal issues in various jurisdictions‘.

‘The lawyers are professional, they understand exactly the client’s needs and they offer solutions. Xenia Kasapi has deep knowledge and expertise of her subject areas‘.

Key clients

Tsakiris Mallas A.E

Cloudlayer8 Limited (Cl8)

G.N. Auto Odyky Express Road Service Limited

A.T Atermona Taxidia Limited (Α.Τ. Ατερμονα ΤαξιδιαΛΤΔ)

Roxor Holdings Limited

Brandpol Group Limited

Zeme Eco Fuels And Alloys Ltd

Collagen Lift SA

Work highlights

  • Assisting CL8 with a major licensing trademark agreement by providing a non-exclusive right of use to the licensee.
  • Instructed by G. N. Auto Odyky Express Road Service Limited to register and enforce its trade marks in Cyprus.

George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC

Clients of George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC's IP & Media practice include individuals, artists, TV celebrities, musicians, distributers, companies, municipalities, banks and international software companies. Highly-respected litigator and managing partner George Z Georgiou heads the department.

Practice head(s):

George Z. Georgiou

Testimonials

‘Its specialisation in IP matters is what made us select the firm. There are not many other firms in Cyprus with hands on experience in these matters. Its attention to detail and thoroughness were noteworthy and it is a trait that is often overlooked by other firms these days’.

‘The personal touch and interest shown by the lead lawyer that went above and beyond to push through to a successful deal ’.

 

Harris Kyriakides

Michael Kyriakides leads a strong team at Harris Kyriakides that has increasingly been advising various start-ups and fintech companies on a broad range of IP matters. It represents a number of major international companies on the enforcement of their IP rights, and is also adept at handling IP related disputes. The department also garners praise for its tax advice on a number of complex IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kyriakides

Testimonials

Harris Kyriakides has a team of highly qualified professionals.  The lawyers always respond on time and the advice they give is clear and correct.  I have been working with them for the past 35 years and I have  no reservation in recommending them. Immediate response and excellent / correct advice‘.

Key clients

MassPay

AJK Group

Quality Group

Fixed4U

Prevention at Sea

USPA Polo

C & C Londou Bros Limited

Kendris

Petrolina (Holdings) Public Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Petrolina Group on the registration of all of its brandmarks, including EUIPO registrations.
  • Advised Renault UK Ltd on IP issues.
  • Advised USPA Polo on the enforcement of its IP rights in relation to counterfeit products.