Intellectual property in Greece
A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm has a well-deserved space in the top tier of Greek IP practices. The firm is especially noted for its excellent disputes work. While it has a strong track record advising clients on copyright issues in the music and television industries, it is also active in the patent and trade mark disputes. The firm is representing several major pharmaceutical companies on their patent prosecution work, and is also recommended for anti-piracy and enforcement proceedings. Irini Daroussou and Kriton Metaxopoulos are recommended.
Arhondoula Papapanagiotou & Partners Law Firm is 'an excellent law firm' that is 'able to face any challenge' thanks to its 'unique mix of experts and professionals'. The boutique firm is led by Arhondula Papapanagiotou LL.M , who is praised for her 'exceptional experience', while the 'committed and punctual' senior associates Agis Petalas and Evi Georgaka are 'eager to produce detailed and tangible results in excellent time'. Clients include Cartier, Microsoft, OPAP and numerous Greek authors and entertainers.
Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC offers the full range of trade mark, patent and copyright advice. The group has a strong patent litigation practice and represented Pharmathen in two disputes before the Supreme Court concerning generic pharmaceuticals - other clients ion the same industry include Roche and Arriani Pharmaceuticals. George Ballas leads the team, which also represents Ericsson and Philip Morris.
Drakopoulos has a particular strength in cross-border trade mark matters owing to its regional coverage. The firm represented Chipita in a trade mark infringement claim against Elka in Greece and Albania. Other active clients include Asics, Ralph Lauren, Prada and Aktina Foods. Michalis Kosmopoulos heads the practice.
Law Offices Patrinos & Kilimiris offers a full service across the IP space. Recent highlights include representing Merck in a patent infringement claim, securing an injunction against a rival generic pharmaceutical product. The firm also advised Honda on a parallel imports case that went before the Supreme Court. Constantinos Kilimiris is noted for his patent work, while Maria Kilimiris handles the trade mark side.
The 'responsive, commercial and personable' team at Prentoulis Gerakini 'offers a different approach to IP' with 'good turnaround times, and sensible, high quality advice'. The highly-rated boutique is led by the 'very proactive' and 'first-class' Nikos Prentoulis, whose clients 'would trust him with any level of IP advice'. Clients include BMW, Actervis and Hasbro among others.
Tsimikalis Kalonarou is an intellectual property boutique with a long history in the market. The team is led by trade mark expert Chariklia Kalonarou, and also includes Athanasios Tsimikalis and Stefanos Tsimikalis . The firm handles contentious and non-contentious work for major clients such as Mondelēz, BASF and Audi.
Bernitsas Law represents a broad mix of manufacturing, IT and pharmaceuticals companies on their contentious and non-contentious IP matters, including prosecutions, enforcement and licensing. Yannis Chryssospathis heads the team, which includes Lambros Belessis and the newly-promoted Marina Androulakakis.
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The 'flexible' team at the boutique firm Kiortsis & Associates Law Offices provides 'immediate and effective solutions' and is popular for its 'exceptional quality of service with great and friendly approach'. Major clients include Ipsen, Allergan, Fresenius, Gap and Puma. Practice head Christina Kiortsis is a 'top performer'.
The team at KLC Law Firm 'combines in-depth knowledge and business perspective' and is praised for its ability to 'truly work as one person', while taking 'efficiency to high levels'. The firm recently advised Demo Pharmaceuticals on pre-litigation strategy during the launch of new generics products. Aristides Chiotellis provides 'very helpful advice in very complex and unregulated matters'.
Nikolinakos & Partners Law Firm has 'a superb IP practice, which covers a range of issues, mainly new technologies, digital media, trade marks, patents, unfair competition and copyright'. Marie-Daphne Papadopoulou, formerly head of legal at the Hellenic Copyright Organisation, shares leadership of the team with Nikos Nikolinakos. Major clients include Vodafone, Pronet and Estée Lauder.
P.V. Kanellopoulos & Partners Law Firm
Tsibanoulis & Partners has a 'wonderful IP department' in which 'clients can fully trust and highly profit from the team's excellent lawyering and professionalism'. Practice head Marina Perraki is praised for her 'outstanding legal knowledge and impressive language skills'. Recent highlights include a victory for Starbucks in a significant trade mark dispute.
Zepos & Yannopoulos is especially strong in contentious IP work, thanks to the expertise of disputes partner and practice head Nikos Christoforidis. The firm has been representing Spirits International on the Greek aspects of a global trade mark dispute regarding control of the Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya vodka brands.