Intellectual property in Greece
IP specialist A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm is home to a ‘great team of partners and associates, all of whom are available and a pleasure to work with’. The department operates at a market-leading level across the full array of IP matters, including copyrights, patents, trade marks, designs and models, and counts collective management rights as a particular area of specialism. It is well equipped to handle disputes in addition to serving in an advisory capacity, and advises both domestic and multinational clients alike. Irini Daroussou delivers industry-specific expertise in the publishing, music, software and audio-visual works sectors and has recently been active on a number of anti-piracy cases. She heads the department with Kriton Metaxopoulos, who has a number of precedent-setting IP disputes under his belt. Additional sector strengths include food, sports, cloth and apparel, entertainment, pharmaceutical and broadcasting.
Irini Daroussou; Kriton Metaxopoulos
Other key lawyers:
Marilena Nikolaraki; Elena Nikolarea
‘Boutique firm specialising in IP. Great team of partners and associates, all of whom are available and a pleasure to work with.’
‘Kriton Metaxopoulos is our go-to partner. He provides sensible commercial advice. He has a good sense of the commercial perspective.’
‘The service was very fast and accurate.’
‘They provided complementary services that were a key success for the case.’
DIGITAL PRESS HELLAS
- Represented a major international conglomerate in all matters related to copyrights and trade mark protection, including all antipiracy civil and penal litigation.
- Represented a leading publisher of collectibles and magazines in all matters related to copyrights and trade mark protection and successfully cooperated with the Greek authorities to have the unlicensed products seized at the warehouses of the infringers and afterwards destroyed.
- Represented a multinational cigarette and tobacco company in a patent dispute against another major multinational cigarette and tobacco company.
Boutique firm Arhondoula Papapanagiotou & Partners Law Firm is praised by clients for its ‘strong technical knowledge’ in the field of IP. Acting on a broad range of affairs, the team provides profound expertise in portfolio management, anti-counterfeiting and enforcement, high-stakes disputes, contracts and negotiations, among other matters. Managing partner Arhondoula Papanagiotou, highlighted for her ‘business-orientated way of thinking’, is a leading name for copyright, patent, industrial design, trade mark, software and new technology matters, and is closely supported by the 'methodical' Aggeliki Christodoulaki and counsel Evi Georgaka. The team is active in a range of industries and represents prominent radio and TV broadcasters, theatrical and audio-visual producers, sound recording companies, publishers and artists, both Greek and international.
Other key lawyers:
Evi Georgaka; George Geraris; Aggeliki Christodoulaki
‘The law firm has always been very well informed about the particularities of the field of intellectual property. Arhondoula Papapanagiotou and her team are very kind and friendly and always available for any help, either in person during our meetings, or over the phone and email communication.’
‘We are very satisfied with the firm’s services and response times, since we have successfully worked with them under extremely pressing timelines and their response and efficiency was extraordinary. Moreover, their knowledge and expertise is undoubtable and their reputation precedes them in the Greek market.’
‘Devotion to the client, know-how, timely responses.’
‘Ethical behaviour, proactive, business oriented.’
‘The team is thoughtful and very responsive and proactive. We are very satisfied.’
‘All lawyers work as an undivided team. Strong technical knowledge with a remarkably positive attitude and eagerness to provide a solution to any legal matter in the field of intellectual property. Very professional and capable of getting quickly into the depth of the topic.’
If I was to single out someone, that would definitely be Arhondula Papapanagiotou for her profound legal knowledge and business-oriented way of thinking, and Aggeliki Christodoulaki for her methodical legal services provision.’
‘Arhondula Papapanagiotou is a great expert, respected and highly regarded for her knowledge and expertise in the field. She also stands by any and each client and dedicates herself to each case.’
Business Software Alliance (BSA)
Group Richemont (VAN CLEEF & ARPELS S.A., CARTIER INTERNATIONAL)
Numerous start-up companies
Audiovisual production companies, such as Karagiannis – Karatzopoulos S.A., Papandreou S.A., Black Orange S.A., Prosenghisi Film & Video
Numerous famous Greek authors, actors and tv presenters
Athens Heridanos Agency
Elpedison Energy S.A.
Seed Point Music Publishing
Editions Albert Rene
Digea – Digital Services Provider S.A.
- Appointed to handle Vodafone Panafon S.A.’s intellectual property issues.
- Handling software-related issues for The Software Alliance (BSA), such as litigation on behalf of BSA and the enactment of BSA’s enforcement programme in Greece in collaboration with the relevant Greek authorities.
- Appointed by Applied Materials as local counsel for the acquisition of Think Silicon S.A., a Greek IP technology company.
The ‘very attentive’ team at Drakopoulos is a popular choice for portfolio management, trade mark registration and protection, patent licensing, domain name and data protection matters, as well as the fully array of relevant disputes. Michalis Kosmopoulos, author of several prominent texts, is a market-leading name on all IP fronts, with a documented history of working with industry leaders on anti-counterfeiting strategies. He leads the department alongside senior partner and founder Panagiotis Drakopoulos. The practice works closely with the firm’s Tirana, Bucharest and Larnaca offices, providing multinational clients with a fully integrated, international service. Clients include technology and software companies, brokerage houses, investment funds and listed companies, among others.
Michalis Kosmopoulos; Panagiotis Drakopoulos
‘Drakopoulos supports us in all activities related to brand enforcement. They maintain close contact with all authorities and support us with the seamless transfer of all information. They also help us to overcome language barriers. The entire firm assists us in every respect, which is why it is one of our highly esteemed partners.’
‘Michalis Kosmopoulos proactively oversees all our enforcement actions. He stands out for his great commitment and supports us in every way. This includes, in particular, the valuable work of handling all police and customs cases, as well as representing our rights throughout Greece.’
‘Professional, serious, very competent and very attentive.’
BLÄUEL GREEK ORGANIC PRODUCTS
COATINGS FOREIGN IP CO.
P.L. THOMAS-LAILA NUTRACEUTICALS
THE POLO/LAUREN COMPANY
UNION OF AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVE OF MESSINIA
- Advising Apple on a series of trade mark infringement cases against some of the biggest retailers in Greece.
- Advising Polo Ralph Lauren on a trade mark infringement case, involving the seizure of approximately 7,000 counterfeit products.
- Advised Puma on a trade mark infringement case, protecting the client’s rights against a national football team.
Dr. Helen G. Papaconstantinou and Partners is an ‘excellent, knowledgeable and super responsive’ IP boutique. Excelling on all IP fronts, the team’s work includes national, international and EU trade marks filing, patent applications and validations, anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy measures, exploitation of rights and the full array of relevant litigation. Eva Yazitzoglou, also qualified as a European parent attorney, is well versed in trade mark and patent infringement cases, while Miranda Theodoridou’s various strengths include domain name and copyright matters, in addition to contentious matters in the higher courts. They jointly head the department alongside Maria Athanassiadou, who focuses on patents, utility models and supplementary protection certificates (SPCs), along with industrial designs and trade marks. In addition, Fotini Kardiopoulis is the key contact for counterfeiting and anti-piracy matters. The team's sector expertise includes chemicals, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, energy, food and drink, fashion, toys and automobiles.
Eva Yazitzoglou; Miranda Theodoridou; Maria Athanassiadou
Other key lawyers:
‘High level of specialisation and focus on trade mark registration and defence, handling matters worldwide. Very extensive network of agent law firms.’
‘Excellent, knowledgeable and super responsive team which provides clear advice. Especially good for SPC work.’
‘Maria Athanassiadou is recommended.’
Hailed for its ‘deep understanding of the law and commercial, accessible services’, Prentoulis Gerakini is a one-stop shop boutique, specialising in IP, regulatory and competition law. Nikos Prentoulis, praised by one client as ‘simply the best IP lawyer in Greece’, leads the department; he leverages his ‘impressive knowledge’ in the full array of contentious trade mark, patent and design matters and is noted for his proficiency ‘in an international environment’. In a standout highlight, the group is currently representing BMW in a series of cases relating to the misappropriation of its BMW and Mini trade marks by third parties, including independent and previously authorised repairers. Nancy Gerakini, a specialist in the tobacco, life sciences and automobile sectors, is also integral to the team.
Other key lawyers:
‘Nikos Prentoulis is a knowledgeable lawyer with good communication skills. He is very responsive and has a very good commercial understanding. He understands the client’s needs.’
‘They provide practical advice, which a very rare quality within the IP legal world. Nikos Prentoulis is a passionate professional – he loves his job and shares his passion with his clients.’
‘Deep understanding of the law and commercial, accessible services.’
‘Nikos Prentoulis is an excellent lawyer. He is approachable, friendly and a real pleasure to work with.’
‘I have found the firm to be extremely responsive and very clear in their advice. They are proactive, suggesting ways to address issues that may not be immediately obvious. They are cost effective.’
‘Nikos Prentoulis is very responsive and clear in his advice, which directly relates to any queries raised. Nikos took on an unusual opposition matter for us and gave us a very clear explanation of our options and chances of success to enable us to formulate a strategy. I feel we are in safe hands and that we are getting the best advice.’
‘Nikos Prentoulis has impressive knowledge of trade mark law and very good knowledge of the English language which allows him to work in an international environment. This makes a difference with other IP firms in Greece.’
‘Nikos Prentoulis is simply the best IP lawyer in Greece. He is highly knowledgeable, creative, straightforward and solution-orientated. He is also a great pleasure to work with.’
Hewlett Packard Inc.
Philip Morris International
Haitoglou Bros SA
- Advised Philip Morris International on a project, including an analysis of domestic legislation relating to the tobacco trade (including trade mark enforcement and customs action) and mapping of legislative reform.
- Acted for Inter IKEA Systems BV as a third party in a dispute between Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and the client’s Greek franchisee, as well as the business partner of the client’s franchisee, relating to alleged trade mark and copyright infringement.
- Represented Wagamama Ltd in a cybersquatting dispute in Greece, in which the other party had secured registration of a .gr domain name under the client’s brand.
Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC
‘One of the oldest and best-established IP practices in Greece with an international reputation’, Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC is active on all IP fronts. Its caseload covers trade mark prosecution, registration, opposition and portfolio management matters, in addition to anti-counterfeiting measures, European Patent Convention (EPC) patent validations, copyright infringement and the full spectrum of relevant disputes. Department head George Ballas ‘ensures that his clients’ IP assets are well protected and always valid’; he holds the distinction of also being qualified as a European patent attorney.
Other key lawyers:
Vicky Xourafas; George Moukas; Gregory Pelecanos
‘An honest and personal approach.’
‘They have one of the oldest and best-established IP practices in Greece with an international reputation. George Ballas is widely acknowledged as an IP leader in Greece. They combine detailed knowledge of both the law and industry practice. The disputes we use them for require specialist knowledge of not only trade mark and similar laws but also competition and distribution law. This where this team excels, because it combines in-depth knowledge of all these legal areas and industry knowledge.’
‘George Ballas ensures that his clients’ IP assets are well protected and always valid.’
‘Gregory Pelecanos and his team are extremely effective and knowledgeable IP litigators with a reputation that in some cases resolves the dispute before it even occurs or assists in resolving disputes which have occurred.’
Sunlight Recycling SA
Systems Sunlight SA
HERON Thermoelectric SA
Vamvalis Foods SA
Laboratoires La Prairie SA
Lafarge Holcim AGET Heracles SA
Landis +Gyr AG
MEGA DISPOSABLES SA
HNC Healthy Nutrition GmbH
Sandoz Pharmaceuticals DD
Google (via Baker & McKenzie)
PINTEREST (via Baker & McKenzie)
Wight & Co (architects, USA)
- Acting for Pharmathen and Teva Pharmaceuticals Europe in an ongoing patent dispute with Novartis regarding octreotide microspheres.
- Acting for Landis + Gyr AG in an ongoing preliminary injunction and main lawsuit against infringing trade marks for energy metering products and services, in conjunction with administrative proceedings aiming to have infringing trade mark applications rejected.
- Acted for Vamvalis Foods SA in opposition procedures initiated by a third party against the client’s EU trade mark Terrabites, and defended the client’s trade mark before the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
At KLC Law Firm, department head Theodore Loukopoulos is particularly knowledgeable in the pharmaceutical sector, in which he routinely handles IP disputes, generic product launches and patent right invalidations. His team also supports on the entire array of IP-related affairs, such as copyrights, domain names, trade marks and industrial designs. The team is equipped to handle matters on a domestic, EU and international scale and also demonstrates specialist knowledge in the energy, healthcare, consumer goods, technology, media and fashion industries.
Other key lawyers:
BRITISH HELLENIC CHAMBER
GI ANSO 4X4
PATAKIS PUBLISHING COMPANY SA
Medical Pharmaquality SA
- Successfully defended the British-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce’s registration of a new trade mark.
- Successfully represented Gi Anso in a patent infringement and unfair competition dispute against a competitor.
- Advised Genepharm on IP matters relating to licensing contracts and pre-launch strategy.
Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm is home to prowess in all IP sub-categories, including trade marks, designs, patents, domain names, copyright and database rights. The department is fronted by Irene Kyriakides, who is routinely engaged for opposition, cancellation and recourse matters and regularly acts for multinationals on cross-border mandates. Her team is particularly knowledgeable in the health and life sciences, entertainment, food and IT sectors; examples of its recent work include trade mark prosecution and enforcement, patent registrations, portfolio maintenance, and assisting clients with the maximisation of the commercial value of their IP matters.
Other key lawyers:
Vicky Kriketou; Anthony Hadjioannou
The ‘formidable’ IP department at Nikolinakos & Partners Law Firm leverages its ‘deep legal knowledge, professionalism and quality of service’ to draw in names such as Spotify, Facebook, Netflix and Sony Interactive Entertainment. Nikos Nikolinakos, praised as ‘an excellent strategist’, leads the practice, specialising in trade secret, trade mark, copyright and content-related matters. Beyond the team’s first-rate knowledge of the technology and digital business sectors, a key differentiator of the practice is its proficiency in matters which combine IP, data protection and unfair competition elements.
Nikos Nikolinakos; Daphne Papadopoulou
Other key lawyers:
Dina Kouvelou; Alexis Spyropoulos
‘This is a formidable and extremely effective IP practice, especially concerning technology-related cases. It provides a client-friendly service and unique creativity. Their practical approach to problems and the speed of their analysis and responses make this IP practice unique.’
‘Nikos Nikolinakos is an excellent strategist, detail-oriented and strong in technical legal analysis. He is sharp, straight to the point and pleasant to work with.’
‘Dina Kouvelou is highly experienced and very responsive. She simplifies complex legal issues, provides to-the-point advice and has exceptional skills.’
‘Alexis Spyropoulos is practical, responsive and accurate.’
‘The IP team is characterised by deep legal knowledge, professionalism and quality of service. It is exceptionally responsive and business friendly. Its advice is helpful from a legal as well as a practical business perspective. It has profound knowledge and a wealth of experience.’
‘Nikos Nikolinakos’ technology and telecoms expertise enables him to provide concise IP advice that is both practical and commercial.’
‘Dina Kouvelou impresses with her pragmatic approach and customised advice on IP and technology issues. She acts fast, is very approachable, and provides comprehensive solutions to complex matters.‘
‘Daphne Papadopoulou provides an excellent service level. She is a well-known copyright expert. She is very competent and always meets the highest demands. Alexis Spyropoulos is very knowledgeable in the IP area and provides reliable counsel. He provides practical business solutions and advice across trade mark, design and copyright matters.’
Vodafone Innovus S.A.
Netflix International B.V.
Estee Lauder Hellas S.A.
Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited (“SIEE”)
Innovis Pharma S.A.
Profile Software S.A.
Lamda Hellix S.A.
Creative Pharma Services S.A.
Volkswagen Bank S.A.
- Advised Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited (via the international law firm Bristows LLP) on IP law, licensing and e-commerce services (including contract law issues).
- Advising Vodafone and especially its subsidiary, Vodafone Innovus S.A., on various matters which relate to IP and emerging digital technologies such as artificial intelligence and Internet of Things.
- Providing ongoing legal support to Facebook Inc. on various matters regarding the Greek framework for IP and emerging digital technologies, service providers, platforms, social media and content regulation.
‘A boutique firm with tremendous experience of IP and the Greek legal system’, Law Offices Patrinos & Kilimiris is co-headed by Constantinos Kilimiris; his workload covers an array of industries from consumer goods to chemicals, though he is particularly well known for his disputes work in the pharmaceutical space. Fellow department co-head Maria Kilimiris tailors her practice towards trade mark and design matters, namely clearance, filing and prosecution affairs. There is a strong international element to the caseload, with the team specialising in multi-jurisdictional disputes and often collaborating with international firms on the Greek law elements of such proceedings. The team is also extensively experienced in appearing before the EUIPO and the European General Court.
Constantinos Kilimiris; Maria Kilimiris
Other key lawyers:
Manolis Metaxakis; Electra Kilimiri
‘In all the years of working together, I have had the opportunity to meet many colleagues of the firm, but I would like to highlight Maria Kilimiris, Manolis Metaxakis and especially Electra Kilimiri for her knowledge of the Spanish language.’
‘A boutique firm with tremendous experience of IP and the Greek legal system, who are able to turn out super submissions at short notice and to run rings round the opposition.’
‘Constantinos Kilimiris is renowned for his abilities and legal knowledge.’
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Astra Zeneca AB
Gilead Sciences LLC
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation
General Electric Technical Services Company, Inc.
The Procter & Gamble Co.
Toyota Motor Corp.
Hyundai Motor Co.
KIA Motor Corp.
HONDA Motor Co, Ltd.
Exxon Mobil Corporation
The Gillette Company
Metro Goldwyn Myer Studios Inc.
Max Mara Fashion Group Srl
Marc Jacobs International LLC
Conde Nast New Markets Europe/Africa, Inc.
L’Air Liquide SA
Oracle America Inc.
Imperial Tobacco Limited
JTI (Japan Tobacco Industry Inc)
- Acting for Agricola Italiana Alimentare in a case of trade mark infringement and violation of unfair competition rules.
- Acting for Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation in a case of trade mark infringement.
- Acting for Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation and MOBIS Parts Europe in a trade mark infringement case relating to the unauthorised parallel imports of genuine products within the EU/EEA, without the trade mark owner’s consent.
The IP practice at PotamitisVekris Law Firm delivers a ‘very high level of expertise at international standards’. It supports domestic and international clients alike in the full array of relevant matters, including unfair competition, franchising, selective distribution, cybersquatting and misleading advertising matters, in addition to transactional and dispute mandates. Practice head Xenophon Paparrigopoulos, who 'approaches the issues from an academic as well as a commercial perspective’, is able to call upon extensive experience representing clients before the highest Greek and EU courts. He works closely with associate Eirini Zaglanika, whose specialist areas include software piracy, trade mark disputes and digital marketing campaigns.
Other key lawyers:
‘What makes this practice unique is the very high level of expertise at international standards. The key strengths of its lawyers are their knowledge, the high quality of their advice and their fast understanding of business perspectives and client needs, which enables them to provide legal advice and services at the highest level.’
‘The team has diverse experiences, is quick to respond to challenges, provides innovative solutions and takes ownership of the work.’
‘Always willing, supportive and speak their minds, even if these views are unpleasant for the client!’
‘Very knowledgeable and experienced but in this case in both European and local Greek law.’
‘Transparency, honesty and a sense of urgency. Simply put, they provide an aura of integrity.’
‘Xenophon Paparrigopoulos and Eirini Zaglanika work so well together that they provide a synergistic effect.’
‘The team has hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge of the subject matter.’
Eirini Zaglanika is always available for her clients, with prompt responses and solutions to any matter within her field of expertise. Xenophon Paparrigopoulos is a cool, calm and collected professor, always approaching the issues from an academic as well as a commercial perspective.’
Coca-Cola Hellenic SAIC
Coca-Cola HBC Services MEPE
Procter & Gamble Hellas
The Procter & Gamble Company
Notos Com Holdings SA
Praktiker Hellas SA
Watt & Volt
RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
IKOS HOTELS MANAGEMENT SA
Euro Corpex Ltd
Alpha Ventures Capital Management
Nea Odos SA
Kentriki Odos SA
Melissa Kikizas AEVE
DIORAMA INVESTMENT SICAR SA
Philippos Nakas Conservatory
- Representing the Procter & Gamble Company and Procter & Gamble Hellas before the Supreme Court in an action relating to counterfeit Ariel detergent products brought against the owner of a supermarket chain.
- Advising Melissa Kikizas AEVE on a co-production, sponsorship, endorsement and digital marketing agreement with a world-famous athlete.
- Advising Melissa Kikizas AEVE on a complex matter relating to the distribution of the company’s products in Bulgaria, including the negotiation of a new distribution agreement with the existing distributor.
The 'excellent IP department' at Tsibanoulis & Partners demonstrates proficiency in trade mark, trade name, domain name, patent, design and copyright mandates. In addition to domestic instructions, the team also has the capacity to handle matters extending to Europe and beyond. Department head Marina Perraki, described as ‘the top IP attorney in Greece’ by one client, is primarily focused on contentious and advisory trade mark affairs, having previously been engaged by the government to consult on new laws. Her team is particularly active in the food and beverage, apparel, cosmetics, financial, renewable energy, and oil and gas industries.
Other key lawyers:
‘An excellent IP department in a highly regarded general practice firm.’
‘Marina Perraki at Tsibanoulis & Partners is our only and highly valued counsel for trade mark and unfair competition matters in Greece.’
‘We consider Marina Perraki as the top IP attorney in Greece. She is our most reactive foreign attorney. Clients profit from her outstanding legal knowledge and understanding, and especially appreciate her perceptive and vigilant advice, her excellent reliability, her grasp of economic issues, and also her reasonable prices.’
STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY
PHILLIPS 66 COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED ARTISTS B.V. and DIKNAH S.L
H YOUNG HOLDINGS PLC
EUROPE WATCH GROUP BV
LOGOCOS NATURKOSMETIK AG
GRUPO MASSIMO DUTTI S.A.
MALIBU HEALTH PRODUCTS Ltd
KENTIK TECHNOLOGIES Inc
TIME OUT FOR ENGLISH
- Advising Kayak S.A. on the purchase of a worldwide portfolio of almost 200 trade marks, recordals of the trade marks, and the portfolio management strategy.
- Advising Imperial Brands (formerly Imperial Tobacco) on a number of trade mark clearance searches and brand/product launch strategies in Greece.
- Handling Airbnb’s Greek trade mark portfolio and advising on trade mark searches and the company’s brand/product launch strategy in Greece.
Tsimikalis Kalonarou is a go-to name for the full spectrum of IP matters, including trade mark registrations, domestic and international patent filings, and cross-border infringement disputes. The department is particularly acclaimed for its strength in enforcement work and contentious matters with unfair competition elements, counting a number of high-profile multinationals among its clients. Athanasios Tsimikalis is a registered European patent and trade mark attorney whose practice covers the entire array of trade mark, patent and design affairs; he jointly leads the department with Chariklia Kalonarou, an expert in portfolio management and restructuring in addition to opposition proceedings. Stefanos Tsimikalis is particularly integral to the department and is noted as an 'excellent trade mark and designs expert'.
Athanasios Tsimikalis; Chariklia Kalonarou
Other key lawyers:
‘Stefanos Tsimikalis is simply brilliant and an excellent trade mark and designs expert. He is also very reachable and our first choice for IP matters in Greece. Athanasios Tsimikalis’s extremely in-depth knowledge of the intellectual property system is simply stunning. Chariklia Kalonarou is a guru of IP and a go-to person for patent matters.’
‘This is one of the most prestigious IP law firms in Greece because of its long history in the market. The team is both competent and committed. It combines the security of an established practice with the eagerness and enthusiasm of younger lawyers.’
‘Stefanos Tsimikalis is a good listener and understands the client’s needs. He is knowledgeable and well-rounded without compromising his attention to detail, a skill that is indispensible in his field. He has been fair at billing without sacrificing the value of his brand.’
‘Stefanos Tsimikalis is our go-to guy for IP matters in Greece. He always finds a solution in order to move our business forward. He never sees a problem but an array of possible ways around it.’
‘Athanasios Tsimikalis is a heavyweight. He inspires respect from counterparties, be it in transactions or in the courtroom.’
‘Stefanos Tsimikalis is very well organised, responsive and always willing to find the right solution for clients.’
‘Stefanos Tsimikalis has a deep understanding of our business.’
‘Stefanos Tsimikalis is available and responsive in IP infringement matters. He is a valued partner and understands our business and industry well.’
- Advised BASF SE on a claim against an infringer who was infringing the client’s household trade marks and obtained a favourable result by getting the infringer to cease and desist from the illicit use.
- Advised Mondelez on the infringement of its Oreo brand by a Greek business that was using the brand on the packaging of its products.
- Advised Moncler on numerous customs seizures of counterfeit goods and organised raids in stores selling counterfeit goods.
Leveraging ‘deep knowledge of IP issues’ and a ‘proactive’ service, Bernitsas Law is proficient in the creation, registration, protection and utilisation of patents, trade marks, designs and copyrights. The team is also frequently engaged for IP-related sales, purchases and transfers, also handling licensing, franchising and sponsorship agreements in addition to portfolio due diligence. Lambros Belessis and Yannis Chryssospathis jointly lead the department, which has recently seen an uptick in instructions from the cosmetics, shipping and pharmaceutical sectors.
Lambros Belessis; Yannis Chryssospathis
Other key lawyers:
Marina Androulakakis; Aristeidis Papathanasiou
‘Proactive, professional, efficient and to the point, with deep knowledge of IP issues.’
‘Lambros Belessis and Aristeidis Papathanasiou are excellent lawyers, efficient and responsive.’
F. Hoffman – La Roche AG
- Acting for F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, a Swiss multinational healthcare company, in relation to patent enforcement actions against a biosimilar company.
- Advising an international leading streaming provider on copyright issues.
- Advising Kosmocar SA, the official importer of VW, Audi and Skoda automobiles and Ducati motorcycles in Greece, on GDPR compliance matters.
Lawyers of Dryllerakis & Associates are noted for their ‘depth of legal knowledge' and 'business-orientated solutions’. Headed by Aliki Damilakis, the practice routinely handles the registration, enforcement, renewal and cancellation of patents, industrial designs and trade marks, both nationally and internationally. Copyright law, specifically in relation to computer software, music, art, audio recordings and data, is a further forte of the practice, which also counts technology licensing agreements, patent searches and IP-related due diligence among its core areas of expertise.
Other key lawyers:
‘Quick responses, business-oriented legal solutions, availability, experience and excellent results.’
‘Availability, depth of legal knowledge, great communication and analytical skills. Aliki Damilakis and Anna Damilakis are the standouts.’
‘There is immediacy in the service and guidance.’
Aegean Airlines S.A.
Atlas Medical S.A.
Audio Clusters S.A.
Barilla Hellas S.A.
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Henkel Hellas S.A.
Karatzi Industrial and Hotel Enterprises S.A.
Olympic Air S.A.
Ouzo Plomari S.A.
Zeus International S.A.
- Providing continuous advice on all IP and trade mark-related issues to the Aegean Group.
- Handling the trade mark portfolio of the Eurobank Group.
- Successful acted for Karatzi Industrial and Hotel Enterprises S.A. in four recent trade mark-related cases before the EUIPO and the Boards of Appeal.
Specialist IP firm Kiortsis & Associates Law Offices can be relied upon for the full array of trade mark, patent, industrial design, copyright and internet domain name matters. The team, which is led by Christina Kiortsis, is particularly active when it comes to the representation of multinationals, often collaborating with international firms to protect clients' interests in Greece. Standout names from the client roster include Facebook Technologies, Puma and Oxford University Innovation, among many others.
Ipsen Biopharm Limited
Ipsen Bioinnovation Limited
Ipsen Pharma SAS – previously named as SOCIETE DE CONSEILS DE RECHERCHES ET D APPLICATIONS SCIENTIFIQUES (S.C.R.A.S.)
Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Fresenius Kabi Deutschland GmbH
ETME: Peppas & Associates E.E.
Pacific World Corporation
Franz Schneider GmbH & Co. KG
Candia Strom AVEE
Intertrade Hellas ABEE
Pierre Fabre SA
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
Yannidis Brothers SA
Pelikan Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
Facebook Technologies, LLC (formerly known as Oculus VR, LLC)
Scotsman Ice S.r.L.
Chery Automobile Co., Ltd.
Soler & Palau Research, S.L.U.
Veltek Associates Inc.
The University of Chicago
Oxford University Innovation Limited
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Solaris Holdings Limited
Verona Pharma PLC
Ningbo AUX electric Co., Ltd
Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc.
Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Iseo Serrature SpA
Teufelberger Gesellschaft mbH
Whisbi Technologies S.L.
Citrix Systems Inc.
DE’ LONGHI APPLIANCES S.R.L.
ALFA GOMMA S.p.A.
DALDOSS ELEVETRONIC S.P.A.
Universite Paul Sabatier Toulouse III
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUES
Elias & Andreas Metaxas
Burlington Education Limited
Histon Sweet Spreads Limited
Melexis Technologies SA
- Successfully acted for an individual in longstanding litigation with Infinity Cosmetics relating to the latter’s objection to the registration and use of any trade mark consisting of the word “dermafill”, for which it claimed prior rights.
- Represented Chery Automobile Co., Ltd in opposition proceedings to a trade mark filed by Kia Motors.
- Filed an application for revocation on behalf of MGI Tech Co. Ltd before the Administrative Trademarks Committee against the Greek trade mark registration “MGI Pharma”.
Lambadarios Law Firm hosts an IP department which is primarily active in the technology, media and entertainment sectors, though it also sees notable levels of activity in the FMCG, healthcare and utilities industries. Chara Daouti and Constantinos Lambadarios jointly front the practice, which handles a broad array of IP matters; examples include music rights clearance issues, market clearances, IT licensing contracts and product launches.
Chara Daouti; Constantinos Lambadarios
Other key lawyers:
‘Very friendly, prompt and to the point. Always there to help.’
‘Lambadarios’s IP practice is very experienced and business-oriented. They know the law and the case law but also understand the client’s needs and requests, thus providing complete and practical advice.’
‘Chara Daouti is a TMT expert. She is clear, direct and is not afraid to ask questions to get to the core of the issue.’
‘This is an effective and extremely experienced IP practice. It is detail-oriented and provides excellent strategic advice. It is outstanding in terms of its knowledge, speed and expertise. I appreciate the team.’
‘High levels of professionalism and deep knowledge.’
‘Flexibility and a focus on results. They also stand out due to their professionalism and deep knowledge.’
Leading US search engine
Procter & Gamble
- Advising a leading US search engine on commercial and marketing matters and the launch of novel products.
- Advising Sony Electronics on navigating the complex area of copyright and collective rights management in Greece.
- Advised healthcare company Iaso on data issues.
P.V. Kanellopoulos & Partners Law Firm
The core strengths of P.V. Kanellopoulos & Partners Law Firm encompass infringement matters, trade mark searches, the transfer of rights and advertising disputes. Key contacts include Vassilis Kanellopoulos and department head Victoria Kanellopoulos.
Other key lawyers:
PPT Legal is active on all IP fronts, including patents, trade marks, copyrights and trade secrets in addition to licensing, franchising and distribution agreements. It advises on both domestic and EU affairs, supporting its client in disputes, branding, marketing, protection and registration matters. Alexandros Kalantzis and 'very knowledgeable' senior associate Eleni Kokkini jointly head the department, which is active across a range of sectors including retail, food and beverages, agriculture, entertainment and pharmaceuticals.
Alexandros Kalantzis; Eleni Kokkini
‘The firm’s organisation is remarkable.’
‘Eleni Kokkini is always willing to explain the next steps of our case to us and to share the strategy and the mindset behind each choice. She also listens to our concerns.’
‘Eleni Kokkini is a very committed lawyer, always available and willing to help. The client’s interests are always her priority and she has a sound and pragmatic approach to all legal issues. She is very knowledgeable about the Greek market.’
Alpargatas Europe SLU
Dentons Canada LLP
JA Kemp for HL Hutchinson Ltd
Playboy Enterprises International
Roschier for Secto Design Oy
- Represented Melpomeni Tsoukali, the owner of the Greek and EU trade marks Caprice and Sea Satin, in administrative opposition proceedings against new Greek trade mark applications for Caprice, Caprice Bar and Caprice Restaurant.
- Represented US company Playboy Enterprises International Inc in extrajudicial actions against the unauthorised and illicit use of the famous Playboy bunny trade mark by an establishment in Crete.
- Engaged by leading Finnish law firm Roschier to represent Finnish company Secto Design Oy in a copyright infringement action in Greece.
Clients note Sioufas & Associates Law Firm’s ‘capacity to handle all IP assignments’. Department co-head Marios Sioufas delivers extensive experience when it comes to the registration and protection of trade marks, patents and designs, both in Greece and abroad. He leads the practice alongside Christina Kougia, who is particularly active on the contentious front, with expert knowledge of the defence, pharmaceuticals and telecoms sectors. Over the past year, the practice has implemented IT and AI tools which monitor infringements on client trade marks.
Marios Sioufas; Christina Kougia
‘The quality of partners and associates has been outstanding. Catering to all of our corporate needs and being a step ahead constantly classifies them as one of our most dependable partners. Their team is fully informed, detail-oriented, and always up to date, offering on-the-spot solutions tailored to my company.’
‘The great leadership of the firm has paved the way for diligent professionals. Individuals are effective, trustworthy and committed to a successful outcome.’
‘Sioufas & Associates is an invaluable resource with the capacity to handle all IP assignments. Their associates and partners are stellar, highly specialised and customer oriented. This has resulted in a relationship of trust that is rarely met by other firms in the field.’
AMPELONES MICHALAKI S.A.
AMBIENCE SERVICES P.C.
DIMITRIS GRYPAKIS SA
ELLINIKOS TYPOS SA
AUTHENTIC HOSPITALITY LTD
PETROS PETROPOULOS SA
GRAND SERVICES COFFEE AND RESTAURANT SA
- Represented Luna SA in appeal procedure before the Boards of Appeal of the EUIPO.
- Represented LYDA SA in opposition proceedings before the EUIPO.
- Submitted an application before the EUIPO on behalf of Petros Petropoulos SA for the registration of the European trade mark Petros Petropoulos Since 1922.