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Intellectual property in Greece

A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm

A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm undertakes an array of IP matters for clients from a wide range of industries, such as film, TV, music, software, advertising, gaming and print media. The firm advises Dassault Systems on copyright and trade mark protection, including anti-piracy civil and penal litigation. It also assists British American Tobacco with protecting its IP rights in Greece against another multinational American tobacco company as part of a global dispute concerning 'heat non-burn' tobacco products. Irini Daroussou jointly leads the practice with Kriton Metaxopoulos.

Practice head(s):

Irini Daroussou; Kriton Metaxopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Marilena Nikolaraki; Elena Nikolarea

Testimonials

‘In the small IP market in Greece, A & K Metaxopoulos is a law firm that stands out for its unbridled commitment to test and push the boundaries of IP law in Greece. They are an unrelenting and persevering team, who do their utmost to meet the clients’ brief and objectives. A truly commendable team.’

‘Kriton Metaxopoulos – the stalwart team leader is very responsive and able. He is an experienced litigator with a no nonsense approach. Very well versed in IP law and the practice and procedure of the Greek courts.’

‘Marilena Nikolaraki & Elena Nikolarea – Kriton’s right-hand women. Rising stars in the field.’

‘Mr Metaxopoulos is a very well known expert in IP in Greece. It is really helpful to working with this firm; they are straight forward, they respond very quickly to any questions and they can easily focus on what the client needs.’

Key clients

BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO

WARNER BROS ENTERTAINMENT

GREEK MUSIC LIBRARIES (GRAMMO)

MUSIC PRODUCERS CMO

GREEK MUSIC LIBRARIES (SPAM)

CHRISTOU HEIRS

VICTORY ENTERTAINMENT SA

PSICHOGIOS PUBLICATIONS SA

DASSAULT SYSTEMES SOLIDWORKS CORP.

DASSAULT SYSTEMES

PANINI GROUP OF COMPANIES

RELKON HELLAS SA

ENARXIS DYANAMIC MEDIA

Work highlights

  • Advised Warner Bros. Entertainment on issues of intellectual property rights and collective management under Greek copyright law, regarding the Agreement for Dubbing Services.
  • Represented Dassault Systems in all matters related to copyrights and trade mark protection, including all anti-piracy civil and penal litigation.
  • Represented a group of foreign and Greek music publishers and sub-publishers in relation to their right to receive an equitable remuneration for, among others, the TV and Radio broadcasting of their works.

Arhondoula Papapanagiotou & Partners Law Firm

Arhondoula Papapanagiotou & Partners Law Firm is a specialised IP boutique law firm, ‘highly respected for its anti-counterfeiting and IP enforcement strategy‘. Its sizeable team handles a growing client portfolio, recently assisting Neuropublic S.A. with the management of its IPR due diligence and portfolio. Further advisory includes its assistance to Sunlight where it provided counselling on both the protection and management of its IP assets. In addition, it has long-standing rapports with leading international Information Technology entities, advising clients such as Business Software Alliance, Microsoft Corporation and Autodesk. Arhondoula Papapanagiotou heads the practice; her experience extends into advisory over copyright, industrial designs, patents, trademarks, software and new technologies. Aggeliki Christodoulaki and counsel Evi Georgaka are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Arhondoula Papapanagiotou

Other key lawyers:

Aggeliki Christodoulaki; George Geraris; Evi Georgaka

Testimonials

‘The team are responsive, pro-active and give clear, detailed advice.’

‘I can guarantee that this law firm has a profound knowledge of the IP industry not only in Greece but also abroad. We are very satisfied with its services, both in litigation as well as in the field of consulting services. Moreover, their knowledge and expertise is undoubtable and widely known in the Greek market. I would certainly recommend this firm without a doubt.’

‘Every associate and partner we have worked with, has been very effective, business oriented, with creative results and excellent response times. I would certainly single out Mrs Arhondula Papapanagiotou  for her profound legal knowledge and business-oriented way of thinking, and Ms Aggeliki Christodoulaki for her methodological rendering of legal services.’

‘APP Law Firm is uniquely open to new professional challenges. The team’s members are always available to try and learn new things and they do that in a very thorough and professional way, not leaving details out.’

‘Ms. Arhondoula Papapanagiotou is an outstanding law professional – we appreciate her approach to the new matters brought to her, looking into details, assessing every angle and coming up with creative and surprisingly simple solutions and proposals for your issue. Ms. Georgia Stavropoulou is always prompt and available for support.’

‘AP law firm presents a full-scale innovative services package. I believe that they stand out in all aspects both regarding the team members as well as the innovation in their practice. The people are excellent in their skills.’

‘Archontoula Papapanagiotou is a great partner, always close to the client, business oriented and supported by fresh lawyers with a great mindset.’

Key clients

Business Software Alliance (BSA)

Group Richemont (VAN CLEEF & ARPELS S.A., CARTIER INTERNATIONAL)

Microsoft Corporation

Pollfish Inc

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.

Takis Foundation

Tanweer Group

Applied Materials Inc.

Better Collective

Endeavor Content

IT Compliance Association (ITCA)

Eleftheria Deko

Museum of Cycladic Art

Work highlights

  • Advised sunlight on the management of its IPR portfolio.
  • Advised Nova Telecommunication S.M.S.A. for the successful conclusion of negotiations and signing of licensing agreements with Greek Collecting Music Societies.
  • Advised Hellas Direct on a  highly demanding Labor Law and Intellectual Property project relating to the acquisition by Hellas Direct of the Greek business units of a world-renowned multinational insurance company formerly operating in Greece.

Drakopoulos

Drakopoulos has an 'outstanding track record' assisting domestic and international clients with IP portfolio management, trade mark registration and protection, technology disputes, patent licensing, domain name protection, data protection and litigation connected with marketing and advertising. Recent work included advising Premier League on a case arising from counterfeit football kits involving the client's logos. Other work involved advising Apple on its IP rights in relation to AirPods, which resulted in take-down notices being issued to Skroutz. Michalis Kosmopoulos and Panagiotis Drakopoulos jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Michalis Kosmopoulos; Panagiotis Drakopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Sophia Ampoulidou

Testimonials

‘DRAKOPOULOS is very well known in Greece as one of the best firms in practically all fields. But they especially have competence and skills in intellectual property. They have the ability to handle complex cases and Michalis Kosmopoulos is the point of contact for any complicated matter.’

‘Michalis Kosmopoulos is very knowledgeable. I think he is probably the best IP lawyer in Greece.’

Key clients

APPLE

BOSS

PUMA

BLU KUZINA

SNB REACT

CHIPITA

FICOSOTA

EPIC GAMES

DIGEA

CRETAN MUSICAL WORKSHOP SEISTRON

PREMIER LEAGUE

THE POLO/LAUREN COMPANY

RECKITT BENCKISER

PVH GROUP

UNION OF AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVE OF MESSINIA

WARNER BROS

FOUR SEASONS

AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES

MAZONAKIS GROUP

ENEA

JOLLYMEX

ONEMED GROUP

ITSART

VERIZON

Work highlights

  • Advised WARNER BROS and its affiliates in a case against a producer of counterfeit costumes infringing the client’s IPRs in worldwide famous figures, such as HARRY POTTER, FLASH and HARLEY QUINN.
  • Advised FOUR SEASONS on a series of cases involving unauthorized use of the FOUR SEASONS mark by various accommodation businesses.
  • Represented AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES in a case involving three Greek corporate entities which were incorporated under company names bearing the AMAZON trademark.

Dr. Helen G. Papaconstantinou and Partners

Dr. Helen G. Papaconstantinou and Partners generates mandates from high-profile clients across an array of industries, including pharmaceuticals, biochemistry, mechanical design, space systems and structures, telecommunications, entertainment and cosmetics. It is renowned for its specialist patent and trade mark advice, handling and monitoring the IP portfolios of many international clients. The practice is collectively led by Eva Yazitzoglou, Miranda Theodoridou, Maria Athanasiadou and Fotini Kardiopoulis.

Practice head(s):

Eva Yazitzoglou; Miranda Theodoridou; Maria Athanassiadou; Fotini Kardiopoulis

Testimonials

‘DR. HELEN G. PAPACONSTANTINOU AND PARTNERS is always there when I need them. Happy to help, giving accurate and professional advice. The team goes the extra mile that makes all the difference.’

‘They seem to always be available for you. They explain the details to you. Their advice has always worked for me. Individuals of high calibre, always to the point.’

‘The team’s collective knowledge, each partner’s individual expertise and intelligence, as well as their commitment to the best interests of their clients, make them an indispensable partner.’

‘I have had the pleasure of collaborating with all partners of the firm, and most closely with Foteini Kardiopoulis and Maria Athanassiadou. I have a deep respect and admiration for their skills, expertise and most importantly integrity and commitment to servicing the needs of their clients.’

‘My experience with Dr Helen G. Papaconstantinou & Partners has been that of consistently efficient performance with rapid and accurate communication of information as it occurs.’ 

‘Maria is always rapidly responsive to any queries relating to matters we work on together, and also to general queries which we may pose when we are developing strategies or which originate from clients.’

‘What makes them different from their competitors is their expertise, quality of their work and the fact that you know that you are in good hands.’

‘The team’s expertise is at a really high level. We praise their devotion, their continuous feedback and their honesty towards real possibilities to win a case.’

Prentoulis Gerakini

Prentoulis Gerakini's 'forward-thinking' team has expertise in IP litigation, patent nullity actions and regulatory matters. It also handles patent litigation cases for clients such as Teva and Phillip Morris Products, as well as anti-counterfeiting matters for Adidas and Offwhite, among others. The practice is led by Nikos Prentoulis, who has expertise in trade marks, patents and designs. He has served as legal counsel to the Secretary General of Commerce for the Hellenic Ministry of Development on trade mark and public procurement matters.

Practice head(s):

Nikos Prentoulis

Other key lawyers:

Nancy Gerakini

Testimonials

‘The firm provides legal support in anti-counterfeiting and trade mark infringement matters. They provide top-quality service and are very client-oriented.’

‘Nikolas Prentoulis is a smart and creative lawyer who finds the right strategy for each case. He is flexible and adapts to the client’s strategy every time.’

‘Very good legal knowledge and ability to find commercial solutions.’

‘Prentoulis Gerakini is our go-to firm for dealing with IP legal matters in Greece and abroad. Highly effective and professional in their approach and always coming to the table with practical and business-oriented solutions.’

‘Nikos Prentoulis and Nancy Gerakini are knowledgeable and experienced lawyers, always willing to support us, no matter how complicated and/or urgent the request is. In the process of time, we have built a unique relationship, based on mutual respect and trust.’

‘Nancy Gerakini is very meticulous and leaves nothing to chance, when it comes to preparing arguments for litigation. Her advice on non-contentious matters is also characterized by thoroughness and strategic thinking, always bearing in mind our business goals.’

‘Prentoulis-Gerakini law firm have the right blend of skills understanding the business needs and providing the right solution each time. They work proactively and invest the right time to provide solutions.’

‘Nikos Prentoulis is very impressive – good experience in patent litigation, clear and well-thought through advice and a fantastic team player.’

Key clients

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

adidas AG

CIPLA

Louis Vuitton Malletier

A+E Networks UK

Hewlett Packard Inc.

Philip Morris International

Global Media & Entertainment Ltd

BMW AG

Citrix Systems Inc.

Puig Group

RASCAL SA

Wagamama Ltd

Hasbro Inc.

Inter IKEA

Essity France

Haitoglou Bros SA

Work highlights

  • Represented Phillip Morris Products SA in the preliminary injunction initiated by a Greek competitor relating to its heat-not-burn technology products, successfully securing the undisturbed continuation of its production and exporting activities in Greece.
  • Assisted Adidas AG in enforcing its famous 3-stripe trade marks in a 4-stripe infringement case.

BallasPelecanos Law

Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC advises clients on every aspect of patents and trade marks, including in the context of litigation, portfolio management and strategic advice. It exemplifies the 'expertise and experience of an IP boutique with the breadth of a full-service law firm'. George Ballas heads up the team. Vicky Xourafas is another notable individual, supporting the majority of IP cases.

Practice head(s):

George Ballas

Other key lawyers:

George Moukas; Vicky Xourafas

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive and quick. I like their hands-on approach.’

‘George A. Ballas is an outstanding lawyer and highly-skilled in his field of IP law.’

‘George Moukas – excellent communication. Updated reports are comprehensive and sufficient information is provided to allow for good decision making.’

‘Knowledge; experience; understanding; application of Greek and European laws and practice.’

‘Ability to provide in-depth analysis based on comprehensive knowledge and experience of Greek and European patents systems.’

‘Mr. Ballas & his team have great experience in intellectual property and litigation. They provide fast, accurate & comprehensive advice even to those with no legal background. Court representation is flawless & intelligent.’

‘Their knowledge and experience are valuable. Not sure if this level of expertise can be found easily in Greece in the field of intellectual property.’

‘George Ballas – excellent advice and advocacy.’

Key clients

Visa International

Beiersdorf AG

Ericsson

Laboratoires La Prairie SA

Lafarge / Heracles Cement Company SA

Mercedes Benz Hellas S.A.

Dyson Technology Limited (UK)

Landis+Gyr A.G.

Vamvalis Foods SA

Teva Europe Pharmaceuticals

Sandoz Pharmaceuticals

Spotify

Facebook

Delta Airlines

Pharmathen SA

Eli Lilly & Co

Work highlights

  • Advised Visa International on managing its trade mark portfolio prosecutions in Greece.
  • Represented Teva Europe and Pharmathen SA in several patent infringement proceedings.
  • Advised Beiersdorf AG on managing its Greek trade mark portfolio, including assisting the client with several high-profile trade mark oppositions.

Kiortsis & Associates Law Offices

The team at Kiortsis & Associates Law Offices handles contentious and non-contentious matters, with expertise in litigation, trademark filings, patent filings, revocations and general consultancy, among others. The group is also well equipped to handle multi-jurisdictional issues, with matters often involving the US, France, China, Germany, the UAE and the UK. The practice is led by Christina Kiortsis; she is best known for her expertise pertaining to international trademarks.

Practice head(s):

Christina Kiortsis

Key clients

Ipsen Biopharm

Ipsen Bioinnovation

Ipsen Pharma SAS

Pierre Fabre

Candia Strom AVEE

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Oxford University Innovation Limited

Puma SE

Veltek Associates Inc.

Polichem S.A.

Pure Advanced Water Ltd

Almirall S.A.

CellCentric Ltd

Orion Corporation

UCL Business Ltd

Citrix Systems Inc.

Allergan, Inc.

Ithaca Oil and Gas Limited

Zennor Resources (N.I.) Limited

Amylin Pharmaceuticals, LLC

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc.

LifeArc

Work highlights

  • Acted for Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmetique and successfully assisted the Ministry of Development and Investments in the seizure and disposal of counterfeit products pertaining to its AVENE range.

KLC Law Firm

KLC Law Firm acts for clients from a multitude of industries, such as healthcare, fashion, consumer goods, technology and media. Its expertise extends across the ‘whole spectrum‘ of IP matters, including copyrights, domain names, registration, industrial designs and trademarks. Recent work included assisting Firtech with IP matters involving both the licensing and supply of contracts in the USA and Greece. Theodore Loukopoulos heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Theodore Loukopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Aristides Chiotellis; Katerina Koutifari; Theoni Fotopoulou

Testimonials

‘Honest, clear, pragmatic with very reasonable charges.’

‘The team is responsive and eager to assist no matter how tight the deadline may be.’

‘The approach of the individuals is the same with the overall approach of the team. They are practical and client-oriented.’

‘Experienced with strong capabilities in pharma IP matters. KLC delivered favourable results in demanding and challenging IP litigation cases in Greece. KLC has an international flair that facilitates cooperation with out-of-country in house IP and vertical stakeholders.’

‘Partner Theodore Loukopoulos has demonstrated acumen and a hands-on attitude in a number of challenging patent litigation cases. Very competent in coordinating cooperation between in-house attorneys, experts and external counsel in complex IP disputes.’

Key clients

GENEPHARM SA

AENORASIS SA

GI ANSO 4X4

Immatics Biotechnologies GmbH

Medical Pharmaquality SA

Verisfield

Firtech SA

Tsabassis SA

Giannis Kouroudis

Prota to Paidi

NOVA LUCE SA

Ermionida SA

Hasbro Inc

Demo

Peace and Chaos

In Love [Georga Tsakla – Cool Lab]

Work highlights

  • Advised Tsabassis SA on building a global trade mark portfolio aiming to increase brand strength and minimize relevant costs.
  • Represented VERISFIELD in a dispute related to patent invalidity.
  • Represented NOVA LUCE AS in a dispute related to design infringement before civil courts.

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm's team has particular expertise in trade marks, where its work covers the full spectrum of matters, including clearance searches, registration processes and filings at national, international and European levels. Trade mark prosecutions are another key pillar of the practice, which includes handling invalidity matters, revocations and appeals before the civil, criminal and administrative courts alongside the Trademark Administrative Committee and the EUIPO. The group also has experience of assisting clients with copyright protection, legal due diligence of IP assets, protection of trade secrets and design filing. The practice is led by Irene Kyriakides.

Practice head(s):

Irene Kyriakides

Other key lawyers:

Vicky Kriketou; Maria Spanou

Testimonials

‘The communication and collaboration with KG is smooth and pleasant. Their lawyers could get the work done within the time we requested. KG always provide an excellent service to their clients.’

‘Potential clients should know that the IP team of KG law firm is very experienced in the field of IP and the expertise they have provides the reassurance that their services and advice will be exactly what it should be.’

‘Mrs Maria Spanou is an exceptional IP lawyer, very experienced and what I value is her direct and polite way to collaborate with her clients. Especially when she has to deal with people with a commercial background and not legal, she understands it and she becomes even more explanatory in order to ensure that she has been well understood.’

‘The team had a good understanding of the business context and an exceptional knowledge of the subject in question.’

‘Exceptional team complementing each other and following up on the questions asked.’

Nikolinakos & Partners Law Firm

Nikolinakos & Partners Law Firm attracts mandates from numerous high-profile clients, such as Facebook, Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, MasterCard and Spotify. Its recent highlights included advising Netflix International on IP, technology and data protection matters. The practice is led by Nikos Nikolinakos, who has expertise in trade secrets, trade marks, copyright and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Nikos Nikolinakos

Other key lawyers:

Dina Kouvelou; Maria-Daphne Papadopoulou; Alexis Spyropoulos

Testimonials

‘This is a formidable and extremely effective IP practice, focusing on technology-related cases. It provides client-friendly service and unique creativity. Their practical approach to the problems, the speed in their analysis and responses make this IP practice unique.’

‘Dr 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. He is extremely recommended for handling technology contracts, transactions and IT/IP disputes. Also recommended for advice relating to IP and emerging digital technologies.’

‘Ms Dina Kouvelou is highly experienced and very responsive. She simplifies complex legal issues, provides to-the-point advice and has exceptional skills. One of the best technology-related counsels in Greece. She is a key name to note for advice relating to IP and emerging technologies including outsourcing issues, cloud computing work, big data projects, data protection mandates and cybersecurity matters.’

‘Mr Alexis Spyropoulos is an experienced IP counsel. He is practical, responsive and accurate. Recommended for trademark litigation.’

‘Their IP team is characterized 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 practical business perspective. It has profound knowledge and a wealth of experience.’

‘This is a formidable intellectual property practice, exceptionally talented. The technical ability of their IP team is fantastic, with an outstanding level of reactivity.’

‘In comparison with other law firms in Greece, they have demonstrated an expertise in IP and new digital technologies, covering emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and IoT. Furthermore, they are the absolute experts in handling data protection and cybersecurity cases in Greece.’

‘This intellectual property practice deserves its stellar reputation. It is impressive, competent and practical.’

Key clients

Vodafone S.A.

Vodafone Innovus S.A.

WarnerMedia, LLC

Robert Bosch GmbH

SpaceX / Starlink Holdings

Facebook S.A.

Netflix International B.V.

Estee Lauder Hellas S.A.

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited (“SIEE”)

United Group / Nova

Chipita Group

WPP 2005 Limited

Innovis Pharma S.A.

Spotify AB

Profile Software S.A.

Lamda Hellix S.A.

Creative Pharma Services S.A.

Volkswagen Bank S.A

Law Offices Patrinos & Kilimiris

Law Offices Patrinos & Kilimiris is well-versed in IP matters, regularly representing clients before Greek administrative authorities, Greek courts, the EUIPO and the Court of Justice of the European Union. It has a particular focus on patent matters, handling litigation cases involving pharmaceutical infringement patents and invalidity actions. The firm is also strong in trade marks issues, handling matters pertaining to the parallel import of goods regarding automobiles. The practice is led by Constantinos Kilimiris, Maria Kilimiris, Electra Kilimiris and Manolis Metaxakis.

Practice head(s):

Constantinos Kilimiris; Maria Kilimiris; Electra Kilimiris; Manolis Metaxakis

Other key lawyers:

Yuli Angelou; Evangelia Sioumala

Testimonials

‘The only serious place to go for pharma patent litigation in Greece.’

‘Constantinos Kilimiris is the best patent litigator in Greece. Decades of experience in pharma patent matters and knows every trick in the book. Calm and clever.’

‘I enjoyed working with Constantinos Kilimiris who is pleasant and efficient. He is also cost-conscious and provides objective strategic recommendation for the benefit of the client without having in mind its own business, which is appreciated.’

‘Highly professional firm always wanting to help their clients.’

‘Constantinos Kilimiris is an excellent advocate and able to produce high-quality legal briefs.’

Key clients

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

NOVARTIS AG

Pfizer, Inc.

Astra Zeneca AB

Gilead Sciences LLC

Amgen Inc.

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation

Allergan Inc.

Chanel

Christian Louboutin

Solvay S.A.

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

Total SA

IOC (International Olympic Committee)

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)

Tiktok Information Technologies UK Limited,

POTAMITISVEKRIS

POTAMITISVEKRIS handles both contentious and non-contentious IP matters, including those concerning trade marks, copyright and patents. It is also noted for its advice on digital media and advertising issues, including in the context of digital campaigns and disputes arising from misleading and comparative advertising. The team, which is led by Xenophon Paparrigopoulos, also includes associate Eirini Zaglanika.

Practice head(s):

Xenophon Paparrigopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Eirini Zaglanika

Testimonials

‘Eirini Zaglanika: Swift responses, proactive solutions, great written communication.’

‘Excellent team. Result oriented and operationally efficient.’

‘Highly motivated individuals that always have our interests as a first priority.’

‘Very knowledgeable and experienced in both European and local Greek law.’

‘Transparency, honesty, sense of urgency. They provide an aura of integrity.’

‘The team is always available and provides answers on the spot for complex problems.’

‘Ms. Zaglanika provides legal input with the needed details and framework around the problems, uses business language and assists on the issues in a way our corporation requires.’

Work highlights

  • Represented NEA ODOS SA  in relation to third party actions against the registration of new FastPass and MotoPass trademarks pursued by the company.
  • Advised Alpha bank in copyright matters arising from the sale of the Bank’s NPL Unit.
  • Represented P&G Company and P&G Hellas before the Supreme Court in an action concerning counterfeit ARIEL products.

PPT Legal

PPT Legal is active in IP-related disputes, as well as IP branding, marketing, protection and licensing matters. It is often involved in cross-border work that involves jurisdictions such as France, Italy, Sweden and the UK. In 2021, the firm’s highlights included advising Playboy Enterprises International on the possible cancellation of a third party’s Greek trade mark containing the word “Playboy”. Alexandros Kalantzis and senior associate Eleni Kokkini jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Alexandros Kalantzis; Eleni Kokkini

Testimonials

‘From our experience people at the firm make the difference. We have the feeling that there is real cooperation and that the partner really listens to the client’s concerns.’

‘The most important aspect for us is the approach that Mrs Eleni Kokkini has when we collaborate with her. Beside her knowledge we believe in her patience and her explanatory way.’

Key clients

Alpargatas Europe SLU

Bournas Medicals

Cibusmed Limited

Comis Entertainment EE

Dentons Canada LLP

JA Kemp

Melpomeni Tsoukali

Playboy Enterprises International

Praxi SpA

Roschier

Seaborne Shipbrokers SA

Taylor English Duma LLP

Work highlights

  • Represented Melpomeni Tsoukali in injunction proceedings and main infringement action proceedings against the unlicensed use of trademarks on the Greek island of Mykonos.
  • Represented Playboy Enterprises International Inc in extrajudicial actions against the unauthorized and illicit use of the famous Playboy bunny trademark by an establishment in Crete.
  • Advised and represented Dentek Oral Care in a possible cancellation matter against a Greek trademark imitating the client’s DENTEK European trademarks.

Tsibanoulis & Partners

Tsibanoulis & Partners combines the 'specialised skills of a leading IP boutique with corporate and litigation capabilities'. Its team advises on matters concerning trade marks, trade names, domain names, patents, designs and copyrights. Recent work included advising Sky Broadcasting International on its Greek trade mark portfolio. Marina Perraki who leads the practice, has expertise in trade mark litigation.

Practice head(s):

Marina Perraki

Other key lawyers:

Dimitra Rafailidou; Andriani Bella-Chatzigeorgi

Testimonials

‘The efficiency and promptness to handle all undertaken issues is evident.’

Key clients

DOMAINE PATERIANAKIS SA

SKY BROADCASTING INTERNATIONAL

STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY

IMPERIAL TOBACCO

AIRBNB

FERRER INTERNACIONAL, S.A.

ANNCO Inc.

ALTICOR, INC.

GRUPO MASSIMO DUTTI S.A.

KAYAK S.A.

CHILLBOX S.A.

MALIBU HEALTH PRODUCTS Ltd & MALIBU (TRADEMARKS) LTD

U.C. CÉSAR RITZ COLLEGES AG

THALASSA COLLECTION

RH US, LLC

ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA LIMITED

AXIA VENTURES GROUP LTD

Work highlights

  • Advised AXIA VENTURES GROUP LTD on filing an opposition against conflicting trademarks to the EUTMs.
  • Advised STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY on handling the management of the Greek trade mark portfolio.  
  • Advised KAYAK S.A. as purchaser of a worldwide trade mark portfolio of almost 200 trademarks worldwide of CHILLBOX S.A. in respect of frozen yogurt and related ice cream retail outlets on purchase of the trademarks in all countries including EUIPO and WIPO, and portfolio management strategy.

Tsimikalis Kalonarou

Tsimikalis Kalonarou is strong in handling domestic and cross-border IP mandates, with notable experience of advising clients on matters heard before the European Patent Office, the European Union Intellectual Property Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Its work covers a range of issues in relation to trade marks, patents and designs, including strategic advice and litigation. Athanasios Tsimikalis is well versed in design infringement proceedings. He co-heads the practice with Chariklia Kalonarou who has experience in portfolio management. Stefanos Tsimikalis is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Athanasios Tsimikalis; Chariklia Kalonarou

Other key lawyers:

Stefanos Tsimikalis

Testimonials

‘Mr. Stefanos Tsimikalis and all the associates that we deal with are always prompt, meticulous, and customer-oriented.’

‘Excellent detailed advice.’

‘The team is very well experienced and perfectly trained to work with international clients.’

‘I work with Stefanos Tsimikalis and he is a very good expert IP lawyer. He has experience and provides very good advice to the client based on his experience with the Greek courts.’

Key clients

MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL

BASF SE

Audi

MEYRA Group

TEMES S.A.

ATHROA INNOVATIONS

Moncler SpA

BIOIN

MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL

VIATRIS (formerly MYLAN)

MAN TRUCK & BUS SE

BASF SE

Work highlights

  • Acted for KORRES, a leading natural cosmetics manufacturer, in opposition proceedings before the EUIPO.
  • Advised TEMES, the owner and developer of iconic COSTA NAVARINO in securing a license by the International Olympic Academy and the National Olympic Committee to name one of its golf courses “INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC ACADEMY GOLF COURSE”
  • Acted for MONDELEZ in a lawsuit against a local business that infringed the famous OREO trademarks.

Bernitsas Law

Bernitsas Law's workload covers a myriad of issues in relation to trade marks, patents, designs and copyright. It advises on IP creation and registration, as well as portfolio management and data protection, among various other matters. The team has notable expertise in copyright issues pertaining to software development, licensing agreements and filming and audiovisual matters. Lambros Belessis and Yannis Chryssospathis jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Lambros Belessis; Yannis Chryssospathis

Other key lawyers:

Marina Androulakakis; Tania Patsalia; Aristeidis Papathanasiou

Testimonials

‘Efficient; hardworking; responsive; accurate.’

‘Aristeidis Papathanasiou is an excellent collaborator and delivers precise and solid work in a timely and efficient manner.’

Key clients

Acun Medya Group

F. Hoffman – La Roche AG

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading US family entertainment and media enterprise in relation to the filming of a motion picture and documentary in Greece.
  • Advised Acun Medya Group in relation to TV, series’ participants, consulting and sponsorship agreements and copyright issues.
  • Advised a global streaming platform and production company in relation to copyright issues including collective management, filming industry guilds and unions.

Dryllerakis & Associates

Dryllerakis & Associates is well-equipped to handle the registration, renewal and cancellation of trade marks at a national, European and international level. Its team is also knowledgeable about patent matters and regularly assists clients with searches and the preparation of applications before the Hellenic Industrial Property Organization and European Patent Office. It also prepares patent licensing agreements and is active in patent litigation. Aliki Damilakis heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Aliki Damilakis

Other key lawyers:

Anna Damilakis; Georgia Danatsopoulou

Testimonials

‘Experienced, high expertise, immediate response. The results of our collaboration are always excellent an they provide us with solutions in complex matters.’

‘Ms Anna Damilakis is an excellent lawyer.’

‘The Dryllerakis team’s diversity and complementary skills, combined with deep knowledge of the intellectual property practice and great interpersonal skills, exquisitely differentiate the firm.’

Key clients

Aegean Airlines S.A.

Amvrosiadis S.A.

Barilla Hellas S.A.

Eurobank S.A.

EUROLIFE FFH Insurance Group

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Henkel Hellas S.A.

Karatzi Industrial and Hotel Enterprises S.A.

LAMPSA S.A.

Mondelez Hellas S.A.

Olympic Air S.A.

Ouzo Plomari S.A.

Seora Ltd.

Solutions2Grow

Zeus International S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Aegean Airlines S.A. on all IP and trade mark related issues of the Aegean Group.
  • Advised Eurobank SA on the handling of all trade mark portfolio of the Eurobank Group.
  • Represented Karatzi Industrial and Hotel Enterprises S.A. and successfully handled four trade mark-related litigation cases before the European Trademark Office and the Board of Appeals.

Lambadarios Law Firm

Lambadarios Law Firm has particular experience of advising clients on issues pertaining to the infringement of IP rights. It is also active in matters arising from data use and protection, involving compliance, consumer data and international data transfers. The firm advises Sony Electronics on copyright issues in relation to music rights and assists with negotiations with Greek collective management organisations. Chara Daouti and Constantinos Lambadarios jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Chara Daouti; Constantinos Lambadarios

Other key lawyers:

John Filiotis; Natalia Kalatzi

Testimonials

‘Highly professional. Always available.’

‘Always try to understand best solution for the client – Chara Daouti is a guarantee.’

Key clients

IASO S.A.

Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator (HEDNO)

Procter & Gamble (P&G)

Sony Electronics

Cardlink S.A.

Athens College and Psychico College Alumni Association (SAKA)

Piraeus Bank

Miele Hellas Ltd.

Athenian Brewery S.A.

Lapin House

Baker McKenzie

Goodyear

Work highlights

  • Represented high-profile client and won a critical hearing on trademark infringement before the Court of Appeal against an online pharmacy.
  • Advised Greek healthcare group IASO on the innovative operation of patients’ electronic medical file.
  • Advised Piraeus Bank on the sale of its €300m merchant acquiring unit and its strategic partnership with Euronet Worldwide.

P.V. Kanellopoulos & Partners Law Firm

The practice at P.V. Kanellopoulos & Partners Law Firm, which is led by the experienced Victoria Kanellopoulos, is noted for handling IP issues for clients such as advertising companies and multinational corporates. It regularly advises on trade marks, the transfer of IP rights and licensing agreements, in addition to advertisement and promotional guidelines.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Kanellopoulos

Sioufas & Associates Law Firm

Sioufas & Associates Law Firm's sizeable team often handles mandates relating to trade marks, including trade mark applications and enforcement actions arising from third party trade mark infringements. It represents clients before criminal, civil and administrative courts. The practice is led by Marios Sioufas, who has over 15 years of experience handling the registration and protection of national, European and international trade marks.

Practice head(s):

Marios Sioufas

Other key lawyers:

Nikolaos Katiforis; Eleni Sdrolia; Nikolaos Tzortzis; Eleni Mpagiokou; Dimitrios Frantzidis

Testimonials

‘Good knowledge of the law. Good communication skills.’

‘Easy to reach. Good collaboration. State of the art consulting.’

‘Sioufas and associates law firm has longstanding professional experience and expertise in complex disputes, where companies’ IP rights are used by third parties without permission. The firm always strives to give practical and business-oriented advice to its clients in order to protect their IP rights.’

‘Mrs Sdrolia offers superb follow up and Mr Marios Sioufas is an excellent guide.’

Key clients

AGGELAKIS S.A.

AMPELONES MICHALAKI S.A.

KUBER S.A.

AENORASIS SA

PETROS PETROPOULOS SA

LUNA S.A.

LYDA SA

EPLATFORM SA

COSMODRINK SOCIETE ANONYME

LORBAX SINGLE MEMBER PRIVATE COMPANY

TOZZBY SINGLE MEMBER PRIVATE COMPANY

GLERBY PRIVATE COMPANY

ORIZOR SINGLE MEMBER SOCIETE ANONYME

ENETLY SINGLE MEMBER SOCIETE ANONYME

DI-MAN SA

AUTHENTIC HOSPITALITY LTD

GRAND SERVICES COFFEE AND RESTAURANT SA