Intellectual property in Greece

A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm

At A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm, the team's IP-related expertise encompasses the full array of contentious and advisory copyright, patent, trade mark and design matters; Irini Daroussou and Kriton Metaxopoulos jointly head up the practice. In a recent highlight, the group advised a US-based biopharmaceuticals company on the protection of its industrial property rights against companies seeking to create generic versions of its products in Greece. Other sectors of expertise include the food, sports, advertising, broadcasting, film, publishing and clothing industries.

Practice head(s):

Irini Daroussou; Kriton Metaxopoulos;

Key clients

Russian Dock Yard (DS)

Greek Music Libraries

Work highlights

  • Instructed by a global software company to act against a Greek company which used two of the client’s software programs without a license.
  • Advised a US non-profit church in relation to performing rights in Greece.
  • Assisted a multinational cigarette and tobacco company with protecting its industrial property rights in Greece.

Arhondoula Papapanagiotou & Partners Law Firm

At Arhondoula Papapanagiotou & Partners Law Firm, name partner Arhondoula Papanagiotou is a renowned industry leader and oversees a team, which has expertise in IP portfolio management, anti-counterfeiting and enforcement strategy matters, litigation, contracts and negotiations. Technology companies, including Microsoft, are common on its client roster, which also includes start-ups and media and entertainment entities. Hachette Livre and Les Editions Albert Rene recently instructed the team in a dispute relating to the illegal distribution of the popular Asterix comic book in Greece. Senior associate Evi Georgaka is 'committed, punctual and to the point'.

Practice head(s):

Arhondoula Papapanagiotou;

Testimonials

‘The team provided a very clear, thorough review of the key legal points and options available to us regarding an international IPR issue. Their ability to dilute complex points of law into concise, practical business guidance was extremely valuable.’

‘I have to comment on the Papanagiotou team I met and specifically Mr Agis Petalas and Ms Evi Georgaka who are committed, punctual, to the point and eager to produce detailed, tangible results in excellent response time.’

‘The team is very professional. Case management is fast and complete in all areas of law.’

‘Mrs Papapanagiotou is extremely responsive and has extensive knowledge of intellectual property. Her partners and associates and are always ready to answer you and are also excellent professionals, in particular Mr. Agis Petalas.’

‘AP & Partners not only have a deep knowledge of the IP rights matter but they revealed proficiency into assessing software licenses in complex customer environment, understanding on the different vendors licensing model as well. They distinguished themselves as well hosting informative events in collaboration with local trade associations and economic operators.’

‘Long lasting experience and technical competence, when in doubt they ask specific and relevant question to address the issue in the best way.’

‘The team is very professional and reactive, and provides us with insightful advice on how implement and develop our IP strategy in Greece.’

‘The individuals (and especially Arhondula Papapanagiotou and Evi Georgaka) are very reliable professionals in the IP area, showing strong reactivity and very good understanding of the client’s business and needs.’

‘The team is focused on getting the job done versus many firms we came across that stalls, most of the time to increase their revenues.’

‘Mrs Papanagiotou and Mrs Christodoulaki have great expertise in the handling of IP cases, being versatile, hard working, consistent with the fulfilment of deadlines and efficient. In addition, they have strong communication skills and we consider them top experts in the IP field.’

Key clients

Business Software Alliance (BSA)

Van Cleef & Arpels

Cartier

Microsoft Corporation

Antenna TV S.A.

Digea – Digital Services Provider S.A.

Pollfish Inc

Numerous start-up companies

Audiovisual production companies, such as Karagiannis – Karatzopoulos SA, Papandreou S.A

Numerous famous Greek authors, actors and tv presenters

Athen’s Heridanos Agency

Elpedison Energy S.A.

Teleimpex S.A.

OPAP Group

Takis Foundation

Prosenghisi Film & Video

Radiojar

Seed Point Music Publishing

Tanweer Group

Editions Albert Rene

Better Collective

Black Orange SA

Work highlights

  • Handling all legal aspects and contracts with all contributors for the TV series Logo Timis for Black Orange.
  • Acting for Antenna TV in litigation relating to its obligation to pay reproduction royalties to producers of phonograms.
  • Advising Seed Point Music Publishing on copyright issues, and drafting and negotiating contracts with users.

Drakopoulos

Clients including Calvin Klein, Pandora, Sony and Puma make up the market-leading roster at Drakopoulos, which also includes multinational technology and software companies, brokerage houses, investment funds and listed companies. Jointly led by Michalis Kosmopoulos and Panagiotis Drakopoulos, the team undertakes a vast array of work including portfolio management issues, trade mark registration and protection work, patent licensings, domain name protection and IP litigation. The group also excels in anti-counterfeiting strategies; Kosmopoulos was recently instructed by The Polo/Lauren Company in a damages claim following the seizure of a number of Ralph Lauren counterfeits at a shop located at one of Athens’ most popular five-star hotels.

Practice head(s):

Michalis Kosmopoulos; Panagiotis Drakopoulos;

Key clients

SKIP HOP Inc

ITAL FOOD

ASICS

CHIPITA

INTERTRADE

IFFCO ITALIASRL

SETEL

THE POLO/LAUREN COMPANY

OSBORNE CLARKE

AKTINA

PRADA

RECKITT BENCKISER

TÜV

CRETAN MUSICAL WORKSHOP SEISTRON

SONY

MAPED

LOUIS VUITTON MALLETIER

CHIPITA SA

PUMA

FILA

VF HELLAS

DIESEL

HUGO BOSS

PANDORA

CALVIN KLEIN

EPIC GAMES (FORTNITE)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Solaris IP in a trade mark infringement case.
  • Advised Ital Food (a member of the Ficosota group) on the use and registration of its Maretti trade marks in Greece.
  • Advised Haribo on a trade mark renewal application matter.

Dr. Helen G. Papaconstantinou and Partners

Specialist IP firm Dr. Helen G. Papaconstantinou and Partners is distinguished for its ‘high level of professionalism and profound knowledge of IP law’. The group has specific expertise in the validation of national, EU and international trade marks and patents with other knowledge encompassing the exploitation of IP rights, due diligence issues, IP litigation, anti-piracy work and anti-counterfeiting matters. Fotini Kardiopoulis delivers ‘exquisite knowledge’ and oversees the practice alongside Eva Yazitzoglou, Miranda Theodoridou and Maria Athanassiadou. Clients include household names from a variety of industries including the pharmaceuticals, telecoms, energy, food and beverages, finance, automobiles and toy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Eva Yazitzoglou; Miranda Theodoridou; Maria Athanassiadou; Fotini Kardiopoulis;

Testimonials

‘Dedication, Consistency, Knowledge and effectiveness are the key elements guiding the firm to success.’

‘Mrs Fotini Kardiopoulis, Always there when needed, whether Sunday or holiday, she will somehow find the way to respond and take action asap.’   

‘What makes Helen G Papakonstantinou law firm unique is the high level of professionalism, profound knowledge of IP law and an excellent degree of respect and trust towards our Company.’

‘Fotini Kardiopoulis is an excellent legal advisor with an exquisite knowledge of her domain of expertise combined with a tailor made judgement adapted to the client’s business. Fotini is considered a true business partner for us. Katerina Delouka is an excellent IP lawyer, with a high knowledge of IP law, which makes her a valuable and trusted legal advisor.’

Work highlights

  • Overseeing a trade mark strategy for the protection of plant varieties in Greece.
  • Acting in an infringement action brought against a Bulgarian company marketing in Greece.
  • Handling a trade mark prosecution case.

Law Offices Patrinos & Kilimiris

At IP boutique Law Offices Patrinos & Kilimiris, Constantinos Kilimiris is a leading name for patents with expertise in the pharmaceuticals, consumer goods and chemical sectors. He recently represented Novartis in preliminary injunction proceedings aimed at preventing the client from manufacturing a generic sandostatin LAR formulation. Also recommended is Maria Kilimiris, who is an expert in the clearance, filing, prosecution, revocation, invalidation and opposition of trade marks and designs, and is also extremely knowledgeable on copyright and domain name issues. The team handles wider contentious and advisory matters and is well-versed in mandates with an EU or international component.

Practice head(s):

Constantinos Kilimiris; Maria Kilimiris;

Key clients

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

NOVARTIS AG

Pfizer, Inc.

Roche

Astra Zeneca AB

Gilead Sciences LLC

Amgen Inc.

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation

Allergan Inc.

Chanel

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

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.)

KERZNER INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

Work highlights

  • Handling infringement proceedings relating to Celltrion’s biosimilar rituximab products before the Full Bench Athens Specialized IP Court.
  • Acting for Procter & Gamble/Gillette in main trade mark and design infringement proceedings before the Thessaloniki Specialized IP Court relating to counterfeit products.  
  • Acting for Kia and Hyundai in trade mark infringement proceedings before the Athens Specialized IP Court.

Prentoulis Gerakini

Combining a ‘proactive and can-do attitude’ with a ‘very good legal knowledge and commercial understanding’, specialist firm Prentoulis Gerakini enjoys a first-class reputation in the IP space. Litigation is an area of particular focus; the team successfully represented Philip Morris International in the Supreme Court in a criminal matter concerning the extensive smuggling and counterfeiting of cigarettes. Practice head Nikos Prentoulis led on the matter and is hailed by clients as ‘very results driven and an expert in European IP law’. The team covers the full spectrum of IP work including patent prosecution and licensing work, piracy matters, infringements, brand clearances and trade mark searches.

Practice head(s):

Nikos Prentoulis;

Testimonials

‘Nikos Prentoulis is a classical patent litigator- elegant and clear with great precision.’

‘They have deep understanding of IPR related issues, challenges and opportunities.’

‘Fast service, expertise and solutions.’

‘Overall, I like the collaboration with the firm. They are proactive with a can-do attitude and a good understanding of the business; therefore providing good and professional solutions.’

‘Business acumen, speed and professional support with real business understanding.’

‘Very competent and practical advice, based on thorough analysis and offering creative solutions.’

‘Nikos Prentoulis is a competent lawyer, passionate about his work and happy to deal with complex matters and offer solutions. Very pleasant to work with.’

‘Just a very modern hands-on firm!  Nothing formal, just responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘We all love Nikos Prentoulis. He really knows what international clients want and is very result driven and the same time really an expert on European IP law.’

Key clients

Philip Morris International

BMW AG

Lloyd’s Register

WowWee

Actervis GmbH

Papastratos Aves

Necchi SpA

Haitoglou Bros SA

Hasbro Inc.

X-Rite Inc.

Boehmert & Boehmert

Hoyng Rokh Monegier (Amsterdam, Brussels)

Michael Best Friedrich LLP

Gill, Jennings & Every LLP

Cabinet Plasseraud

Duran Corretjer

Mischon de Reya

Work highlights

  • Acting for BMW in multiple trade mark cases relating to the misappropriation of its famous BMW and Mini trade marks by third parties, independent repairers and previously authorised repairers.
  • Representing FKP Sojusplodoimport in a multi-jurisdictional case revolving around the ownership of various vodka brand names, including Stolichnaya.
  • Representing Oeko-Tex in a trade mark misuse and misrepresentation case against a major Greek hospitality provider.

Tsimikalis Kalonarou

Tsimikalis Kalonarou delivers expertise in IP strategy, clearance searches, enforcement work, trade mark infringements and related disputes. It also frequently handles the registration of trade marks and patents, domestically and internationally, with bodies including the EUIPO, EPO and WIPO. Athanasios Tsimikalis and Chariklia Kalonarou head up the practice, which recently successfully represented Mondelez Hellas before the EUIPO’s Board of Appeals in a matter concerning its objection to an EU trade mark application by Yamato Tea. Clients single out Stefanos Tsimikalis for his 'indispensable advice and phenomenal business acumen'.

Practice head(s):

Athanasios Tsimikalis; Chariklia Kalonarou;

Testimonials

‘Proactive and commercial approach in their support of Brand Protection matters in Greece.’

‘Stefanos Tsimikalis, approachable, available, proactive and very commercial in his handling of Greek infringement matters. Highly recommend his services.’

‘Stefanos Tsimikalis is just outstanding, very smart and precise.’

‘Our go-to-guy is the exceptional and charismatic Stefanos Tsimikalis. His business acumen is phenomenal and his advice indispensable. He is an excellent trade mark expert and a savvy negotiator. Athanasios Tsimikalis is renowned in the field as a seasoned litigator and problem solver.

Chariklia Kalonarou is a guru of IP, having encountered every possible scenario over the course of her career. If there is a solution to a problem, regardless if it concerns trade marks or patents, she will find it.’

The firm provides top notch quality services. They can handle complex cases in a cost-efficient manner. They are result oriented and always looking for the best solution for clients.’

‘Stefanos Tsimikalis is always very reliable, easy to work with and very responsive. The quality of his work is impeccable.’

Key clients

MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL

BASF SE

Audi

MEYRA Group

ALPHA KAFFE

Moncler SpA

Work highlights

  • Represented one of the world’s leading soft drinks manufacturer in a dispute that had originated in 1994, relating to the application of a trade mark identical to the business’ name by a third party.
  • Represented a clothing designer in a claim against the illicit use of its distinctive typeface against a copycat, obtaining a decision which found this to be an act of unfair competition.
  • Represented BASF in claims against an infringer, who was infringing the client’s trade marks in order to promote its products.

Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC

The practice at Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC is led by George Ballas, who is a registered European Patent Attorney with extensive experience in trade marks, passing off work and patent litigation. The team also undertakes registration, prosecution, renewal, assignment, licence, anti-counterfeiting and opposition work along with design and copyright infringement litigation. Pharmathen is one of numerous clients from the pharmaceuticals sector on the firm's roster; it recently engaged the group on its response to a warning letter issued by competitor, Novartis, alleging a possible infringement on the production method of a new generic product.

Practice head(s):

George Ballas;

Key clients

LM ERICSSON

PHARMATHEN SA

TEVA (ACTAVIS GROUP PTC EHF& SPECIFAR SA)

SANDOZ PHAMACEUTICALS DD

HOFFMANN LA ROCHE &GENETCH INC

LAFARGEHOLCHIM/HERACLES GROUP OF COMPANIES

SUNLIGHT SYSTEMS SA

VAMVALIS FOOS SA

HNC HEALTHY NUTRITION COMPANY GMBH

Work highlights

  • Represented Lafarge Heracles in trade mark litigation.
  • Advising Teva on the chances of success in a possible patent infringement action.
  • Advising Hoffmann-La Roche and Genetech on a warning letter addressed to competitor Amgen Europe for possible infringement of the clients’ European patent by the competitor’s biosimilar product.

KLC Law Firm

Under the leadership of Theodore Loukopoulos, KLC Law Firm possesses the capacity to advise on the full spectrum of IP law including copyrights, trade marks, domain names, patents, industrial designs and unfair competition matters. The team is also well-equipped to handle registrations, licensing, litigation and prosecutions on a national, European and international level and has expert knowledge of the pharmaceuticals industry. Other areas of expertise include the energy, healthcare, fashion, consumer goods, technology and media sectors; private individuals are also on the firm's client roster.

Practice head(s):

Theodore Loukopoulos;

Testimonials

‘The team is available, knowledgeable, with excellent coordination and communication.’

‘The individuals and knowledgeable and quickly understand the client’s needs.’

Key clients

GAP Pharmaceuticals SA

GENEPHARM SA

ACCORD HEALTHCARE Group

DEMO Pharmaceuticals SA

AENORASIS SA

GOODYS EVEREST Group

PATAKIS PUBLISHING COMPANY SA

 PharOS Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Demo Pharmaceuticals on a pre-litigation strategy during the launch of new generics products in the market.
  • Successfully represented Accord before the Greek Courts in patent infringement injunction proceedings against Novartis.
  • Advising Enorasis on several IP issues including managing its worldwide patent portfolio, the clearance and protection of trade marks, and the filing and prosecution of trade marks before national and international offices.

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm assists clients with trade mark, design, patent, copyright and domain name issues with specialist knowledge of the health, life sciences, entertainment, IT and food industries. Irene Kyriakides oversees the practice, which represents clients from across Europe, the US, Asia and Africa. Examples of work undertaken include trade mark registrations, prosecutions and enforcement work, patent filings and registrations, portfolio management and unfair competition litigation; the group also drafts licensing, transfer and franchise agreements.

Practice head(s):

Irene Kyriakides;

Key clients

Coca Cola 3Ε HELLAS S.A.I.C/ Coca – Cola HBC Services MEPE (members of Coca – Cola Group)

Pernod Ricard S.A.

GEORGIOS ZACHARIOUDAKIS & CO General Partnership

GB-SMIT New Ventures GmbH

Dole Packaged Foods LLC

ABB Schweiz AG.

TOMS – ONE RETAIL NORTH SA

SARAKACIS Group

Tsakiris S.A.

SEATRIEVER Ltd

Aegean Airlines

Mykonos Brewing Company

Taxibeat UK Limited

Online Delivery SA

Frigoglass SAIC

Blue Grid – Gas & Power

SARACAKIS GROUP

MINOAL LINES

Nikolinakos & Partners Law Firm

Acting for clients including Microsoft, Wikimedia, MasterCard and Sony Interactive Entertainment, Nikolinakos & Partners Law Firm is praised for its ‘valuable understanding of the approach and priorities of regulatory officials and policymakers’. Practice co-head Nikos Nikolinakos is an expert in matters encompassing IP rights protection and competition law and is experienced in trade mark, copyright and trade secret litigation. Clients stem from a broad array of sectors; the team is particularly knowledgeable of the technology and digital business industries. Daphne Papadopoulou 'provides spot-on copyright advice' and heads up the practice alongside Nikolinakos.

Practice head(s):

Nikos Nikolinakos; Daphne Papadopoulou

Testimonials

‘This IP Practice 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. It mainly focuses on the technology-related sectors and on the digital economy areas.’

‘Nikos Nikolinakos advises mainly on technology-related cases and has an expertise at the interface between IP rights and antitrust law. He is also an outstanding data protection and cybersecurity legal expert. His 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 is widely recognized as a top data protection lawyer in Greece.’

‘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.’

‘Daphne Papadopoulou provides spot-on copyright advice. She assists with enforcement actions against online infringements. She advises efficiently on social media, new media, author-publisher agreements, e-book rights. She is very knowledgeable, responsive and proactive.’

‘Nikolinakos & Partners Law Firm has a superb IP Practice. It covers a wide range of issues, mainly trademarks, patents, unfair competition and copyright. They are also renowned in the field of counterfeiting and offer expertise in IP licensing work.’

‘Dr Nikolinakos is one of the best IP legal counsels in the technology sector in Greece. He regularly advises on IP acquisition, brand strategy and trademark enforcement actions. He has also excellent litigation skills and superb knowledge of copyright and trademark law.’

‘The IP Practice of Nikolinakos & Partners Law Firm is impressive and verifies their excellent market reputation. This IP Practice is exceptional, solution-oriented and extremely experienced. It is fast growing, based on their unparalleled technology expertise.’

Key clients

Vodafone Hellas S.A.

Innovis Pharma S.A.

Estee Lauder Hellas S.A.

Profile Software S.A.

Lamda Hellix S.A.

Creative Pharma Services S.A.

Mehiläinen

Volkswagen Bank S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Microsoft Corporation (via the international law firm Linklaters LLP) on cloud services, IP and data protection issues.
  • Advised Wikimedia (via the international law firm Bird & Bird) on Greek IP and data protection law.
  • Advised MasterCard (via the international law firm Linklaters LLP) on its GDPR compliance project and relevant IP issues.

P.V. Kanellopoulos & Partners Law Firm

P.V. Kanellopoulos & Partners Law Firm handles a broad range of IP matters including trade mark searches, the transfer of rights and advertising disputes. The team is also well-versed in infringement mandates relating to television broadcasting issues. Vassilis Kanellopoulos is practice head.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Kanellopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Vassilis Kanellopoulos

PotamitisVekris Law Firm

PotamitisVekris Law Firm is ‘very knowledgeable and experienced in both European and local Greek law’. Xenophon Paparrigopoulos heads up the practice and recently represented Procter & Gamble before the Supreme Court in an action which pertained to counterfeit Ariel products. The team advises on the full spectrum of trade mark, copyright and patent matters, and handles enforcement issues and litigation before the Greek trade mark authorities, the EUIPO and the EU General Court. Associate Eirini Zaglanika is recommended for her expertise in advertising, unfair competition, trade mark infringement and software piracy mandates; clients note her ‘synergistic’ collaboration with Paparrigopoulos.

Practice head(s):

Xenophon Paparrigopoulos;

Testimonials

Professional and high-quality service.’

‘Very knowledgeable and experienced but in this case in both European and local Greek law (competitive advantage). Transparency, honesty, sense of urgency. Simply put they provide an aura of integrity (in many firms that I have dealt  with, one gets the sense of determination and results oriented BUT lacking the integrity factor).  Fees are very rational and mentioned upfront.’

‘Xenophon Paparrigopoulos (partner) & Eirini Zaglanika (associate) – Not only do they have the ability to understand clearly the needs of the customer BUT provide options when applicable with the risks involved per decision (this in my opinion is a competitive advantage, as most firms read you only the law) – this partner and the associate work so well together that they provide a synergistic effect (in many firms I have seen the senior and the associate have the opposite effect: an antagonistic one).’

‘The team’s strength lies in the fact that lawyers from different fields cooperate closely between them for the benefit of the client – without the client being necessarily involved. In addition, every team member is accessible within short notice – if not immediately. This last fact gives a comparative advantage over other big firms.’

‘Friendly, willing, listening to the clients objections, analysing various scenarios without being insisting that their opinion is the only correct one. S.Potanitis, V.Stergiou, X.Paparrigopoulos & A.Papastavrou stand out in my opinion.’

Key clients

Coca-Cola Hellenic SAIC

Coca-Cola HBC Services MEPE

TSAKIRIS AVEE

Procter & Gamble Hellas

The Procter & Gamble Company

Notos Com Holdings SA

Praktiker Hellas SA

Complete Innovations Inc.

ANSYS Inc.

Watt & Volt

RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY

PQH

Olympia Xenia

IKOS HOTELS MANAGEMENT SA

Euro Corpex Ltd

Alpha Ventures Capital Management

Nea Odos SA

Kentriki Odos SA

Amalia Hotels

Work highlights

  • Advising Coca-Cola Hellenic SAIC on a number of agreements relating to Positive Energy Day 2018, including the creation and exploitation of music and other material protection with copyright and other intellectual property rights.
  • Representing Procter & Gamble before the Supreme Court in an action concerning counterfeit Ariel products.
  • Represented Praktiker Hellas before the EUIPO in opposition proceedings against the EU trade mark application ‘Budget Line’ filed by a third party.

Tsibanoulis & Partners

Tsibanoulis & Partners is praised for its ‘professionalism’, ‘holistic approach’ and ‘promptness to meet requests’. The ‘extremely experienced’ Marina Perraki leads the team and ‘achieves outstanding results’ for clients, which include Starbucks, Airbnb and Imperial Tobacco. Among the practice’s strengths are trade mark, trade name, domain name, patent, design and copyright mandates. Industry expertise encompasses the food and beverage, apparel, cosmetics, financial, investment services and oil and gas sectors.

Practice head(s):

Marina Perraki;

Testimonials

‘The professionalism that the whole team showed from the first moment till the end of our case. One serious strength was the ability to explore deeply in our case, quickly get familiarized with the peculiarities of our sector and understand how important was the case for the reputation of our company! This let the team to offer an holistic approach with an exceptional outcome for both parties!’

‘The fact that they promptly identify our matter, search thoroughly the relevant national and European law, create value and do whatever was possible to collect evidence that will guide our case to indisputable conclusion. Compared to competitors I can say that the level of know how and professionalism is by far what I realized from the first moment. At this point I would like to state that many times, throughout my case, I felt secure that my matter is in safe hands and that the specific team will protect me by recommending the most decent and proper solution. Of course that means that the team should have the psychology of a winner and thankfully for me, that team had it!’

‘The top full-service firm is our first choice in Greece, in particular, with respect to intellectual property issues.’

‘Partner Marina Perraki does an incredibly good job. She is obviously one of the best of the best. She is probably our most responsive foreign contact among several hundred lawyers with whom we are working abroad. She is extremely experienced, thinks along with us, goes beyond the usual thinking patterns and achieves outstanding results at moderate prices.’

‘Marina Perraki is prompt in her replies, offers a high quality scientific approach to the issues and complete comprehension of our needs and individual need so as to find best possible solution for our side.’

Key clients

STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY

PHILLIPS 66 COMPANY

IMPERIAL TOBACCO

AIRBNB

ALTICOR, INC.

CONSOLIDATED ARTISTS B.V. and DIKNAH S.L.

AVIA INTERNATIONAL

H YOUNG HOLDINGS PLC

EUROPE WATCH GROUP BV

LOGOCOS NATURKOSMETIK AG

GRUPO MASSIMO DUTTI S.A.

MALIBU HEALTH PRODUCTS Ltd

KAYAK SA

FLEUROP INTERFLORA

CORNING INCORPORATED (PYREX)

ZULUTRADE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

Work highlights

  • Handling Greek trade mark portfolio management issues for Starbucks.
  • Representing major US petrol company Phillips 66 in trade mark oppositions against third party national trade mark filings in Greece.
  • Providing clearance, opposition and strategy advice and Greek portfolio management assistance to Airbnb.

Bernitsas Law

Lambros Belessis and Yannis Chryssopathis jointly head up the practice at Bernitsas Law, which assists clients with the protection and utilisation of their patents, designs and brands. In addition, the practice routinely advises on the creation and registration of all forms of IP and is knowledgeable of the regulatory and legislative framework from a national and EU perspective. Transactions, portfolio work and licensing are also key areas of expertise, with the team handling an increasing number of litigation in the pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and shipping sectors.

Practice head(s):

Lambros Belessis; Yannis Chryssospathis;

Testimonials

‘The team delivered advice and great action for preparing and filing a trade mark application.’

‘Yannis Chryssospathis took the lead on the matter and handled it excellently.’

‘Responsiveness, knowledge, business oriented, value for money, efficiency.’

Key clients

BMW Hellas & BMW Austria Bank GmbH (Athens Branch)

Dryllerakis & Associates

Dryllerakis & Associates is noted for its ‘immediate responses, subject knowledge and commercial expertise’. The team actively handles the registration, renewal and cancellation of trade marks, industrial designs and patents on a national, European and international level, and also possesses expertise in the transfer and protection of all forms of IP. Aliki Damilakis leads the practice, which is also highly-regarded for pre-filing searches of patents and drafting technology licensing agreements.

Practice head(s):

Aliki Damilakis;

Testimonials

‘Prompt responses and high quality of services.’

‘Immediate response, knowledge of the subject, knowledge of the commercial law.’

‘John Damilakis, Alice Damilakis, fast acting, immediate responses.’

Key clients

Barilla Hellas S.A.

Aegean Airlines S.A.

Olympic Air S.A.

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Hellenic Petroleum S.A.

Eurobank Ergasias S.A.

Eurolife ERB Insurance

Crete Golf Club

Karatzi Industrial and Hotel Enterprises S.A.

Helbio S.A.

Loulis Group

United Photographers International

Libra Group / Auberge Resorts

Golf Residences-Village Heights

LAMPSA S.A

FMC S.A.

Elvida S.A.

Bakalaros S.A.

Ouzo Plomari S.A.

Atlas Medical S.A

Azul Natural Beef S.A

Thessaloniki Port Authority S.A.

HondosCenter S.A.

Work highlights

  • Providing continuous advice to Barilla Hellas Food on trade mark issues.
  • Monitoring potential trade mark infringements, registrations and renewals and handling the protection of registered trade marks before all relevant courts for Aegean Airlines.
  • Advising Eurobank Ergasias on a continuous basis on the availability, registration, renewal and protection of its registered trade marks before all relevant courts.

Kiortsis & Associates Law Offices

At Kiortsis & Associates Law Offices, the ‘meticulous’ lawyers ‘provide smart, impressive and accurate responses’ along with a ‘high level of professionalism’. Clients include local and foreign entities, who instruct the firm on the full range of IP matters; The Scotch Whisky Association was recently represented by the group in an opposition case before the Administrative Trademark Committee, while Puma also engaged the team in counterfeiting matters. Practice head Christina Kiortsis is an ‘expert’ who ‘adds value to a matter through her excellent skills’.

Practice head(s):

Christina Kiortsis;

Testimonials

‘The firm is an old firm which has always been practising only in IP. They have extensive experience on trademarks and patents and they are able to assist you with any issue arising there from.’

‘Christina Kiortsis, the manager of the firm, is always available and very responsive to e-mails and phone calls. I am impressed with her availability and her kindness to assist in any matter.’

‘Great communications skills, fair billing, quick outcome.’

‘Fast, great communication skills, efficient and effective.’

‘The team of Kiortsis is full of professionals who are all competent at IP related matters. The members of the team are hardworking friendly and meticulous. I can easily say that they are one of the top IP teams in Greece.’

‘Christina Kiortsis is a wonderful colleague. It is easy to collaborate with her. She easily understands the needs of our clients and acts accordingly. It is a pleasure to work with her.’

‘Kiortsis Law Firm provide smart, impressive and accurate responses. They act fast with high level of professionalism.’

‘Christina Kiortsis is an expert! In a friendly way she manages to add value to a matter through her excellent skills, accuracy and efficiency!’

Key clients

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.)

Ipsen Manufacturing Ireland Limited

Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Fresenius Kabi Deutschland GmbH

ETME: Peppas & Associates E.E.

Eni SpA

Pacific World Corporation

Italfarmaco SA

Indena SpA

Franz Schneider GmbH & Co. KG

Candia Strom AVEE

Gap SA

Intertrade Hellas AVEE

Pierre Fabre SA

Puma SE

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Yannidis Brothers SA

Work highlights

  • Represented Chery Automobile in a trade mark cancellation case
  • Represented a client in a PCT application and procedure.
  • Represented a client in a European Union trade mark revocation and invalidity case.

Lambadarios Law Firm

At Lambadarios Law Firm, Constantinos Lambadarios ‘stands out for his leadership and judgement skills’ while Chara Daouti is praised for her ‘profound knowledge’. The duo jointly head up the practice, which has extensive experience in representing internet, computer software, consumer services and IT companies as well as clients from the food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and healthcare sectors; Procter & Gamble, National Bank of Greece and Athenian Brewery (Heineken) are notable examples. The team’s expertise includes GDPR compliance advice, handling the IP implications of product launches and assisting with IT licensing contracts.

Practice head(s):

Chara Daouti; Constantinos Lambadarios;

Testimonials

‘What makes Lambadarios law firm unique is the team work and collaboration all team members reflect, immediate response to provision of legal advice and excellent preparation on legal consulting.’

‘Constantinos Lambadarios stands out for his leadership and judgement skills, esp. as regards both immediate response and excellent positioning, always in the framework of being a trusted partner for our Company. Chara Daouti stands out for her direct and collaborative skills, as well as her profound knowledge of her domain expertise in Corporate Law, Data Privacy & Personal Data and Labor law.’

Key clients

Procter & Gamble

Cardlink SA

Athenian Brewery SA (Heineken)

National Bank of Greece

Work highlights

  • Defending against several complaints filed against a well-known search engine for the association of personal data and images with allegedly defamatory words or phrases relating to sexual orientation, profession and criminal convictions.
  • Advised an electronics company on levies under the copyright act relating to electronic devices and to submit relevant data to the Greek Copyright Organization.
  • Providing GDPR consulting services to a leading brewery in Greece relating to data transfers, GPS use and access card use by employees, novel services and applications, the company’s website, digital contests, marketing events and IP licenses.

Sioufas & Associates Law Firm

Sioufas & Associates Law Firm fields a team of ‘passionate individuals’ with ‘excellent knowledge of the subject matter’. Marios Sioufas oversees the department,  and utilises his experience in handling the registration, renewal and opposition of trade marks and designs before the Administrative Court of Greece and the EUIPO. In a recent highlight, the team acted for Elemental Resorts on the registration of its Greek trade mark 'SUN BEACH HOTEL'.

Practice head(s):

Marios Sioufas

Testimonials

‘What makes the practice unique are the people in key positions. Transparency is what distinguishes the company.’

‘Passionate individuals, well organized who are strict to the company’s goals. The most important key capability is the initiatives taken and how well educated are in terms of company’s content.’

‘Effectiveness, very good cooperation with all departments, immediate response to our needs, excellent cooperation in strategy development.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the subject matter, excellent communication between us, observance of all agreed practices and procedures, feeling confident in handling the cases.’

Key clients

AGGELAKIS S.A.

AMBELONES MICHALAKI S.A.

KUBER S.A.

PERFETTI VAN MELLE HELLAS S.A.

ENORASIS SA

AMBIENCE P.C.

EVROHARTIKI SA

EL PACK S.A.

OCCIDENTAL  S.A.

CYCLEFI IKE

THE MOONCAT SINGLE PERSON P.C.

LUNA S.A.

PROODOS ACUMEN P.C.

ELEMENTAL  RESORTS P.C.

DI-MAN S.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented Luna in cancellation procedures before the EUIPO Cancellation Division.
  • Asissted Health Plus with the registration of its Greek trade mark ‘HEALTH PLUS’.
  • Represented L.Y.D.A in opposition procedures before the EUIPO.