Siotou Law Firm

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

TRADEMARKS

Our Firm provides full range of services as to the prosecution, protection (in both the Administrative procedures and in enforcement before Civil Courts) and watching (maintenance) of national, community and IR trademarks.

a) Trademark Filing in Greece-Requirements and Procedures

  1. The necessary documents for the filing of a trademark application in Greece are the following:
    • a) full details of the applicant, such as name and address,
    • b) list of goods to be protected and classification, if possible,
    • c) power of attorney simply signed by the applicant,
    • d) samples of the trademark, if it is a device trademark.
  2. Following the filing of the application, a Court Hearing to decide the registrability of the trademark is set. During this Court Hearing an Examiner of the Trademarks Office raises his objections, if any, otherwise the application is accepted. Following the issuance of the decision, the accepted trademark is published in the Industrial Property Official Gazette, in due time. If no opposition is filed against the registration of the trademark within a period of five months after the publication date of the Official Gazette, the trademark is then automatically registered and the registration date is recorded in the Trademarks Book.

    If, during the Court Hearing, the Examiner raises any objections, then a memorandum is filed in support of the trademark.

    The average time till registration may vary depending on whether a trademark application is accepted during the first stage (after the first Court Hearing) or after an appeal before the First Instance Administrative Court. It may also vary in case an opposition is filed against the trademark registration after its publication in the Gazette.

b) Trademark Renewal, Recordal of Changes, Use-license

  1. The renewal of a trademark is easily effected upon the filing of an application and the payment of the renewal fees. A Power of Attorney simply signed by the owner is only required. The renewal certificate is afterwards sent to client.
  2. For the recordal of a name or address change, a merger or assignment or legal form change, an extract from the Companies Register or a notarial certificate proving the change or the assignment is needed. This document must be legalized by the APOSTILLE stamp. A Power of Attorney simply signed by the last owner or the company under its new name is also needed.
  3. For a use-license recordal, a use-license agreement between the parties is necessary, which must be legalized by the APOSTILLE stamp. This agreement needs to be validated by a Trademark Committee's decision.

PATENTS - UTILITY MODELS -DESIGNS

Our Firm provides full range of services as to the prosecution, protection (in both the Administrative procedures and in enforcement before Civil Courts) and watching (maintenance) of patents, designs and utility models.

  1. NATIONAL PHASE OF EUROPEAN PATENTS
    The necessary documents are the following:
    1. full details of the applicant, such as name and address,
    2. full details of the inventor(s), such as name and address,
    3. the description, the abstract and the claims text as granted (in english, french or german) to be translated in greek,
    4. sheets of the drawings, if any,
    5. the Decision to Grant (form 2006), and
    6. a power of attorney simply signed by the applicant.
  2. FILING OF NATIONAL PATENTS
    The necessary documents are the following:
    1. full details of the applicant, such as name and address,
    2. full details of the inventor(s), such as name and address,
    3. the description, the abstract and the claims,
    4. sheets of the drawings, if any
    5. a power of attorney simply signed by the applicant,
    6. articles of Association of the Applicant Company and
    7. agreement proving the relationship or assignment of rights by the inventor to the applicant.

DESIGN FILING

The necessary documents are the following:

  1. full name and address of the applicant and the creator (designer),
  2. photograph(s) of the design/ model or a graphic representation (drawing) of same, (the photos may be either black & white or coloured, but they must be clear without words or other marks on them),
  3. description of the object, consisting of up to 100 words (not necessarily but only upon applicant’s desire),
  4. power of attorney signed by the applicant with signature testified by notary public.

UTILITY MODEL FILING

The necessary documents are the following:

  1. full details of the applicant, such as name, address etc,
  2. description of the invention, claims and abstract, as well as title of the invention,
  3. greek translation of the above documents,
  4. power of attorney, simply signed by the applicant,
  5. articles of Association of the Applicant Company and
  6. agreement proving the relationship or assignment of rights by the creator to the applicant.

COPYRIGHT

Greek Law No. 2121/1993 provides for the copyright protection as follows:

  • The intellectual creator, upon creating his work, is solely and exclusively entitled to the copyright of this creation, being as well entitled to exploiting - protecting his originally created work.
  • Any original intellectual creation of literature, art or science, expressed in any form, mainly written or oral texts, music compositions, written or not, stage-plays, accompanied by music or not, choreography and pantomimes, audio-visual works, works of art including painting and sculpture, architectural works, photographs, works of applied sciences, etc, may be considered as created works.
  • The copyright stands valid during the whole life of the creator and for 70 years more, starting after the end of the year of his death.It is therefore concluded that the author of a work acquires protection for such work automatically and there is no need to proceed to any kind of formalities. Protection to the author and the work is accorded by the Courts when infringed.

DOMAIN NAMES

Any natural person, any company or other legal entity is entitled to register a domain name in Greece under the .GR through the registrars, who then proceed the applications to the Greek competent authority for the domain names (EETT). The whole procedure is simple and cost-effective. Our office provides full range services in the field of domain names, also undertaking protection in case of infringement before Courts or Dispute Authorities.