COUNTRY : HELLENIC REPUBLIC
CAPITAL : ATHENS
LANGUAGE : GREEK
MEMBER : PARIS CONVENTION, WTO-TRIPS, BERNE CONVENTION, EUROPEAN UNION COMMUNITY TRADEMARKS, MADRID PROTOCOL, PCT, WIPO
The IP office of Greece is known as Hellenic Industrial Property Office.
Filing is done with the ‘Directorate of Commercial & Industrial Property, Development of Trademarks’ in the Ministry of Development at Athens.
PROTECTION OF TRADEMARKS IN GREECE:
1. National Registration - Direct with National Trademark Office
Please refer our Treaties section on International protection under Madrid System and Community Trademark Registration.
Therefore, to obtain protection in Greece, there are three options from which the applicant can choose.
Trademarks must contain the following essential requirements to be registrable in Greece:
It is highly advisable to conduct a search of the proposed mark to ensure that a similar mark has not been applied for by other contenders and is not pending registration or is already registered.
Filing is done with the Trademark office of Greece.
• Infringement & Opposition Actions
• License and Assignment procedures
• Trademark Watch Services
Once the application is filed, the IP Office examines the same to determine that the application is in compliance with all the provisions as laid down in the trademarks act along with substantive requirements followed by a search for prior registered marks.
Once the IP office decides on the registrability of the trademark application and there are no other legal issues involved, the trademark application is deemed to have been accepted and the trademark registered.
Usage of the mark before filing an application for registration is advantageous since, in the event the trademarks are not sufficiently distinctive to be registrable, they can acquire the necessary distinctiveness through use.