Trademark registration in Greece
is regulated under the national Greek law
and the laws of the European Union (EU). The procedure allows the owner of a trademark
to register it on the Greek territory
and to protect a product or a service against copyright infringements
. That means that other entities or individuals who may have a similar trademark
for a similar product will not be able to register it in Greece
due to the fact that a trademark
has already been registered.
Investors interested in setting up a company in Greece
are, of course, entitled to register with the local institutions for the protection of any trademark
, as long as the respective sign respects the minimum requirements imposed by the law. For more information on this subject, our team of consultants in company formation in Greece
remains at your disposal.
How can one register a trademark in Greece?
The registration of a Greek trademark
can be done online since 2014, when the Greek authorities
, namely the Trademark Office of Greece
, has developed an online tool, that was created under the Cooperation Fund, a project of the former Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM)
, which is now operating under the name of European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)
The implementation of the new system has reduced the time spent with the procedure of trademark registration in Greece; regardless of the system selected by an applicant, it is necessary to provide the same type of documents in order to ensure that the registration process can start without any issues.
In the following section, our consultants in company registration in Greece
will present the main steps applicants have to respect in this process. Prior to starting this procedure, it is recommended to verify which are the signs and other marks
that can be registered in this country and if there are any aspects that are not clear, our specialists
can help you.
First, it is worth knowing that the registration can be done as a single class registration or as a multiple class registration (this refers to the number of classes of services or products that the trademark
can represent). The registration itself will require the payment of a processing fee, which is a customary requirement in the case of most of the files which are processed by the representatives of the state, including for Greek company formation
The applicant must prepare a set of minimum details for trademark registration in Greece and this refers to the following: the physical representation of the trademark, the products or services that the trademark is made for, information regarding the applicant and the power of attorney, in the case in which the applicant is delegated by another party to complete this procedure.
In Greece, the trademark registration is available for a period of 10 years, which is the standard registration validity at a EU level. When the 10 years period expires, the owner of the trademark can apply for a renewal of the registration, if he or she still uses the trademark.
Legal aspects to consider about trademark registration in Greece
All matters concerning the registration of a trademark
, its usage, opposition, duration and so on are regulated under the local legislation. Any person interested in starting this procedure is advised to study the basic law regarding this, so that they can be aware of the implications of the registration
, the rights and the obligations associated with it and any other legal considerations, some of which are presented in the following list:
- • the definition of a trademark is given by the Article 121 of the Law 4072/2012;
- • the right to use a trademark is done following the provisions of the Article 122 of the same law;
- • the classification of a trademark is completed in accordance with the Nice Classification, where the classes from 1 to 34 refer to products, while the classes from 35 to 45 refer to services;
- • other entities are allowed to oppose the trademark registration in Greece in a period of 60 days since the publication of the trademark registration;
- • the renewal of a trademark can be done for a period of another 10 years.
Please mind that one can lose the right to use the trademark registered in Greece
in the case in which the trademark is not used
, even in the case in which the applicant is the rightful owner of the mark
. This can happen after 5 years since the registration, provided that the holder of the trademark
has not used the sign in the entire period. We invite you to contact our team of specialists
, who can help you open a company in Greece
and register with any of the local institutions, including the ones related to intellectual property