A vibrant and idiosyncratic jurisdiction for trademark practice, Cyprus features in the WTR 1000 for the first time this year. The island’s tourist hubs are major counterfeiting centres and many of the world’s most prestigious brands are engaged in the battle against fakes here. The country is also a crucial nexus for businesses from the Middle East and North Africa seeking to enter the European market, providing a further source of instructions for Cypriot IP outfits. Local practitioners have benefited significantly from recent improvements to the trademark registration system, which have dramatically reduced waiting times for applicants. The large multinational players are conspicuously absent from the market, which is instead dominated by seasoned, family-owned commercial firms.
Democritos Aristidou & CoFull-service player Democritos Aristidou is a prime choice for companies seeking a dependable one-stop shop for all of their branding needs. Deeply rooted in Cyprus, it fields a versatile team of lawyers with a nuanced understanding of local practicalities. It matches this with an admirably international outlook, astutely guiding foreign clients around the obstacles to trademark protection on the island. Contentious, transactional and licensing maven Christiana Aristidou is equally at home in the courtroom and at the negotiating table; she specialises in both IP and international commercial law, and excels where the two overlap. She is also well versed in domain name, e-commerce, privacy and data protection issues.
Dr K Chrysostomides & CoDr K Chrysostomides & Co recognised the importance of brand protection earlier than most of its compatriots, establishing a dedicated IP department back in 1981. Its trademark service is comprehensive, with able support provided by its formidable contentious team should disputes arise. One of the biggest commercial practices in the country – with 53 lawyers on hand – and the exclusive Cyprus member firm of Lex Mundi, it has the leverage to execute the most demanding briefs with ease. IP head Eleni Chrysostomides has a sterling record in anti-counterfeiting campaigns for many of the world’s most recognisable brands.
IP Cyprus – Ioannides, Cleanthous & Co LLCDynamic, up-and-coming boutique IP Cyprus has made waves on the local trademark scene with its stellar prosecution, strategy development and transactional output. “It is a new and sophisticated set-up with very clever lawyers who are young, but experienced.” As testament to its trailblazing ethos, it is the only law firm that has signed up to the Start-up Cyprus Manifesto and counsels a number of pioneering domestic companies and international brands as a result. Niche expertise and tailored advice are hallmarks – strengths which are embodied in Marinos Cleanthous and Maria Ioannides. Attentive, ever mindful of clients’ individual needs and passionate about innovation, they are staunch believers in the value of IP rights as a commercial tool and know just how to wield that tool to optimum effect.
Koushos Korfiotis Papacharalambous LLC“Extremely good” commercial outfit Koushos Korfiotis Papacharalambous enjoys a glowing reputation among peers for its top-notch trademark work. An encyclopaedic knowledge of business law gives it a panoramic view of brand protection issues, although it excels across the gamut of soft IP law. Seasoned practitioner Eleni Papacharalambous is a go-to for especially challenging briefs; numerous prominent international clients praise the dazzling level of her services.
Lellos P Demetriades Law OfficeLeading full-service outfit Lellos P Demetriades Law Office is a titan of Cyprus’s IP scene, providing A-to-Z trademark coverage to satisfied mega-brands in the fashion, music, pharmaceutical and tobacco industries. Anti-counterfeiting and parallel import work is a strong suit for the firm’s savvy, proactive professionals. Vastly experienced soft IP specialist Achilleas Demetriades is a forward-thinking strategist of the highest order, widely admired for his hands-on, solutions-oriented approach. His brilliant legal mind was on display in an influential recent case in which he cited a client’s copyright as grounds to expunge an opponent’s trademark.
The Law Offices of Dr Christos A Theodoulou LLCCasting an imposing shadow on the Cypriot trademark landscape, Christos Theodoulou is a venerated business lawyer with a laser focus on IP law. The distinguished academic and practitioner has represented a slew of top brands before the Supreme Court and written authoritative textbooks on the domestic IP regime. Having worked for the World Intellectual Property Organisation and the United Nations, Theodoulou has a truly global perspective that stands him in good stead with international clients. He is also a steady-handed arbitrator and mediator.
Christiana Aristidou - Democritos Aristidou & Co
Eleni K Chrysostomides - Dr K Chrysostomides & Co
Marinos Cleanthous - IP Cyprus – Ioannides, Cleanthous & Co LLC
Achilleas L Demetriades - Lellos P Demetriades Law Office
Maria Ioannides - IP Cyprus – Ioannides, Cleanthous & Co LLC
Eleni Papacharalambous - Koushos Korfiotis Papacharalambous LLC
Christos A Theodoulou - The Law Offices of Dr Christos A Theodoulou LLC
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