While trademark activity in Greece has continued to flow, particularly in the growing anti-counterfeiting field, practitioners have undoubtedly been affected by the nation’s parlous financial misfortunes. Firms say that clients have been notably cautious and anxious to find the most cost-effective way to protect their brands. Contentious work has been particularly affected, not least due to the “overloaded Greek court system, which can often take several years to process an action”. As in other EU countries, Community trademarks continue to be an important aspect of the market; amendments to Greek trademark law have been drafted in order to make interaction between the national and EU systems more coherent and effective.
Mania Tsoumita recently left Kelemenis & Co to strike out on her own with Tsoumita Law Office in Athens. Recent work has included handling trademark filings and contentious issues on behalf of a major Greek software company and representation of a Greek hotel company. The firm also has strong relationships in Germany and works on Greek matters for a number of German clients and law firms.