Cyprus

Cyprus’ new Trademark Act has the country’s practitioners buzzing. The legislation will transpose the latest EU Trademark Directive, aligning the country’s laws with those of the European Union, making ‘modernisation’ and ‘harmonisation’ the key words. The introduction of a multi-class system is one of the main causes of excitement. This will be highly beneficial to small and medium-sized enterprises and individuals looking to protect their marks as single filing fees at lower rates are set to replace publication and registration certificate costs, creating an easier application process. The legislative revamp comes at a good time as the government is establishing new initiatives and subsidies to support local entrepreneurs with solid IP portfolios.

Firms

  • Dr K Chrysostomides & Co
  • Koushos Korfiotis Papacharalambous LLC
  • IP Cyprus - Ioannides, Cleanthous & Co LLC
  • Lellos P Demetriades Law Office LLC
  • Markides, Markides & Co
  • The Law Offices of Dr Christos A Theodoulou LLC

Dr K Chrysostomides & Co

There is no shortage of high-profile work at Dr K Chrysostomides & Co as word of its “prompt and business-oriented advice” continues to spread. As one client enthuses, the full-service ensemble “conducts its legal work perfectly. We simply mention our needs and know that everything will be taken care of with the utmost efficiency and in a short turnaround”. IP division spearhead Eleni Chrysostomides channels more than three decades of high-stakes litigation experience to secure wins for her clients. Fellow colleague Alexandros Georgiades has “great practical knowledge and is extremely skilled in all aspects of advisory and enforcement work”. Together they “go the extra mile to protect their clients’ interests”.

IP Cyprus - Ioannides, Cleanthous & Co LLC

IP Cyprus opened its doors five years ago and has quickly gained the unshakeable loyalty of clients and foreign associates. The nimble one-stop shop “is consistent in its exceptional quality of service and has a flexible team with a friendly approach”. Exuding this quality are dynamic Directors Marinos Cleanthous and Maria Ioannides who have more than 30 years’ experience between them. Both have truly mastered the art of IP value creation, which they put to fantastic use when representing exciting emerging companies and clients in the technology sector. Cleanthous and Ioannides also have packed schedules outside of their day-to-day trademark practices: Cleanthous is a part-time lecturer at the University of Nicoisa and an active member of several associations, including the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law; Ioannides sits on INTA’s trademark office practices committee and the Cyprus-South African Business Association board of directors.

Koushos Korfiotis Papacharalambous LLC

“Koushos Korfiotis Papacharalmbous is the first firm to come to mind when you think of intellectual property in Cyprus.” The set’s expertise encompasses the full trademark lifecycle, which ensures seamless and hassle-free brand protection for its patrons. “Prompt, thorough and reliable” are just a few of the words in-house counsel use to describe practice leader and top litigator Eleni Papacharalambous. “She is always on the ball and gives advice of the highest calibre in a short timeframe. Eleni is simply superb and can easily outsmart anyone in any room.” Rising star Eleni Korfiotis is always meticulous in her approach and has opposition proceedings and other administrative procedures down to a T.

Lellos P Demetriades Law Office LLC

Lellos P Demetriades Law Office has a lot to offer – not just to its clients but also to the wider Cypriot IP, legal and business community; for example, it serves as the strategic partner to IDEA, the country’s only non-profit innovation centre. When it comes to trademarks, the firm dispenses a comprehensive suite of branding services. In addition to managing a portfolio of some 1,600 marks, the firm litigates regularly and works closely with the customs authorities to combat counterfeiters. Taking the reins of the dynamic practice is Achilleas Demetriades, a European patent attorney, qualified arbitrator and anti-piracy expert. The 30-year IP veteran has done much to advance the state of IP law, policy and practice in Cyprus and is looked up to by all. Worth noting is the quality of his associate Nicoletta Epaminonda, who is getting more comfortable overseeing registration and enforcement matters by the day.

Markides, Markides & Co

“Few firms have the gravitas of compact commercial law boutique Markides, Markides & Co.” Shining bright in prosecution, the ensemble is “extremely reliable and always achieves great results. Its professionals demonstrate amazing attention to detail and always have their clients’ best interests at heart”. The practice has climbed to great heights under the care of Hermione Markides, who channels as much energy building her fantastic team as she puts into her work. Devotees look to her for ironclad trademark protection and clever and creative prosecution and portfolio strategies.

The Law Offices of Dr Christos A Theodoulou LLC

Established in 1961, the Law Offices of Dr Christos A Theodoulou operates out of Larnaca and covers the waterfront for brand owners. In the past year, the commercial outfit has refined its anti-counterfeiting division and boosted its offering with the addition of a department solely responsible for international filings. Firm founder and seasoned litigator Christos Theodoulou never backs away from a challenge. Over the years, he has written leading textbooks on Cypriot IP law and has held several positions of importance, including a stint as president of the United Nations Association of Cyprus. The firm is also home to the president of the European Communities Trademark Association Sozos-Christos Theodoulou, who serves up heavy-hitting anti-counterfeiting and prosecution results in his daily practice.

Individuals