Cyprus

Cyprus is a gateway into Europe for companies from Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and a springboard into the emerging markets of the East, for European and US companies; this means that it is an important jurisdiction from a business perspective. However, one locational disadvantage is that it is a stopping point for counterfeit products and as a result, IP practitioners active in the market are always busy in the fight against fakes. For those engaged in filing work, the focus of the Department of the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver on modernisation is positive and should help national filing numbers increase.

Firms

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

Dr K Chrysostomides & Co

“Leading the field in Cyprus,” Dr K Chrysostmides & Co comes “highly recommended to anyone who needs professional and hassle-free services for legal, branding and trademark work”. Building up its practice for over 35 years, the team provides “exemplary client care and expertise”. “Professional, friendly and timely are just a few of the attributes you can use to describe Eleni Chrysostomides,” who tackles infringers with poise and elegance. Apace with Chrysostomides, seasoned practitioner Alexandros Georgiades calls on his “extensive experience and practical knowledge” to provide “prompt and business-oriented advice”. “Their work is always done expeditiously and faultlessly and they respond immediately to any query”.

Koushos Korfiotis Papacharalambous LLC

A stalwart presence on the market, full-service law firm Koushos Korfiotis Papacharalambous has “exceptionally strong IP experience, with a proactive attitude that is a blessing for clients and their IP rights”. The driving force behind this ensemble is Eleni Papacharalambous, who “always looks at the issues from a domestic and international perspective”. Flanking her is Eleni Korfiotis, an oppositions oracle who makes her debut appearance in the WTR 1000 this year. This dynamic pair are described as “extremely talented attorneys who simply lead you the right way, stay ahead of deadlines and never lose sight of their clients’ best interests”.

Lellos P Demetriades Law Office

Superb general practice outfit Lellos P Demetriades Law Office is the destination of choice for all-round soft IP advice. The team is known for working for its refined registration capability and dexterity in litigation. “Seasoned IP lawyer” Achilleas Demetriades is instrumental in the combat against counterfeits. Frequently creating and administering effective anti-piracy plans, he is the first port of call for a diverse clientele.

Markides, Markides & Co

Brand owners can turn to Markides, Markides & Co for a full spectrum of trademark advice on subjects ranging from lucrative licensing ventures to renewal requirements. However, the practice is “highly reputed for its specialised searching department”; utilising its own unique database of trademarks which it has built on since 1910, the outfit tackles obstacles head on. Leader of the team Hermione Markides has a penchant for detail and is a force to be reckoned with both in and out of the courtroom.

The Law Offices of Dr Christos A Theodoulou LLC

Starting off as a general practice law firm in 1961, The Law Offices of Christos A Theodoulou placed an emphasis on IP asset protection early on, leading to its status as a specialised IP firm in the current legal landscape. The firm saw a recent addition of a new anti-counterfeiting department, which has bolstered the already versatile practice. Having captained the team for over 50 years, Christos Theodoulou has rich experience. An erudite trademark litigator, he welds his sound business acumen alongside exhaustive trademark knowledge, having published leading textbooks on Cypriot IP law. No stranger to the international domain, his previous stints at the United Nations and the WIPO make him an inarguable choice for foreign clients. Sozos-Christos Theodoulou is a new addition to the WTR 1000 this year. A favourite among international clients, the multilingual anti-counterfeiting and prosecution ace was recently appointed as the president of the European Communities Trademark Association.

Individuals