Greece

On July 7 2019, Greece’s centre-right New Democracy party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis won a landslide victory in the general election and became prime minister. Mitsotakis has ambitious growth plans for the country and has promised business-friendly policies, which could see a boost in investment. Practitioners are optimistic and already reporting an uptick in filing activity, as well as greater vigilance from government agencies with regard to enforcement. However, when it comes to litigating in court, problems persist as a result of the large backlog of cases.

Firms

  • Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC
  • Dr Helen G Papaconstantinou and Partners Law Firm 
  • Drakopoulos Law Firm
  • Prentoulis Gerakini Law Partnership
  • Tsibanoulis & Partners Law Firm
  • Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm
  • Patrinos & Kilimiris
  • Vayanos Kostopoulos
  • Zepos & Yannopoulos

Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC

“World-class outfit, Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates is the go-to firm for the best IP safeguards and strategies. The team is dedicated, resourceful and has up-to-the-minute knowledge of the field in which they operate. You feel comfortable knowing they are by your side, navigating you through the complex world of trademarks with their timely, thorough and well-substantiated advice.” Leading by example, hard-hitting litigator George Ballas receives plaudits for the “special personal attention he gives to his cases. His legal experience is invaluable, and his level of perceptiveness ensures the delivery of a careful, trustworthy and top-level service.”

Dr Helen G Papaconstantinou and Partners Law Firm 

“Hugely influential firm” Dr Helen G Papaconstantinou and Partners has an excellent reputation founded on its “expert handling of large international and domestic portfolios” and no-nonsense approach to enforcement. The ensemble provides its services in several languages – including French, German, Spanish and Italian – which is a boon to its international clientele. Following the retirement of trademark legend Dr Helen Papaconstantinou, the practice moves forward in the extremely capable hands of firm co-founder Miranda Theodoridou and Fotini Kardiopoulis. Theodoridou channels four decades of experience litigating in the higher administrative courts. In addition, she enjoys the latest insights into brand protection thanks to her position as a council member of the European Communities Trademark Association. Leader of the anti-counterfeiting practice Kardiopoulis devises clever strategies in the fight against fakes, decisively tackles online infringers and regularly advises on domain name disputes. Accustomed to representing globally famous brands – often in cross-border litigations – they both deliver on the money time and again.

Drakopoulos Law Firm

Making full use of its four outposts – in Athens, Bucharest, Larnaca and Tirana – “fantastic and competitively priced” IP firm Drakopoulos provides a seamless and comprehensive service across 11 countries in Southeast Europe. The group’s approach is markedly different to that of many competitors; rather than simply taking instructions and carrying them out, it partners closely with clients to jointly devise the best and most commercially apt strategies. Efficient, precise and reliable in filing, the set also excels in enforcement and is the official representative of anti-counterfeiting network REACT in Greece, as well as Cyprus and Albania; Drakopoulos has been on a rocket ride in all three jurisdictions in recent years, setting several personal bests with respect to case numbers and seizures. Responsible for this remarkable run of form is Michalis Kosmopoulos – “one of the best lawyers of his generation. He cultivates great relations with Customs authorities and crafts bespoke strategies for each client. Michalis knows when to fight back and when to settle, and he works quickly and effectively to produce exceptional oral and written arguments.” His clients include Prada, Epic Games, Samsung and Panasonic. Another important contact is founding partner Panagiotis Drakopoulos, an inspiring leader of the group and a seasoned pro on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide.

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm

“One of the best commercial law firms in Greece” is the consensus opinion on Kyriakides Georgopoulos. In the trademark area, the side’s advice is underpinned by excellent sector knowledge of life sciences, media and entertainment, technology and food and beverages, which combine to give it a superb commercial edge. Well connected with different government agencies and authorities, the team advances creative wraparound solutions for brand owners as they protect and manage their intangible assets and enforce their rights. Head of intellectual property Irene Kyriakides is the key contact for interested parties – she specialises in IP strategy and transactions.

Patrinos & Kilimiris

Venerable outfit Patrinos & Kilimiris is a pioneer of IP practice in Greece; it has been protecting intangible assets to the hilt for over 100 years, never letting the quality of its work or service slip. Utilising its unbeatable knowledge of the local IP environment, the set sees to Greek filing and registration mandates with the minimum of fuss and demonstrates resolve when infringement headaches loom; thanks to its excellent relations abroad, it also performs excellently when assisting domestic businesses with international portfolio management. There is an impressive depth to the team, which has more WTR 1000-ranked individuals than any of its local peers. Responsible for managing the firm is Electra Kilimiris, an associate distinguished by her swift, efficient and assured handling of administrative trademark matters. Partner Maria Kilimiris heads up the trademark and designs practice and has an excellent eye for detail and quality in her blended prosecution and enforcement practice. Manolis Metaxakis is best known for his patent litigation prowess but has honed his advocacy skills to a fine edge by tackling a diverse range of IP and unfair competition cases.

Prentoulis Gerakini Law Partnership

Progressive boutique Prentoulis Gerakini is popular among C-suite execs, in-house counsel, marketing experts and creative types because of its gift for providing commercially focused advice. In acting for a mix of domestic and international companies of different sizes across many sectors, the firm has cultivated a panoramic view of the business of intellectual property; at the same time, it affords each client a tailored service directed towards its individual needs. Running the show are Nikos Prentoulis and Nancy Gerakini. Prentoulis is by turns a counsellor and litigator, but always a percipient strategist. Gerakini understands how IP value creation works in the real world, making her a great fit for those making dynamic use of intellectual property for commercial ends.

Tsibanoulis & Partners Law Firm

There is a culture of collaboration at full-service set-up Tsibanoulis & Partners; the IP specialists here are fully integrated with their colleagues the corporate and litigation groups, which has a beneficial impact on the quality, consistency and holism of the advice that they render. The trademark practice has certainly been busy lately; Marina Perraki and her team have advised Imperial Tobacco, Airbnb, Phillips 66 and many other well-known names on trademark clearance, strategy, oppositions and much more. Perraki comes in for vociferous praise from the market: “She takes the time to understand her clients’ needs and the context in which they operate and offers pragmatic, time-efficient and top-quality guidance at a reasonable price. Her no-nonsense advice is reflective of her expertise and always coloured by commercial insights. Marina is pleasant and extremely reliable – she is the best lawyer in Greece.”

Vayanos Kostopoulos

Vayanos Kostopoulos’s chief claim to fame is its history; it is the oldest IP firm in Greece having practiced for over 110 years. However, this venerable background does not make it lag behind, as its continued recognition in the WTR 1000 attests. The outfit is endorsed as an “excellent one-stop IP shop” and wins plaudits for its well-thought out counsel. Peers are quick to single out managing partner Nikolaos Lyberis. “He is great to work with and is someone whom many rely on for second opinions – his theoretical knowledge is fantastic and the level of his analysis exceptional.” The all-rounder has an impressive résumé, having held positions as secretary of the Hellenic group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and as a member of the Greek Patent Office’s board of directors.

Zepos & Yannopoulos

Unique in its focus on anti-counterfeiting and litigation, Zepos & Yannopoulos is the go-to for tricky enforcement matters. The regularity with which the side sees court action has granted it a special level of insight into jurisprudential developments, which it uses to constantly update its playbook with the newest and best strategies. There is never a dull moment at the firm, which recently represented Spirits International in a dispute over the ownership of the Greek STOLICHNAYA and MOSKOVSKAYA trademarks and anchored many anti-counterfeiting suits for Louis Vuitton Malletier in which high damages have been awarded. Head of the litigation practice Nikos Christoforidis masterminds successful campaigns thanks to his strategic nous and judicious deployment of the firm’s full resources.

Other recommended experts

CC & Partners founder Christos Chrissanthis is an authority on trademark law who has written on and taught the subject extensively. While his advice has strong theoretical foundations, its practical and commercial quality is also apparent – a legacy of prior experience as legal director at an investment and private equity fund. Clients have high praise for Alexandros Koliothomas of AVK Legal: “He is passionate about providing clients with the tools they need to meet – and exceed – their business targets while at the same time protecting them from risk. His dedication and deep understanding of the law is a combination that guarantees success – there is no better lawyer to work with.” Recently departing Zepos & Yannopoulos to set up his own eponymous outfit, versatile practitioner Konstantinos Logaras is deemed excellent: “He understands matters quickly and provides practical advice of an extremely high quality in a very short time.” “Characterised by professionalism and outstanding service, Thanos Masoulas is a staunch defender of his client’s interests” – he operates out of his base at Law Firm Thanos Masoulas.

Individuals

  • George A Ballas - Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC
  • Michalis Kosmopoulos - Drakopoulos Law Firm
  • Marina A Perraki - Tsibanoulis & Partners Law Firm
  • Nikos Prentoulis - Prentoulis Gerakini Law Partnership
  • Nikos J Christoforidis - Zepos & Yannopoulos
  • Panagiotis Drakopoulos - Drakopoulos Law Firm
  • Maria Kilimiris - Patrinos & Kilimiris
  • Alexandros Koliothomas - AVK Legal
  • Nikolaos Lyberis - Vayanos Kostopoulos
  • Manolis Metaxakis - Patrinos & Kilimiris
  • Christos Chrissanthis - Christos Chrissanthis & Partners
  • Nancy Gerakini - Prentoulis Gerakini Law Partnership
  • Fotini Kardiopoulis - Dr Helen G Papaconstantinou and Partners Law Firm 
  • Electra Kilimiris - Patrinos & Kilimiris
  • Konstantinos Logaras - Logaras & Associates
  • Thanos Masoulas - Law Firm Thanos Masoulas
  • Miranda Theodoridou - Dr Helen G Papaconstantinou and Partners Law Firm