WTR 1000 2022

WTR 1000 - the World's Leading Trademark Professionals - a unique guide that identifies the top trademark professionals in key jurisdictions around the globe. The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

Cyprus

The trademark community in Cyprus is abuzz with several threads of conversation; one in particular is the enactment of long-awaited legislation which transposes the EU Trademarks Directive and updates the Cyprus Trademarks Law. The reforms have been welcomed by local practitioners, who have been working closely with civil servants to...

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The trademark community in Cyprus is abuzz with several threads of conversation; one in particular is the enactment of long-awaited legislation which transposes the EU Trademarks Directive and updates the Cyprus Trademarks Law. The reforms have been welcomed by local practitioners, who have been working closely with civil servants to ensure that the changes are implemented harmoniously. Brand owners have already been making smart use of the multi-class applications that are now available to them, while also enjoying a reduction in fees and the abolition of the requirement for power of attorney. Keeping up the community spirit, the Cyprus Bar Association has launched its first-ever IP Committee, which will undoubtedly thrive under the stewardship of newly elected president Sozos-Christos Theodoulou. It is evident that intellectual property is high on the list of priorities for the country, as is also reflected by a series of case law developments. In the first half of 2021, it was finally decided that famous Cypriot cheese Halloumi is now a protected designation of origin; this recognition of the importance of exports to the national economy has been hailed by government officials, local practitioners and industry players. While the long-term implications of this newly acquired protection remain to be seen, there is an overwhelming sense of optimism in the air.

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