World Trademark Review 1000 2021

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.

Greece

Greece enacted new legislation on 20 March 2020 which transposed the EU Trademark Directive into national law. Key changes include the removal of the graphical representation requirement, which opens the door to the registration of non-traditional marks; and the introduction of certification marks. On the contentious front, defendants can now...

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Greece enacted new legislation on 20 March 2020 which transposed the EU Trademark Directive into national law. Key changes include the removal of the graphical representation requirement, which opens the door to the registration of non-traditional marks; and the introduction of certification marks. On the contentious front, defendants can now claim non-genuine use as a defence in infringement proceedings and the minimum monetary penalty for non-compliance with a court decision has been increased from €10,000 to €100,000. Another amendment that has sparked much debate is the introduction of mediation in opposition, cancellation and invalidation proceedings. Most practitioners and brand owners have welcomed this, as it presents an opportunity to avoid lengthy proceedings and bring costs down.

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