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
Silver - Individuals
A “vastly experienced firm” whose professionals position themselves as an extension of in-house teams, Dr Helen G Papaconstantinou and Partners Law Firm is the first port of call for procedural and prosecution briefs. “Mutual cooperation, respect and trust” are hallmarks of its offering. Anchoring the practice, managing partner Eva Yazitzoglou is noted for her astute management of international portfolios in the regulated industries and her sage contributions to leading IP publications. As a council member of the European Communities Trademark Association, Miranda Theodoridou is similarly immersed in the latest legal trends and developments – knowledge which she puts to excellent use when representing top-flight brands before the higher administrative courts. The firm also has a superb anti-counterfeiting and enforcement function led by Fotini Kardiopoulis, an “incredibly responsive” lawyer whose advice is “practical, high level and given at a reasonable price point”. Colleague and WTR 1000 debutante Despina Katsouli is also lauded by peers for her professionalism, long-standing expertise and advocacy skills.
Fotini Kardiopoulis, partner and co-founder of Dr Helen G Papaconstantinou and Partners, heads the firm’s anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy department. She holds a law degree from the University of Athens with first-class honours and an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She joined the Athens Bar in 1985 and has been admitted to practice before the Greek Supreme Court and the Council of State.
Since 1998 Ms Kardiopoulis has been handling a broad range of IP matters, with an emphasis on trademarks, geographical indications, anti-counterfeiting/anti-piracy, plant breeders’ rights, contract drafting and reviewing and alternative dispute resolution. She has extensive experience in IP litigation, in devising and implementing anti-counterfeiting programmes, filing and administering customs actions, monitoring and enforcing IP rights online and advising on domain name disputes, consulting on licence and franchise agreements and on copyright issues.
Ms Kardiopoulis is an active member of various associations, including INTA, MARQUES and the International Community of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Horticultural Plant Varieties (known as ‘CIOPORA’).
In addition to being consistently ranked as a Recommended Individual in the WTR 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals annual editions, she has also been named as a Leading Individual and Recommended Lawyer in the Legal 500 EMEA 2020 and 2021 IP rankings. Further, Advisory Excellence, Leaders-in-Law and Global Law Experts also endorse Ms Kardiopoulis as their exclusive Anti-counterfeiting Law Expert in Greece for 2021.
Ms Kardiopoulis frequently authors articles in her fields of expertise. Recent contributions include:
- WTR Yearbook 2021/2022, a supplement to World Trademark Review, August 2021 (co-author);
- Anti-counterfeiting and Online Brand Enforcement 2021 – Greece, a supplement to World Trademark Review, May 2021 (co-author);
- IP Country Comparative Guide: Greece, The Legal 500, July 2021 (co-author); and
- WIPR Annual 2021 – Greece – Business Brief, June 2021 (co-author).
Dr Helen G Papaconstantinou and Partners (HP&P), with a history that spans over a century, is widely recognised as a premier IP law firm. HP&P enjoys an international reputation for high-quality expert services by providing sophisticated legal and business solutions over the full IP lifecycle, from advising on and prosecuting IP portfolios, assessing, managing and maximising the value of intellectual property in commercial and licensing transactions through out-of-court negotiations and settlements, IP litigation and enforcement strategies.
The firm aptly combines its international orientation with a thorough knowledge of the Greek legal and business environment. What sets HP&P apart is its extensive experience and expertise in the entire spectrum of IP services and its commitment to problem solving and achieving results. HP&P was the first law firm of its kind to implement a quality control system (ISO 9001/2015).
The firm is headed by managing partner Eva Yazitzoglou assisted by partners Miranda Theodoridou, Maria Athanassiadou and Fotini Kardiopoulis.
HP&P is home to 12 fully qualified lawyers with considerable experience in all IP matters gained over many years of practice. Two ΗP&P attorneys are European patent attorneys, one is trained and certified by the EUIPO, while all the attorneys of the firm are members of the Athens Bar Association. Most of them are admitted to practise before the Supreme Court and the Council of State. With the efficient assistance of 21 experienced paralegals and supporting staff, HP&P provides legal and administrative services of excellent quality and closely collaborates with 40 technical counsellors whose expertise covers all technical fields. The firm serves its foreign clients in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.
HP&P is registered with the Athens Bar Association and is a member of the Greek Association of Law Firms.
Moreover, the firm has always been active in promoting IP matters in Greece and internationally. HP&P attorneys are active members of various international associations, such as epi, the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys, ECTA, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, INTA, the Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group, MARQUES and the International Community of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Ornamental and Fruit Varieties.
HP&P attorneys are regular contributors to important and internationally recognised IP resources such as the World Trademark Review, IAM, Wolters Kluwer Manual IP, Katzarov's Manual on Industrial Property and several INTA and ECTA resources.
HP&P is consistently ranked among the top IP law firms in Greece by international legal directories and associations. Indicatively, the most recent recognitions include:
- Corporate INTL – Global Awards Winner – IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Greece, 2016 to 2021;
- Corporate INTL – Global Awards Winner – IP Law Firm of the Year in Greece, 2021;
- Corporate USA Today – Law Awards – 2021: Law Firm of the Year – Patent and Intellectual Property – Greece;
- GLOBAL LAW EXPERTS ANNUAL AWARD WINNER – IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Greece, 2020 to 2021;
- IAM Patent 1000 – Recommended Firm (Gold), 2016 to 2021;
- IP STARS – EMEA – Greece – Intellectual Property – Highly Recommended, 2016 to 2021;
- Leaders in Law – Recommended Firm, 2021;
- Legal 500 EMEA – Top-tier rankings in intellectual property, 2016 to 2021;
- The Trademark Lawyer Magazine – Greece - Most Well-Respected Law Firm 2021;
- The Patent Lawyer Magazine – Greece - Most Well-Respected Law Firm 2021; and
- WTR 1000 – Recommended Firm (Gold), 2016 to 2021.
Despite its top ranking, HP&P is continuously striving to further improve the quality and reliability of its services and enhance its strongly actively inclusive working ethos that encourages collaboration as the main driving force behind effective leadership and successful results. Our vision is to keep on incorporating new practice areas and opportunities so that we can continue to adapt to the growing and ever-changing needs of our clients and the legal industry.
HP&P always place its clients’ needs first. Our attorneys use their experience, perception, skill and know-how to help clients navigate complicated legal and business issues and meet all challenges arising during periods of extreme stress such as the COVID-19 pandemic.