Region: Cyprus

Brand protection at the Cyprus border: insights and strategies from the front line

Continuing our exclusive WTR series, we learn how rights holders can work most effectively with customs officials in Cyprus to aid brand protection efforts at the country's ports of entry.

30 October 2023

Counterfeit hotspots in Cyprus that you must be aware of

Featured in Physical marketplace counterfeit hotspots

In an updated edition from our series into physical marketplaces that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to the beautiful Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

01 September 2022

New trademark law in Cyprus; Burger King trolls McDonald’s; INTA looking for tomorrow’s leaders – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Uber looking to bolster its food delivery unit, China approving 33 IP centres, the EUIPO unveiling an SME offering, and much more.

03 July 2020

Daren Tang and US react to WIPO win; Cypriot Halloumi victorious; Virginia is non-lactose milk intolerant – news digest

In our latest roundup, we look at a Chinese event promising to keep to its June date, Brooks Brothers continued trademark spat, Hugo Boss’s reply to Hugo Boss, and much more.

06 March 2020

Trademark procedures and strategies: Cyprus

Featured in World Trademark Review Yearbook 2017/2018

Trademarks in Cyprus are governed by: the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property; the World Intellectual Property Organisation Convention; the Madrid Protocol; the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights; EU directives and regulations; the Trademarks Law (Cap 268); and case law.

29 March 2017


Owners of unregistered marks have no right to file an infringement action: in practice, nobody can institute proceedings to prevent or recover damages for the infringement of an unregistered trademark. However, owners of unregistered marks are free to bring a passing-off action against any party which passes off its goods as those of the rights holder and to seek remedies in respect thereof.

18 September 2015

AIRKRAFT to be registered despite earlier provisional refusal

Despite an earlier provisional refusal, the registrar of trademarks has allowed the registration of the trademark AIRKRAFT for goods in Classes 12, 17 and 27 of the Nice Classification, including air springs for vehicles. The registrar concluded that the public would not be deceived or confused as to the nature of the goods.

05 May 2009

MISS COOL to be registered despite earlier provisional refusal

The Cypriot registrar of trademarks has accepted an international application for the registration of the mark MISS COOL despite an earlier provisional refusal. Among other things, the registrar accepted evidence that MISS COOL had acquired distinctive character through use and reputation, as it is already registered in over 50 countries.

14 November 2007

Brakes taken off GOODRIDE registration application

Following an earlier provisional refusal, the Cypriot registrar of trademarks has now accepted an international application for the trademark GOODRIDE in stylized letters in Class 12 of the Nice Classification for the protection of tyres. Among other things, the registrar accepted evidence proving extensive use of the trademark GOODRIDE in Cyprus through importation of the tyres into that country since 2003.

11 April 2007

IP Rights Enforcement Directive implemented

Cyprus has implemented the IP Rights Enforcement Directive by passing the Trademarks Amending Law 121(I)/2006 on July 28 2006 - nearly three months after the implementation deadline. The amendments do not bring many changes to Cypriot law because most of the provisions contained in the directive were already covered by national law. The amendments were made mainly to clarify existing law and practice.

30 October 2006

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