Greece

Enforcement data reveals destination shift for counterfeits originating in China

The true scope of the illicit trade of fake goods is hard to define, but analysis by Rouse indicates that Southeast Asia is a fast-rising hotspot.

Enforcement data reveals destination shift for counterfeits originating in China
Questions remain over likely impact of Greece’s new trademark law
30 Mar 2020

Questions remain over likely impact of Greece’s new trademark law

A new trademark law has been introduced in Greece, with local trademark professionals expressing concern over the implementation of some of the law’s provisions, specifically on hybrid jurisdictions and renewal periods.

Five counterfeit hotspots in Greece that brand owners should be aware of
9 Dec 2019

Five counterfeit hotspots in Greece that brand owners should be aware of

In the latest edition of our series on markets around the world that reportedly engage in the trade of fake goods, we head to the historical landscapes of Greece.

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23 Apr 2020

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Greece

A significant volume of seizures and detentions of counterfeit goods have taken place in Greece in recent years. Read more

17 Mar 2020

Trademark procedures and strategies: Greece

Unregistered signs can constitute relative grounds for refusal and are protected under Articles 13 to 15 of the Law on Unfair Competition. Read more

12 Dec 2019

Litigation procedures and strategies: Greece

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18 Nov 2019

Protecting and enforcing design rights: Greece

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Anti-Counterfeiting

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24 Sep 2019

Compulsory mediation suspended in Greece, USPTO seeks AI expert, and The Clash trademark clash: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Traeger Grill filing a lawsuit against a rival grill maker, the European Commission reporting on seizures of fakes, how strong emotions are linked to brand perception, and much more. Read more

14 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Greece

Seizures and detentions of counterfeit goods took place in significant volume in Greece during 2018. Large seizures also took place involving goods in transit to neighbouring countries of the Balkan peninsula. Read more

1 Mar 2019

Vice YouTube takedown sparks outrage, Banksy wins IP case, and Macedonia mark update: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Mongols biker gang keeping their logo trademark, how online uses of the words ‘fake’ and ‘replica’ are rising significantly, and much more. Read more

12 Sep 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Greece

In order to obtain protection, an unregistered sign must have distinctive character and must have been used in commerce. No specific statutory conditions outline the extent and type of use that will satisfy these criteria. Read more

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30 Sep 2019

Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: Greece

The draft new trademarks law, transposing EU Directive 2436/2015 into Greek law, is expected to be enacted by the end of 2019. It is anticipated to have a positive impact on pharmaceutical trademarks. Read more

29 Jul 2019

The top filers and a vision for the future: inside EUIPO operations

Less than a year into Christian Archambeau’s tenure as executive director, the EUIPO is laying the groundwork for future expansion. World Trademark Review’s annual focus on the office assesses current operations, reveals the most proactive filers and explores how the agency is taking a global view of trademarks. Read more

7 Nov 2018

Compulsory conundrum: debate surrounds mandatory mediation for IP disputes

The introduction of mandatory mediation in Greece has faced criticism which eventually led to its suspension; a move that has left question marks over whether wider adoption of such a model is viable. Read more

15 Jun 2018

ICANN steps up GDPR clarity bid, Squire Patton Boggs resolves China dispute, and insights from ECTA 2018: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at various insights from ECTA’s 37th annual conference, how domain registrations for sports betting are on the rise, the Financial Times prevails in trademark dispute, and much more. Read more

Enforcement and Litigation

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28 Jan 2019

Litigation procedures and strategies: Greece

A bifurcated system exists in Greece. The Trademark Office and the administrative courts are exclusively competent for all matters related to the existence and cancellation of marks, including oppositions and invalidity actions. Read more

24 May 2018

Liability of intermediaries: the effective anti-counterfeiting tool

Counterfeiters often act through third parties that might not be aware that their services are used for illegal activities. Such third-party engagement renders the liability of intermediaries a cutting-edge matter in IP law worldwide. Read more

13 Dec 2016

Litigation procedures and strategies: Greece

The main legislative texts governing trademarks in Greece are Law 4072/2012 (as amended by Law 4155/2013) (Articles 121 to 196), and Law 146/1914 (as amended by Law 3784/2009) on unfair competition.

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8 Dec 2016

GNETWORK infringes Google marks: court finds bad faith

The Athens Administrative Court has held that the national registration for GNETWORK was filed in bad faith and intended to take advantage of Google’s notoriety, thereby running the risk of weakening its distinctive power. The court reversed the decision of the Administrative Trademark Committee, accepted the recourse and ordered the cancellation of GNETWORK from the register.

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Government/Policy

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18 May 2017

International anti-counterfeiting legislation: existing regime and future developments

Despite efforts to identify the optimal legal framework and most efficient strategies to combat counterfeiting, it remains a constant problem worldwide. Concerns are expressed at all levels – from governments to international organisations and individual stakeholders – and are centred on the need to establish a healthy and secure market for consumers, ensure the protection of legitimate trade and promote competition.

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3 Oct 2016

EU customs seizures skyrocketed in 2015; concerns raised that counterfeit issue being ‘massively underestimated’

The European Commission’s latest annual report into EU customs enforcement has found that the level of suspected counterfeit articles detained by authorities rose by 15% year-on-year, with the number of applications for action up by a startling 59% across the same time period. While the estimated value of the detailed articles totals nearly €650 million, one expert claims the report could be massively underestimating the scope of the problem.

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12 Apr 2012

Long-awaited new Trademark Law is enacted

The new Trademark Law, which implements the basic provisions of the IP Rights Enforcement Directive and aims to modernise trademark registration in Greece, has been enacted. Among other things, the new law provide that the filing of new trademark applications with the Trademarks Registry should be fully computerised.

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9 Mar 2016

eBay prevails in trademark opposition

US company eBay Inc has successfully opposed the registration of E-MARKET E-BAY HELLAS because of its similarity to its own EBAY marks.

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22 Sep 2011

Google obtains cancellation of domain name containing its trademark

The Athens Administrative Court of Appeal has reversed a decision of the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission in which the latter had rejected a petition filed by Google Inc for the cancellation of the domain name 'googlein.gr'. Among other things, the commission had found that Google had not shown how the use of the domain name created a risk of confusion among internet users.

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10 Dec 2010

Domain name decision improves online protection of IP rights

Bacardi, the owner of the MARTINI marks, has obtained three rulings in its favour with regard to the domain names 'mrtmartini.gr', 'martinicasual.gr' and 'martini.com.gr'. The National Telecommunications and Post Committee found that the domain names had been registered and were being used in bad faith, despite the existence of a settlement agreement allowing the registration of 'mrtmartini.gr'.

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4 Oct 2010

Domain name held to be misspelling of Google's trademark

The Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission has ordered the cancellation of the domain name 'groogle.gr', which had been registered by a Greek individual. The website attached to the domain name was remarkably similar to the well-known Google search engine. The commission relied on decisions of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre in similar cases in order to reach a decision.

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Portfolio Management

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11 Dec 2017

Protecting and enforcing design rights: Greece

Industrial designs in Greece may be protected at the international, EU and national levels. Registered international designs with Greece as a designated state have the same effect as a valid national registration. Registered Community designs are automatically valid in Greece. Unregistered designs are also protected in Greece under EU law. Read more

29 Mar 2017

Trademark procedures and strategies: Greece

Any individual or legal entity may file for the registration of trademarks, while clubs and associations may apply for the registration of collective trademarks. In case of more than one applicant, a common representative must be appointed.

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24 Nov 2016

Protecting and enforcing design rights: Greece

Industrial designs in Greece may be protected at the international, EU and national levels. Registered international designs with Greece as a designated state have the same effect as a valid national registration. Registered Community designs are automatically valid in Greece. Unregistered designs are also protected in Greece under EU law. Read more

26 Oct 2016

EUIPO affirms opposition rejection in trademark dispute over use of barcodes

The Appeal Division of the EU Intellectual Property Office has upheld the decision to reject the Greek Association of Businesses for the Management of International GS1 Standards' opposition filed against the use of a barcode trademark.

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Trademark law

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31 Aug 2016

RED BULL mark held to be famous

Red Bull GmbH, the manufacturer and supplier of the famous Red Bull Energy Drink, has filed an opposition in Greece against the trademark application ‘Τρελός Ταύρος’ (CRAZY BULL) and device, based on the mark RED BULL and device number 125.623, also invoking a series of its other BULL/RED BULL marks.

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5 Feb 2016

Trademark owners benefit from new Civil Procedure Rules

The new Civil Procedure Rules have significantly expedited trademark infringement proceedings by setting stricter, more clearly defined timeframes; reducing the number of cases in which witnesses are heard in court; and restricting the opportunity to obtain postponements without genuinely good cause.

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18 Sep 2015

Greece

Unregistered signs can constitute relative grounds for refusal and are protected under Articles 13 to 15 of the Law on Unfair Competition. In particular, protection is offered to signs that are deemed to have become a distinguishing feature of the goods or services that they cover.

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14 May 2015

Distributor of Heineken beer entitled to use 'Green' nickname

In <I>Panathinakes Editions v Athenian Brewery</I>, the Athens District Court has held that Athenian Brewery - the Greek manufacturer and distributor of Heineken beer - was entitled to sell Heineken beer under the name '<I>Prasini</I>' ('green'), taking into account that '<I>Prasini</I>' is the nickname of Heineken beer in Greece. Panathinakes Editions, the publisher of the newspaper <I>I Prasini</I> and licensee of the mark I PRASINI EFHMERIDA, sought an injunction against the brewery.

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