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Greece Trademark Registration 

In order to obtain trademark protection in Greece you can register your trademark in two ways: First option is that you request registration in the entire European Union with one single application; this can be done via the European Union Trademark which grants trademark protection in the 28 country members of the EU (more info here). Second option is that you register directly your trademark in Greece. If you want to proceed this way please follow the steps described below.

 
Attorneys - Greece
 
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My name is Stelios Stafylakis and I'm the representative Attorney in Greece.

I'll be personally in charge of your trademark registration process.
 
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Your trademark registration will be processed in Greece through the following steps:

 
Trademark Comprehensive Study   Step 1. Trademark Comprehensive Study:
A trademark search report with attorney's analysis and opinion about registration probabilities.
Step 1 Prices
 

 
Trademark Registration Request   Step 2. Trademark Registration Request:
A trademark attorney will file and process your trademark application before the Trademark Office.
Step 2 Prices
 

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Is there a time frame for the trademark registration approval?

    The average time frame for the registration approval is 5 months, if no objections or oppositions arise.

     

  • If I register my trademark in Greece, do I have protection in other territories?

    No. Your trademark will be protected only in Greece.

  • Do I need to sign a Power of Attorney?

    Yes. A power of attorney is required if the application will be filed by an attorney.

  • Are there any benefits from a pre-filing use of the trademark?

    Yes. Pre-filing use of the mark will allow the applicant to demonstrate the mark’s distinct characteristics and win over oppositions filed by third-parties based on non-distinctiveness.

  • Will there be problems in case I don’t use my trademark after registration?

    Yes. Interested parties may attack your registration on the ground of non-use.

  • What are the types of trademark that can be registered in Greece?

    Applicants can register any sign that are possible to reproduce graphically. Such signs must also be able to make the good/service distinguishable from others: names, words, sounds, devices, 3-dimensional shapes, slogans, colors, holograms and trade dress.

  • What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in Greece?

    The first phase of the application process is the examination of requirements. The applicant must be able to comply with the trademark standards with respect to formality, clarity, classification, distinctiveness, descriptiveness, deceptiveness and possible conflicts in registration. Next phase is the publication of application details which will be done online. Information such as name of applicant, application number, goods/services, etc. will be published. This is also the time when third-parties are given a chance to oppose. If no oppositions are present, the final phase will be the registration of trademark.

  • What type of trademark is non-registrable?

    Trademarks that meet any of the following criteria cannot be registered: 

    • Marks that contradict public order or counter standards of moral
    • Common terms or words that have broad meaning
    • Names/symbols/states of state/nation/international organization
    • Marks without acquired distinctiveness
    • Marks that serve mainly as geographical locations
    • Shape of a product
    • Marks that may potentially cause deceit to consumers
  • Does Greece use the "Nice Classification" system?

    Yes. The Nice Classification system is effective in this jurisdiction.

  • Does the Community Trademark apply for Greece?

    Yes. Community Trademark is presently known as the European Union Trade Mark. This registration system is effective in Greece.

  • Is there any possibility to claim priority in Greece?

    Yes. It is possible to claim priority or to speed up the process as long as the following requirements are met: 

    • The home country of the applicant is a Paris Convention signatory
    • The application was filed within the past 6 months preceding the application in Greece
  • What do I need to do to satisfy the use requirement?

    Use your trademark within 5 years after the date of registration. The “use” must be genuine and must occur in Greece.

  • Once my trademark has been registered, for how many years will be valid?

    Registered trademarks in Greece are initially valid for 10 years. Validity starts a day after the application date.

  • What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

    Computation is 10 years from the date when the application was filed.

  • Is it legal to use my trademark even if it is not yet registered?

    Yes. Businesses can use unregistered trademarks legally, but for them to enjoy protection, the following requirements must be met: 

    • The mark’s characters must be distinctive
    • The mark must be used for commercial transactions
    • The mark must be used continuously, systematically and substantially for many years

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