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Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a time frame for filing for a trademark registration?

It will take 5 months from filing the application up to registration.

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
Does having a registered trademark in Greece afford me any right?

Trademarks are mandated to be registered in order for the owners to establish rights. The First to File rule applies in Greece.

What is the web address of the trademark national office?

You may access the national trademark office at www.gge.gov.gr

Is there any need to use my trademark before I apply for registration?

No. Actual use is not mandatory for registration. Intent to use is also not required.

What are the grounds for a Trademark Application to be opposed?

Grounds for opposition are: 

  • Bad faith
  • Proprietary rights
  • Conflict with an earlier registration
  • Breach of copyright
  • Violation of rights under Article 6septies, Article 6bis and Article 8 of the Paris Convention
  • Conflict with registered designs
  • Personal name rights
  • Unauthorized use of protected insignia and emblems
Who can contest my trademark registration?
  • Any interested party may oppose the registration based on absolute grounds.
  • Owners of an identical mark that was registered at an earlier date may also petition to cancel the registration.
  • A licensee of a registered trademark may also object to registration provided he is allowed to do so in the license contract and the license was registered in the trademark office.
  • Chambers of Commerce and Consumers Unions may also oppose based on absolute grounds
Is it possible to cancel a registration?

Yes. Cancellation of registration is possible. These are the grounds for a registered trademark to be cancelled: 

  • Violation of proprietary rights
  • Descriptive marks
  • Non-distinctive marks
  • Deceptive marks
  • Functional marks
  • Breach of copyright
  • Violation of rights under Article 6septies, Article 6ter and Article 6bis of the Paris Convention (consult us for more information)
  • Violation of registered designs
  • Violation of rights to personal name
  • Marks that are generic or have broad meaning
  • Marks that indicate a geographical location
  • Registration of marks in bad faith
  • Marks that violate standards of moral or public order
Are there any rights established by having a registered trademark?

Yes. Owners of registered trademarks establish the following rights: 

  • Exclusive rights to use the mark
  • Right to object to conflicting applications
  • Right to request for a cancellation of conflicting applications
  • Right to take legal action for infringement and obtain damages from the offending parties
  • Right to issue license to third parties
  • Right to request for confiscation of fake goods by customs authorities
How long is the opposition period?

The opposition period will start on the date the trademark application was accepted and published on the website of the General Secretariat of Commerce, and it will end 3 months after that date.

Is Greece a member of the Madrid System?

Yes. Greece is a member of the Madrid Protocol.

Do I need to present periodic statement of use?

The owner of a registered trademark is not required to submit periodic statement of use.

When should I renew my trademark?

You must renew your trademark every 10 years.

What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

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

Is there any documentation that should be presented when renewing a trademark?

If the renewal will be performed by the same local attorney, non documentation is necessary.

If my trademark expires, do I have a grace period?

In case you failed to renew your trademark on time and it is already expired, you still have 6 months to renew it.

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