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Greece Trademark Registration

The Greece is a member of the Madrid Protocol and the European Union. Trademark protection is obtained by registration.

Requirements
A trademark application has to be filed before the "Directorate of Commercial & Industrial Property, Department of Trademark in the Ministry of Development" in Athens by a local agent. A non-legalized power of attorney is sufficient. Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.

Procedure
The application process includes a formal examination and an examination of distinctiveness, but no search for prior trademarks. It takes approximately 18 months from first filing to registration. After registration the trademark is published in the Government Gazette. e opposition period is 4 months from the 16th of the month following the month in which the publication has been made available to the public.

Duration
A trademark registration in Greece is valid for 10 years and starts with registration date. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.

Methods
NATIONAL REGISTRATION: If you just want to register your Trademark in one country, it is sufficient to apply for a national registration at the local trademark office. EUROPEAN UNION (COMMUNITY TRADEMARK): Since this country is a member of the European Union, Trademark Protection could be obtained by registration of a Community Trademark (CTM), which is valid for a period of 10 years in all countries of the European Union. INTERNATIONAL REGISTRATION (MADRID SYSTEM)*: If you already have filed a trademark application or have a trademark registration in one or more countries of the Madrid Union (based on the Madrid Agreement and Madrid Protocol), you can obtain trademark protection by filing one single application, so called International Registration (Madrid System). *Note: The fees for an International Trademark Application (WIPO) will be calculated for each individual country or multiple countries. For a quotation please send us an e-mail with the name of countries where you currently have a registration and all preferable countries where you wish to extend your trademark protection.

Extra
Duly note, if the trademark has not been used within 5 years from registration or has later not been used for 5 years continuously, it may be subject to cancellation. Subsequent use of the trademark can restore protection if no party has requested cancellation due to non-use in the meantime.

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