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Trademarks
3.
Registration procedure
3.1
Which governing body (ie, trademark office) controls the registration process?
 
Greece
The Greek Trademark Office, which functions within the Ministry of Economy and Development, is the competent body.

For more information about this answer please contact: Marina A. Perraki from Tsibanoulis & Partners
3.2
What fees does the trademark office charge for an application, during prosecution and for issuance of a registration?
 
Greece
The official trademark application fee is €110 for one class and €20 for each additional class (up to 10 classes). There are no mandatory fees during prosecution or assessment of the application. The issuance of an official copy of a registered trademark is subject to a fee of €1.

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3.3
Does the trademark office use the Nice Classification scheme?
 
Greece
Yes.

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3.4
Are ‘class-wide’ applications allowed, or must the applicant identify the specific goods or services for which the mark will be used?
 
Greece
Class-wide applications are allowed. In this case the applicant shall identify the class headings. Following recent case law of the EU courts, the class headings are interpreted from 2012 onwards as covering only those goods and services that fall within the literal meaning of each term. Therefore, the applicant must indicate that the application covers the whole list of goods and services falling within the respective class.

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3.5
Must an applicant have a bona fide intention to use the trademark for the goods or services identified in the application in order to apply for registration?
 
Greece
There is no requirement for intention to use when filing the application. The owner is free not to use the mark for five years following registration. After that, the mark is susceptible to cancellation for non-use. The Greek Trademark Law prohibits the registration of trademarks that are filed in bad faith; however, lack of intention to use the mark is not considered bad faith.

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3.6
Does the trademark office perform relative examination of trademark applications (ie, searches for earlier conflicting marks)?
 
Greece
Yes. The Trademark Office examines the application on both absolute and relative grounds for refusal. If a conflicting mark is found, the Trademark Office will notify the applicant, which then has a period of one month to revoke or restrict the scope of protection sought. The applicant is also entitled to an appeal should the trademark application ultimately be refused.

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3.7
What types of examinations does the trademark office perform other than relative examination?
 
Greece
The Trademark Office will check that all formal requirements in relation to the trademark have been satisfied and will examine it on absolute and relative grounds.

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3.8
Apart from confusion with a senior mark, descriptiveness and genericness, are there other grounds under which a mark is ineligible for registration, such as public policy reasons?
 
Greece
The Ôrademark Office will also examine whether the mark:

  • is deceptive;
  • violates other laws, public order or morals;
  • includes a coat of arms or national flag; or
  • is protected as a geographical indication.
For more information about this answer please contact: Marina A. Perraki from Tsibanoulis & Partners
3.9
Is there a separate or supplemental register on which descriptive marks may be registered?
 
Greece
No.

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3.10
Can a third party object to registration of a mark before the application has been published (eg, by letter of protest to the trademark office)?
 
Greece
Yes.

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3.11
Must the applicant use the trademark commercially in order to obtain a registration?
 
Greece
No.

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3.12
How much time does it typically take from filing an application to the first office action?
 
Greece
Usually, approximately three months.

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3.13
How much time does it typically take from filing an application to publication?
 
Greece
Usually, approximately three to four months.

For more information about this answer please contact: Marina A. Perraki from Tsibanoulis & Partners