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Trademarks
5.
Oppositions
5.1
Can a third party oppose a trademark application?
 
Greece
Yes.

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5.2
Who has standing to oppose a trademark application?
 
Greece
Any natural or legal person claiming sufficient interest in the case may file a notice of opposition based on absolute grounds for refusal of a trademark application, as those grounds are provided for under the Greek Trademark Law. Chambers and consumer unions are also entitled to oppose a trademark application based on certain absolute grounds for refusal. A trademark application may be opposed based on relative grounds for refusal by owners of previous trademarks or, conditionally, by licensed owners of previous trademarks.

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5.3
What is the timeframe for opposing a trademark application?
 
Greece
An accepted trademark application may be opposed within three months of publication on the official website of the General Secretariat for Commerce of the Ministry of Economy and Development.

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5.4
Which body hears oppositions?
 
Greece
Trademark oppositions are heard by the Administrative Trademark Committee.

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5.5
What is the process by which an opposition proceeds?
 
Greece
The opposition must be submitted in writing before the Administrative Trademark Committee within the abovementioned timeframe, including all relevant grounds and payment of the applicable fee. Upon receipt, the Administrative Trademark Committee will decide on the date for the opposition hearing and notify the trademark applicant accordingly. Additional statements may be submitted up to 15 days before the hearing date and upon due notification of the other party. The Administrative Trademark Committee will issue a decision based on all evidence in its possession and may either totally or partially cancel the trademark application or reject the opposition. In the latter case, the trademark application shall be deemed accepted.

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5.6
Can the decision on the opposition be appealed? If so, to what body and by what procedure?
 
Greece
Decisions of the Administrative Trademark Committee may be appealed before the Administrative Court of First Instance within 60 days, which starts to run from the day after official notification of the decision in question. If the applicant is seated abroad, the deadline is 90 days.

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