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Intellectual Property in Greece

Greece adheres to all EU laws regarding copyright and intellectual property and the local branches of international watchdogs monitor breaches that may occur, including downloading of illegal software which mostly concerns the music/film industry.

Piracy Software (PC) rate in Greece has dropped over the last few years, with severe fines for the use of illegal software. According to Software Allianceís 2018 Global Software Survey which measured the rate and commercial value of unlicensed PC software installed in 2017, the software piracy rate in Greece was 61%, representing a commercial value of unlicensed software of US$173 million. gov.uk

Patents

Generally speaking, patents in Greece are granted to inventors for inventions. These can include anything from machinery, tools, processes, chemicals, biotechnology, software, etc.

To qualify for a patent, an inventor must invariably create something that is:

  • Of patentable matter
  • Unique to patentee
  • Merited and can be utilised
  • Innovative
  • Non-obvious

Under a patent in Greece, the patentee reserves the right stop or limit others from utilising and trading the invention. Without explicit permission from the patentee, persons using the patent in any of these ways are infringing, and could be subjected to legal action.

As registration is invariably a lengthy procedure. An inventor may, instead, favour applying for a certificate of usefulness, which is easier to acquire, although provides less protection: 6 years compared with 20. Patents may not be renewed.

Trademarks

Trademarks in Greece are used to denote epithets, logos, symbols, slogans, etc, that are individual to a business and product. Fundamentally, the things that distinguish your product or service from a competitor's. Businesses understandably go to endless lengths to have control over their trademarks. Therefore, any persons found infringing upon them through unlawful use could be subject to legal action.

Famous examples of trademarks are Coca Cola and McDonald's.

Copyright

Copyright in Greece gives someone to sell and reproduce a protected product, which is invariably printed work. Things like books, magazines, websites, photographs, music, film and art are common examples of copyrighted work. Copyright denotes five rights of the author, artist, etc: reproduction, distribution, adaptation, performance and display. Use of such materials or works without the explicit permission of the copyright holder is classed as infringement, and persons doing so could be subject to legal action.

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Organisations that can assist with Intellectual Property

  • > Nominus.com

    When expanding your business to Greece, donít forget to protect your brand. We provide Trademark Registration Services in Greece and in the entire European Union.

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