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Our practice assists clients in the protection and utilization of their brands, products and designs.

responsiveness, knowledge, business oriented, value for money, efficiency

The Legal 500 EMEA 2020

the team delivered advice and great action for preparing and filing a trade mark application

The Legal 500 EMEA 2020

very high level of service

The Legal 500 EMEA 2018

creative and viable solutions to difficult issues and strong industry knowledge

The Legal 500 EMEA 2017

We have extensive expertise in advising our clients on data privacy and the management of information.

Intellectual Property

We advise on the creation and registration of all types of intellectual and industrial property assets, including patents, trademarks, designs and copyright. We have experience in the ownership and licensing structures available to optimise the protection, enforceability, tax efficiency, including transfer pricing considerations, and exploitation of intellectual property assets. Our lawyers provide advice on compliance with the regulatory and legislative framework governing intellectual property on both an EU and National level.

We regularly act in relation to the sale, purchase and transfer of intellectual property asset portfolios and in corporate and finance transactions where brands and intellectual property assets affect the pricing and scope of the deal or form part of the security. We are often called upon to conduct due diligence reviews of intellectual property portfolios within the context of both commercial and corporate deals. Our team is experienced in drafting, commenting and negotiating all types of contracts in this sector, including licensing, distribution, franchising and sponsorship agreements. We also advise our clients on all legal aspects of software and IT related contracts, including drafting and negotiating software development and software licensing agreements, technology transfers and advice on source – object code escrow arrangements.

Our clients are active in a broad range of industries where brand protection is a priority, including pharmaceuticals, health, cosmetic, telecoms, media, financial services, information technology, sportswear, food & beverages, automotive and shipping. We are ideally placed to assist in the assessment and management of the risks associated with potential breaches of intellectual property rights and the protection of brands, and we have extensive experience representing clients in litigation and ADR cases and before the National Registry.

Data Protection & Privacy

We advise on all aspects of the processing and transfer of personal data. Clients rely on us for support on compliance with the legislation and regulations in place governing the administration of customer, client and employee information and management of the associated reputational and financial risks. We have experience in providing sector specific services for areas of processing such as human resources, whistleblowing, marketing and the use of cookies, public relations, closed circuit television (CCTV), call recording, market research, banking and health.

Where potential infringements do occur, we represent clients in the context of investigations and administrative or legal proceedings. Our team also runs tailored in-house data protection and privacy workshops and assists clients with their EU General Data Protection Regulation compliance exercise.

Who to contact

Contact Lambros
Contact Yannis

Recognitions

 

Advice to Kosmocar

We advise Kosmocar SA, the official importer of VW, Audi and Skoda to Greece in relation to compliance with emerging data privacy requirements under the GDPR.

Pharmaceutical Trademark Renewal

We act on behalf of a Swedish pharmaceutical company in the registration of a new trademark in Greece.

E-Commerce Sector Investigation

We are providing legal assistance to an international e-commerce company in relation to an ex officio investigation of the Hellenic Data Protection Authority in the online sector, including with regard to e-privacy related matters, such as marketing communication and use of cookies.

GDPR Compliance in Healthcare Sector

We are advising the local subsidiary of an international specialty healthcare company in respect to GDPR compliance, including drafting and reviewing of relevant documentation.

Data Privacy in Healthcare Company

We have advised a UK IVF provider entering the Greek market in data privacy issues to ensure compliance with applicable local laws.

Trademark Registration

We have acted on behalf of a construction company in the registration of four new national trademarks, relating to one of Greece’s main motorways.

Trademark Portfolio of Telcos

We are advising a local reservations management and on-line ticketing company, which provides software products and services in the transport, tourism and travel industries, on the filing of new trademarks, on the preparation of software development, license and transfer agreements.

Trademark Dispute

We act on behalf of a shipping company in disputes relating to trademark infringement before the Administrative Trademark Committee.

Trademark Dispute in Automobile Sector

We advised the local importer and distributor of leading car and motorcycle brands in relation to a trademark dispute in Greece, resulting in an amicable settlement.

Trademark Renewal

We act on behalf of an international sportswear company in the renewal of its EU and national trademarks.

Data Privacy Advice

We have advised a media market leader on data privacy law matters in connection with a planned acquisition of a media competitor, including with regard to its workforce integration and post-closing employment decision matters.

EU Patent Protection

We act for F. Hoffman-La Roche AG, a Swiss multinational healthcare company, in relation to patent enforcement actions against a biosimilar company.

Designs and Trademark Dispute

We advised a cosmetics company in relation to trademark and designs disputes and on new trademark fillings and availability.

Data Protection Advice in the Automotive Industry

We advise a leading European car manufacturing group on data protection, including assisting with GDPR compliance, reviewing and updating consent forms and privacy policy, advising on data retention and employee-related matters, drafting data processing agreements and advising on privacy matters related to connected car services offered to customers.

Clinical Trials and Pharmacovigilance Notifications

We are advising a global pharmaceutical company on data privacy aspects and requirements in connection with company’s clinical trials programs and pharmacovigilance systems, including undertaking in-house data privacy compliance training.

Processing of Patient Information

We are advising the local subsidiary of a US based multinational biopharmaceutical company with respect to intellectual property rights arising from outsourcing agreements relating to medical research. We have previously advised client on data privacy issues pertaining to the processing of patients’ health-related information.

Data Protection in the Electronics Sector

We advise the Greek subsidiary of a market leader in electric and electronic devices on data protection issues and GDPR compliance, including advising on the transfer of personal data outside the EEA and data transfer agreements, employee monitoring, data protection policies and privacy statements, and the transfer of customer data as part of the sale of a business division to a US-based multinational information technology company.

Data Processing Advice

We are advising a leading watch manufacturer on data protection matters, including in relation to the processing of customer data for marketing purposes and intra group data transfers.

Data Breach in Marine Fuels Industry

We are advising an international marine fuel logistics company in the context of allegations of data protection violations brought before the Hellenic Data Protection Authority (one of the first cases to be heard under the GDPR) and initiating proceedings before the civil courts. We have also assisted with several GDPR compliance projects.

GDPR Compliance in Pharmaceutical Sector

We advised the local subsidiary of a pharmaceuticals company with all its GDPR compliance steps, including data mapping, records of data processing activities, data privacy impact assessments, data processing agreements and data subjects reply forms.

Data Privacy Requirements in Automobile Industry

We advise the local importer and distributor of leading car and motorcycle brands on compliance with emerging data privacy requirements under the GDPR.

GDPR Compliance in Cosmetics Industry

We advise a leading natural cosmetics company in relation to its GDPR compliance projects, including privacy and cookies policies, consent forms and data processing agreements.

CCTV Privacy Related Issues

We advised a sportswear manufacturer on existing and emerging data privacy requirements arising under local legislation and the GDPR as regards the installation and operation of CCTV at their premises and retail stores.

Intellectual Property Rights

We advised a film and television production company on intellectual property law questions arising from a filming crew employment agreement and the inherent economic and moral intellectual property rights, as well as the assignment of these rights to the company.

Access Platforms and Licensing Structures

We advised a Swiss company that has acquired the shares of a local company active in the industry of ticket – issuing software development and the development of access platforms, on platform access and use, local and international intellectual property holdings and licensing structures, as well as associated tax planning.

Advice on Data Initiatives

We are advising an event-based platform on data initiatives and activities for sporting competitions and intellectual property issues arising from consent and license agreements for works created on the basis of player/ audience member data.

Trademark Protection

We advised and applied for an injunction on behalf of a local manufacturer of confectionary on the protection of trademarks and industrial designs.

Data Sharing and Transfer Advice

We have advised a major chemical company on employee data sharing and transfer of data to the US in the context of an international merger.

Data Privacy Advice in Health Industry

We have advised a US health society in relation to data protection issues arising in the context of the provision of its certification services and the implementation of its accreditation program in Greece.

Data Protection Training and Advice to Multinational Mass Media Corporation

We have provided training to the international multi-media business of a multinational mass media corporation on the application of the local data protection and privacy principles in the context of mobile apps and websites, covering topics such as privacy policies, obtaining consent, data analysis, cookies, the right to be forgotten, privacy by design and the rules applicable to dealing with children online.

Intellectual Property Related Litigation

We advised a world leading music company in relation to litigation concerning intellectual property rights of artists in Greece.

Restructuring of Information Technology Producer

We have advised a leading international information technology producer on the data protection issues arising in the context of a major restructuring.

Industrial Designs Filings

We acted on behalf of an individual in the filing of three industrial designs.

Cloud Computing Advice

We advised a global market leader in metering solutions with respect to the external supply of cloud computing services and the resulting contractual arrangements.

Data Protection Advice in Airline Industry

We have advised an airline company in relation to data privacy registration requirements applicable to the provision of its services in Greece.

Compliance Report and Market Entry Survey

We advised an international information and communications provider in drafting a report and market entry survey of compliance of their local business activities with Greek law, including in the area of telecommunications and data privacy.

Internal Investigation for Pharmaceutical Company

We advised an international pharmaceutical company on employee-related privacy issues and the monitoring of e-mails in the context of an internal investigation of its local subsidiary.

Advice on Transfer of Personal Data

We advised an international health information technology provider in relation to issues and solutions arising from the transfer of personal data outside the EEA within the context of public procurement procedures.

 

Intellectual Property

  • application and effect of national and EU legislation on intellectual and industrial property and licences
  • national and EU regulations governing trademarks and patents
  • applications for patent, design and trademark registration
  • protection of rights arising from licenses and their transfer
  • intellectual and industrial property license agreements
  • brand protection
  • opposition to new brands through dispute resolution
  • infringement of patent, design, trademark rights, copyright and passing off disputes, damages and unfair competition claims

Data Protection & Privacy

  • EU and national laws and regulations governing data protection
  • compliance with GDPR requirements
  • obligations of data controllers and processors, including adequate consent procedures and data subject access requests
  • representing clients before the Hellenic Data Protection Authority and courts
  • personal data transfers to third countries, including legitimising cross-border data transfers through the use of EU standard contractual clauses, approval of binding corporate rules and compliance with EU-US Privacy Shield
  • designing, drafting, reviewing and updating privacy and internal HR policies
  • data security breaches, including security incident management
  • sanctions for failure to comply with EU and Greek legislation on personal data protection
  • privacy and information law applicable to internal investigations, including employee telephone, internet and email use
  • participation in multi-jurisdictional surveys involving advice on interface of data protection laws with other legislation, including privacy of electronic communications