Intellectual & Industrial Property, Mass Media and Entertainment Law

Intellectual & Industrial Property, Mass Media and Entertainment Law

Our firm is considered today as a top tier firm in Intellectual and Industrial property and TMT. Recent evaluations recognize our experience both in Greece and abroad in the law of copyrights, patents, trademarks, designs, models and other intellectual property rights both in consultancy and litigation terms. Agis Metaxopoulos, founder of the practice, was a pioneer of IP rights protection in Greece and was also referred to by his peers as “The Dean” of IP lawyers for many years.

Kriton Metaxopoulos, LLM graduate of London School of Economics (1986) soon after he joined the Firm, became a point of reference in IP Law and has been recognized by his peers as the leading IP lawyer in Greece (for a full list of awards and recognitions please follow the link). He built his international reputation by representing all major US Film Studios and record companies as well as MPAA for many years, serving also as a BoD member of Warner Music for more than 20 years.

Irini Daroussou, is the acting IP Partner of the Firm. Her reputation also exceeds local borders as she is internationally recognized for her impeccable knowledge of IP law and excellent analytical skills. According to a European research conducted by Euromoney Media Group, our firm’s partner Irini Daroussou is considered one of the best 5 women lawyers in copyright and the only Greek lawyer for Intellectual and Industrial Property.

Kriton Metaxopoulos is the legal counsel and coordinates the defense of a Greek DVD factory before the German Supreme Court in a case of patent infringement. The 40 million euro dispute ended with a favorable for our clients decision, since the German Supreme Court rejected the plaintiff’s claims.

Our firm represents “Digital Press Hellas”, a major DVD replicator, in its dispute with Philips over DVD production patent royalties. The long lasting dispute ended favorably for our client with the decision of the Supreme Court, which accepted our client’s claims thus redefining the way patents are protected under Greek Law.

Our firm represents a major software company which incurred losses of millions of dollars due to illegal distribution of a pirated PC programme which is used in various manufacturing industries. Working closely with the police, the firm completed the difficult task of identifying and then having the leaders of this ring arrested by the authorities. The same software company recently asked us to raise copyright infringement claims against several companies in the Greek market.

One of the most renowned international providers of the so-called “non copyright music” has entrusted, since 2014, to our firm the handling of all their IP related matters initially in Greece and since 2015 also in all European countries (such as Malta, Estonia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania etc) and Mr. Kriton Metaxopoulos was appointed as their “Counsel for European IP matters”.

Our firm represents a major software company which incurred losses of millions of dollars due to illegal distribution of a pirated PC programme which is used in various manufacturing industries. Working closely with the police, the firm completed the difficult task of identifying and then having the leaders of this ring arrested by the authorities. The same software company recently asked us to raise copyright infringement claims against several companies in the Greek market.

Our firm has advised a leading international generic pharmaceutical company during the marketing of a generic anticancer pharmaceutical product in Greece.

Our firm was entrusted by a multinational mass media and information corporation in two disputes with the public television channel and with a major private TV channel.

The firm has also successfully represented in the past US studios and Greek distribution companies in relation to distribution of the films Alexander and the Da Vinci Code on the Greek cinema market.

Our firm advised a major US production company in relation to the filming in Greece of the famous US reality TV program broadcasted on US cable network.

We represent world known Greek composers, authors and performers such as Maria Callas estate, Theo Aggelopoulos, Irini Pappa, Yannis Christou, Yannis Markopoulos, Nikos Koundoros and others.

We represented 1.000 Greek Authors (lyricists, composers) in a case of unfair competition before the Greek Competition Committee in favor of AEPI, the Greek Collecting Society for Authors and Composers.

The firm acted as legal consultant, strategic consultant and litigator for a number of radio stations in their dispute with Greek neighboring rights collective management organizations in relation to the payment of “equitable” remuneration for neighboring rights.

Trademarks, Designs and Patents

We have vast experience in TM and Patents and we provide our support in trademark law to a vast number of foreign and domestic clients for filing TM’s and Patents in Greece and the E.U. We represent clients in the pharmaceutical industry, food industry, sports, clothing and apparel, advertising agencies, broadcasting and publishing companies etc.

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We represent many foreign corporate clients, holders of Community Designs, in cases of infringement on behalf of Greek entities.

For the past years, we have been representing in Greece a major multi-national publishing group of companies. More specifically, we have been handling cases of anti-piracy, aiming to protect our client’s rights and interests by attacking pirates putting on the Greek market products of the same category/nature as the ones produced by our client, but without any license whatsoever.

We recently represented manufacturing and trading Italian and British companies in their disputes with infringers who released in the Greek market products illegally incorporating the Community Designs of our clients.

A leading specialty TV channel broadcasting programs related to fashion, design, art, etc all over the world (including Greece) has trusted us to handle a complex trademark infringement litigation.

A major pharmaceutical company has asked us to provide legal opinion in respect of the possible circulation in the Greek market of a competing generic drug.

Our client, a Greek company actively involved- among other things- in the licensing of foreign television series has entrusted us to handle the illegal uploading of its series to Pirate bay and other file sharing websites . We successfully represented the client and the case received wide publicity.