Intellectual Property in Greece

Overview by
National Organizations
The Hellenic Industrial Property Organisation (OBI).
Regional Organizations
For the protection of patents: the European patent office.
To control trademarks, designs and models: the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market.
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property
Membership to the TRIPS agreement - Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Patent Law : Law No 1733/1987 as amended by Article 18 of Law No 1739/1987, Law No 1883/1990 ratifying  the Patent Cooperation Treaty.
20 years
Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Strasbourg agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification
Law on Trademarks, No 2239/94,
Presidential Decree No 353/1998, supplementing Law on Trademarks No2239/94Ministerial Decision No. K4-307/2001, implementing  regulations of the Madrid Protocol as ratified by Law No 2783/200.
20/25 years Trademark Law Treaty
Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Law No.1733/1987
Presidential Decree No.259/1997,regulations on the ratification of the Hague Agreement under 1960 Act
5 years renewable  
Law on Copyright and Neighboring Rights No 2121/ 1993 as amended by  Article 8 of Law No 2557/1997 for harmonization with the Council Directive 93/83  
70 years after the death of the author Berne convention
Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms
Rome ConventionFor the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty

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