Cyprus

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

CLASSIFICATION

11th edition – multi-class application

SEARCH

Possible for word and device marks

EXAMINATION

On formal, absolute, and relative grounds

OPPOSITION

3 months from publication date

PROTECTION TERM

10 years from filing date and renewable for like periods

USE

Vulnerable to cancellation if mark has not been used for 5 years from filing

EXTENSION OF TIME

Not possible for filing oppositions and responding to office actions. Possible for filing counter oppositions

REQUIREMENTS

Filing Requirements

 

TREATIES AND CONVENTIONS

World Intellectual Property Organization, World Trade Organization, European Union, Paris Convention, Berne Convention, Madrid Agreement, Madrid Protocol, Patent Cooperation Treaty, European Patent Convention, Apostille Convention


REGISTRATION

Filing Requirements

  • Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, notarized

What you need to know

  • Priority document may be submitted within 3 months from filing date

RENEWAL

Filing Requirements

  • No additional documents are required

What you need to know

  • Grace period of 6 months

CHANGE OF NAME OR ADDRESS

Filing Requirements

  • No additional documents are required

What you need to know

  • May be recorded for applications and registrations

ASSIGNMENT

Filing Requirements

  • No additional documents are required

What you need to know

  • Trademarks may be assigned with or without the goodwill of the business concerned
  • May be recorded for applications and registrations

MERGER

Filing Requirements

  • No additional documents are required

What you need to know

  • May be recorded for applications and registrations

LICENSE

Filing Requirements

  • No additional documents are required

What you need to know

  • May be recorded for applications and registrations
  • License recordal is compulsory in order to be effective against third parties

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

EQUIVALENT SEARCH

Patents may be searched by patent number, EP/PCT number

EXAMINATION

As to form only, for EP validations

PUBLICATION

Granted national patents and European patents validated in Cyprus are published in the Official Gazette

OPPOSITION

No provisions

ANNUITIES

Due annually on the anniversary of the international filing date and payable upon validation. 6 months grace period for late payment with a surcharge

PROTECTION TERM

20 years from the international filing date


REGISTRATION

Filing Requirements

  • Copy of the specifications in English with Greek
  • Translation 1 set of drawings and the abstract

What you need to know

  • Must be submitted at the time of EP validation
  • POA may be submitted within 3 months from validation

CHANGE OF NAME OR ADDRESS

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of change of name/address, notarized

What you need to know

  • Documents must be accompanied with a sworn English translation if made in a foreign language
  • Documents must be translated into Greek upon submission

ASSIGNMENT

What you need to know

  • Documents must be accompanied with a sworn English translation if made in a foreign language
  • Documents must be translated into Greek upon submission
  • Separate POAs are required from the assignee and assignor

MERGER

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of merger, notarized

What you need to know

  • Documents must be accompanied with a sworn English translation if made in a foreign language
  • Documents must be translated into Greek upon submission

LICENSE

Filing Requirements

  • License agreement, notarized

What you need to know

  • Documents must be accompanied with a sworn English translation if made in a foreign language
  • Documents must be translated into Greek upon submission

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

PROTECTION TERM

5 years from filing date

EXAMINATION

As to form only

APPLICATIONS WITH MULTIPLE DESIGNS

Admissible for up to 50 figures


REGISTRATION

Filing Requirements

  • POA, simply signed 
  • 3 copies of the technical description of the design
  • 5 representations of the design
  • Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, notarized

What you need to know

  • POA, copies of the technical description, and representations must be submitted at the time of filing
  • Priority document may be submitted within 3 months of filing date

RENEWAL

Filing Requirements

none

What you need to know

  • Allowed for four terms of 5 years each

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