Marilena is a graduate of the Faculty of Law, Democritus University of Thrace (2003). She became an associate in A. & K. Metaxopoulos and Partners Law firm in 2004. She specializes in registration of TMs, TM infringement, proceedings before the EUIPO and the Greek TM Authorities, litigation before the TM Courts, consulting on TM law, Patents, Utility Models, Designs, Civil law and Litigation, Real estate and Constructions law.
She speaks English (fluently) and Italian and contributes regularly on the developments of the Greek TM Law, to renounced magazines such as “World Trademark Review”, “Finance Monthly” etc.
She has been representing major Greek and foreign multinational entities in protecting their IP rights in Greece. In this framework, she has been very active in the legal “battle” against the so-called “pirated” and counterfeit goods. Her experience on this field allows her to cooperate effectively and fruitfully with the competent official Authorities and she has many times achieved to “clean” the market from pirated goods.
Being the head of Industrial Property Department and Real Estate Department in A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm, Marilena Nikolaraki is the one to make decisions when it comes to IP rights enforcement and Real Estate/Construction Law.
Her experience enables her to decide the most appropriate way to protect and enforce the client’s industrial property rights, aiming to succeed immediate results depending on the circumstances of each case. She is also known to the Greek Authorities protecting IP rights and acting against illegal trading, the Officers of which value her opinion.
Finally, when it comes to Real Estate/Construction Law, she is the one to decide the most appropriate way to act, providing advice and guidance also to junior associates of A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm.
In March 2020 Greece adopted a new Trademark Law in order to implement the EU Trademarks Directive into Greek law. By virtue of this new law, the Greek trademark regime is now largely similar to that of the European Union. The new Greek Trademark Law essentially follows EU Trademark Regulation (2017/1001), rendering the Greek legal system more familiar and friendly to foreign entities, many of which are already acquainted with the EU framework.
Trading in pirated and counterfeit goods is widespread in many countries, including Greece. As such, the Trademark Law and the Copyright Law set out significant penalties (eg, long-term imprisonment) and high fines for anyone using, exploiting, putting on the market, selling, distributing or possessing with the intent to distribute to the public products that infringe the trademarks or copyrights of third parties.