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The global Covid-19 public health emergency now deeply affects all our lives. In the face of this general challenge, however, we are pleased to confirm that Tsibanoulis & Partners remains fully operational. We continue to provide our full range of legal services to our clients and to all enquirers.

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A public online consultation has been launched over the Legislative Initiative of the Ministry of Justice introducing provisions on the Hellenic Data Protection Authority, the adaptation of Greek law on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data into Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament 

The new Greek trademark law was published in the government gazette on March 20, 2020. For its most part it entered into force upon publication, with some provisions having retroactive effect from 14.1.2019. Besides the implementation of all TM Directive 2546/2015 provisions, the new law introduces also the abolishment of relevant grounds ex officio examination and a new procedure for appeals against cancellation and revocation actions, as well as counterclaims against national marks in the course of infringement proceedings.

A draft law aiming to amend Law 4512/17.01.2018 on mediation in civil and commercial matters is being discussed in order to be voted by the Hellenic Parliament.The provisions of this draft law, in case it is voted by the Hellenic Parliament, shall enter into force on the date of its publication in the Greek Government Gazette, except for the provision on the mandatory initial mediation session, which shall enter into force on November 30, 2019. 

Dr. Nikolaos Simantiras, Senior Associate of Tsibanoulis & Partners Law Firm, has been an invited speaker at the first conference of the Institute for Gambling and Society at the Law School of the University of Bochum, Germany. The conference took place on October, 23rd, under the general title: "Structural questions of monopolies in the lottery sector".

The adoption of the Presidential Decree 31/2019 (hereinafter “Presidential Decree”) brought about the establishment of the Hellenic Academy of Industrial Property, as a separate service of the Hellenic Industrial Property Organization, seated in Athens and enjoying administrative and financial autonomy.

Law no 4640/2019 “Mediation on civil and commercial disputes – Further harmonization of Greek legislation with Directive 2008/52/EC of the European parliament and of the council of 21 May 2008 and other provisions” (the Law) was published in the Government Official Gazette on November 29, 2019.

The new law was drafted in order for the Greek legislation to conform with a Supreme Court opinion that mandatory mediation as provided in law 4512/2018 was obstructing the right of access to justice, and also with a decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)

The long-awaited Greek law with no. 4624/2019 “on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data into Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 and the transposition into national law of Directive (EU) 2016/680 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016” has been published on 29.8.2019 in the Government Gazette (A 137/29.8.2019); It repeals the former law no. 2472/1997 harmonizing the Greek legislation with Directive 95/46/EC and today it constitutes the basic national legal framework on personal data protection in Greece along with the GDPR.

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