While in some jurisdictions the concept of a “patent attorney” or also a “patent judge”, referring to persons who not only have knowledge of patent law but also acquire technical expertise in relation to patents, is common, this is not the case in Greece. Of course, there are lawyers with high-level expertise in patent law, as well as sections of the Courts that try cases related to industrial property law. At the same time though, the technical issues of disputed patents are mostly assessed by technical experts who the parties, as well as the Court, may each appoint in order to assist the Court to reach a decision in each case.
This situation does not seem to be about to change drastically any time soon in Greece. This being said however, the term “patent attorney” has very recently been officially added in the Greek legal vocabulary. In particular, Presidential Decree 31/2019, published in the Greek Government Gazette on 5 April 2019 (the issuance of which had been provided in Law 4512/2018, articles 123-124), provides for the establishment of the “Hellenic Industrial Property Academy” (the “Academy”), whose primary purpose will be to develop a system of national education, training and certification in the field of industrial property leading to the acquisition of the title of “certified patent consultant” (“patent attorney”) for successful candidates. “Patent attorney” in this sense would not, necessarily, mean a “patent lawyer” but a “patent consultant” with background studies either in Law or in Science/Technology. Continue Reading