Intellectual Property and Internet Law Firm in Athens, Greece
Our office also deals with domain name disputes, trademarks, notifications to the Hellenic Data Protection Authority as well as to the Office of the Commissioner for Personal Data Protection in Cyprus. At Spiropoulou Law Firm we encourage the negotiation process. Founder of the Firm, Mrs. Elena Spiropoulou has special negotiation skills since she has a Masters in Strategic Studies, which includes: games theory, war theory, international conflicts and negotiation, and political analysis.
We support the effort of propagation and legal backing of licenses: GNU GPL and LGPL. Translation and the official introduction of GNU GPL Licenses in Greece has been a project of our Office. Spiropoulou Law Firm actively participates in Free Software Foundation Europe Legal Team. Expert Partners in Spiropoulou Law Firm take care of corporate matters such as the foundation and formation of companies and non-profit organizations.
At Spiropoulou Law Firm, our goal is the faster and more efficient client service in all your matters. Partners do not to let cases take too much time, and solve them according to the client’s interest regarding time and money. Qualified partners from co-operating law offices will handle your penal or tax cases.
Languages: Greek, Italian, English
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: On Line Gaming; Terms & Conditions for Websites; Personal Data Protection; Foundation of LTD and S.A Companies; Works of Music; Free and Open Source Software.
Areas of Law Description
At Spiropoulou & Associates Law Firm, our goal is to provide fast and efficient client service in all internet matters. Our law firm deals with:
- Domain Name Disputes
Domain name is the verbal equivalent of a numeric group that defines the identity of each computer, at the time it connects through a server to the World Wide Web. As these numbers are hard to remember, we replace them with a verbal/grammar term of one or more words. This word(s) is the address we type in our browser in order to visit that website. In all this legal complexity surrounding domain names the answer lies in the proper legal support. The first step is the proper registration in compliance with the trademark or brand name of the company/businessman.
Trademark is each manifestation of product identity or service which upon registration has all the legal prerequisites. Trademark is different than brand name, which is assigned to a different Public service, and the registration process is completely separate and independent from the registration of the associated domain name. Trademarks are divided in domestic and foreign, collective, European and international. The registration process must be performed by a lawyer at the Ministry of Development (Canigos square).
- Terms & Conditions for Websites
- Works of Music
On-line radio stations, musical websites, even sites with content added by users are required to enter into an agreement with the Hellenic Society for the protection of Intellectual Property (AEPI). AEPI constitutes a Collective Management Organization of intellectual property rights, according to the provisions of the law 2121/1993. The purpose of the Organization, in accordance with the law and its statute, is the administration of intellectual property for all works composed and/or written in the past and all works to be written in the future by the creators/intellectual property owners of musical works that have entered into an agreement with the Organization.
- Personal Data
In the law 2472/1997 we can find the legal arrangement of how to collect and modify personal data. Under this arrangement are the creators and administrators of a website with registered users and have to notify the Hellenic Data Protection Authority of the record they keep. The greatest percentage of Hellenic websites and especially those that provide the opportunity of user registration are obliged to notify the Hellenic Data Protection Authority of the record they keep.
A written business contract is the basis of each and every good co-operation. Whichever type of business you may have, the contribution of a lawyer in the field of contracts with your associates and employees is essential, especially if your field of expertise is Informatics. Contracts are also essential with your associates, partners and employees so that both employers and employees are covered in their obligations and rights. For informatics companies this translates to a well explained business relationship regarding e.g. copyright on software developed by an employee, etc.
- Non-profit Organizations
In the field of Informatics, mainly in the last few years, we establish mostly non-profit companies as they are more flexible and do not require as many members as unions do. We have watched carefully the development of this kind of business in Greece as we keep track of it since we deal with non-profit companies and unions since the establishment of the E. Spiropoulou firm. Furthermore, we provide legal advice to the Association of Hellenic Internet Users since 2003, we have held all the election procedures of the Union till today and its taxation matters, we have also participated in the elective committees of HELLUG.
- Company Law
We undertake the establishment of new companies or the legal backing of already established ones. In Spiropoulou Law Firm we pay great attention in the procedure of establishing a company because like in all things a good start is essential. Of great importance is a proper, well formed and long-range memorandum of association which will leave space to various activities and purposes as well as to changes. Where shares are included we make sure that all that has been agreed between shareholders is accurately expressed in contracts and regulations.
- Intellectual Property
In Spiropoulou Law Firm we have been involved with Open & Free Software and we are well informed on Intellectual Property matters as they evolve in Greece and worldwide. Writers, photographers and software developers in Greece and abroad ask for our advice on their matters. Even when the written conditions of a contract concerning a publication may seem un-negotiable and inevitable, a discussion with a lawyer can prove very useful especially to young and ambitious artists. We are very proud with the progress and works of our clients and that makes us even more supportive and eager to protect their interests.
Mrs. Elena Spiropoulou
Administrative Law, Art and Culture, Business Formation, Commercial Law, Competition Law
- Athens Bar Association
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