We are delighted to present you with the launch edition of The Women’s IP World Annual 2019/2020, celebrating women at all levels working in IP Law and Innovation. From the very beginning, the response and feedback we had was amazing, and we would like to thank all of the incredible women involved. Our aim was to celebrate a group of diverse women, from all over the globe, showcasing their achievements and also their personalities to inspire and inform. We have taken an unbiased approach and kept the articles & profiles as authentic as possible, to keep the author's own personal style. This has resulted in a cocktail of inspirational women coming together to share thoughts, ideas, and experience positively. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.
GREECE GREECE Maria Athanassiadou, partner and co-founder of, HP&P (Dr. Helen G. Papaconstantinou and Partners), heads the patents and industrial designs department. Maria holds a law degree from the University of Athens and a Masters’ degree in Spanish studies from the University of Barcelona. She is an attorney at law and a member of the Athens Bar since 1996. With more than 20 years’ experience in all intellectual property fields, she focuses her practice on IP litigation, prosecution, and counselling, with a particular emphasis on patents, utility models, supplementary protection certificates, industrial designs, Name: Maria Athanassiadou Fotini Kardiopoulis, partner and co-founder of HP&P (Dr. Helen G. Papaconstantinou and Partners), heads the anti-counterfeiting and antipiracy department. She holds a law degree from the University of Athens with first-class honours and an LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Fotini is a member of the Athens Bar since 1985 and has been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court and the Council of State. She has also been a lecturer for 10 years in the Police Academy. Since 1998 Fotini has been dealing with a broad range of IP matters with an emphasis on trademarks, plant breeder’s rights, contract drafting and reviewing and alternative dispute resolution. She has extensive experience in IP litigation, devising and implementing anticounterfeiting programs, filing and administering customs actions, monitoring and enforcing IP rights online and advising on domain name disputes, consulting on license & franchise agreements and copyright issues. She has further Law firm name: Dr. Helen G. Papaconstantinou and Partners Country: Greece Position: Partner Website: www.hplawform.com Name: Fotini Kardiopoulis and trademarks, advising major international clients especially in the pharmaceutical sector. She is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court and the Council of State, and she is an active member of the INTA and PTMG. She is a regular contributor to several significant trademarks, designs and patent publications. Recent contributions include: 3rd Edition Intellectual Property Country Comparative Guide – The legal 500 - June 2019, WIPR Annual2019 – GREECE – Business Brief, Patents in Europe: Helping business compete in the global economy 2019/2020, Patents in Greece – Lexology GTDT - May 2019, General Court rules on genuine use of figurative trademarks MEBLO – WTR Daily - March 2019, Designs 2019 A Global Guide. Law firm name: Dr. Helen G. Papaconstantinou and Partners Country: Greece Position: Partner Website: www.hplawform.com conducted a significant number of seizures/raids, including preparatory investigations concerning various sectors, such as apparel, electric/electronic goods, toys, watchmaking, and tobacco/cigarettes, often involving, in addition to customs procedures, civil and criminal action. She is an active member of various associations, including CIOPORA, MARQUES, and INTA. In this context, she has given two presentations as an invited speaker at the CIOPORA Academy Workshop, which took place in Madrid on October 2008. She is one of the very few attorneys specialising in plant varieties in Greece and the only Greek lawyer being a member of CIOPORA. Fotini regularly publishes articles in the fields of her expertise. Recent contributions include the GREEK LAW DIGEST - The Official Guide to Greek Law - Trademark - Nomiki Bibliothiki - February 2019, WTR Yearbook 2019/2020: A global guide for practitioners - a supplement to World Trademark Review - January 2019, 3rd Edition Intellectual Property Country Comparative Guide – The Legal 500 - June 2019 and WIPR Annual2019 – GREECE – Business Brief. HP&P: Women as lawyers and leaders in IP in Greece This is not the case with Dr. Helen G. Papaconstantinou and Partners (HP&P). The legal profession in Greece, particularly in the upper echelons, was traditionally and continues to be mostly male-dominated. However as early back as in 1986, Dr. Helen G. Papaconstantinou was one of the few bright examples of women heading a law office; leaving her individual mark in the profession for more than 40 years, up until her retirement at the end of 2018. The tradition of the law office of Dr. P. D. Theodorides – Dr. H. G. Papaconstantinou (est. 1920) and the company Dr. Helen G. Papaconstantinou, John Filias and Associates now lives on through our law firm, Dr. Helen G. Papaconstantinou and Partners, which was established in 2015, with the steering wheel of the Firm again entrusted to women; namely to the capable hands of Eva Yazitzoglou, Managing Partner and the other three Partners Miranda Theodoridou, Maria Athanassiadou and Fotini Kardiopoulis, who have an in-depth experience in the IP field for many years. Also, HP&P not only has women in top positions, but it is also three-quarters female. The Firm is broadly recognised as leading in the IP law sector in the country. HP & P enjoys an international reputation for high-quality expert services by providing sophisticated legal and business solutions in the IP field and aptly combines its international orientation with a thorough knowledge of the Greek legal and business environment. What sets HP&P apart is its extensive experience and expertise in the As discussed by HP&P Lawyers www.hplawfirm.com Greece has established a strong legal and policy framework for ensuring equal rights to both men and women in the country. However, evidence shows that, in practice, discrimination seems to persist; Greece currently has one of the lowest rates of women’ employment in the European Union while the Greek financial crisis and austerity measures have disproportionately affected women. Moreover, women are still significantly under-represented in executive positions and top rank positions in the legal profession. entire spectrum of IP services and its commitment to problem-solving and achieving results. HP&P was the first law firm of its kind to implement a quality control system (ISO 9001/2015). With respect to the people comprising the Firm, HP&P is home to 11 fully qualified lawyers with considerable experience in all intellectual property matters over many years of practice. Two HP&P attorneys are European Patent Attorneys, while all the attorneys of the Firm are members of the Athens Bar Association. Most of them are admitted to practice before the Supreme Court and the Council of State. With the efficient assistance of 22 experienced paralegals and supporting staff, HP&P provides legal and administrative services of excellent quality and closely collaborates with 35 technical counsellors whose expertise covers all technical fields. The Firm serves its foreign clients in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian. HP&P is registered in the Athens Bar Association and is a member of the Greek Association of Law Firms. Moreover, the Firm has always been active in promoting intellectual property matters in Greece and internationally. All HP&P attorneys are active members of various international associations, such as EPI, ECTA, AIPPI, INTA, PTMG, MARQUES, CIOPORA, ITMA, CIPA and the UK Society of Legal Scholars. The Firm’s expertise spans all aspects of IP and related legal services (i.e., consultancy, litigation work, and administrative support), including, but not limited to trademark, patent and design matters; copyright; domain name and internet law; exploitation of IP rights; anti-Piracy, anti-counterfeiting and customs monitoring/border measures; competition, advertising and consumer protection law, and many more. HP&P attorneys make significant contributions to distinguished IP resources as well as through various associations, including the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the European Community Trade Mark Association (ECTA). HP&P is consistently ranked among the top IP law firms in Greece by international legal directories and associations, indicatively mentioning: Corporate INTL, Corporate USA Today, IAM Patent 1000, IP STARS – Trademarks and Patents, Legal 500, The Trademark Lawyer, The Patent Lawyer, WIPR Leaders, WTR 1000, and others and have received many awards in the IP field. Despite its top ranking, HP&P is continuously striving to improve the quality and reliability of its services further and enhance its actively inclusive working ethos that encourages collaboration as the main driving force behind effective leadership and successful results. Our vision is to keep on incorporating new practice areas and opportunities so that we can continue to adapt to the growing and ever-changing needs of our clients and the legal industry. 32 33