Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
The Department of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver (DRCOR) is the competent authority in Cyprus for keeping the register of Patents, Trade Marks and Industrial Designs. As Cyprus is a signatory of both the European Patent Convention (EPC) and the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), the DRCOR acts as a receiving office of European and International applications. National patents are granted according to the Cyprus Patent Legislation.
After the accession of Cyprus to the European Union, Cyprus has become a member of the Office of Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) and, therefore, community Trade Mark applications can be filed with the Registrar.
Where Cyprus is designated in a European (EPC) or International (PCT) application, the applicant may within three months after the grant and publication of the European patent, file with the Cyprus office, a translation of the patent specifications for registration purposes.
Both Patent and Trade Mark applications are filed through an advocate registered with the Supreme Court of Cyprus.
In Cyprus, Copyright is automatic and requires no registration. The Law protects Cypriot nationals for their work which is published anywhere in the world and nationals of foreign countries for work which is published in Cyprus. Only the owner of a Copyright has the exclusive right to reproduce, translate and offer his / her work for sale. Anyone who infringes this right, is liable to the payment of damages and to other penalties under the Law.
For more detailed information regarding the IPR laws, any interested party can address their enquiry to the Department of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver (Tel.: +357 22404388 and Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).