Fotini Kardiopoulis

Fotini Kardiopoulis is our exclusively recommended Anti-Counterfeiting Law expert in Greece on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Fotini directly using the contact details listed above.

Fotini Kardiopoulis, partner and co-founder of Dr Helen G Papaconstantinou and Partners (HP&P), heads the firm’s anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy department. She holds a law degree from the University of Athens with first-class honours and an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She joined the Athens Bar in 1985 and has been admitted to practice before the Greek Supreme Court and the Council of State. She has also been a lecturer for 10 years at the Police Academy.

Since 1998 she has been dealing with a broad range of IP matters with an emphasis on trademarks, geographical indications, anti-counterfeiting/anti-piracy, plant breeder’s rights, contract drafting and reviewing and alternative dispute resolution. She has extensive experience in IP litigation, in devising and implementing anti-counterfeiting programs, filing and administering customs actions, monitoring and enforcing IP rights online and advising on domain name disputes, consulting on license & franchise agreements and on copyright issues.  In addition, she has conducted numerous significant seizures/raids, including preparatory investigations concerning various sectors, such as apparel, electric/electronic goods, toys, watchmaking, alcohol and tobacco/cigarettes, often involving civil and criminal action in addition to customs procedures.

Fotini Kardiopoulis is an active member of various associations, including the Athens Bar Association, the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Association of European Trade Mark Owners (MARQUES) and the International Community of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Ornamental and Fruit Varieties (CIOPORA).

She has further been endorsed as the exclusive recommended Anti-Counterfeiting Law expert in Greece for 2021 by Leaders in Law as well as awarded with the 2020 ‘Certificate of Excellence’ on Anti-Counterfeiting (Greece) by Advisory Excellence.  Moreover, she has been ranked as a Recommended Individual in WTR 1000 2021 and 2020 Intellectual Property rankings as well as a Leading Individual and Recommended Lawyer in Legal 500 EMEA 2021 and 2020-Intellectual Property rankings.

She frequently authors articles in her fields of expertise. Recent contributions include:

  • Anti-counterfeiting and Online Brand Enforcement 2021-Greece – supplement to World Trademark Review (co-author)
  • WTR Yearbook 2020/2021: A global guide for practitioners – supplement to World Trademark Review (co-author)
  • Greece (finally!) introduces its new Trademark Law implementing the EU Directive – Greek Law Digest-VIEWLETTER, Nomiki Bibliothiki
  • Greece: Intellectual Property – The Legal 500 Country Comparative Guides (4th edition) – The Legal 500
  • Business Brief: Greece – WIPR Annual 2020 (co-author)

She is fluent in Greek, English and French.

Firm Overview:

Dr. Helen G. Papaconstantinou and Partners (HP&P), with a history that spans over a century, is broadly recognized 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 full IP lifecycle, from advising on and prosecuting IP portfolios, assessing, managing and maximizing the value of intellectual property in commercial and licensing transactions through out of court negotiations and settlement, IP litigation and enforcement strategies.  The firm 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 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 quality control system (ISO 9001/2015).

With respect to the people comprising the Firm, Managing Partner is Eva Yazitzoglou and the other Partners are Miranda Theodoridou, Maria Athanassiadou and Fotini Kardiopoulis.  HP&P is home to 12 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 21 experienced paralegals and supporting staff, HP&P provides legal and administrative services of excellent quality and closely collaborates with 40 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. HP&P attorneys are active members of various international associations, such as EPI, FICPI, ECTA, AIPPI, INTA, PTMG, MARQUES, and CIOPORA.

HP&P attorneys are regular contributors to important and internationally recognized IP resources such as the World Trademark Review, IAM, Wolters Kluwer Manual IP, Katzarov’s Manual on Industrial Property and several INTA and ECTA resources.

The Firm 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 further improve the quality and reliability of its services and enhance its strongly 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.