Partner at Vayanos Kostopoulos
Nikolaos Lyberis graduated from Athens University Law School in 1983 and worked as a scientific assistant at the University of Thrace Law School. From 1992 to 2000 he served as a legal adviser at the Hamburg Max Planck Institute for International Private Law, delivering legal advice to inquiring German courts. He obtained his PhD in European economic law from the University of Hamburg Law School.
Since 1993 Dr Lyberis has been a partner at Vayanos Kostopoulos, the oldest IP law firm in Greece, and in 1997 he became managing director. He specialises in prosecution and litigation relating to patents, trademarks and other IP rights. He also handles counterfeiting matters before Customs and the courts. Further, he successfully deals with contract law, IP licensing, consumer protection law and internet law disputes, as well as domain names and IP protection against unfair competition.
Dr Lyberis and his team at Vayanos Kostopoulos serve leading worldwide pharmaceutical companies and generally represent prestigious clients in patent, trademark and other IP rights conflicts in all branches of industry and commerce, including cosmetics, consumer goods, automotive, food and beverages and engineering.
Dr Lyberis was appointed as the sole institutional representative of the Athens Bar Association to the government’s legislative committees for drafting the new Trademark Law (4072/2012).
He lectures regularly on patent and trademark law, and has participated in training programmes on absolute and relative grounds for refusal for trademark office examiners. He has authored numerous articles on key topics of IP law for IP-specialised magazines. He is fluent in German and English.
Dr Lyberis is a member of numerous international associations focusing on IP law. He currently serves as a council member of the European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA) and as a member of the ECTA Harmonisation Committee and Law Committee. He is secretary of the Hellenic Group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property. He was also recently appointed as a member of the International Trademark Association Famous and Well-Known Marks Committee.