Maria Ioannides
IP Attorney – Director

Maria Ioannides achieved a BA in Law, Political Studies and International Relations from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa in 1998 and an LLB (Honours) from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa in 2001. During her studies, she managed to distinguish herself by receiving several awards including the Nadine Mann memorial prize awarded annually to the student who has most distinguished herself in the course Practical Legal Studies and who has made a significant contribution to the work of the Campus Law Clinic.

Maria moved to Cyprus at the end of 2001 and completed her practical law training at the Law Office of the Republic of Cyprus. She was admitted to the Cyprus Bar Association in 2003 and has since worked at leading law firms in Cyprus, both as a team leader in the corporate department as well as heading the Intellectual Property department. She has been noted as “recommended” in the Legal500 Directory.

Further, in the November 2013 “Gold” business magazine issue, she was acknowledged as one of 140 specialist lawyers in Cyprus recognized for Excellence.

Maria has attended and is a member of various international ip organizations.

She is also a founding member and a member of the board of directors of the Cyprus- South African Business Association.

Maria is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) Trademark Office Practices Committee (TOPC) for the term 2018-2019.

She is member of INTA, AIPPI, the Silicon Valley Law Association, International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL) and the Cyprus Bar Association.

She speaks English, Greek and Afrikaans.


Maria’s interview to the EU IPO publication Alicante News



What they say about us:

“Dynamic, up-and-coming boutique IP Cyprus has made waves on the local trademark scene with its stellar prosecution, strategy development and transactional output. “It is a new and sophisticated set-up with very clever lawyers who are young, but experienced.” As testament to its trailblazing ethos, it is the only law firm that has signed up to the Start-up Cyprus Manifesto and counsels a number of pioneering domestic companies and international brands as a result. Niche expertise and tailored advice are hallmarks – strengths which are embodied in Marinos Cleanthous and Maria Ioannides. Attentive, ever mindful of clients’ individual needs and passionate about innovation, they are staunch believers in the value of IP rights as a commercial tool and know just how to wield that tool to optimum effect.”


Clients say that although IP Cyprus – Ioannides, Cleanthous & Co LLC is ‘a smaller practice, its services are as good as those offered by the larger firms in Cyprus’. The team handles ‘complicated IP matters in an intelligent and energetic way’; it is ‘thorough, responsive and very skilful at finding appropriate solutions’. Marinos Cleanthous is ‘completely dedicated to his clients’ and Maria Ioannides is ‘very knowledgeable’.

LEGAL 500 (2017)

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