We are a boutique law firm, based in Cyprus (EU) specialised in intellectual property and business law and we work with clients to develop all their rights at national and international level.

We offer a one-stop shop for any issue related to the registration, protection, licensing and maintenance of intellectual property rights, however our services are not limited to the usual assistance expected. Our aim is to help you realize the potential of your intellectual property assets and to maximize this potential.

As Cyprus is a well established business base for a number of international investors, our Team has the experience and can also provide efficient legal advise on any corporate law matters, including the incorporation of a company, the structure of the company and any legal issues which might arise between the shareholders or possible investors.

We make it our priority to assist our clients through every step to secure the protection of their rights both at national and international level. This is done with the least amount of hassle and anxiety as possible and where applicable with suggested solutions to any obstacles encountered.

We use the law as our toolkit to create certainty and resolve issues that could otherwise become a threat to any intellectual property transaction.

Our team is comprised of dedicated, experienced professionals, (members of the Nicosia and Cyprus Bar Association) who have decided to promote and encourage innovation and business rather than to simply follow standard procedure.

Our Firm is recommended by Legal 500 as a top tier IP Firm of Cyprus. We are also listed in WTR 1000 “The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2017”

IP CYPRUS is member at INTA, Silicon Valley IP Law Association, International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL) and other main IP or Business Law Associations.

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)

Marinos Fr. Cleanthous

IP Attorney – Director

Marinos graduated from Thessaloniki University (LLB) and obtained his LLM from University of Leicester.

He is a PhD researcher student at the European University of Cyprus (His research area covers European Intellectual Property Law).

He is an intellectual property attorney since 2005. He is appointed by the Ministry of Councils of the Government of Cyprus at the Cyprus Intellectual Property Committee.

During the last years he also worked as a part-time lecturer at the University of Nicosia and the University of Central Lancashire (Cyprus). He participated in many legal conferences (in Cyprus and abroad) and he gave presentations for Cyprus intellectual property law issues at the University of London and the University of Dublin.

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

Marinos is the former advisor for social media issues of the President of the House of the Representatives (2010-2011).

Marino’s interview at Gold Business Magazine

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