Greece: Halt on compulsory mediation for IP disputes 27 Sep 2018

Less than a month before its coming to effect, the compulsory mediation process enshrined in Law 4512/2018 (published 17 January 2018)  and including intellectual property disputes, is to be suspended until 16 September 2019.

The compulsory mediation scheme had come under heavy fire and the Administrative Plenary Session of the Greek Supreme Court (Areios Pagos) had found it to be unconstitutional. This decision, although formally an opinion not binding for the lower courts, practically meant that litigants could proceed with legal action, skipping the mediation stage.

Accordingly, the government took legislative action to suspend the starting date of the new procedure until the next judicial year. It remains to be seen whether and what sort of changes may be introduced to the mediation procedure within the year.