The Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (SBBE) is offering free assistance to Greek companies to protect the term “Macedonia” in the name of their products and trademarks, reports Greek newspaper “Ekathimreini”.

Athanasios Savvakis, the president of the SBBE, says the federation will offer free assistance to some 4,000 Greek enterprises to protect the name in international markets. He went on to say he was concerned that enterprises could face problems regarding the agreement to settle the name dispute with Macedonia and urged Greek companies to act swiftly.

He said this ought to be done through the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in Alicante, Spain for activities within the European Union, and through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland, for other international activities.

Savvakis observed that Greek enterprises had shown considerable negligence on the issue and revealed that the Geneva office had received no Greek applications for Greek protection of the name, while two applications had already been submitted from “FYROM companies”, reports the Greek newspaper.

Only 24 Greek companies have registered the name “Macedonia” for the territory within the EU at the Alicante office.