Located in the Eastern Mediterranean, at the crossroads of three continents, namely Europe, Asia and Africa, and having one of the lowest tax rates in Europe, Cyprus is nowadays one of the most popular countries for registering companies. The number of new companies set up with the Cyprus Registrar of Companies is increasing every year, turning the island into a significant international financial centre.
Nowadays, more than ever before, intellectual property (“IP”) rights are much more essential for the survival of a business than entrepreneurs may think. Due to the cut-throat competition amongst the businesses and the unprecedented use of the Internet and e-commerce, a company can very easily have its ideas, products or services stolen.
On September 2018, the scheme for the promotion of the film industry and the promotion of the Republic of Cyprus as an island for filming (the “Cyprus filming scheme”) was brought into force by the organization Invest Cyprus (the “CIPA”) with the creation of the online platform “Film in Cyprus”, through which interested filming companies can be informed and submit their application to participate to the Cyprus filming scheme which offers a number of inceptives to its participants. The implementing body for the Scheme is the Cyprus Film Commission (the “Committee”).