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Intellectual Property — Serbia


Mikijelj, Janković & Bogdanović - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Specialist IP firm covering a wide range of high-end matters, including pursuing patent and trade mark infringements and litigation, filing customs measures and providing clients with IP protection strategies. Represents regional and international corporate clients in the automotive, electronics and consumer products markets. Also noted for its experience in areas such as the pharmaceuticals and automotive sectors. Boasts a strong copyrights practice, acting for national media outlets and photographers on disputes relating to infringements of their copyrights.

Strengths One sources describes the firm as a "strong team of highly professional IP lawyers who possess in-depth knowledge of the IP law and litigation procedures in Serbia, and they show enormous commitment."

Another client appreciates that the firm is "very down-to-earth, open, friendly and direct."

Work highlights Acted for CrossFit on a dispute arising over the unauthorised use of the CrossFit trade mark without the proper licence.

Assisted Soko Štark with the registration at the the Serbian Intellectual Property Office of the colour yellow as a trade mark for its chocolate bars.

Notable practitioners

One client describes Dejan Bogdanović as "a highly experienced lawyer whose knowledge and skills have placed our company on the right course." He advises on a diverse array of IP matters, with a primary focus on trade marks and patents. His recent highlights include advising Tiska Perla on a trade mark infringement dispute.

Mara Janković receives praise from market commentators, who highlight her ability to "resolve problems quickly." She assists with trade marks and design matters, and also acts as an arbitrator in domain name disputes. She advised MAX&Co on a trade mark infringement matter against MaxMara.

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PETOŠEVIĆ - Intellectual Property Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Boutique practice acting on the full range of IP matters for clients across the region. Noted for experienced representation of major multinational corporations in contentious and non-contentious IP matters, notably patent and trade mark prosecution and enforcement across multiple jurisdictions. Particularly present within the consumer goods, food and drink, and travel and leisure sectors. Also highly active on customs enforcement and trade mark filing.

Strengths Interviewees praise the lawyers' "promptness in handling matters and their case-by-case approach," noting that they "always bear in mind the client's needs and requests."

Other market commentators say: "They provide a high-quality service, have been present in the market for such a long time and are very specialised in IP."

Notable practitioners

Sources say that Mihajlo Zatezalo is an "excellent lawyer," whose "good background knowledge gives him a broader view of matters." He has a noted focus on trade mark litigation and also assists with trade mark clearance and registration.

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Zivko Mijatovic & Partners - Intellectual Property Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly successful team advising major international and Serbian companies on IP matters. Offers multi-jurisdictional anti-counterfeiting programmes and legal representation in contentious and non-contentious IP cases. Additionally experienced in assisting with trade mark portfolio management and enforcement. Aided on cross-border mandates by its network of 14 offices located throughout South-Eastern Europe.

Strengths A client states that team members are "quick and are precise in their work," "willing to explain everything in detail" and "clear in their explanations of what the options are in the countries where they work with us."

Notable practitioners

Head of department Vladimir Marenović is respected for assisting international and domestic clients with a variety of issues connected to designs, domain names and trade marks. He also acts on enforcement cases.

About the Team (content provided by Zivko Mijatovic & Partners )

Živko Mijatović and Partners d.o.o. Beograd is the Serbian Office of Zivko Mijatovic & Partners network. It was established in 1939 in Belgrade, Serbia and was one of the first IP Boutiques in the country. It provides a full range of legal services in all areas of IP law. Our clients include major international corporations and reputable Serbian companies. ZMP´s multi-jurisdictional anti-counterfeiting program is one of its strong points and the Serbian Office plays the key role in this pan-regional approach. The Serbian office is facilitated to always create a wider strategy for the Client rather than resolving a particular problem, in a sense to advise how to prevent all similar problems in the future. Some of the members of the department are certified as official mediators and are skilled to detect counterpart’s interests in contentious matters. This is often used to settle matters out of Court and achieve Clients' goals in a cost and time efficient manner. The Firm prides itself on the streamlined flow of information between Offices which it accomplishes through Cloud Based file sharing and a consolidated Back Office. This not only means a more global and thus strategic approach to protecting and enforcing clients' rights but it also means clients can receive tailor made services consistently across all ZMP Offices through only one point of contact, if desired. Flexibility is a mantra of the Firm and clients are encouraged to seek tailor made services for their needs.

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BDK Advokati - Intellectual Property Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Routinely assists with trade mark prosecution, drafting and reviewing franchise and licensing agreements and copyright litigation. Possesses additional expertise in online IP issues. Acts for major domestic and international corporations, notably from within the media and consumer products sectors. New clients for the team include Cards Against Humanity, Dassault Systèmes and Monsanto.

Strengths One interviewee comments: "BDK showed a good understanding of the markets and relevant regulators in the jurisdictions involved, and they managed expectations regarding regulatory timelines and execution risk well."

Other sources report: "They demonstrated good knowledge and provided sensible advice on potential IP disputes, despite limited case law to guide them."

Work highlights Assisted Google with the assessment of a possible infringement of image rights following the use of former Serbian president Tomislav Nikolić's image in a game on Google Play.

Advised Universal Pictures International on compliance with Serbian IP law regarding the assignment of IP created by contributors to dubbed versions of films.

Notable practitioners

Department head Bogdan Ivanišević has a broad practice that spans IP, media and life sciences. He has noteworthy expertise in trade mark and copyright matters. Clients say he is "open, straightforward to work with and highly responsive." His recent highlights include advising international clients on copyright and trade mark infringements.

About the Team (content provided by BDK Advokati)

Our diverse IP and IP-related practice covers:

  • Trademark protection;
  • Protection of unregistered rights (unfair competition and other available legal mechanisms);
  • Copyright protection, including collective protection of copyright;
  • Industrial design protection;
  • Patents;
  • IP litigation;
  • Drafting and negotiating IP-related agreements (trademark licensing and assignments, know-how licensing, patent licensing and assignments; distribution agreements, sponsorship agreements; franchising agreements);
  • Cyber space issues;
  • Advertising.



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Karanović & Nikolić o.a.d. - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Experienced IP team which advises international and regional clients on the maintenance, development and protection of IP rights. Impressive client roster includes key players from the construction, pharmaceuticals and transport industries. Notable experience with matters affecting the food and beverage, software and consumer goods sectors. Subway, Total and Tarkett are new additions to the IP team's impressive client roster.

Strengths Sources note the firm's "commitment towards customers and their responsibility in delivering results."

The team is praised by clients for its responsiveness and is described as "fast, reliable and having good know-how in the IP field."

Work highlights Advised Colgate-Palmolive on the management of its trade mark portfolio, including trade mark searches and trade mark applications before the Intellectual Property Office of Serbia.

Assisted PLIVA with its trade mark registrations and maintenance proceedings before the Intellectual Property Office of Serbia, including the cancellation of the trade marks owned by competitors.

Notable practitioners

Regional IP head Dragomir Kojić assists blue-chip clients with the management of trade mark portfolios, copyright protection and advertising. He represented Jaffa in trade mark registration and maintenance proceedings. He also advises on data protection.

About the Team (content provided by Karanović & Nikolić o.a.d.)

Our regional Intellectual Property team brings together leading intellectual property and corporate lawyers we cooperate with to provide seamless services to clients. We provide legal services related to patent, trademark and design registrations, copyright ownership, exploitation, licensing and legal protection in cases of IP infringement actions. We also tailor optimal solutions for obtaining and enforcing the IP rights and regularly advise on the IP-related aspects of acquisitions whereby IP portfolios must be effectively transferred from one party to another. 

Protecting your Intellectual Property Assets

Our IP team creates, develops, manages and maintains our clients' IP portfolios and provides pragmatic advice on the best strategies for IP rights enforcement. We have the necessary experience to be able to properly evaluate the suitability of trademark, design and patent protection, and are equipped to carry out necessary searches. We regularly participate in due diligence procedures in order to identify and evaluate IP assets and anticipate the possible risks.

Enforcement Advisory

Our experts have extensive experience in the area of IP enforcement, including anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy initiatives. Such work includes surveillance of borders and dialogue with customs authorities, as well as preparation and filing of requests for the cancellation of imports in case of IP rights infringement. We also have extensive experience in IP-related disputes.

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Moravčević Vojnović and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr - Intellectual Property Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded team that advises on trade mark restrictions, copyright infringement cases and various IP prosecution and enforcement matters. Specialises in trade marks, unfair competition and IP transactions. Noted for representing clients from the technology, energy and consumer goods sectors. Leverages its strong international network, particularly in the Balkan region, to advise on cross-border IP matters.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's "exceptional project management, problem-solving orientation and unique expertise." The same source goes on to add: "All of their lawyers are responsive, knowledgeable and offer a very high standard of service."

Interviewees say: "I feel confident that all my legal matters will be taken care of and even if I am unaware of certain problems, they will point them out to me and take the initiative to solve them."

Work highlights Advised United Media on the IP aspects of its EUR4.5 million acquisition of a majority stake in Serbian broadcaster IDJ, which included the transfer of IDJ's copyright portfolio to the newly established structure and trade mark portfolio concerns.

Assisted Beiersdorf with the protection of its Nivea and Eucerin brands in Serbia, including an ongoing dispute with Unilever before the Intellectual Property Office of Serbia concerning the 'Black and White' Nivea trade mark.

Notable practitioners

Sources praise Andrea Radonjanin for being a "devoted lawyer who studies everything in depth and is a pleasure to work with." Others say: "She offers practical and useful advice, and replies very quickly to our queries." She advises regional and international clients on trade mark searches, registration and IP litigation. She assisted Kryolan with trade mark protection in the region.

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Popović, Popović & Partners - Intellectual Property Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established and growing IP team that offers wide-ranging IP advice on matters across the Balkan region. Assists clients with issues concerning trade marks, copyright, patents and designs. Additionally active in IP disputes. Also advises on media and data protection issues.

Strengths Market commentators say the firm offers a "very high level of service."

Notable practitioners

A key contact for the firm in this practice area is Gordana Popović.

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Band 1

Dejan Bogdanović

Mikijelj, Janković & Bogdanović

From the Chambers Europe guide

One client describes Dejan Bogdanović as "a highly experienced lawyer whose knowledge and skills have placed our company on the right course." He advises on a diverse array of IP matters, with a primary focus on trade marks and patents. His recent highlights include advising Tiska Perla on a trade mark infringement dispute.

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Band 1

PETOŠEVIĆ

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources say that Mihajlo Zatezalo is an "excellent lawyer," whose "good background knowledge gives him a broader view of matters." He has a noted focus on trade mark litigation and also assists with trade mark clearance and registration.

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Band 2

Bogdan Ivanišević

BDK Advokati

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Bogdan Ivanišević has a broad practice that spans IP, media and life sciences. He has noteworthy expertise in trade mark and copyright matters. Clients say he is "open, straightforward  to work with and highly responsive." His recent highlights include advising international clients on copyright and trade mark infringements.

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Band 2

Mikijelj, Janković & Bogdanović

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mara Janković receives praise from market commentators, who highlight her ability to "resolve problems quickly." She assists with trade marks and design matters, and also acts as an arbitrator in domain name disputes. She advised MAX&Co on a trade mark infringement matter against MaxMara.

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Band 2

Karanović & Nikolić o.a.d.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Regional IP head Dragomir Kojić assists blue-chip clients with the management of trade mark portfolios, copyright protection and advertising. He represented Jaffa in trade mark registration and maintenance proceedings. He also advises on data protection.

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Band 2

Vladimir Marenović

Zivko Mijatovic & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Vladimir Marenović is respected for assisting international and domestic clients with a variety of issues connected to designs, domain names and trade marks. He also acts on enforcement cases.

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Band 2

Andrea Radonjanin

Moravčević Vojnović and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources praise Andrea Radonjanin for being a "devoted lawyer who studies everything in depth and is a pleasure to work with." Others say: "She offers practical and useful advice, and replies very quickly to our queries." She advises regional and international clients on trade mark searches, registration and IP litigation. She assisted Kryolan with trade mark protection in the region.

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