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Europe Guide

Intellectual Property — Serbia

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Dejan Bogdanović and Mara Janković
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Specialist IP firm covering a wide range of high-end matters, including pursuing 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. Noted for its experience in several additional areas, including the pharmaceuticals, automotive and technology sectors. Soko Štark is a new client win for the team.

Strengths Clients note: "All their agreements are of a high standard. They have a very well-established network in the whole region, so they are very efficient and experienced - especially with this type of work."

A second source is equally impressed, commenting: "We are very satisfied with the speed of work and especially the expertise of the team."

Work highlights Represented AdriaNews in litigation relating to an alleged copyright infringement on a television programme.

Advised Opel on the registration of the Opel Monza trade mark in Serbia. 

Significant clients Procter & Gamble, Pfizer, CPA Global, Tiska Perla, Sony.

Notable practitioners  

Dejan Bogdanović is highly respected for his litigation practice. He advises clients on a broad range of trade mark and patent matters. Described by clients as "a star of the firm," he is highlighted as a "confident, experienced and reliable" lawyer.

Mara Jankovic is commended as a "rising star" within the practice. Interviewees describe her as "client-focused as well as pragmatic." Her work centres on trade marks and designs, and she also acts as an arbitrator in domain name disputes.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Mihajlo Zatezalo
- 1 partner
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Boutique practice providing a full range of IP services 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. Especially active in customs enforcement. Particularly present within the consumer goods, food and drink, and travel and leisure sectors.

Strengths Clients praise team members for their "promptness in handling matters, always bearing in mind the client's needs and requests, and their case-by-case approach." 

Significant clients Bayer, PepsiCo, Honda, Staedtler, Prada.

Notable practitioners  

Described by sources as "a very experienced lawyer," Mihajlo Zatezalo is a highly respected practitioner within this field. He specialises in trade mark disputes and also advises on general trade mark matters, including clearance and registration. He possesses expertise in several industries. 

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Highly successful team known to provide a full range of IP services to major international and Serbian companies. 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.

Strengths Market observers declare: "They provide a very high standard of service."

Notable practitioners  

Vladimir Marenović is esteemed on the market for being "experienced with customs measures" and "very good at what he does." He works with domestic and international clients on various IP issues and is particularly noted for acting on enforcement cases.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Bogdan Ivanišević
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

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. ION Investment Group is one of a number of new clients for the team.

Strengths One client praises the team for its excellent level of service: "It was a very positive experience because they were involved in everything," adding: "They have a lot of resources and can provide information very fast."

Sources also appreciate the quality of the advice: "They are responsive to our needs and the advice they provide is factual and to the point."

Work highlights Advised BAT on the IP and trade mark aspects of its acquisition of Fabrika duhana Sarajevo. The transaction involved multiple jurisdictions.

Assisted food manufacturer Bambi with finding a suitable trade mark arrangement in connection with the client's acquisition by a major Serbian confectionery producer.

Significant clients Google, ÖAMTC, Food Union (IP) Hong Kong, Air Serbia, Avon.

Notable practitioners  

Clients describe Bogdan Ivanišević as a "calm and knowledgeable" advocate. He has particular expertise in an array of trade mark and copyright matters. He advised Metalklinika Design Studio on a potential copyright dispute with a former employee relating to the unauthorised use of photographs.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Dragomir Kojić
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

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.

Strengths Clients praise the team's expertise in the area: "They are fast, reliable and have good know-how in the field of IP." 

Sources additionally highlight the group's efficiency and enthusiasm: "They swiftly responded to our initial enquiry and demonstrated that they were proactive and eager to help."

Work highlights Assisted Philip Morris with trade mark registration and maintenance proceedings, including filing various trade mark requests before the Serbian Intellectual Property Office.

Advised Microsoft on enforcement actions, the negotiation of settlements and the initiation of criminal proceedings.

Significant clients Colgate-Palmolive, Pliva, Dukat, Jaffa.

Notable practitioners  

Dragomir Kojić has particular expertise in trade mark and copyright matters. He also assists with data protection and advertising issues. He advised Pliva on its trade mark and maintenance proceedings.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Andrea Radonjanin
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

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. Confida Consulting Banja Luka is a new addition to the firm's varied client roster.

Strengths Clients praise the quality of service provided by the team: "The entire firm is excellent. They are young but very experienced – it is really easy to work with them as they have experts for everything we need."

The group is also hailed for its customer-oriented approach: "It's a matter of flexibility and of business culture. With Schoenherr there is an openness and willingness to listen to our needs and expectations."

Work highlights Advised Grand River Enterprises on cancellation petitions filed against its trade marks in Serbia by Philip Morris and Nu Mark.

Provided OMV with ongoing advice on various matters related to its growing IP portfolio in Serbia, ranging from trade mark registrations to IP litigation.

Significant clients Biofar, The Foundry, Melitta, Beiersdorf, New Europe Property Investments.

Notable practitioners  

Andrea Radonjanin specialises in IP and IT, and acts on behalf of international clients in regional matters. Clients report: "Her advice is outstanding, swift and accurate. She is direct and to the point, yet takes the time to understand all the commercial issues so she can reach a solution that works for everyone." She has assisted Portonovi Montenegro with trade mark advice and IP portfolio support.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Bojan Šunderić
- 1 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Represents international, regional and local corporate clients in the entertainment, electronics and pharmaceutical markets on trade marks, patents and industrial designs issues. Noted for its activity in IP litigation and administrative proceedings, as well as in hybrid matters touching on media and internet law. Experienced in acting on proceedings before the Serbian Intellectual Property Office.

Strengths Clients express confidence in the counsel they receive and note: "You don't doubt that you're getting good security and advice."

Work highlights Represented Century 21 Real Estate in trade mark and anti-counterfeiting litigation.

Assisted Vaillant with the protection of its trademarks and the validation of European patents in Serbia, Slovenia and Croatia.

Significant clients Realogy, H&M, Jos. H. Lowenstein & Sons, Casino Merkur-Spielothek, Patent Co.

Notable practitioners  

Bojan Šunderić is a key contact for this practice area.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Established IP team that offers wide-ranging IP advice on matters across the former Yugoslav states. Assists clients with issues concerning trade marks, copyright, patents and designs. Also active in IP disputes.

Notable practitioners  

Gordana Popović is a key contact for this practice area.

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Band 1

Mikijelj, Janković & Bogdanović

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dejan Bogdanović is highly respected for his litigation practice. He advises clients on a broad range of trade mark and patent matters. Described by clients as "a star of the firm," he is highlighted as a "confident, experienced and reliable" lawyer.

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Band 1

PETOŠEVIĆ

From the Chambers Europe guide

Described by sources as "a very experienced lawyer," Mihajlo Zatezalo is a highly respected practitioner within this field. He specialises in trade mark disputes and also advises on general trade mark matters, including clearance and registration. He possesses expertise in several industries. 

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Band 2

BDK Advokati/Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients describe Bogdan Ivanišević as a "calm and knowledgeable" advocate. He has particular expertise in an array of trade mark and copyright matters. He advised Metalklinika Design Studio on a potential copyright dispute with a former employee relating to the unauthorised use of photographs.

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Band 2

Karanović & Nikolić OAD Belgrade

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dragomir Kojić has particular expertise in trade mark and copyright matters. He also assists with data protection and advertising issues. He advised Pliva on its trade mark and maintenance proceedings.

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Band 2

Zivko Mijatovic & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vladimir Marenović is esteemed on the market for being "experienced with customs measures" and "very good at what he does." He works with domestic and international clients on various IP issues and is particularly noted for acting on enforcement cases.

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Band 2

Moravčević Vojnović and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrea Radonjanin specialises in IP and IT, and acts on behalf of international clients in regional matters. Clients report: "Her advice is outstanding, swift and accurate. She is direct and to the point, yet takes the time to understand all the commercial issues so she can reach a solution that works for everyone." She has assisted Portonovi Montenegro with trade mark advice and IP portfolio support.

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Up and Coming

Mikijelj, Janković & Bogdanović

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mara Jankovic is commended as a "rising star" within the practice. Interviewees describe her as "client-focused as well as pragmatic." Her work centres on trade marks and designs, and she also acts as an arbitrator in domain name disputes.

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