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Although it has broadened the scope of its offering to include employment and corporate work, Vukmir & Associates remains best known for its IP practice. Maintaining a ‘good balance between prosecution work and litigation’, the team is active across the spectrum of intellectual property rights (IPR) including trade marks, copyright, design rights and patents. Mirjana Jurisic has niche patent litigation expertise and recently successfully secured a preliminary injunction on behalf of a multinational pharmaceuticals company against a generic manufacturer. Mladen Vukmir is recommended.

Korper & Partneri Law Firm advises SMEs and multinational corporates across a range of trade mark, patent and copyright contentious and non-contentious matters. Dina Korper Žemva is recommended.

IP boutique Petoševic provides an ‘effective and responsive service’ to clients seeking the protection and commercialisation of their IPR. As one of the core offices within the firm’s network spread throughout CEE, the Croatian team excels at handling trade mark and patent prosecution work for international clients. The team also regularly handles trade mark infringement and unfair competition cases. Ivan Kos and Anamarija Stančić Petrović are recommended.

Law firm Vukina & Partners Ltd. provides a ‘responsive and professional service’ across the spectrum of IPR including trade marks, copyright and patents – both in an advisory and litigation context. The ‘experienced and professionalSanja Vukina and Marina Poturičić Mladin are recommended.

As one of the largest and most experienced firms in the market, Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic is well versed at handling IP matters, both in the context of transactional work (including IP-related M&A due diligence), discrete advisory mandates (including an increased level of instructions on data protection matters) and litigation (particularly in relation to trade marks and copyright). Team head Olena Manuilenko is recommended. ‘Very responsive’ senior associate Ema Menđušić Škugor has a particular niche handling regulatory matters in the telecoms sector.

Law Offices Dlacic & Partners handles trade mark and patent registration and litigation work. Founding partner Albina Dlačić handles IP-related work in the telecom and technology sectors.

At Matekovic Law Firm, the ‘commercial and business-oriented’ Krešimir Mateković is ‘highly experienced in pharmaceutical law’ and continues to advise international heavyweights, including Novo Nordisk and Sanofi-Aventis, across a range of IP issues.

Vidan Law Office successfully represented high-profile German retailer ALDI in a long-running trade mark dispute with Croatian retail chain GETRO. The firm also advises Mox Media on the IP issues associated with organising and holding various music festivals throughout the country. Hrvoje Vidan provides ‘knowledgeable and proactive advice’ across a range of IP disputes and IP-related commercial matters (including drafting licensing agreements).

Led by senior associate Luka Čolić, Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch’s IP practice provides ‘clear and practical advice’ to clients engaged in IP disputes, commercialisation and IP-related M&A due diligence. Clients also benefit from the firm’s ability to utilise the expertise from practitioners across its CEE/SEE network of offices. This was recently exemplified by Čolić’s leadership and co-ordination for Dassault Systèmes in drafting an online services licensing contract which could be effectively implemented across Croatia, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Moldova and Montenegro.

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