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The 'undoubted standout in the region for IP work', Vukmir & Associates has expertise across the range of matters, from patent and trade mark prosecution through to the commercialisation of IPR and IP litigation. As well as regularly handling patent infringement litigation for large pharmaceutical companies, recently promoted partner Mirjana Jurišić also excels at trade mark litigation, and recently represented a major sports brand in infringement actions and market competition proceedings against a foreign importer of counterfeit items. Founding partner Mladen Vukmir also handles a range of IP matters, and alongside Ivan Ćuk, is representing the Croatian Performers’ Rights Collecting Society in a copyright infringement case brought against Hrvatski Telekom and French-based music streaming service Deezer.

Benefiting from 'a deep knowledge of the market and able to lead assignments involving multiple jurisdictions', Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic is well placed to represent multinational corporates, including Google, Heineken and Fox TV, across a broad-range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters. The 'very approachable' Olena Manuilenko has 'an in-depth knowledge of IP law and data protection', and alongside senior partner Saša Divjak, has been particularly active of late advising on GDPR matters.

Korper & Partneri Law Firm has an excellent reputation among SMEs and multinational corporates across the spectrum of IP matters, including trade mark and patent prosecution, litigation and licensing. Dina Korper Žemva  is recommended.

Leveraging its network of offices across Eastern Europe, as well as receiving referral work from law firms in other regions, boutique IP firm PETOŠEVIC excels at handling trade mark and patent prosecution and enforcement matters. Team head Ivan Kos  is noted for his work on the clearance, maintenance, and enforcement of trade marks. Anamarija Stancic is particularly recommended for her patent and trade mark work within the pharmaceutical sector.

Law firm Vukina & Partners Ltd. is well regarded for contentious and non-contentious IP matters, and particularly excels at advising clients on how to most effectively commercialise their IPR. Although Sanja Vukina is particularly noted for her trade mark expertise, she has also been involved recently in a significant amount of GDPR compliance work.

Law Offices Dlacic & Partners handles trade mark and patent registration and litigation work. Albina Dlacic is recommended.

At Matekovic Law Firm, the 'very business-oriented' Krešimir Matekovic has particular expertise advising pharmaceutical companies on IP issues, including Novo Nordisk and Sanofi-Aventis. Outside of the pharmaceutical industry, Matekovic recently represented Luxottica Group, on trade mark and contractual issues relating to its Chanel sunglasses.

At Vidan Law Office, Hrvoje Vidan handles a range of IP disputes and IP-related commercial matters (including drafting licensing agreements).

Leveraging the firm's excellent M&A and corporate reputation, Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch regularly provides the concomitant IP due diligence on acquisitions involving IP-rich targets. Led by senior associate Luka Čolić, the team also regularly handles other commercial and transactional-related matters, including IPR licensing and privacy and data protection assignments. Clients include WPP Group, Dassault Systèmes and Stirling Square Capital Partners.

Aided by 'excellent IP coverage across all jurisdictions of what was formerly Yugoslavia', Živko Mijatovic & Partners provides 'a strategic and responsive' offering to clients seeking to protect and enforce their IPR in the region. 'Pragmatic and solution-oriented' associate Luka Jelčić has a particular focus on trade mark infringements of major sports leagues and football clubs in the Balkan region. Ivana Šarlija heads the team.

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  • Implementing Regulations on Public Procurement

    On 1 January 2008 the new Public Procurement Act came into force. However, following the coming into force of the new Act the Public Procurement Office, a regulatory body authorized to develop and coordinate the public procurement system in Croatia reported that in the practice the new Act is actually suspended until the regulations necessary for its implementation are adopted.
  • Amendments to the Personal Data Protection Act

    On 28 March 2008 Croatian Parliament enacted Amendments to the Personal Data Protection Act ("Amendments").
  • Amendments to Civil Obligations Act

    The currently applicable Croatian Civil Obligations Act was enacted in 2005 ("2005 Act") with a goal of harmonizing Croatian legislation with a number of EU Directives relating to combat against late payment in commercial transactions, self-employed commercial agents, sale of consumer goods and associated guarantees, liability for defective products, as well as package travel.
  • Amendments to Electronic Commerce Act

    On 17 June 2008 the Amendments to Electronic Commerce Act ("Amendments") came into force. These amendments are aimed at fully harmonizing Croatian electronic commerce regulations with the relevant EU laws.
  • One-Tier Corporate Governance System Introduced in Croatian Legal System

    On 3 October 2007 Croatian Parliament enacted the Amendments to the Companies Act which should enter into force on 1 April 2008 ("Amendments", "Act"). These Amendments represent the first substantial change to the Act since 2003.
  • New Takeover Act Enacted

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  • New Public Procurement Act

    On 1 January 2008 the new Public Procurement Act came into force. The Act was modeled on a number of EU regulations concerning public procurement, most notably directive on coordination of procedures for award of public works, public supply and public service contracts, directive on procurement procedures of entities operating in the water, energy, transport and telecommunications sectors, as well as directive on review procedures to the award of public supply and public works contracts.
  • Resignation of a Member of the Management Board

    In a recently published decision, the Croatian High Commercial Court held that in corporations having two-tier corporate structure, the Supervisory board (as a body resolving on appointment and revocation of members of the Management Board) is not authorised or required to resolve on resignation of the Management Board's member. The court was on the standpoint that the resignation has legal effects as of the moment of its delivery to the Supervisory board. As a result, once the Supervisory board receives a resignation of a member of Management Board, it is not to discuss such resignation, but only undertake necessary steps to appoint new member of the Management Board and register the changes with the competent registry court.
  • Constitutional Court Rules on Squeeze Out

    According to recent press release, in February 2007 the Croatian Constitutional Court overruled the claim filed by minority shareholders of Siemens affiliate in Croatia. The minority shareholders requested the Constitutional Court to declare that rules on squeeze-out introduced into Croatian legal system under the 2003 Amendments to Companies Act are in violation of the Croatian Constitution. Under the disputed rules, shareholders' meeting may, at the request of the majority shareholder holding at least 95% of the shares, decide to transfer to such majority shareholder the shares held by minority shareholders, provided that the squeezed-out shareholders are paid appropriate compensation.
  • Regulation on Investment Fund Mergers

    Based on the authority granted under the 2005 Investment Funds Act, on 14 December 2006, the Croatian Agency for Supervision of Financial Services ("Agency") adopted the Regulation on Open Investment Fund Merger. The Regulation sets out a number of rules related to procedure, conditions and methods for merger of open investment funds in Croatia. The Regulation will come into effect on 30 December 2006.

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