Intellectual property in Bosnia & Herzegovina

PETOŠEVIĆ

PETOŠEVIC has an excellent market reputation across the intellectual property space and handles high-value litigation, prosecution and counterfeiting cases. Tarik Prolaz, who leads the team from the Sarajevo office, undertakes a number of contentious mandates for global clients operating in the hospitality and automotive sectors. The practice is able to leverage its wide pan-CEE network to undertake cross-border work. Berina Prolaz is a core member of the group, as is Ana Stojanovic, who specialises in trade mark enforcement work.

Practice head(s):

Tarik Prolaz

Other key lawyers:

Berina Prolaz; Ana Stojanovic

Work highlights

  • Representing a multinational furniture retail company in an infringement lawsuit.
  • Handling a trademark opposition for a multinational clothing company
  • Advised a multinational automobile manufacturer on an infringement matter  

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz D.O.O. in cooperation with local lawyers

At CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz D.O.O. in cooperation with local lawyers, the IP group handles a steady stream of trade mark registration matters and litigation. Practice head Nedžida Salihović-Whalen regularly advises leading clients in the pharmaceuticals and consumer goods sectors. Other members of the team include senior associate Zlatan Balta.

Practice head(s):

Nedžida Salihović-Whalen

Other key lawyers:

Zlatan Balta

Key clients

Naspers / MIH Group

Lilly UK

Interstate Hotels & Resorts Company

J FLORIS

Reckitt Benckiser

Kid’s Festival

ŽITO DD

PODRAVKA

HI Nevena

NEXE Grupa d.d.

Work highlights

  • Represented a leading regional food brand ŽITO DD in a trade mark infringement case against a local company.

Karanovic & Partners in cooperation with local lawyers

Karanovic & Partners in cooperation with local lawyers advises clients on obtaining and enforcing IP rights, as well as transfers of IP portfolios in connection with corporate transactions. Nihad Sijerčić heads up the practice in Sarajevo, which is part of a wider regional team in South Eastern Europe. Work for pharmaceutical sector clients is a notable area of strength for the group.

Practice head(s):

Nihad Sijerčić

Work highlights

  • Advised Pliva, a Croatian pharmaceutical company (a member of the Teva Group), and its Bosnian subsidiaries in various IP issues.
  • Managing Rakuten’s trademark registration and maintenance proceedings, including but not limited to filings before the Bosnian Intellectual Property Office.
  • Representing Telemach (together with Mirna Milanović-Lalić, as our co-counsel on this matter), one of the leading cable television and broadband internet services providers in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Maric & Co Law Firm

At Maric & Co Law Firm, the multidisciplinary IP practice handles the full range of work for clients, including transfers of trade marks, copyright litigation and IP-related tax issues. Team head Anisa Tomić is highlighted for her 'professional and timely' approach by clients. The group is a founding member of an alliance bringing together twelve firms in the SEE region, and is well-placed to provide a cross-border service. Multinational corporations are among the firm's clients.

Practice head(s):

Anisa Tomic

Testimonials

‘They are very responsive and detailed in correspondence, which is in a timely manner.’

‘Anisa Tomic is a skilled and responsive professional in the field of IP protection in Bosnia and Herzegovina.’

‘Maric & Co Law Firm and IP practice head Ms. Anisa Tomic are great experts in dealing with the national IP Office. Their reputation and knowledge make them stand out in local market and their response and experience make them a great partner to work with. ’

‘Ms. Anisa Tomic stands out on the national market, as she strikes the right balance between experience, knowledge but also responsiveness and hands-on approach to entrusted matters. It is easy to work with Anisa and I would recommend her to international companies looking for representatives in Bosnia.’

Key clients

Fortenova Group (Agrokor)

Google LLC

YouTube LLC

Apple Inc.

Belje plus d.o.o.

Coca Cola HBC

Mattel Inc.

Mliječna industrija 99 d.o.o.

Sanrio Ltd. Japan

Lego Juris A/S

AstraZeneca

Teva Pharmaceuticals

FMC Corporation

Procter & Gamble

Fruit Shippers Limited

Formitas d.o.o. Ljubljana

ASSOCIATION DE Gestion Internationale Collective des Oeuvres Audiovisuelles- AGICOA

Work highlights

  • Retained as an exclusive outside counsel in Bosnia and Herzegovina for Google LLC and its subsidiary YouTube LLC.
  • Advised Porsche GmbH and Audi GmbH on practical and regulatory aspects of introduction car connect services – new technologies for the Bosnian market.
  • Advised Fortenova Group on large trademark portfolio transfer of rights and recordal of changes in national trademark registers.

Law Office Mirna Milanovic-Lalic

Law Office Mirna Milanovic-Lalic handles a broad cross-section of IP-related matters for clients operating in sectors such as film, TMT and pharmaceuticals. Its team is experienced in advising start-ups, and local and foreign corporates, on the enforcement of IP rights. Mirna Milanović-Lalić co-heads the practice with Jasmina Suljović, who advises financial institutions and has a strong transactional background. In addition, the group has data protection expertise and it also advises on trade mark issues.

Practice head(s):

Mirna Milanović-Lalić; Jasmina Suljović

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

Ministry of Programming d.o.o. Sarajevo

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries/ PLIVA

Networks Int and Foundation Networks d.o.o. Sarajevo

Addiko Bank d.d. Sarajevo

Xenon forte d.o.o. Sarajevo

Bien-Etre Labs LLC

Balcanica d.o.o. Sarajevo

Srđan Prodanović

Titantex Srl

CWT Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dekonta d.o.o. Sarajevo

Pliva d.o.o.Sarajevo

SMITH General Tools d.o.o. Sarajevo

Association of Filmmakers

Telemach d.o.o. Sarajevo

MIKRO+POLO d.o.o. Sarajevo

Glosarij CD d.o.o. Podgorica

Tendam Balkans

Work highlights

  • Advised Pliva Hrvatska d.o.o., a member of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on a lawsuit.
  • Representing the Association of Filmmakers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in several administrative disputes against the Institute for Intellectual Property for obtaining the status of collective management association and in negotiations with right-holders.

Law Office Miljkovic & Partners

Law Office Miljkovic & Partners advises multinational corporates and domestic clients on the registration of trade marks, as well as franchising and licensing. On the contentious side, it represents clients in court proceedings over trade mark infringements, among other matters. The head of the practice is Amar BajramovićSead Miljković is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Amar Bajramović

Other key lawyers:

Sead Miljković

Key clients

dm drogeriemarkt

LC Waikiki Group

Megamix d.o.o.

Ghetaldus Optika d.o.o. Sarajevo

ASA Finance

Symphony Group

Work highlights

  • Advising dm drogeriemarkt on the registration of a trade mark UVIJEKPOVOLJNO.
  • Advising dm drogeriemarkt on a dispute over an alleged copyright infringement.

Law firm SAJIC

Law firm SAJIC handles both contentious and non-contentious IP matters, with a particular strength in patent litigation. Aleksandar Sajić jointly leads the team with senior associate Željko Vlačić, who focuses on patent law, trade marks and copyright. The team is notably active in the telecoms and energy sectors, where it acts for both domestic and regional clients.

Practice head(s):

Aleksandar Sajić; Željko Vlačić

Testimonials

‘Very professional and very fast.’

Key clients

The Association of Composers – Musical Creators (AMUS)

Telemax

Aqua System

Support Marketing Centar

Radio Television of Republika Srpska – RTRS

Amigos

ColorIt

Gunsan Elektrik Malzemeleri San. ve Tic A.S.

Work highlights

  • Representing the Association of Music Creators of Bosnia and Herzegovina in over fifty copyright infringement cases.
  • Advised Radio Television of Republika Srpska both contentious and non-contentious work in the areas of trade marks, copyright, designs, licensing, R&D, trade secrets and patents.
  • Advised Telemax in the procedure of protection of industrial design in front of the Institute for Intellectual Property.