Intellectual property in Croatia
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
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.
Živko Mijatovic & 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.
Law Offices Dlacic & Partners
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.
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.