Intellectual property in Croatia

Vukmir & Associates

Although Vukmir & Associates has successfully broadened the scope of its legal services, IP-related advice still underpins a sizeable amount of work handled by the firm. The scope of this work runs the gamut from brand strategy advice for large Croatian companies, through to complex IP litigation. Founding partner Mladen Vukmir has a peerless reputation in the market and as a qualified patent attorney also has the ability to write patent drafts. He co-heads the seven-strong team alongside Carla Biancotti, who is in charge of the IP filing department and also heads up the firm's Italian desk. Other recommended practitioners include senior attorney Mirjana Jurišić, who regularly acts for pharmaceutical companies in patent litigation, and of counsel Aleksandar Bijelic, who excels at trade mark and advertising law work.

Practice head(s):

Mladen Vukmir; Carla Biancotti

Other key lawyers:

Mirjana Jurišić; Ivan Ćuk; Aleksandar Bijelić

Key clients

Podravka d.d.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

Pliva Hrvatska d.o.o.

Mars Incorporated

Republic of Croatia, Ministry of Agriculture, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Burberry Limited

HUZIP – Croatian Performers’ Rights Collecting Society

Janssen Biotech

Njuskalo.hr

Jamnica plus d.o.o

OMOLAB KOMUNIKACIJE d.o.o.

Adidas International

Renault S.A.S.

The North Face Apparel Corp.

McDonald’s Corporation

Johnson & Johnson

Nike Innovate C.V.

Visa Europe

Reebok International ltd

Klimaoprema d.d.

TOP SPORT EVENTS d.o.o.

INETEC – Institute for Nuclear Technology

MicroBlink / Photomath

PAO Gazprom neft.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Republic of Croatia as an intervening party before the General Court of the European Union in a dispute involving legal action of the Republic of Slovenia against the European Commission, in relation to the designation of origin of the wine variety ‘teran’.
  • Representing HUZIP (Croatian Performers’ Rights Collecting Society) in the copyright infringement case against Hrvatski Telekom and French internet-based music streaming service DEEZER .
  • Advised Podravka d.d. in relation to both a granting procedure and validation of a European patent in some member states of the European Patent Organization.

Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka

As one of the most prominent full-service firms in the country and also increasingly active in the IP/TMT sphere, Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka is a growing presence among many large IP-rich businesses, which are appreciative of its ability to provide a one-stop-shop service across their commercial needs. Team head Olena Manuilenko is 'very client-oriented and knowledgeable' and has wide-ranging expertise in both traditional and digital businesses, including as it relates to data protection compliance, the commercialisation of IPR and IP litigation.

Practice head(s):

Olena Manuilenko

Other key lawyers:

Emir Bahtijarević; Ema Menđušić Škugor; Lea Mužić; Dina Salapić; Sanja Novoselić

Testimonials

‘I have had a chance to work with lawyers from the IP group as well as other practice groups on several projects, and can recommend them all for their legal expertise and professionalism. What makes them stand out from other law firms on the Croatian market is the fact that they provide top advice from different areas of law – I can really rely on them to deliver a full service at any time on any matter.’

‘The extraordinary Olena Manuilenko is very dedicated and enthusiastic about IP law and is extremely knowledgeable. She is very pleasant to communicate with and is very client-oriented.’

Key clients

Google

Ultra Enterprises Inc

The Walt Disney Company Bulgaria

Heineken Hrvatska

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

Japan Tobacco International (JTI)

GTC Matrix

Pozavarovalnica Sava

DA Film

Presscut

Work highlights

  • Regularly advising The Walt Disney Company Bulgaria across a range of IP and TMT matters, including on such issues as non-linear audiovisual services, collective rights management, advertising, protection of minors and GDPR compliance.
  • Representing Google on data protection matters, as well as on many issues pertaining to its popular products and services such as YouTube, Google Play and Street View, including legal reviews and advice in connection with launching new products, services or features on the Croatian market, as well as continuous legal support of their other business needs.
  • As part of the firm’s overarching legal services to Heineken, it advises on numerous IP/TMT matters, including trade mark prosecution, non-contentious and contentious copyright matters, GDPR compliance processes and projects.

PETOŠEVIĆ

Led from Croatia by Ivan Kos and also able to leverage the expertise of lawyers based throughout the CEE, IP boutique PETOŠEVIC is particularly well-positioned to advise international clients on trade mark clearance, protection and enforcement, both domestically and throughout the region.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Kos

Other key lawyers:

Anamarija Stančić Petrović; Vanja Caratan Krenedić

Šavoric & Partners

As well as being able to provide the IP due diligence associated with M&A and corporate transactions handled by the firm, Šavoric & Partners' four-strong team also has the capacity to handle standalone mandates, including as it relates to copyright and brand protection strategies. The team is co-headed by Boris Šavorić and senior associate Boris Babić, with the latter particularly well-versed in IP litigation.

Practice head(s):

Boris Šavorić; Boris Babić

Other key lawyers:

Natalija Babić

Key clients

IKEA

Decathalon

Enterprise Investors via Studenac (Istarski Supermarketi)

Work highlights

  • Advised IKEA on a number of IP matters, including as it relates to copyright and design rights.
  • Advised Decathalon on a number of IP matters, including as it relates to copyright and the usage of the copyrighted works.
  • Advised Enterprise Investors on the protection of the IPR portfolio and general advice regarding IPR protection in the course of the due diligence process.

Korper & Partneri Law Firm

Boutique IP firm Korper & Partneri Law Firm has a 'good reputation among clients', which it has developed over many years' experience advising across a range of mandates, including on patent and trade mark enforcement and protection matters.

Testimonials

The firm has a good reputation among clients.’

Mamic Peric Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC

Benefiting from specific IP-related knowledge and also able to harness expertise across broader competences, including regulatory, corporate and financing, Mamić Perić Reberski Rimac Law Firm LLC is a popular choice for clients seeking a one-stop-shop service on bespoke projects. Vladimir Mamić and Natalija Perić co-head the team and are adept at advising clients across the full scope of contentious and non-contentious IP matters, including as it relates to trade marks, patents and copyright.

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Mamić; Natalija Perić

Other key lawyers:

Nikola Kokot; Martina Strukić Šarić; Frano Belohradsky; Nina Ovčar; Marin Curić; Ivana Marić

Testimonials

‘The firm has deep knowledge and efficiency in the area.’

Key clients

OKTAL PHARMA d.o.o.

Styria Group

Bluehouse

NOVA KREDITNA BANKA MARIBOR d.d.

Exclusive representatives of L’Oreal and Aveda in Croatia

GS1 CROATIA – Croatian Association for Automatic Identification, Electronic Data Interchange and Management of Business Processes

Adria Media Zagreb d.o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advising media group Styria on various IP matters related to software protection, software solutions and IP rights transfer.
  • Advising Greece-based international investment fund Bluehouse on the registration and certification of a number of trade marks before State Intellectual Property Office of Croatia, as part of the Vrbani project for shopping centre construction in Zagreb.
  • Continued advising various cosmetics companies and their representatives in Croatia, including L’Oréal and Aveda, in the procedure of registration and certification of several figurative trade marks before the State Intellectual Property Office of Croatia as well as in the procedure of change of the registered trade mark holder.

Matekovic Law Firm

At Matekovic Law FirmKrešimir Mateković provides 'commercially-focused' advice to pharmaceutical companies, including Novo Nordisk and Sanofi-Aventis, on IP issues.

Practice head(s):

Krešimir Mateković

Other key lawyers:

Dora Adžić; Laura Mateković; Ivan Sabljić

Testimonials

Krešimir Mateković provides commercially-focused advice.’

Key clients

Adriatic Luxury Development

Asura Multiservis

Aquanautica

China Dynamics (Holdings) Limited

Luxottica South Eastern Europe

Luxottica Group

Mamut fortis d.o.o.

NOVO NORDISK Hrvatska

Omya S.p.A.

Proarh tri

Raiffeisen – Leasing

Renesola

RL – ETA

RL GAMMA

RL BETA

RL Jankomir

Sanofi Aventis Groupe

Sanofi – Aventis Croatia

Sioil

Shire

Super igra d.o.o.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Continuing to assist Luxottica in helping to prevent further trade mark infringement by Adrial, a company which unfoundedly uses the famous Luxottica’s trade mark ‘Ray-Ban’ when it is not a member of the selective distributive system.
  • Continuing to represent Croatian Radiotelevision in litigation regarding the infringement of copyright and other IPR. The firm also advises the company on the drafting of numerous agreements containing IPR issues.
  • Instructed to protect the trade mark before the Croatian Institute for the Intellectual Property for a new and upcoming sports company, ‘Kralj Tomislav’.

Vidan Law Office

Vidan Law Office's managing partner, Hrvoje Vidan, regularly handles IP-related work as part of his wide-ranging transactional and litigation expertise. The scope of the IP work is broad and includes advice on relatively commoditised trade mark registration procedures, as well as representation in complex disputes over defensive trade marks and advice on rebranding projects.

Practice head(s):

Hrvoje Vidan

Other key lawyers:

Ina Dermisek; Romi Bulat

Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch

Led from Croatia by senior associate Luka Čolić, and also well-placed to advise clients on regional mandates by virtue of the firm's extensive network of CEE offices, Wolf Theiss - Zagreb branch handles a range of contentious and non-contentious IP work for existing and standalone clients in the pharmaceutical, energy and banking sectors. Particular strengths include trade mark-related work (including prosecution and enforcement) and data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Luka Čolić

Key clients

Dassault Systèmes

Ex Works Capital Fund

Munich RE Group

Booking.com

MIND Solutions

Group M Central Europe Zagreb d.o.o. (WPP Group)

Accenture Global Services Limited

Mondelez Europe GmbH

SIGNA Property Funds Deutschland AG

Work highlights

  • Advising the International Skating Union, the head international federation for ice skating sports, in relation to a preliminary refusal to register their trade mark by the Croatian State Agency Intellectual Property (DZIV).
  • Advising Sony on the principle of ‘net neutrality’ and potential local derogations in light of the extended useage (and associated congestion) due to the Covid-19 crisis. The advice related primarily to network usage and possible network congestion with a view to PlayStation download functionality.
  • Advising the Croatian entity of a global pharmaceutical business that has recently been  established, regarding the procedure of structuring the entity’s data protection framework from scratch.