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IP:CON Belgrade 2023 / Београдска конференција о праву интелектуалне својине

Правни факултет Универзитета у Београду и Живко Мијатовић и партнери, организују конференцију о праву интелектуалне својине 6. априла 2023. године са почетком у 9.30 часова, у јединственом амбијенту атријума Југословенске кинотеке у Београду.

Сусрет ће окупити све који желе да чују и учествују у дијалогу о актуелним темама из области правне заштите интелектуалних добара – професоре права, адвокате, судије и представнике носилаца права интелектуалне својине.

Догађај ће садржати четири панела:

  • Поступци због повреде права интелектуалне својине – осврт на проблеме из праксе;
  • Нови Закон о жиговима – искуства у примени три године касније;
  • Права интелектуалне својине и дигитална имовина;
  • Права интелектуалне својине и индустрија видео-игара.

Посетиоци конференције имаће прилику да чују панелисте са различитим искуствима у изложеним областима, као и да активно учествују у дискусији.

Специфичности процесних правила судске заштите, накнада штете због повреде права, референцијална употреба жига, незаменљиви токени и ауторско право, разноликост интелектуалних добара у видео играма, само су неке од тема о којима ће се говорити са циљем да се утврди практични домашај појединих правних решења.

Догађај је организован у намери да промовише значај заштите интелектуалне својине и размену знања и идеја о изазовима које доноси њен савремени развој.  

Агенда конференције ће ускоро бити доступна.


Радни језик: српски

Пријава за учешће је обавезна најкасније до 30. марта путем линка

Број места је ограничен.

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ZMP Top Ranked Across Nine Jurisdictions In The WTR 1000 2023 Edition

The World Trademark Review (WTR) announced the WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals for the year 2023, recognizing the world’s top trademark leading firms and individuals.

ZMP continues to garner recognition, this time being included for 9 jurisdictions and 8 individuals.

ZMP teams in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia and Spain have yet again been praised for their stand-out trademark work.

Eight ZMP practitioners are recognised by WTR for their exceptional expertise – Dolores Canadas Arcas, Ivana Knezevic, Metka Malis Furlan, Vladimir Marenovic, Djura Mijatovic, Monica Novac, Tomasz Rychlicki, and Tsvetomira Vasileva.

Congratulations to our colleagues Djura Mijatovic, Ivana Knezevic, Vladimir Marenovic, and Monica Novac who are now upgraded as individuals in band Gold.

ZMP would like to thank our clients for their positive feedback and their continued trust and support.

A big congratulations to all of the teams!

If you wish to read the full ZMP profile please visit the WTR website here.

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ZMP Obtained a Groundbreaking General Request Based On Indications Of Geographical Origin

ZMP was engaged in a groundbreaking procedure for obtaining a general customs supervision based on indications of geographical origin. Customs Offices in all Balkan countries adopted our general request, filed on behalf of Champagne Wine Interprofessional Committee (Comité Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne, CIVC). CIVC is the interprofessional body bringing together all the operators involved in Champagne wine: winegrowers, wine merchants, Champagne houses, professional associations, and cooperative cellars. Our request was related to the indication of geographical origin „Champagne“.

As it is well known, original champagne comes from Champagne region in France only. Drinks or products produced elsewhere and not in accordance with the strict guidelines made by CIVC are not authorized to bear the name Champagne. Thus, our goal was to ensure full protection to this specific right in Balkan countries.

Unlike usual procedures for obtaining customs supervision based on certificate of trademark or industrial design, this request was somewhat different and more challenging. For example, in Serbia it was directly based on Stabilization and Association agreement which served as a concrete legal basis for submitting request, since it directly protects certain rights of geographical origin, including Champagne. Therefore, it was very important to emphasize that the law directly protects the right of the geographical indication of origin of Champagne and to accurately state the articles and the corresponding annexes and protocols of this extensive agreement. In order to fulfil all necessary requirements, we sometimes had to assume the role of intermediary between the three state authorities who were quite demanding and cautious during the procedure.

Adoption of said request has a multiple significance. Most importantly, for the rightsholder, it brings a legal and economic security on the Balkan markets. Let’s hope that this might be a guide for other holders of geographical indications in so far that it is possible to achieve this type of protection for the entire Balkans, with the identical content as in the EU.

This article is to be considered as exclusively informative, with no intention to provide legal advice. If you should need additional information, please contact us directly.

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We are Hiring!

We are looking to expand our Croatian team with: Attorney at Law

Job description:

  • Protection, enforcement and litigation of all types of intellectual property
  • Oppositions, cancellations, revocations, court proceedings in the field of IP
  • Advising domestic and international clients in all matters related to intellectual property rights and unfair competition
  • IP protection & enforcement strategies
  • IP portfolio management
  • Multi-territorial and multi-jurisdictional IP cases


  • Law degree and Bar Exam
  • Previous experience in IP preferred
  • Language skills: excellent spoken and written English (mandatory); knowledge of an additional foreign language (preferred)
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office)
  • Flexibility, attention to details, exceptional precision in the execution of tasks, ability to multitask

What we offer:

  • Dynamic environment
  • Acquisition of new knowledge, skills, and competences
  • Stimulating income
  • Teamwork
  • Professional career development 

If you are open to new challenges and are looking to experience a high-level working atmosphere in an international corporate environment, please submit your resume until February 7, 2023 to the following e-mail address:

Only selected candidates will be contacted.

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The Future of Creativity – International Authors’ / Creators’ Conference MAKK Zagreb – November 24th & 25th

The future of creativity was in the focus of the 10th MAKK Conference 2022 held in Zagreb, Croatia and organized by the Croatian Composers’ Society and the Croatian Copyright Society.

The MAKK International Authors’ / Creators’ Conference is a meeting point for creative industries, where relevant and current topics are discussed on interactive and insightful panels during the span of two days. Panellists are some of renowned international and regional creators and experts in the field, such as Björn Ulvaeus, Skye Edwards, Andy Wright, as well as Ceco Gaković, Aleksandra Kovač, Tinkara Kovač, Tonči Huljić, Darko Rundek, Dino Merlin, Momčilo Bajagić Bajaga, Husein Hasanefendić Hus, Miroslav Škoro, Zoran Predin, etc.

First day of the conference is always dedicated to the representatives of the creative industries like composers, performers, singers, whilst the second day focuses on legal issues regarding copyright and related rights.

10th MAKK Conference was a platform for some interesting legal topics.

Prof. dr. sc. Igor Gliha from the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb share his thoughts on provisions of the new Copyright and Related Rights Act (OG No. 111/2021) that came into force on October 22, 2021 (please see: zakon_autor_2021_ENG.pdf (, particularly in relation to the copyrighted work created during the course of employment – Article 100 of the new Act.

The following topics were also discussed:

  • relationship between copyright and the Directive (EU) 2019/1024 on open data and the re-use of public sector information;
  • relationship between GDPR and copyright;
  • copyright created by an employee (work made for hire)
  • material and legal shortcomings of the digital content and copyright.

Namely, under the provisions of the previous Copyright and Related Rights Act, employer could not acquire economic copyrights over the exploitation of a copyrighted work created during the course of employment – the author himself detained all the rights over his copyright work. The new Act has now changed that in favour of the employer.

We share the opinion that the new Copyright and Related Rights Act implemented important provisions for the protection of author’s and performer’s rights (including the EU Copyright Directive – Directive (EU) 2019/790 of 17 April 2019 on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market) the previous Copyright and Related Rights Act protected the authors better, particularly in relation to a copyrighted work created during the course of employment.

Another interesting panel discussion concerned “Buyout and copyright” in relation to actors, musicians and performers. Croatian actors presented a situation in which they are all forced to sign buyout contracts with the producers, whereby their performer’s rights are transferred to the producer entirely and therefore they do not get any further compensation for any future exploitation of their performance (reruns or further broadcasting on cable or VOD TV).

Obviously, new global trend wherein the employer’s rights supersede those of the employee when copyright work is concerned, has now arrived to Croatia as well.


The importance of this conference has been confirmed once again, as this is one of a kind international authors’ / creators’ conference in the whole region. MAKK Conference is definitely dedicated to increasing knowledge on authorship and copyright, and keeping up with interesting trends within cultural and creative industries.

Author: Vanja Carantan, Senior Counsel / Attorney at Law

Photo credit: Samir Cerić Kovačević / Vedran Metelko

This article is to be considered exclusively informative, with no intention to provide legal advice. If you should need additional information, please contact us directly.

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Training session “Identifying Counterfeits”, organized by Croatian Customs Authorities

Croatian Customs Authorities organized a training session in Split, Croatia, a two-day seminar “Identifying Counterfeits” held from September 29 to September 30, 2022.

The training was organized for customs officers under the jurisdiction of the Regional Customs Office Split and intended for officers engaged in both internal market and border procedures. The event was a presentation-type training with lectures on Trademarks and Customs procedures concerning counterfeit goods held by the Customs Officials. The aim of the training session was to improve the implementation of customs measures in the enforcement of intellectual property rights and to provide useful information on identifying counterfeit goods. Seventeen presentations on identifying counterfeits in total were held over two days by the Right-Holders, while the Customs Authorities Senior Advisors, Ms Ines Zivcic and Mr Ninoslav Babic held lectures related to Customs procedures and specifics of trademarks.

Ivana Knezevic, Head of ZMP Croatia, represented seven brands from ZMP’s Client roster, from the automobile, cosmetic, electronic and fashion industries. We are very pleased the event generated a lot of interest and are proud that our Clients take care of their brands and are interested in the fight against counterfeits!

Special thanks go to the organizers of the event, Mr Ninoslav Babic, Senior Advisor, for the first in-person event since 2019, and for welcoming us so warmly.

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ZMP Wins “IP Firm of the Year for the Balkans” at the WTR and IAM Global IP Awards 2022

Yesterday at Christ Church Spitalfields, London, ZMP received the WTR/IAM award for the IP Firm of the Year in the Balkans at the Global IP Awards 2022.

The award was received by members of the ZMP Team including Djura Mijatovic, Managing Partner of ZMP.

“It has always been our ambition to deliver seamless legal services in the Balkan region as well as the whole Central and Eastern Europe. We are therefore particularly honoured to receive this award, as for us, it is a recognition of our hard work and our constant effort to deliver the best possible service to our clients and the IP community in general” – Djura Mijatovic, Managing Partner.


The Global IP Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of law and attorney firms in litigation, prosecution and transactional work over the past 12 months. Awards are given to leading lights of the industry, highlighting the depth and spread of IP expertise available to corporate teams the worldwide.

Proceeds from the awards will be donated to the Swawou School for Girls in Sierra Leone.

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ZMP at ECTA Annual Conference – “Designing the Future”

Our Senior Associate Vladimir Marenovic attended the ECTA 40th Annual Conference “Designing the Future” in Copenhagen.

This year’s conference brought together professionals in the field of designs, trademarks, and related IP matters to discuss hot topics and developments of IP trends – NFTs, metaverse, IP strategy for start-ups, and much more.

We wish to congratulate ECTA for hosting such an exceptional event.

About ECTA (European Communities Trademark Association):

With more than 1500 members, coming from all Member States of the EU and beyond, ECTA promotes the knowledge and professionalism of the intellectual property law community in the fields of trade marks, designs, copyright and other intellectual property rights, within the European Union.

ECTA provides an ideal forum for knowledge exchange and sharing, and is an accredited professional association in many countries for IP attorneys. The association brings together lawyers, from private practices or the industry, judges, academics and various other IP-related professionals, who wish to maintain and expand their knowledge in the fields of intellectual property.

Also, ECTA is following and actively contributing to many ongoing legislative and implementation processes, including the EU copyright law reform, the reform of the design law, evaluation of domain names practices and much more.

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6th Conference “Intellectual Property and the Internet”

The sixth conference “Intellectual Property and the Internet”, organized by the Foundation “Registry of the National Internet Domain of Serbia” (RNIDS) and the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, was held on June 14, 2022, in the Conference Hall of the Faculty of Law.

The conference was opened by prof. Dr. Dusan Popovic, the President of the Organizing Committee and full professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, and the Dean of the Faculty of Law UB, prof. Dr. Zoran Mirkovic.

Dr. Eleonora Rossati, professor at the Faculty of Law at Stockholm University, and the director of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Market Law was a keynote speaker. She discussed on the topic “Copyright Exceptions on the Internet: An EU Perspective”.

Our colleague Dr. Mina Jovanovic had the opportunity to contribute with her paper on “Trademark rights and non-fungible tokens (NFT)”.

The event opened up some hot topics, including: can a trademark as a right (property) be the subject of tokenization (NFT), what is the copyright view of the GIF format, what is the copyright definition of streaming, and whether goods and services with a registered trademark in the physical world can enjoy trademark protection in virtual reality? It is clear that intellectual property is becoming more and more important in the context of the Internet, is about to gain even more importance in the future.

The whole conference was streamed alive and you can find it on RNIDS YouTube Channel.

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Djura Mijatovic and Vladimir Marenovic included in the WIPR Leaders 2022

ZMP is proud to announce that our colleagues Djura Mijatovic (Managing Partner) and Vladimir Marenovic are included in the WIPR Leaders 2022.

Djura Mijatovic is a managing partner at Zivko Mijatovic & Partners (ZMP) and his practice focuses on all areas of IP rights. He is a qualified Barrister at Law and European trademark and design attorney. For over 20 years he has specialised in protection and enforcement of trademarks in Central and Eastern Europe as well as in the EU and oversees the work of the whole network ZMP offices throughout Europe.

Vladimir Marenovic is a patent and trademark attorney in Zivko Mijatovic & Partners’ Serbia office. He focuses his practice on all matters related to copyright, trademarks, designs, domains and unfair competition. Marenovic is one of the creators of the firm’s anti-counterfeiting strategy for the Balkans and is head of the firm’s legal department. He is a member of INTA and is an arbitrator before the Serbian Chambers of Commerce for domain disputes.

About WIPR Leaders 2022

WIPR Leaders is a one-stop guide to the leading IP practitioners in the world. The handbook lists over 1,700 lawyers across patent, trademark, and copyright practices.

Every year, World IP Review (WIPR) sifts through the views of 12,000 IP professionals, to find the industry’s most valued IP leaders. Each nominated lawyer/organisation is carefully vetted for inclusion in the WIPR Leaders Directory.

Featuring more than 1,000 professionals from 68 countries, WIPR Leaders 2022 offers a list of go-to contacts from Argentina to Vietnam. This business-critical directory enables professionals to quickly find lawyers to instruct or refer work based on their expertise and jurisdiction.

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