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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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ZMP at INTA 2022 Annual Meeting Live+: Going Back to “Face-to-Face”

We are so excited that we had the opportunity to participate this year in INTAs Annual Meeting Live +. Even though the virtual meetings are very successful, nothing can replace seeing colleagues face to face – new perspectives, fresh ideas, and a renewed connection with the trademark community.

Our Managing Partner Djura Mijatovic and Head of Croatian Department Ivana Knezevic participated in person, and colleague Mina Jovanovic hosted an Virtual Table Topic – “Young Attorneys’ Perspectives and Possibilities in the Contemporary World of IP”.

We would like to congratulate International Trademark Association (INTA) Committee on organizing such a successful and wonderful conference.

Looking forward to Singapore 2023!

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ZMP Sponsors WTR Industry Awards 2022

This year, at Washington DC’s Planet Word Museum 2022 WTR Industry Awards, have been revealed. We are delighted to be sponsors of such a memorable event, proceeds of which will go towards supporting the Swawou School for Girls in Sierra Leone (the school was set up in 2008 to offer free quality education to girls from the Swawou community of Kenema town, eastern Sierra Leone).

Our Managing Partner Djura Mijatovic had the privilege to present this year’s winner for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa Team of the Year – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

ZMP congratulates the award winners and all of the shortlisted teams and individuals.

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ZMP’s Croatian Practice Ranked For the First Time by Legal 500

The Legal 500 EMEA 2022 rankings have been published, and our Croatian department is ranked among the leading IP law firm on the market.

This result would not have been possible without the successes we have achieved together with our clients and colleagues.

Heartfelt congratulations to our Croatian colleagues:

  • Ivana Knežević
  • Ivana Ervaćanin
  • Vanja Caratan
  • Jadranka Barišić
  • Andrea Grbić

For 30+ years, The Legal 500 has been analysing and ranks the capabilities of law firms across the world, with a comprehensive research programme revised and updated every year to bring the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market.

For more information, visit Legal 500 website.

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ZMP Ranked in Chambers Europe Guide 2022

We are happy to announce that ZMP has once again been ranked among the leading IP law firms in Serbia and North Macedonia in the latest edition of Chambers Europe Guide 2022.

Our colleagues Vladimir Marenovic from the Serbian office and Ivana Knezevic from the Croatian office have been listed among the leading individuals in the market.

We want to thank our clients and peers for the great feedback and support, and of course, to congratulate all our team members for their exceptional work.

The Chambers Europe guide covers 52 jurisdictions across Europe. The guide identifies the top lawyers and law firms in the region and ranks them based on in-depth research and feedback from clients and peers. For more information, visit Chambers and Partners website.

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World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2022 rankings announced

ZMP is pleased to announce rankings in the newest edition of WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2022.
This year, we are honoured to be recognized in nine jurisdictions:

  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain

The following ZMP professionals were included as recommended individuals in the IP sphere: Tsvetomira Vasileva (Bulgaria), Ivana Knezevic (Croatia), Joanna Szota (Poland), Monica Novac (Romania), Djura Mijatovic (Serbia), Vladimir Marenovic (Serbia), Metka Malis Furlan (Slovenia), Dolores Canadas Arcas (Spain).
Sincerest thanks to all our Clients and congratulations to all ranked Colleagues!

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