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Managing IP launched its official Rising Stars list for 2021!

Managing IP launched its official Rising Stars list for 2021. This special publication, produced by IP STARS research team, recognizes some of the best up-and-coming intellectual property practitioners, based on the information obtained during the research for the 2021 edition of IP STARS rankings and MIP Awards program. This year, it features more than 50 jurisdictions.

ZMP at Rising Stars list for 2021

ZMP is proud to present three of its recognized 2021 Stars:

Marija Markićević Pijević – Trademark Star, Patent Star

Marija Markićević Pijević is Head of ZMP Serbia who joined the firm in 1997. Marija has over 20 years’ experience in trademark and patent prosecution and litigation matters. She has extensive experience in providing legal assistance to domestic and international clients on all matters relating to IP rights and unfair competition, as well as dispute resolution. She manages domestic clients’ IP portfolios with a proactive and strategic approach to their rights’ protection and enforcement.

Vladimir Marenović – Trademark Star, Patent Star

Vladimir Marenović is Head of ZMP legal department. He is a senior associate who has worked in ZMP for fifteen years. Vladimir has extensive experience in advising international clients on all matters relating to copyright, trademarks, designs, domains and unfair competition. Through his career he specialized in IP litigation. Today, he oversees enforcement matters in all the countries of the region, providing expert advice and legal assistance in counterfeiting matters among others.

Ivana Knežević – Trademark Star

Ivana Knežević is Patent & Trademark Attorney in ZMP Croatia who joined ZMP in 2012. She has over 10 years’ experience in trademark prosecution and anti-counterfeiting matters. Ivana is the point of contact for many of the firm’s largest clients in customs and anti-counterfeiting matters, providing them with immediate service that draws on her extensive knowledge of customs legislation in the region’s jurisdictions. In addition, she oversees IP matters in Croatia, providing expert advice and legal assistance in all matters related to IP.

Congratulations to all the practitioners ranked this year, especially to our very own Stars!


ZMP at Rising Stars list for 2021

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Inta committee appointments for the 2022-2023 term

INTA Committee Appointments for the 2022-2023 term

Big congratulations to five ZMP Attorneys appointed to INTA Committees for the 2022–2023 term: Djura Mijatovic, Mina Jovanovic, Joanna Szota, Tsvetomira Vasileva and Ivana Knezevic. This year, more than 3,900 member volunteers applied to serve on INTA committees, which is why we are extremely proud of this success!

ZMP Attorneys in the Inta committee appointments for the 2022-2023 term

Our Managing Partner, Djura Mijatovic, for the second consecutive term, was appointed to the Unreal Campaign Committee which advances INTA’s consumer awareness initiative designed to educate young consumers about the importance of trademarks and brands and the dangers of counterfeit products.

Mina Jovanovic, Attorney-at-Law from our Belgrade office, as a part of Professional Development Committee, will work on identifying resources and programs developed by INTA or from external sources to cultivate the substantive and dynamic skills of all levels and types of IP practitioners.

Within the Trademark Office Practices Committee, Joanna Szota, Polish Patent & Trademark Attorney, will evaluate and suggest improvements to trademark office practices, procedures, operations, and regulations at the national, regional, and international levels, and will monitor and analyze trademark office developments in various jurisdictions.

Tsvetomira Vasileva, Bulgarian Trademark Attorney, through the Famous and Well-Known Marks Committee will have the task of developing and advocating INTA policy on the balanced protection of famous and well-known marks. The Committee monitors and analyzes developments in treaties, cases, legislation, and regulation in various jurisdictions, and proposes policy recommendations to the Board.

Ivana Knezevic, Croatian Patent & Trademark Attorney, as a part of the Parallel Imports Committee will work on developing and advocating INTA policy on the balanced protection against parallel imports. The Committee monitors and analyzes developments in treaties, cases, legislation, and regulations in various jurisdictions, and proposes policy recommendations to the Board.

We are very confident that our Attorneys, with their efforts and dedication, will support and contribute to INTA policies in their areas of expertise, and make a difference in achieving INTA objectives!

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Flash insights for your IP rights after Brexit

Dear Sir/Madam

This newsletter is to inform you that EU trademarks and Community Designs registered and, where applicable, the Community Designs published following a deferral of publication before the end of the transition period of 31 December 2020, will be automatically converted into comparable UK registrations. Article 56 of the Withdrawal Agreement requires that the UK takes measures to ensure the continued protection of registered trademarks and designs designating the EU pursuant to the Madrid/Hague system respectively.

Owners of comparable marks will pay renewal fees to the UKIPO and the EUIPO or WIPO.

For those rights which are still pending, there will be a nine months period (from January to September 2021) during which the interested Applicants should request a comparable Application in the UK.

As from 1 January 2021 (unless there is an extension of the transitional period), EUTMs and Community Designs will no longer include the UK. This is of particular relevance for all the pending conflicts in the EU which involve prior UK rights.

Please feel free to contact us at to determine whether any action is needed to preserve the scope of protection of your pending matters, and to resolve any doubts you may have regarding the impact of Brexit on your present cases involving any UK prior rights on the territory of the European Union.

Sincerely yours,

Zivko Mijatovic & Partners


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Latest development on the Serbian state

Latest development on the Serbian state borders goes to show customs’ readiness to efficiently tackle with some out-of-ordinary attempts at counterfeiting and piracy

In one of the latest inspections that took place on 22 September 2020 on the Serbia-Bulgaria state crossing of Gradina, customs officers seized 18 samples of forged certificates and bar-codes pertaining to internationally renowned brands. The aim behind the forging seems to pertain to their later use on counterfeit garments in an attempt to pass them as originals.

Goods in question were seized from a 51-year old Serbian national travelling on a bus from Turkey and were intended for use on counterfeit accessories such as socks, scarves and belts. Holding a substantial amount of certificates and codes without them being actually attached to any of the articles triggered the customs officers’ suspicions of illicit activity.

After scanning the codes in question, officers realized that they were on the right track since the codes in question pertained to original goods probably already sold elsewhere, meaning that the ones they had in their possession were most probably hacked. Since bar codes actually consist of a simple sequence of numbers which are there to indicate amongst other things information on the manufacturer and country of intended distribution, it is oftentimes quite easy to ascertain when the bar codes in question are not intended for a given market.

Seized goods, although in small in quantity actually represent something quite novel and important from the legal standpoint, since they encompass into one both the elements of trademark infringement and of cyber-crime.

Tamara Bubalo

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Romania Amendments to the Law on Trademark

Romania – Amendments to the Law on Trademarks and Geographical Indications entered into force on 13.07.2020

Law no. 112/2020 amending and supplementing Law no. 84/1998 on Trademarks and Geographical Indications (the “Law”) entered into force on 13.07.2020. The scope of the Law is to transpose Directive (EU) 2015/2436 into national law. The most important changes introduced by the Law can be summarized as follows:

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3rd prize winner 2020 ECTA

Mina Jovanović 3rd prize winner 2020 ECTA

On behalf of Živko Mijatović and Partners, we are delighted to announce that our very own Mina Jovanović, has been elected as a 3rd prize winner of the 2020 ECTA Awards’ Student Category, for her publication entitled:

The originality requirement in EU and U.S., different approaches and implementation in practice”.

With a PhD degree from Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, MA degree from King’s College, London, and the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law, besides being a very seasoned litigator, Mina is involved in academia as well. She is also a recipient of INTA’s Tomorrow’s Leader Award for the year 2018. We are very proud of her achievements so far and eagerly await for the new ones, both professional and scholarly.

You can find fore information about 3rd prize winner 2020 ECTA in the following link:

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