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.
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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.
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.