Slovenia

Slovenia’s IP market is evenly split between longstanding national players with deep local knowledge and regional full-service outfits with extensive resources and broad networks. Each of those listed in the WTR 1000 is a fine choice, bringing its own distinct skills to the table. Domestic businesses are becoming increasingly aware of the need to protect their valuable brands and the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) continues to process applications efficiently and effectively.

Firms

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Item doo
Patentna pisarna doo
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Odvetniki Šelih & partnerji op doo
PETOŠEVIĆ
Wolf Theiss
Item doo
IP powerhouse ITEM straddles the contentious/non-contentious divide with ease, escorting clients through everything from filing through portfolio management to robust enforcement. While based in Slovenia, it has exceptional regional knowledge and provides seamless coverage across Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania. A diverse client roster features nascent start-ups, revered academic institutions and electronics and pharmaceuticals heavyweights. Leading the line is Gregor Maček, an “excellent litigator in trademark matters, owing to his immense experience and strong legal and technical background”. He has assiduously defended the rights of world-renowned luxury goods companies in crucial pan-continental disputes. Domain name dynamo Jasna Habič is au courant with the latest developments in the online world. Fellow internet specialist Katja Kovačič features in the WTR 1000 for the first time this year; she is as impressive at strategic counselling as she is in the cut and thrust of battle.
Odvetniki Šelih & partnerji op doo
Šelih is distinguished for the breadth of its IP expertise, which encompasses related competition law, consumer protection and data protection issues; this translates into holistic advice that ensures watertight protection of patrons’ crown-jewel brands. Standout star Nataša Pipan Nahtigal wins plaudits for her conscientiousness and attention to detail; foreign clients in particular seek her out for her vital US experience. WTR 1000 newcomer Nina Šelih is feted for “her hardworking ethos, organisation and innovativeness”.
Patentna pisarna doo
“The firm with the most history in the IP field and the biggest practice now”, Patentna pisarna has an illustrious track record in Slovenia; it has witnessed all the legislative developments in the country and shaped no small amount of its case law. During a stint at SIPO from 1992 to 2000, rainmaker Vesna Kovič played an integral role in formulating amendments to the Industrial Property Act; she thus has unrivalled knowledge of the statute and the inner workings of the office. Smooth negotiator Irena Kadunc specialises in alternative dispute resolution. A founding member of the Slovenian Technology Agency, she is a popular choice among electronics companies and app start-ups.
PETOŠEVIĆ
With 15 offices spread across Central and Eastern Europe, PETOŠEVIĆ can deftly manage multi-jurisdictional portfolios for an extensive list of international clients; it also packs a serious punch in the courtroom. It has been especially active before the SIPO of late, securing a slew of high-profile registrations. Tatjana Simović heads the Slovenian office. Having worked in pharmaceuticals for more than a decade, she has invaluable industry insight.
Wolf Theiss
Since opening its Ljubljana office in 2013, Wolf Theiss has carved a real niche on the Slovenian legal landscape. The IP team offers the full spectrum of services, but specialises in cross-border transactions. Working shoulder to shoulder with their colleagues in the competition and tax practices, its practitioners serve up business-minded branding advice of the highest calibre. Cosmopolitan Klara Miletič is a versatile practitioner with substantial non-contentious and contentious experience; she comes equipped with an LLM in intellectual property from King’s College London. Zivko Mijatovic & Partners’ network of 14 offices across Southeast Europe, supported by a liaison office in Alicante, makes it a top destination for companies with sprawling portfolios and regional trademark issues. The outfit recently flexed its enforcement muscle in a dispute over the domain name ‘victoriassecret.si’; following complex negotiations, the matter was successfully settled through alternative dispute resolution proceedings before the Academic and Research Network of Slovenia. Handling this matter, Tsvetomira Vasileva is a reliable first port of call.

Individuals

Vesna Kovič - Patentna pisarna doo
Gregor Maček - Item doo
Nataša Pipan Nahtigal - Odvetniki Šelih & partnerji op doo
Eva Gostiša - Jadek & Pensa
Jasna Habič - Item doo
Irena Kadunc - Patentna pisarna doo
Katja Kovačič - Item doo
Klara Miletič - Wolf Theiss
Nina Šelih - Odvetniki Šelih & partnerji op doo
Tatjana Simović - PETOŠEVIĆ
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