Albania

Albania’s IP environment remains equal parts promising and problematic. The Albanian Patent & Trademark Office (ALPTO) is working on a comprehensive online filing system, which will be a major step forwards once implemented; but this is a long-term project and ALPTO is reportedly short-staffed. As domestic businesses grow increasingly IP aware, officials are frequently overworked and hold-ups are inevitable, causing frustrations for both lawyers and clients. However, these kinks should be ironed out in time as the emerging market develops; fortunately, they are financial and logistical rather than attitudinal in nature, and thus likely easier to resolve.

Firms

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Boga & Associates
Euromarkpat Albania Ltd
Gjika & Associates
Loloçi & Associates
PETOŠEVIĆ
Tonucci & Partners
Wolf Theiss SHPK
Boga & Associates

The “reliable and responsive” Boga & Associates continues to wow clients with its comprehensive prosecution offering, but is also making waves on the enforcement front. The full-service outfit has the breadth of expertise to frame its IP counsel in resolutely commercial terms. Head of the IP Rights Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Albania, Renata Leka is a popular choice for international clients seeking to protect their brands in the country. She has extensive anti-counterfeiting knowledge and has lobbied long and hard for tougher customs controls.

With professionals operating in 11 countries across Southeastern Europe, Drakopoulos Law Firm has a truly enviable footprint and extensive local knowledge. The firm offers the full spectrum of services, from prosecution to enforcement, making it a popular one-stop shop for companies both national and international. Peers speak to the “very strong expertise” on board and the firm’s effortless handling of prodigious workloads. Captaining the IP division, Ekflodia Leskaj is a popular port of call.
Euromarkpat Albania Ltd
Although it is headquartered in Germany, Euromarkpat can provide comprehensive trademark services in a range of jurisdictions across the continent, thanks to its seven cooperation offices; the Albania outpost proves especially busy. While it represents high-profile clients on all manner of instructions, both contentious and non-contentious, it is best known for its on-point filing and prosecution counsel. Leading the Tirana team, Vjollca Shomo is a regular before ALPTO and has a special interest in geographical indication issues; she previously served as chief of the IP department at the Chamber of Commerce.
Gjika & Associates
Twelve exciting months have cemented Gjika & Associates’ position on the Albanian IP landscape. The dynamic firm, founded in 2013, has lately been busy representing Fashion Television International, Premium Tobacco FZ and Godfrey Phillips India and Plantronics on complex prosecution mandates; it has also been assisting Retail Royalty with a significant opposition against registration of its FLYING EAGLE trademark. A vital ally for all of these clients, leading light Evis Jani has a wealth of experience before ALPTO; her fluency in English, French and German is treasured by international companies.
Loloçi & Associates
Loloçi & Associates comes recommended for the breadth of its IP expertise and its sophisticated commercial nous. Dovetailing neatly with the firm’s solid corporate, tax and real estate units, its trademark team provides holistic guidance that is unfailingly informed by the prevailing business realities. Name partner Krenar Loloçi is “the prominent figure at the firm and one of the most respected names in Albanian IP. He scrutinises the law closely and really puts a lot of effort into everything; he works together with his clients to bring about the best result”. The respect he commands is reflected in his previous positions as legal adviser to both the president and the prime minister.
PETOŠEVIĆ
The formidable PETOŠEVIĆ is a prime one-stop shop for international companies seeking IP counsel both in Albania and across Central and Eastern Europe; from bases in 15 jurisdictions, its practitioners serve clients’ needs in 30 countries overall. Its dazzling client roster features household names from an array of industries, including life sciences, pharmaceuticals, fashion and food and beverages. Irma Cami is “seen very frequently in matters and an extremely tough competitor”. Her 16 years’ experience recently saw her elected to the International Trademark Association’s Harmonisation of Trademark Law Committee. Teammate and polyglot Vladimir Nika is another IP whizz who publishes widely on the topic.
Tonucci & Partners
Full-service Tonucci & Partners continues to burn bright in the enforcement space. Its tenacious advocates are always in and out of the country’s courtrooms defending the interests of their clients, but never lose sight of the big picture and take up arms only when this is in their clients’ best interests. The most renowned of these is the “strong” Enkelejda Muçaj, who “puts a lot of hard work into skilfully and tactically interpreting the law, which is necessary here”. She is prized for her in-house experience and specialises in telecommunications.
Wolf Theiss SHPK
Involved in some of Albania’s latest landmark IP cases, Wolf Theiss breaks into the WTR 1000 this year. It recently represented Sky International and British Sky Broadcasting before the Tirana District Court, obtaining a court injunction ordering several public authorities to suspend the licences and permits held by the domestic defendant. Blerta Nesho is a contentious superstar; clients have been “very impressed with her commitment and her understanding of our business. She is responsive, knowledgeable and effectively finds solutions”. Tirana managing partner Sokol Nako has served as minister of justice and minister for European integration, and is thus intimately familiar with the legislative process and the latest developments across the continent. Established in 1996, Zivko Mijatovic & Partners has become a preferred choice for clients with cross-border issues; the firm has a network of 12 offices across Southeast Europe and a much-acclaimed headquarters in Alicante. Supporting companies in acquiring EU trademarks is a forte. The “very reliable” Dragana Lehocki is the beating heart of the Tirana team. “She offers comprehensive legal advice swiftly. The accuracy of her statements makes the outcome of cases predictable and easy to communicate to clients.” She has notable expertise in the harmonisation of Western Balkans regimes with EU law.

Individuals

Aleksandra Arseni Mecaj - IP-SAR Law Consulting
Irma Cami - PETOŠEVIĆ
Sonila Elezi - Sonila Elezi
Evis Jani - Gjika & Associates
Dragana Lehocki - Zivko Mijatovic & Partners
Renata Leka - Boga & Associates
Krenar Loloçi - Loloçi & Associates
Enkelejda Muçaj - Tonucci & Partners
Sokol Nako - Wolf Theiss SHPK
Blerta Nesho - Wolf Theiss SHPK
Vladimir Nika - PETOŠEVIĆ
Vjollca Shomo - Euromarkpat Albania Ltd
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