Albania

Recent amendments to Albania’s IP legislation have further harmonised its law with that of the European Union. The Industrial Property Office is effectively modernising, too, with practitioners praising the transparency of its communication and the speed of its proceedings. Awareness of the importance of trademark rights continues to increase among local brand owners, and multinationals no longer ignore even small infringements here.

Firms

Boga & Associates

Much-respected business law firm Boga & Associates serves up a premium suite of IP services, from availability searches through negotiation of licensing contracts to courtroom representation; because its trademark aces are only a corridor’s walk away from their business law counterparts, they can always get a second opinion on what would be commercially prudent. Leading the team, Renata Leka is an “extremely experienced” lawyer who never loses sight of her clients’ long-term business objectives.

Drakopoulos Law Firm 

Southeast Europe is comprehensively covered by Drakopoulos. Its internationally minded trademark group manages portfolios expertly and possesses the right resources and local knowledge to handle cross-border cases with flair and finesse. Recently the group has been busy supporting Reckitt Benckiser and Shire in the filing of several key marks. Both companies are loyal fans of Bojana Hajdini; a versatile, results-oriented practitioner, she is the first port of call for many brand owners.

Euromarkpat Albania Ltd

Euromarkpat is headquartered in Germany but has seven popular partner offices, one of which is in Albania. The Tirana set boasts significant experience on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide, as well as a true doyenne of the field in the form of Vjollca Shomo. “Everyone knows her. She has a very impressive workload.” Her filing never misses the mark, and opposition and cancellation proceedings pose no challenge. Having served as chief of the IP department at the Chamber of Commerce – which for decades was the national registration authority – she knows exactly what a watertight application looks like and has a bulging address book.

Gjika & Associates

Gjika & Associates was only established in 2013 but it has hit the ground running with a string of highlights for major multinationals. A recent example is when it assisted AstraZeneca on renewing its precious BYETTA trademark. Overseeing this matter, Evis Jani is the beating heart of the firm. “She’s technically sound, commercially astute and always very responsive.” Jani’s extensive practice encompasses everything from clearance checks to representation before Albanian courts of all levels and the EU Intellectual Property Office.

Loloçi & Associates

Keeping clients’ wider business interests front and centre at all times, Loloçi & Associates is a valuable ally for any brand owner. Its hard-working, commercially focused lawyers dispense clear advice at speed and never cease looking for novel ways to exploit trademark rights. “Krenar Loloçi is one of the most respected figures in Albanian intellectual property.” He is a dazzling litigator who relishes a challenge and lets nothing escape from him. Loloçi’s reputation can be summed up with one simple fact: he has been chosen as legal adviser by both a president and a prime minister.

PETOŠEVIĆ

Supported by a further 14 offices, PETOŠEVIĆ’s Albania team is equipped to offer watertight coverage across Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe. Its pragmatic, practical lawyers manage portfolios with a steady hand and rally round whenever infringement trouble is brewing. Vladimir Nika and Irma Cami are two practitioners who inspire confidence in everyone they meet. Nika is as astute filing applications before the Industrial Property Office as he is pleading in court. Straightforward reports are a given when working with Cami; she has a gift for conveying complex legal concepts in accessible language.

Tonucci & Partners

The IP corps at Tonucci & Partners operates within a full-service set-up, and therefore has a multitude of tools and know-how that it can bring into play on complex cases or transactions. Nothing is beyond all-rounder Enkelejda Muçaj, who has “very deep” trademark law knowledge and a lock on the oil, gas and mining sector. Understanding that context is king, she stays abreast of developments in her clients’ markets so that nothing lies outside her field of vision. Getting a signature on the bottom line of a lucrative rights transfer is bread and butter for her.

Wolf Theiss

Delivering pragmatic, business-focused counsel on budget and on time, the ever-reliable Wolf Theiss is a fine choice for brand owners with operations spread across Central and Southeast Europe. A recent highlight saw it representing Sky in a battle with Albanian company Sky Digital; the team’s quick-witted Blerta Nesho swept to victory before both the Tirana district court and the appellate court. She is a hard-hitting litigator with tremendous technical knowledge and the rhetorical skills to persuade even the most leery of her cause. Managing partner Sokol Nako is another widely respected figure; his metier is shepherding licence contracts to a close.

Zivko Mijatovic & Partners 

Zivko Mijatovic & Partners’ constellation of 15 offices across Southeast Europe work together seamlessly to provide brand owners with first-rate portfolio management and courtroom advocacy. Thanks to strong links with the customs authorities in Albania, the team is also extremely effective at stemming the flow of counterfeit products before they reach the borders of the European Union. Dragana Lehocki will do everything in her power to further her clients’ interests. Totally comfortable in the online world, she counts domain-name matters as a forte.

Other recommended experts

The innovative, forward-looking Sonila Elezi is an independent practitioner held in high esteem by her peers. She has served as head of the legal and foreign affairs department of the Directorate General of Patents and Trademarks and lectures widely. Aleksandra Arseni Mecaj of IP-SAR Law Consulting prosecutes with aplomb and really knows her way round opposition and cancellation proceedings.

Individuals

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