Albania

It has been two years since Albania’s new trademark legislation, which aligned the local regime with EU law, came into force. In order to keep up the momentum and advance the country’s business prospects, e-government reforms have since been introduced; and more recently, the General Directorate of Industrial Property published proposed amendments to the Law on Industrial Property. Among other things, the revisions would introduce a database system for industrial property rights, new regulatory tools for their protection and definitive rules on trade secrets. Practitioners are optimistic about these developments, which point to smoother, more streamlined legal processes in the future.

Firms

  • Albanian IP Matters
  • Boga & Associates
  • CMS Adonnino Ascoli & Cavasola Scamoni Sh.p.k.Rr
  • Euromarkpat
  • Gjika & Associates
  • Kalo & Associates
  • Loloçi & Associates
  • PETOŠEVIĆ
  • Tonucci & Partners
  • Wolf Theiss
  • Živko Mijatovic & Partners 

Albanian IP Matters

Since setting up shop in 2018, nimble boutique Albanian IP Matters has earned a sterling reputation on the market and word of its stellar offering continues to spread through its network of associates in surrounding countries. The set dispenses comprehensive advice across a range of industries, both traditional and cutting edge; in the latter camp, Irma Cami recently negotiated a trademark assignment for IVPS, a Chinese manufacturer and seller of SMOK e-cigarettes. A talented litigator, Cami spent a decade honing her practice at a regional IP firm and is an authoritative voice on IP matters. She was recently re-elected by the School of Magistrates to train the nation’s IP judges. Fellow co-founder and mechanical engineer Gentjan Hasa is a new face in the WTR 1000 this year. A favourite among those in the automotive industry, he strategically analyses portfolios and creates tight protection strategies as a result.

Boga & Associates

A repository of trust for a multitude of internationally renowned clients, the team at full-service Boga & Associates is resolutely focused on providing first-rate strategic and reliable guidance. The outfit has put its name to several noteworthy work examples this year, including advising Mars on its advertising, marketing and product liability matters; and clearing the market of counterfeits for Hugo Boss and Caterpillar. Practice leader Renata Leka is highly sought after for her exceptional handling of largescale portfolios and customs actions. She also lends her wisdom to the International Chamber of Commerce, participating in the drafting of its annual Intellectual Property Roadmap publication.

CMS Adonnino Ascoli & Cavasola Scamoni Sh.p.k.Rr

Global powerhouse CMS makes its debut in the Albania listings thanks to its formidable reach and cross-sector capabilities. Patrons of the Tirana branch have the wider firm’s resources and sprawling network at their fingertips, giving them full access to worldclass expertise. Recently moving over from Drakopoulos to head up the local litigation practice at CMS, Besnik Duraj is a key contact for the address book. The dynamic lawyer maintains a broad practice encompassing IP and commercial disputes and transactions.

Euromarkpat

One of the most venerable players in the game, Euromarkpat has been operating across Europe and Eurasia for more than 50 years. Its highly skilled trademark practitioners harness their keen understanding of regional law and policy to adroitly manage portfolios and devise pragmatic enforcement strategies. Key to its success locally is Vjollca Shomo, who has helped build the practice into the impressive boutique it is today. She is a discerning choice for prosecution and opposition instructions.

Gjika & Associates

Business law firm Gjika & Associates is a surefooted IP protector and steadily guides businesses past all potential pitfalls in the trademark lifecycle towards optimal brand protection. As a result, it receives a steady stream of instructions; one recent highlight was its procurement of several valuable trademark registrations for street fashion brand Off-White. Collaborating closely on the brief were Evis Jani and Gjergji Gjika, who lead by example. Department head Jani performs adroitly across the contentious/non-contentious divide, while founder and WTR 1000 debutant Gjika has his eye on commercialisation opportunities and drafts meticulous licensing agreements.

Kalo & Associates

Kalo & Associates stands at the forefront of the legal industry and plays an active role in shaping national legislation. Extremely well connected, the full-service outfit is also a founding member of the South East Legal Group, one of the largest legal service providers in the Balkans. Commanding the well-rounded IP division is the “highly efficient and proactive” Eni Kalo. The sage counsel she provides to international heavyweights such as Apple, Microsoft and Coca-Cola is informed by her intuitive grasp of clients’ business needs and goals.

Loloçi & Associates

With an imperious command of prosecution and enforcement, Loloçi & Associates secures advantageous market positions for brands through its commercially attuned advice and robust protection plans. It recently bolstered its practice with new additions to the team and significant advancements in its anti-counterfeiting division. Rainmaker Krenar Loloçi is a pre-eminent litigator with firsthand insight into Albanian IP law: he had a hand in drafting both the latest statute and its predecessor. Working alongside Loloçi is trademark and patent division captain Etlon Peppo. The versatile lawyer receives praise for his resourcefulness and diligence.

PETOŠEVIĆ

With 17 offices across Eastern Europe, PETOŠEVIĆ has long mastered the art of cross-office collaboration. The Albanian branch, led by Vladimir Nika, works cohesively with its counterparts to ensure that rights holders enjoy seamless and comprehensive IP protection on a regional level through a single point of contact. Although Nika is best known for his patent expertise, his capabilities on the trademark side are worthy of praise too. Meanwhile, his fluency in French, English and Italian makes for exemplary multijurisdictional clearance searches.

Tonucci & Partners

The Rome-headquartered Tonucci & Partners adopts a cosmopolitan approach to even routine day-to-day dealings. In addition to seven Italian offices, it maintains a laser focus on the Balkans, with outposts in Tirana, Belgrade and Bucharest. This regional coverage is a boon for rights holders seeking to enforce or commercialise their assets in Albania or expand into neighbouring jurisdictions. Anchoring the side is Enkelejda Muçaj, who successfully monetises assets for companies in the oil, gas and mining sectors on the regular. One major accomplishment was assisting local government authorities in harmonising the national IP regime with international law.

Živko Mijatovic & Partners 

For commercially savvy portfolio management and unyielding enforcement capabilities throughout the Balkans and Eastern Europe, Živko is a prime pick. The local troop operates with extreme efficiency and stands out for its consistently effective anti-counterfeiting service, underpinned by support from the firm’s s further 14 branches. Local and international clients have the added benefit of instructing a single office to enjoy ZMP’s regional offering whenever most convenient.

Individuals

  • Irma Cami - Albanian IP Matters
  • Besnik Duraj - CMS Adonnino Ascoli & Cavasola Scamoni Sh.p.k.Rr
  • Gjergji Gjika - Gjika & Associates
  • Gentjan Hasa - Albanian IP Matters
  • Evis Jani - Gjika & Associates
  • Eni Kalo - Kalo & Associates
  • Renata Leka - Boga & Associates
  • Krenar Loloçi - Loloçi & Associates
  • Enkelejda Muçaj - Tonucci & Partners
  • Sokol Nako - Wolf Theiss
  • Blerta Nesho - Wolf Theiss
  • Vladimir Nika - PETOŠEVIĆ
  • Etlon Peppo - Loloçi & Associates
  • Vjollca Shomo - Euromarkpat