The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise
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“One of the best IP firms in the country, Mikijelj Janković & Bogdanović counsels efficiently, stays flexible in its approach and always tries to find the best possible solutions for clients. It also stays on top of the latest legal developments – not only in Europe, but worldwide.” The side has cultivated a vast network of associates to effectively tackle both inbound and outbound work at a regional level. It has recently assisted a high-end luxury watch manufacturer with all its branding needs and represented GUESS in infringement and anti-counterfeiting proceedings. Co-captains Dejan Bogdanović and Mara Janković set a high standard in terms of quality and service. “A true IP master and one of the foremost trademark experts in Serbia, Dejan skilfully navigates the legal landscape and has the experience to overcome any obstacle. He approaches things practically, sets reasonable expectations and always gets positive outcomes.” Deftly traversing the contentious/non-contentious divide, Jankovic is “technically excellent, responsive and super-personable”. She is a domain name disputes arbitrator with the Committee for the Resolution of Disputes Relating to the Registration of National Internet Domains.
Dejan Bogdanović is a partner at Mikijelj Janković & Bogdanović, where he is responsible for managing the firm’s portfolio of IP clients. He is a highly respected IP litigator and was involved in a number of landmark cases before the Serbian courts, including the successful defence of Nestlé’s RED MUG trademarks against influential local coffee producers, conflicts between plant variety rights and trademark rights, and the enforcement of rights of well-known marks in Serbia.
Mr Bogdanović advises clients on relevant legislation and practice and assists them with IP matters before the competent authorities. He has gained extensive experience in IP law since 1993, when he was admitted to the Serbian Bar Association. In the same year, he qualified as a patent and trademark agent before the Serbian Intellectual Property Office.
Mr Bogdanović is president of the Serbian national group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office and a full member of epi’s Council for Serbia. Mr Bogdanović is also a member of the Serbian Intellectual Property Office committee that examines IP agents, a European patent attorney and member of the Belgrade Bar Association.
He is ranked as a leading individual in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 editorials.
Mikijelj Janković & Bogdanović (MJB) is a law firm based in Belgrade, Serbia, with a network of correspondents throughout the Western Balkans. We represent clients in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia.
Our law firm has been recognised as a leader in the field of IP law and dispute resolution. MJB has been proud to serve its clients with dedication since it was established in 1985. We take a personalised approach towards our clients, regardless of their size, and seek to provide them with the highest quality service. Our international outlook is evidenced by the fact that we offer services to international clients and foreign embassies in Belgrade and provide advice in international legal matters.
In the field of dispute resolution, we represent clients in court and arbitral proceedings. We have extensive experience in international commercial and investment arbitration, where we have handled complex matters involving different sectors, such as energy and infrastructure, concession agreements and investment law. Our lawyers have acted as counsel in international arbitrations before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the International Chamber of Commerce, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, the Foreign Trade Court of Arbitration of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and international courts and tribunals (eg, the International Court of Justice, the European Convention on Human Rights and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia).
We have over 30 years of experience in intellectual property and provide a range of related services – from consulting, filing and maintenance of IP rights to filing customs measures, pursuing infringers and litigating. The size of our portfolio can be illustrated by the fact that we handle about 5,000 national trademarks in Serbia alone.
We have extensive expertise in all areas of IP law – from trademarks, patents, designs, geographical indications and plant varieties to copyright and domain names.
Our lawyers deal not only with IP formalities, but also advise and represent clients in IP litigation, opposition procedures before the Intellectual Property Office, customs measures and other counterfeiting actions, both in Serbia and other regional jurisdictions.
We serve as agents for CPA Global (Serbia, Montenegro and South Korea), Dennemeyer (Serbia, Montenegro and South Korea), Brandstock Services and Brandstock Legal (Serbia and Montenegro) and Grünenthal Group (Serbia, Slovenia and Macedonia), and are also the preferential agent in the Western Balkans region (Serbia, Croatia, Bahrain, Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania) for Carpmaels & Ransford (United Kingdom) and Potter Clarkson (United Kingdom) for European patent validations. This has vastly increased the number of European patent validation cases we deal with in these countries.
MJB represents both media outlets and individuals in copyright infringement disputes. We continue to represent a number of photographers in various cases of copyright infringement, some of which have involved the Serbian national media.
We also provide our clients with the full range of legal services in the areas of employment law, corporate and commercial law, privacy and data protection, media, entertainment and advertising law. MJB offers comprehensive legal services to corporate clients covering all aspects of their businesses – from company formation to corporate governance, labour law and data protection. We also advise our clients on the legal aspects of their business transactions, including drafting and negotiating agreements in all areas of commercial law. We have extensive expertise in the field of data protection and privacy law. We counsel clients on collecting, processing and transferring data, and our clients rely on us to prepare internal data protection policies and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. We are particularly skilled in data protection and privacy matters in the telecoms, pharmaceuticals, online trade, advertising, gambling and media sectors. We have also assisted in the preparation of data protection regulations in Serbia.