SEE Legal Member Firms’ IP Practices and individual lawyers are again Recommended in The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2021, published by WTR 1000

SEE Legal Member Firms’ IP Practices and individual lawyers are again Recommended in The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2021, published by WTR 1000

The SEE Legal members and individual lawyers continue to be praised for their work in the Intellectual Property practice area for 2020 by the World Trademark Review 1000 (“WTR 1000”) who rank them among the leaders in their respective jurisdictions. Please find below more information on the law firms and editorial review from the publication.  

KALO & ASSOCIATES (Albania)

KALO & ASSOCIATES is again highly ranked in the prestigious WTR 1000 2021 Rankings. It is considered by the edition as one of the best in the trademark scene in Albania. The editorial review for the law firm is provided below:

“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 Europe Legal Group, one of the largest legal service providers in the Balkans. Commanding the well-rounded IP division is the ‘highly efficient and proactiveEni 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.”

BOYANOV & Co. Law Firm (Bulgaria)

For a seventh consecutive year, BOYANOV & Co. Law Firm received the Gold Band ranking in The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2021 guide, proving its ability to secure the most high-profile, big-ticket work from the most prestigious of clients, as well as attract the most positive comments from sources.

“‘Organised, knowledgeable and efficient, the team at BOYANOV & Co. provides strategic advice and is well equipped to handle different aspects of commercial law.’ The gold-standard firm is a byword for meticulous protection and enforcement, particularly in the digital realm. IP department lead Stela Sabeva sets the tone: ‘She has a high degree of commitment and a deep understanding of both legislation and judicial practice, which instils clients with a deep sense of confidence. Stela is proactive with her advice and always anticipates her opponent’s next moves.’ She recently went out to bat for ZMM – Bulgaria Holding, the country’s largest machine building company, in a complex cancellation action. Teaming up with her on this brief was Marina Mollova, a portfolio manager par excellence. Making her debut in the WTR 1000 this year, Rossiza Marinova is another star of the prosecution practice, who impresses for her diligence and solutions-oriented approach. Crack litigator Kina Chuturkova oversees the contentious division: ‘She expertly leverages her experience in ancillary disciplines to complement her understanding of the trademark arena’ and vigilantly defends patrons’ interests.”

Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka (Croatia)

DTB is proud to congratulate its IP team for being ranked for a seventh consecutive year in WTR 1000 as an eminent practice and renowned for its top-end work.

“‘Having worked with DIVJAK TOPIĆ BAHTIJAREVIĆ & KRKA for over a decade, I only have words of praise for its legal expertise and immense industry knowledge,’ enthuses one foreign associate. The business law firm has provided comprehensive branding services to a swathe of domestic and international clients for over 25 years. Its holistic approach is attracting a growing volume of instructions, particularly in the licensing space – which ties into its recent rebrand, with commercial lawyer Mario Krka now featuring as a new name partner. Heading the IP and technology, media and telecommunications division, Olena Manuilenko is ‘one of the top trademark practitioners in the country. She thinks outside the box and is super-approachable and pleasant to work with’. Sava Insurance Group and Heineken Hrvatska have recently sought out her counsel.

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm (Greece)

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm’s IP practice is praised by sources and is among the most competitive in the field in Greece. It has been recommended for another year in The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2021 guide. Please find the editorial review for KG Law Firm below:

“Kyriakides Georgopolous partners closely with brand owners, putting at their disposal an accomplished trademark team with a big-picture view of the trademark lifecycle. Rather than just filing robotically under instruction, the professionals here dream up strategies to advance clients’ business objectives from the early stages of brand ideation all the way through to enforcement. The group has rich industry insight in the life sciences, entertainment and food sectors; and has forged strong ties with Greek authorities, external agencies and other stakeholders that help local companies to cement their presence domestically and further afield. Leading by example, Irene Kyriakides artfully crosses the contentious/non-contentious divide, but her dedication to quality and hawkish eye for detail are most apparent in her transactional work. Regulated industries are a forte. Recent recruit Maria Spanou has a thriving pharmaceutical patent practice but can also unpick any branding challenge going. She has an inquisitive mind and an unerring ability to think outside the box.”

BDK Advokati (Serbia)

Bogdan Ivanisevic, Head of the IP practice at BDK Advokati, has been recommended by WTR 1000 as an eminent individual who attracts extensive feedback and is renowned for his top-end work.

“‘Super-experienced, skilled and responsive’, is the verdict on Bogdan Ivanisevic, a driven attorney who is building up the IP practice at BDK Advokati. His understanding of media law, data protection and privacy makes for well-rounded, sophisticated counsel.”

Odvetniki Selih & partnerji (Slovenia)

Odvetniki Selih & Partnerji keeps its strong position in the WTR 1000 by attracting extensive feedback and being distinguished for their excellent work.

“At the heart of commercial outfit, Selih & Partnerji is a ‘wonderful and highly specialised IP team’. Litigation is handled with poise, while close collaboration with the M&A division gets high-stakes IP transactions across the line with minimum fuss. The pharmaceutical space is a happy hunting ground for the set, which has abundant knowledge of regulatory and advertising law. Versatile operators Nina Selih and Natasa Pipan Nahtigal are lauded for their ‘diligence, expertise and client-facing approach’.”

The WTR 1000 research directory, which focuses exclusively on trademark practices and practitioners, has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise. As with previous editions, to arrive at the 2021 rankings, World Trademark Review undertook an exhaustive qualitative research project to identify the firms and individuals that are deemed outstanding in this critical area of practice. When identifying the leading firms, factors such as depth of expertise, market presence and the level of work on which they are typically instructed were all taken into account, alongside positive peer and client feedback.

The SEE Legal members and individual lawyers continue to be praised for their work in the Intellectual Property practice area for 2020 by the World Trademark Review 1000 (“WTR 1000”) who rank them among the leaders in their respective jurisdictions. Please find below more information on the law firms and editorial review from the publication.  

KALO & ASSOCIATES (Albania)

KALO & ASSOCIATES is again highly ranked in the prestigious WTR 1000 2021 Rankings. It is considered by the edition as one of the best in the trademark scene in Albania. The editorial review for the law firm is provided below:

“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 Europe Legal Group, one of the largest legal service providers in the Balkans. Commanding the well-rounded IP division is the ‘highly efficient and proactiveEni 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.”

BOYANOV & Co. Law Firm (Bulgaria)

For a seventh consecutive year, BOYANOV & Co. Law Firm received the Gold Band ranking in The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2021 guide, proving its ability to secure the most high-profile, big-ticket work from the most prestigious of clients, as well as attract the most positive comments from sources.

“‘Organised, knowledgeable and efficient, the team at BOYANOV & Co. provides strategic advice and is well equipped to handle different aspects of commercial law.’ The gold-standard firm is a byword for meticulous protection and enforcement, particularly in the digital realm. IP department lead Stela Sabeva sets the tone: ‘She has a high degree of commitment and a deep understanding of both legislation and judicial practice, which instils clients with a deep sense of confidence. Stela is proactive with her advice and always anticipates her opponent’s next moves.’ She recently went out to bat for ZMM – Bulgaria Holding, the country’s largest machine building company, in a complex cancellation action. Teaming up with her on this brief was Marina Mollova, a portfolio manager par excellence. Making her debut in the WTR 1000 this year, Rossiza Marinova is another star of the prosecution practice, who impresses for her diligence and solutions-oriented approach. Crack litigator Kina Chuturkova oversees the contentious division: ‘She expertly leverages her experience in ancillary disciplines to complement her understanding of the trademark arena’ and vigilantly defends patrons’ interests.”

Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic & Krka (Croatia)

DTB is proud to congratulate its IP team for being ranked for a seventh consecutive year in WTR 1000 as an eminent practice and renowned for its top-end work.

“‘Having worked with DIVJAK TOPIĆ BAHTIJAREVIĆ & KRKA for over a decade, I only have words of praise for its legal expertise and immense industry knowledge,’ enthuses one foreign associate. The business law firm has provided comprehensive branding services to a swathe of domestic and international clients for over 25 years. Its holistic approach is attracting a growing volume of instructions, particularly in the licensing space – which ties into its recent rebrand, with commercial lawyer Mario Krka now featuring as a new name partner. Heading the IP and technology, media and telecommunications division, Olena Manuilenko is ‘one of the top trademark practitioners in the country. She thinks outside the box and is super-approachable and pleasant to work with’. Sava Insurance Group and Heineken Hrvatska have recently sought out her counsel.

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm (Greece)

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm’s IP practice is praised by sources and is among the most competitive in the field in Greece. It has been recommended for another year in The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2021 guide. Please find the editorial review for KG Law Firm below:

“Kyriakides Georgopolous partners closely with brand owners, putting at their disposal an accomplished trademark team with a big-picture view of the trademark lifecycle. Rather than just filing robotically under instruction, the professionals here dream up strategies to advance clients’ business objectives from the early stages of brand ideation all the way through to enforcement. The group has rich industry insight in the life sciences, entertainment and food sectors; and has forged strong ties with Greek authorities, external agencies and other stakeholders that help local companies to cement their presence domestically and further afield. Leading by example, Irene Kyriakides artfully crosses the contentious/non-contentious divide, but her dedication to quality and hawkish eye for detail are most apparent in her transactional work. Regulated industries are a forte. Recent recruit Maria Spanou has a thriving pharmaceutical patent practice but can also unpick any branding challenge going. She has an inquisitive mind and an unerring ability to think outside the box.”

BDK Advokati (Serbia)

Bogdan Ivanisevic, Head of the IP practice at BDK Advokati, has been recommended by WTR 1000 as an eminent individual who attracts extensive feedback and is renowned for his top-end work.

“‘Super-experienced, skilled and responsive’, is the verdict on Bogdan Ivanisevic, a driven attorney who is building up the IP practice at BDK Advokati. His understanding of media law, data protection and privacy makes for well-rounded, sophisticated counsel.”

Odvetniki Selih & partnerji (Slovenia)

Odvetniki Selih & Partnerji keeps its strong position in the WTR 1000 by attracting extensive feedback and being distinguished for their excellent work.

“At the heart of commercial outfit, Selih & Partnerji is a ‘wonderful and highly specialised IP team’. Litigation is handled with poise, while close collaboration with the M&A division gets high-stakes IP transactions across the line with minimum fuss. The pharmaceutical space is a happy hunting ground for the set, which has abundant knowledge of regulatory and advertising law. Versatile operators Nina Selih and Natasa Pipan Nahtigal are lauded for their ‘diligence, expertise and client-facing approach’.”

The WTR 1000 research directory, which focuses exclusively on trademark practices and practitioners, has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise. As with previous editions, to arrive at the 2021 rankings, World Trademark Review undertook an exhaustive qualitative research project to identify the firms and individuals that are deemed outstanding in this critical area of practice. When identifying the leading firms, factors such as depth of expertise, market presence and the level of work on which they are typically instructed were all taken into account, alongside positive peer and client feedback.