Zivko Mijatovic & Partners (ZMP) is a full-service IP law firm, established in 1939 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, as a general practice law firm. It has grown progressively and today consists of 15 offices in 14 European countries. The overall protection of all IP rights, including prosecution, enforcement and litigation, is provided through the network of ZMP offices covering the Balkan Peninsula and Central and Eastern Europe, with a liaison office in Alicante, Spain, providing legal services in relation to European trademarks and designs and IP legal services in Spain. Over the last 30 years, ZMP’s primary activity has been the protection, via prosecution and litigation, of all IP rights.
The firm has gained reputation for having stellar and efficient services in the region. ZMP is known for being a creative, open and straightforward firm, with a meticulous approach tailored to the client’s needs. ZMP’s constant presence in Central and Eastern Europe means that clients receive immediate and simultaneous service across the region, simply by contacting one of the offices. That is why the service provided by ZMP is unique in the region.
ZMP offers a full range of IP services, providing legal assistance and advice on the protection of IP rights and management and enforcement of the same across Central and Eastern Europe. Services include filing and prosecution of IP rights; searches and watching services; IP portfolio management; dispute resolution; advice and representation in infringement and enforcement matters. ZMP and its attorneys are authorized to represent clients before judicial authorities, IP offices, customs offices and different administrative authorities of the countries in which the firm’s offices are located.
ZMP is particularly active in matters of counterfeiting and piracy. Given that the Western Balkans, due to its geographical location, is a gateway to the EU market and a fertile ground for the production and distribution of counterfeit goods, Rights' holders are advised to consider the measures available across the region and contemplate implementing a strategy that recognizes the root of the problem and provides a long-term solution. Countries of the Western Balkans should be considered as a single region. ZMP is uniquely positioned to provide this service through its network of tightly linked local offices. The firm has therefore introduced a “Customs Package” whereby it handles customs applications, seizures and destruction of all counterfeit products flowing through the countries of former Yugoslavia and Albania (eight jurisdictions in total) through only one point of contact, thus saving costs, avoiding heavy administrative burdens and consolidating customs matters with one agent.
As part of the firm´s business growth strategy, ZMP is more active on social media, dynamic, approachable and always on alert on the virtual space to detect any kind of unfair competition in the market through typo squatting, metatags, spamming and cybersquatting because we focus on our clients and consumer protection. ZMP strives towards corporate responsibility, through sponsorship activities and the number of professionals employed in our offices has increased by a minimum of 10% annually, with constant investment in education.
A law firm that brings a different approach to legal services and independently acclaimed client service, SIMION & BACIU is a reference on the Romanian business law market, with a strong propensity toward offering legal services with regulatory content, including intellectual property, gaming and gambling law, retail, consumer & advertising, media, technology and life sciences.
In the intellectual property (IP) area of practice, our expertise had been built over the past 20 years, out of passion and with hard work. With each new project entrusted to our team of lawyers and counselors, new tasks we tackle and new battles we fight, we continue to grow and learn something new teaming up with you, our clients, our friends, our partners.
With us, clients enjoy a major advantage: no matter the complexities a project involves, our team is likely to have dealt with similar challenges before or could steady tackle unexplored areas.
Our expertise in Intellectual Property matters focuses on brands and trademarks, designs, trade dress and trade names, enforcement and border measures, unfair competition, trade secrets and know-how, copyright and related rights, domain names, IP transactional to include IP drafting, negotiation and management of contracts and due diligence work.
We have the know-how and can assist you with
Prosecution issues: clear, register and manage all your trademarks and designs, copyright and domain names
Monitoring and opposing to conflicting third party applications
Defending your IP rights; by taking pre-trial measures and actions; in active litigation; at the border.
Protecting your business interests and helping you avoid litigation in conflicting matters
Your negotiations in transactional matters
When amicable settlement is no longer possible, we take our expertise in front of the court and put it to practice for the benefit of our clients.
We are active members in professional organizations, committed to advocating for the best interests of our clients, including INTA, Marques, ECTA and the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania (AmCham).
We are proud to be a 3-time winner of the prestigious Romania Law Firm of the Year award presented by Managing IP (2021, 2022 and 2023).
Our IP lawyers gained long established fame as being some of the best in Romania. Their area of expertise includes all IP legal aspects and their work is highly appreciated for their deep knowledge of this specialized field, for their effective communication with the competent authorities and courts, as well as for their warm and efficient contact with the clients.
Răzvan Dincă is a professor of intellectual property and civil law with the University of Bucharest and was a visiting professor with the University Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, the Worldwide Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organization and the University of Dubrovnik. He was a EU senior expert in intellectual property, head tutor of the biotechnology and intellectual property advanced course of the Worldwide Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organization, tutor in intellectual property of the National Institute of Magistrates, as well as exclusive contributor for Romania to the European Copyright Reporter edited by Kluwer Law International. At present, Răzvan is the head reviewer of the biotechnology and intellectual property advanced course of the Worldwide Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organization He also coordinates the intellectual property section of the Romanian Private Law Review.
Founded in March 1995, CABINET M. OPROIU is a professional partnership of industrial property attorneys, engineers, chemists, physicists and attorneys-at-law, all specialized in the field of industrial property rights, based in the city of Bucharest, Romania.
CABINET M. OPROIU is involved exclusively in the field of intellectual property matters. We cover all range from prosecution of patents, trademarks, designs in Romania to litigation for patents, trademarks and designs. In Europe, we file and prosecute European patent applications as well as trademarks and designs before EUIPO (formerly OHIM).
One particular focus is directed towards the prosecution of national and European Patent applications in examination, procedure of revocation and appeal proceedings before the national courts and the European Patent Office, as well as to the national and European trademarks.
Our competitive edge as recognized by our clients refers to patent drafting for the European Patent Office, patent prosecution, prosecution of applications for supplementary protection certificates and to patent litigation (both cancellation and infringement proceedings that include the supplementary protection certificates ) and drafting opinions on the legal validity and infringement of industrial property rights.