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Tarik Prolaz

  • Head of Office
  • Attorney at Law
  • Trademark & Patent Agent *

Tarik mainly assists with contentious matters handled by the Sarajevo office, including legal research, gathering information requested in discovery, deposition preparation, filing of court documents and other litigation-related tasks. He also investigates possible infringements and drafts cease and desist letters.

Over the course of his career, Tarik has represented a global hospitality company in multiple franchise cases in Bosnia and Herzegovina, enforced IP rights and fought counterfeits for the major players in the apparel, automotive, cosmetics and fashion industries, and advised a well-known social media platform on various legal issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina, including data protection and intellectual property matters.

Tarik’s broad knowledge of the complex political, legal and cultural structure of Bosnia and Herzegovina ensues from participating in countless administrative, civil and criminal procedures before various governmental bodies. A skilled negotiator, Tarik has also participated in over 50 out-of-court settlements.

In 2012, Tarik took a break from work to earn his LLM in intellectual property from University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

In 2015, he participated in an EU-funded project aiming to improve the capacity of the Institute for Intellectual Property of Bosnia and Herzegovina by establishing centers for information and education. Tarik has participated in various other international projects aimed at raising awareness of IP, either individually, as a member of a consortium or as the head of the AmCham Intellectual Property Rights Committee.

In 2018, Tarik was inducted into the Legal 500 Hall of Fame, which highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence.

Prior to joining PETOŠEVIĆ in 2007, Tarik spent four years working in the field of social, business and market research.

Admission

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bar Association, 2016

Languages

Bosnian (similar to Croatian, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Serbian and Slovenian), fluent English, proficient in Turkish

Education

  • Faculty of Law, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, LLM in Intellectual Property, 2012
  • Faculty of Law, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, LLB, 2005

Publications

  • Identity of Marks as Absolute Ground for Refusal in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Development of Practice”. CEE Legal Matters. CEE Legal Matters. (June, 2016)

  • “Bosnia and Herzegovina Chapter”. Manual for the Handling of Applications for Patents, Designs and Trademarks throughout the World. Kluwer Law International. (April 2016; July 2017)

  • Contributor for Bosnia and Herzegovina to the “International Copyright Law Survey”. Mincov Law Corporation. Mincov Law Corporation. (March, 2013)

  • Contributor for Bosnia and Herzegovina to the online “Country Survey”. Country Index. S.M.D. Markeur. (October, 2012)

  • Contributor for Bosnia and Herzegovina to the “Trademark Licensing Guide”. Country Index. S.M.D. Markeur. (November, 2011)

  • “Changes in the IP Rights Protection System in Bosnia and Herzegovina”. Legal Developments Worldwide. Legal 500. (October, 2011)

  • Contributor for Bosnia & Herzegovina to the online “International Oppositions Guide”. Global Trademark Research. International Trademark Association, since 2011

Committees

  • International Trademark Association Committee Member, Public Information Committee, 2018 – 2019 Term
  • International Trademark Association Committee Member, Famous & Well-Known Marks Committee, 2016 - 2017 Term
  • International Trademark Association Committee Member, Europe & Central Asia Subcommittee of the Famous & Well-Known Marks Committee, 2014 - 2015 Term
  • International Trademark Association Committee Member, the Geographical Indications Subcommittee of the Related Rights Committee, 2012 – 2013 Term

Membership

  • INTA

Professional Activities

  • Lecturer at IP workshops, EU-funded project "Capacity building of the Institute for IP through the establishment of information-educational centers". Consortium led by HD European Consulting Group. Bosnia and Herzegovina. February 2015
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Awards

Testimonials

Specialist IP firm PETOŠEVIĆ’s team is ‘very responsive’. The group was active in several high-profile trade mark infringement disputes, with head of office Tarik Prolaz acting for a client in the restaurant sector in a dispute pertaining to unauthorised use of its trade marks by a competitor. Associate Berina Prolaz is another name to note. Legal 500, 2018

Specialist firm PETOŠEVIĆ is ‘professional, prompt and always bears in mind the client’s needs’. The team is led by the well-respected Tarik Prolaz, who acted for a longstanding international client from the automotive sector regarding the unauthorised use of its trade marks by a local construction company. Legal 500, 2017

Intellectual property specialist Petoševic has offices located throughout Southeastern Europe and is ‘one of the most efficient firms’, according to clients. Tarik Prolaz heads the team in BiH, which provides a full IP service including litigation, prosecution and anti-counterfeiting cases for a host of leading international companies and brand owners. Legal 500 EMEA, 2016

The 2013 Legal 500 EMEA edition wrote: “The highly recommended Tarik Prolaz has represented some of the world’s largest multinationals, and recently overturned a ruling by the Bosnian PTO refusing a client’s trade mark registration.”