PETOŠEVIĆ People

  • Q&A with Diliya Chanysheva

    Based in our Kazakhstan office, Junior Associate Diliya Chanysheva handles prosecution, enforcement and contentious IP matters. Before joining PETOŠEVIĆ, Diliya worked as a senior trademark examiner at the Kazakh IPO and as the chief legal analyst at the Kazakh Ministry of Justice’s IP Rights Center. We asked Diliya about her work, her favorite pastimes, things most people don’t know about her, and much more.

  • Q&A with Berina Prolaz

    On her eleventh anniversary in the firm, we talked to Associate Berina Prolaz based in our Sarajevo office. Berina handles prosecution and enforcement of IP rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and has represented major technology, automotive, apparel and consumer goods companies in customs, franchise and trademark infringement cases. We asked Berina about her work, her pastimes, her favorite food, and much more.

  • Q&A with Murad Sabirov

    Based in our Tashkent office, Associate Murad Sabirov focuses on trademark and patent prosecution. He handles trademark and patent registrations and renewals, drafts agreements and other legal documents and prepares search reports. We asked Murad about his work, his favorite food, things most people don’t know about him, and much more.

  • Q&A with Biljana Acković

    Based in our Belgrade office, HR Assistant Biljana Acković coordinates and executes administrative duties within the HR department and assists with HR projects, including recruitment and training. We asked Biljana about her work, her pastimes, the music she likes, and much more.

  • Q&A with Zita Szilágyi

    Based in our Budapest office, Associate and Attorney at Law Zita Szilágyi mostly handles trademark prosecution and enforcement, including oppositions, observations, cancellation actions, legal opinions, court cases and out-of-court agreements. We asked Zita about her work, her favorite food, things most people don’t know about her, and much more.

  • Q&A with Mladen Čolović

    PETOŠEVIĆ Montenegro Head of Office Mladen Čolović has been part of our Podgorica team since 2008. Mladen mostly handles trademark prosecution and enforcement, as well as contentious patent and industrial design matters. We asked Mladen about his work, his favorite food, the music he likes, and much more.

  • Q&A with Nada Jovanović

    Paralegal Nada Jovanović has been part of our Serbia team for over 13 years. Nada assists with all facets of the trademark prosecution process, including performing trademark clearance searches, assisting with the prosecution of trademark applications, and communicating with the Serbian IPO. We asked Nada about her work, her pastimes, things most people don’t know about her, and much more.

  • Q&A with Igor Alfiorov

    Based in our Kyiv office, Associate Igor Alfiorov focuses on trademark prosecution and enforcement in Ukraine and other countries of the Russian-speaking region. He also handles anti-counterfeiting and customs enforcement activities in Ukraine. We asked Igor about his work, his favorite food, things most people don’t know about him, and much more.

  • Q&A with Dragana Vulović

    Senior Associate and Attorney at Law Dragana Vulović has been part of our Serbia team for over 10 years. Dragana’s practice focuses on complex trademark prosecution and enforcement matters in Serbia and the Western Balkans. We asked Dragana about her work, her pastimes, her favorite food, and much more.

  • Q&A with Maxim Hristov

    Based in our Sofia office, Associate and Attorney at Law Maxim Hristov handles contentious and non-contentious patent and trademark matters and represents clients before the local courts. We asked Maxim about his work, his favorite food, things most people don’t know about him, and much more.

  • Q&A with Maya Smirnova

    Senior Paralegal Maya Smirnova has been part of our Ukraine team for over 11 years. She handles trademark prosecution in Ukraine and other countries of the Russian-speaking region. We asked Maya about her work, her pastimes, her favorite food, and much more.

  • Q&A with Nemanja Lazarević

    Based in our Belgrade office, IT Assistant Nemanja Lazarević administers and maintains our IT systems and provides IT support to the whole team across all PETOŠEVIĆ offices. We asked Nemanja about his work, his pastimes, the music he likes, and much more.

  • Q&A with Daria Labut

    Part of the PETOŠEVIĆ Russia team since 2020, Associate and Russian Trademark Attorney Daria Labut handles trademark prosecution, provides legal opinions and represents clients before the Russian Intellectual Property Office. We asked Daria about her work, her favorite food, things most people don’t know about her, and much more.

  • Q&A with Yuriy Karlash

    On his 10-year anniversary in the firm, we talked to Associate Yuriy Karlash based in our Kyiv office. Yuriy represents clients before the courts, law enforcement bodies, customs authorities and the antimonopoly committee in Ukraine. He handles trademark prosecution, unfair competition matters, license and IP rights assignments, settlement agreements and develops enforcement strategies. We asked Yuriy about his work, his favorite pastimes, food, and much more.

  • Q&A with Pavel Seleznev

    After working in the IP field for over 20 years, Trademark and Design Attorney Pavel Seleznev joined PETOŠEVIĆ Russia in 2020. Pavel’s practice focuses on trademark prosecution in Russia, with an emphasis on preparing opinions, oppositions, appeals and cancellation actions. We asked Pavel about his work, his favorite food, books and much more.

  • Q&A with Melina Nika

    Part of the PETOŠEVIĆ Albania team, Trademark, Patent and Design Attorney Melina Nika handles patent, trademark and industrial design prosecution and maintenance, as well as geographical indication matters. She is a European patent attorney and an active a member of the European Patent Institute (EPI). We asked Melina about her work, her favorite food, things most people don’t know about her, and much more.

  • Q&A with George Irimescu

    Part of the PETOŠEVIĆ Romania team, Associate George Irimescu focuses on clearance, registration, maintenance and enforcement of trademarks and industrial designs. George is also currently earning his LLD in a program jointly taught by Maastricht University in the Netherlands and Nicolae Titulescu University in Romania. We asked George about his work, his favorite music, books, and much more.

  • Q&A with Olga Kudoyar

    Part of the PETOŠEVIĆ Ukraine team since 2018, Patent Consultant Olga Kudoyar handles patent prosecution in Ukraine and the Russian-speaking region. Her background in biotechnology is an advantage when handling patent applications for clients from pharmaceutical, food, agriculture and related industries. We asked Olga about her work, her favorite food and music, things most people don’t know about her, and much more.

  • Q&A with Darko Bajalski

    On his 12-year anniversary in the firm, we talked to Associate Darko Bajalski based in our Skopje office. Darko mainly handles contentious trademark matters, but he is also involved in patent work in North Macedonia. In fact, Darko helped a client obtain the first ever SPC issued in the country! We asked Darko about his work, his favorite pastimes, food, and much more.

  • Q&A with Aliya Madiyarova

    Before joining PETOŠEVIĆ in 2020 as the head of our newest office in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Aliya Madiyarova worked in IP for 10 years. Aliya’s practice covers all areas of IP law, with a particular focus on patent, design and trademark prosecution and enforcement. We asked Aliya about her work, her favorite food and music, things most people don’t know about her, and much more.

  • Q&A with Sara Bakić

    Part of the PETOŠEVIĆ Serbia team, Associate Sara Bakić focuses on trademark prosecution and enforcement in Serbia and other jurisdictions in the region. She is also well versed in protecting geographical indications in multiple jurisdictions. We asked Sara about her work, her favorite music, books, and much more.

  • Q&A with Ana Družinec

    On her 12-year anniversary in the firm, we talked to Ana Družinec, Senior Patent and Trademark Paralegal, part of the PETOŠEVIĆ Croatia team. Having lived most of her life in France, Ana handles trademark and patent prosecution, as well as industrial design and domain name matters, primarily for clients from French-speaking countries. We asked Ana about her work, her favorite food, books, and much more.

  • Q&A with Ivan Matić

    Senior Associate Ivan Matić has been part of the PETOŠEVIĆ Serbia team for over 10 years. Ivan works with the Serbian customs, police and market inspectorate authorities on the surveillance, seizure and destruction of counterfeit goods and also handles clearance, maintenance and enforcement issues concerning international trademark portfolios. We asked Ivan about his work, his favorite food, his pastimes, and much more.

  • Q&A with Vladimir Nika

    PETOŠEVIĆ Albania Head of Office Vladimir Nika has been with the firm since 2004 and has over 25 years of IP experience under his belt. With degrees in metallurgy and mechanical engineering, and a long career teaching at the Polytechnic University in Tirana, Vladimir’s practice focuses on patents, while he also counsels clients on clearance, maintenance and enforcement of trademarks in Albania. We asked Vladimir about his work, hobbies, interests, and much more.

  • Q&A with Daria Dunai

    After working in the IP field for 24 years, many of which she spent as a partner at one of the leading IP firms in Belarus, Daria Dunai joined the newest PETOŠEVIĆ office, in Minsk, Belarus, in 2018. As a patent and trademark attorney, Daria handles the entire range of IP work for our clients operating in Belarus, with an accent on patent matters. We asked Daria about her work, hobbies, interests, and much more.

  • Q&A with Ana Stojanović

    Senior Associate and Attorney at Law Ana Stojanović has been part of the PETOŠEVIĆ Serbia team for over 12 years. As an experienced IP practitioner, Ana advises clients on all aspects of intellectual property law and represents the firm at various conferences. We asked Ana about her work, her favorite food and music, and much more.

  • Q&A with Umida Solijonova

    Before joining the PETOŠEVIĆ team in Uzbekistan in 2017, Junior Associate Umida Solijonova worked at another Tashkent law firm and interned at a law firm in Beijing, China, where she also obtained her LLM degree. We asked Umida about her work, her hobbies, what most people do not know about her, and much more.

  • Q&A with Barbara Mencin

    Barbara Mencin joined PETOŠEVIĆ Slovenia in 2015 as a junior associate and became our Ljubljana team leader three years later, in 2018. Barbara mostly handles trademark prosecution and enforcement in Slovenia and various other jurisdictions in which PETOŠEVIĆ operates. We asked Barbara about her work, her hobbies, where she would take us in Ljubljana, and much more.

  • Q&A with Alexey Rumyantsev

    After working as a patent examiner at the Russian PTO for seven years, Alexey Rumyantsev joined our Moscow team in 2016. As a Patent Attorney, Alexey handles patent prosecution and enforcement in Russia, particularly within the fields of electronics and mechanics, with an emphasis on medical devices. We asked Alexey about his work, the music he likes, things no one knows about him, and much more.

  • Q&A with Ana Opalić

    Part of the PETOŠEVIĆ Serbia team, Associate Ana Opalić focuses on complex trademark matters and works with the Serbian customs authorities on the surveillance, seizure and destruction of counterfeit goods. Before joining our Belgrade team in 2013, Ana worked as a legal advisor at the Consumer Center of Serbia. We asked Ana about her work, her pastimes, favorite books, and much more.

  • Q&A with Viktoriia Smyrnova

    Before starting her career in IP, Associate Viktoriia Smyrnova from our Kyiv office worked for Save the Children International and the United Nations’ World Food Program. Viktoriia now handles trademark and industrial design prosecution in Ukraine and other countries of the Russian-speaking region. We asked Viktoriia about her work, favorite pastimes and much more.

  • Q&A with Balázs Csányi

    The head of our Hungary office, Attorney at Law Balázs Csányi, joined PETOŠEVIĆ in 2017 after spending eight years at another Hungarian IP firm. Balázs mostly handles trademark prosecution and enforcement, as well as domain dispute litigation and other Internet-related IP issues. We asked Balázs about his work, his hobbies, his favorite food, and much more.

  • Q&A with Jasna Jusić

    Senior Associate and Attorney at Law Jasna Jusić has been part of our Podgorica team since the office launch in 2007. Jasna advises clients on all aspects of IP law, and represents clients from a variety of industries in trademark infringement cases in Montenegro. We asked Jasna about her work, her pastimes, favorite books, and much more.

  • Q&A with Đurđa Krivokapić

    Based in our Belgrade office, Marketing Coordinator Đurđa Krivokapić handles various marketing projects for the firm, such as our monthly newsletter on the most recent intellectual property developments in the region. We asked Đurđa about her work, what it is like working in marketing for an IP firm, her hobbies, and much more.

  • Q&A with Oleh Karpenko

    Head of the PETOŠEVIĆ Ukraine team, attorney at law Oleh Karpenko develops and implements enforcement strategies related to software copyright, trademark, design and plant variety rights in Ukraine and other former USSR countries. Before joining the Kyiv team in 2018, Oleh worked in IP at other Ukrainian law firms and was an investigator and prosecuting attorney at several district prosecutor’s offices. We asked Oleh about his work, his hobbies, and much more.

  • Q&A with Roxana Sarghi

    After joining our Bucharest team in 2007 as an Administrative Assistant and becoming a Trademark and Patent Paralegal the following year, sociologist Roxana Sarghi decided to pursue a degree in law, earned her LLB and progressed to the role of Associate in 2018. She now advises clients from a variety of industries on all aspects of registration and maintenance of IP rights in multiple jurisdictions. We asked Roxana about her work, her hobbies, and much more.

  • Q&A with Dimitar Batakliev

    After working as a lawyer at the Bulgarian Patent Office for five years, Dimitar Batakliev joined our Sofia team in 2014, which he has led as Head of Office since 2017. Dimitar’s practice focuses on contentious trademark matters and the protection of IP rights on social media and the Internet. We asked Dimitar about his work, the music he likes, his pet peeves, and much more.

  • Q&A with Jovana Matić

    The first non-legal professional from the PETOŠEVIĆ team that we are speaking to is our Chief HR Officer Jovana Matić, based in our Belgrade office. Besides being in charge of HR matters at PETOŠEVIĆ, Jovana is also a yoga and meditation teacher! We asked Jovana about her work, what it is like working in HR for an IP firm, her pastimes, and much more.

  • Q&A with Ivan Nagornykh

    After working as a patent examiner at the Russian Patent Office for eight years, physicist and patent attorney Ivan Nagornykh joined our Moscow team in 2014, where he handles the prosecution and enforcement of national and Eurasian patents from various industry and technology sectors including mechanics, medical equipment, computer technology, and electronics. We asked Ivan about his work, his pastimes, his pet peeves, and much more.

  • Q&A with Natalia Stetsenko

    Before joining PETOŠEVIĆ in 2017 as a senior associate in our Kyiv office, where she handles contentious matters with an accent on enforcement of trademarks, industrial designs, patent rights and copyright, Natalia worked for 18 years with another firm in Kyiv. We asked Natalia about her work, books, music, and much more.

  • Q&A with Tarik Prolaz

    On his 11-year anniversary in the firm, we talked to Tarik Prolaz, head of our Bosnia and Herzegovina office. Besides being his eleventh year with PETOŠEVIĆ, 2018 is also the year Tarik was inducted into the Legal 500 Hall of Fame for the continued praise he receives from his clients. We asked Tarik what makes IP challenging in Bosnia, what his hobbies are, where he would take us in Sarajevo, and much more.

  • Q&A with Anamarija Stančić Petrović

    Anamarija Stančić Petrović was the head of our Zagreb office for 13 years; now based in Belgium, Anamarija is our PETOŠEVIĆ Brussels Representative. She has almost 20 years of experience in IP and has served on the firm’s management board. We asked Anamarija about her free time activities, significant life events and experiences, and much more.

  • Q&A with Aura Campeanu

    Aura Campeanu has been heading our Bucharest office since its inception 13 years ago. With a degree in engineering and experience in managing EU Phare projects, Aura’s knowledge of IP grew with the firm and she is now considered one of the top practitioners in Romania. We asked Aura about her work, her turning points in life, which parts of Bucharest she would show to visitors, and much more.

  • Q&A with Djakhangir Aripov

    Before joining PETOŠEVIĆ in 2017 as the head of our newest office in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Djakhangir Aripov worked in IP for over 13 years. His versatile experience includes teaching IP law and being a partner in a Central Asian regional IP firm. We asked Djakhangir about his work, his favorite food and music, and much more.

  • Q&A with Tatyana Kulikova

    After 13 years of working in the IP field, nine of which she spent as the head of a trademark department at another Russian IP firm, Tatyana Kulikova joined PETOŠEVIĆ in 2014 as the head of our Russia office, our newest at the time, and she has led the growing Moscow team since then. We asked Tatyana about her hobbies, things no one knows about her, and much more.

  • Q&A with Mihajlo Zatezalo

    After being the head of our largest office in Belgrade, Serbia for 12 years, Mihajlo Zatezalo transitioned to the role of Regional Manager for Western Balkans in 2017 and now oversees our offices in  Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. We asked Mihajlo how come he started a career in the IP field, what the last book he read was, and much more.

  • Q&A with Predrag Anokić

    On his 11-year anniversary in the firm, we talked to Predrag Anokić, our Chief Operations Officer based in our Belgrade office. Predrag joined the firm as an associate and got to know the firm and the IP field inside and out before transitioning to his current role in 2017. We asked Predrag about the strangest task he had in his IP career, about his pet peeve and much more.