PETOŠEVIĆ PEOPLE: 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.

  1. How did you start your career in the IP field?

    To be honest, it happened by accident. After law school, I started working as a legal advisor at the Consumer Center of Serbia. One of my friends told me that PETOŠEVIĆ was hiring; I submitted my CV and got the job, and it turned out that intellectual property was much more interesting than I initially thought.

  2. What is the most challenging aspect of your work?

I think the most challenging aspect is raising awareness of the importance of IP protection in Serbia, where this topic is still not as widely popularized as in the EU.

  1. What do you most enjoy doing at work?

    Working on complex matters and untangling them!

  2. What would you be working in, if you weren’t working in IP?

    I would probably be working as a judge or a public prosecutor.

  3. What was the first job you’ve ever had?

    I was a brand promoter.

  4. What is your favorite thing to do when you are not working?

    Watching a good movie or spending time with my friends.

  5. What book did you read last?

    “Cathedral of the Sea” by Ildefonso Falcones. I am currently reading “A Tale of Love and Darkness” by Amos Oz.

  6. What is your favorite song/music at the moment?

    Let’s say “Hurts” by Emeli Sandé.

  7. What is your favorite dish of all time?

    Sarma! It is a traditional dish in the Balkans, consisting of minced meat and rice wrapped in fermented cabbage leaves, slow cooked with smoked meat.

  8. If you could meet anyone in the world, from the past or present, who would it be and why?

    Jesus Christ! I have so many questions for him.

  9. What was your favorite subject in school and why?

    Languages, because I was good at them, unlike math.

  10. What did you want to be when growing up?

    A singer!

  11. Tell us three things most people don’t know about you.

    I am from Zadar (Croatia), I’m afraid of heights, and I went to salsa classes for a couple of years.

  12. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

    To fly.

  13. What is your biggest frustration about the world around you?

    Turning 30 and being asked by everyone about marriage (this is my current stage).

  14. What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?

    To not be full of prejudice. Don’t judge a book by its cover!

  15. What do you wish you could have told yourself at age 13?

    Don’t get upset about irrelevant things, save your nerves for bigger problems that are waiting for you in life.

  16. What cities/countries have you lived in?

    Zadar, Croatia and Belgrade, Serbia.

  17. If you could live in another country of the 30+ countries where PETOŠEVIĆ operates, which would you pick and why?

    Croatia, because they have a beautiful coast and because my roots are from there.

  18. If someone came to your city for 24 hours, where would you take them?

    I would definitely take them to a kafana (tavern) to enjoy Serbian cuisine, and then to the Kalemegdan fortress to watch the sunset.

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