PETOŠEVIĆ PEOPLE: 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.

  1. How did you start your career in IP?

    I was working for another Belgrade-based law office that handled some IP work. From time to time, we would receive a Customs watch notice, and during one of the inspections, I met a colleague from PETOŠEVIĆ who told me that the firm was hiring. I thought to myself, “This might be the chance”, so I sent in my CV… and the rest is history.

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

    Inconsistency and lack of practice make it difficult to rely on what you know about how things should be done. Instead, you have to adjust to the circumstances and act in the best interest of the client.

  3. What do you most enjoy doing at work?

    Building a case completely from scratch, from obtaining initial information from the client on what might be the problem to finding a solution. It’s not always easy to make the right move at the right time and this sometimes worries me, but it is also exciting when I go all the way from the beginning of the case until the very end, especially when the outcome is positive — there is a feeling of completeness and self-enjoyment.

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

    I’d be a screenplay writer or a novelist. I planned to study literature in college, but changed my mind right before the entrance exam. In terms of my career in law, I would be definitely doing litigation.

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

    I was a car show hostess —  it paid well but the job revolved more around cleaning car windows than it did around showing new cars to potential buyers.

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

    I like spending time in nature with my family, a long walk in the woods and then a glass of wine in a local restaurant afterwards.

  7. What book did you read last?

    I have focused on Serbian writers recently. The last book I read was “Ispod majice” (“Under the T-Shirt”) by Marija Ratković and I really think every woman should read it. It is written so sincerely and is even brutal in parts, but it sends a very empowering message. I also read a book of poetry by Radmila Petrović called “Moja mama zna šta se dešava u gradovima“ (“My Mom Knows What Happens in Towns”) and I enjoyed it because the writer is a young poet who covers the everyday topics in her own way. Her writing technique is quite different from what we are used to and I enjoyed her style a lot.

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

    I can’t think of just one song, but I am a fan of British pop, so anything by Ed Sheeran or Sam Smith is on my list of favorites. As for American artists, Maroon 5 is a good choice for me.

  9. What is your favorite dish of all time?

    It’s the local minced meat dish called “ćevapi“. I could eat it all the time. When I was a young girl, on Saturdays we would have a family lunch at a restaurant near our house and I think I ate “ćevapi“ every time we went there for many many years. I never changed my order, so the waiters did not even have to ask.

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

    Jesus Christ, in order to check whether he was real after all or if he was only a myth about love, faith and sacrifice. From the present, I would like to meet the leaders of the G8 countries, to discuss the easy-going topics such as geopolitics, the climate, refugees and wars all around the globe.

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

    Serbian language and literature. My high school teacher encouraged us to go to the theater, so we used to see many plays based on the books we read in school. This love for literature stayed with me long after high school.

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

    I wanted to be Lepa Brena, a famous Yugoslav pop-folk singer. I dressed like her and knew all her songs by heart. I even met her once because my uncle owned a popular coffee shop in Belgrade in the 1980’s where she used to come sometimes. She kissed me on the cheek and I nearly fainted. Alternatively, I wanted to be a weather presenter on TV.

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

    I worked as a TV host for the Serbian television channel “Treći kanal” (“Channel Three”) and as a journalist for the “Blic” newspaper during college. I am afraid of pigeons. I love watching boxing and ultimate fighting.

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

    I would like to learn to drive a boat, and I am eventually going to do it.

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

    There is so much injustice in the world. The most saddening part is hunger. There are parts of the world in the 21st century where people are dying hungry and thirsty, while in other parts of the world food and water are wasted without any control, selfishly and greedily.

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

    Patience. I am still learning how to deal with the anxiety caused by our stressful way of living. I have also learned to accept my own mistakes and to live with them, because no one is perfect.

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

    Eat now, eat everything you want, you will be on a diet for the rest of your life.

  18. What cities/countries have you lived in?

    I have only lived in Belgrade, Serbia, with the exception of two winter seasons in 2004 and 2005 when I lived on the Serbian mountain Kopaonik, for work and skiing.

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

    Ljubljana, Slovenia. The city is calm and beautiful, close to the mountains, close to the sea, and close to Italy where the most beautiful shoes in the world are made.

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

    One day is too little time for Belgrade, but I would start with a tour around Kalemegdan, a beautiful fortress in the city center. I would then continue walking along Knez Mihailova Street, the main pedestrian and shopping zone in Belgrade, to the National Museum and the National Theater. I would take my guest to see a theatre play as a good way of learning about our culture and history. In the evening, after a dinner at one of the national cuisine restaurants, I would take my guest out to clubs or famous “kafanas” (taverns) with live music. Everyone who goes there once always comes back.

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