PETOŠEVIĆ PEOPLE: Q&A with Nada Herak

Part of the PETOŠEVIĆ Serbia team since 2015, Patent Attorney Nada Herak drafts, prosecutes and maintains patent applications and patents before the Serbian IPO, the EPO and the WIPO. Her specialization in chemistry is advantageous when dealing with patent matters for clients from the chemical, biotech and pharmaceutical sectors. We asked Nada about her work, her favorite food and music, and much more.

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

    I started my career in the IP field thanks to my brother, who was friends with a well-known lawyer who was looking for a chemist who spoke English.

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

    Receiving relevant information from inventors and finding the best way to protect their inventions.

  3. What do you most enjoy doing at work?

    I love creating patent applications from scratch, and I enjoy opposition proceedings.

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

    Probably in a laboratory making and testing perfumes.

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

    In a quality control lab in the Poppe rubber factory in Giessen, Germany.

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

    I love traveling, but during the COVID-19 pandemic my walks with my dog have been very therapeutic, as well as reading books.

  7. What book did you read last?

    “Love Lasts Three Years” by Frédéric Beigbeder.

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

    “La vie en rose” by Emmet Cohen Trio feat. Cyrille Aimée.

  9. What is your favorite dish of all time?

    Steak tartare, prepared by following a secret family recipe.

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

    Hugo Pratt, the creator of the “Corto Maltese” comics!

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

    I enjoyed solving math riddles.

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

    I wanted to be a pediatric surgeon, helping and healing kids.

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

    I love fencing, I enjoy making natural soaps and playing cards (but I am not a gambler!).

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

    I would learn to fly a dragon! If not, then I would learn Italian.

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

    Greed.

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

    Being more patient and understanding with people.

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

    Always express yourself!

  18. What cities/countries have you lived in?

    In Belgrade, Serbia and Vancouver, Canada – I love that city.

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

    I would at least love to visit the Eurasian countries where we work, such as Uzbekistan or Kazakhstan, as I have never been there.

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

    I would take them for a tour around the city center and to my favorite restaurant in the Zemun area of Belgrade – “Široka staza“ (“Wide path”).

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