PETOŠEVIĆ PEOPLE: 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.

  1. How did you start your career in IP?

    It wasn’t exactly planned. I was looking for something new and different, and after searching for a long time, PETOŠEVIĆ was the first company I was happy with.

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

    Meeting deadlines and handling various paralegal and administrative tasks at the same time.

  3. What do you most enjoy doing at work?

    I am happy when we successfully complete a case we have been working on for a long time.

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

    I would work as a translator – that is my original profession.

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

    I was offering private English and Russian language lessons to children.

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

    Travelling, when I have enough time and money. So far I have visited about 20 countries and I intend to visit more. I also like to spend time with friends and to pursue my hobbies – dancing, yoga, nature walks, cooking…

  7. What book did you read last?

    “The Eight” by Katherine Neville.

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

    “Moving on” by Leonard Cohen.

  9. What is your favorite dish of all time?

    Seafood. My favorites are shellfish and squid.

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

    I would like to meet the Buddha and ask him how he is able to preserve so much peace of mind and body, and how he is able to always stay calm and balanced.

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

    My favorite subjects were Serbian, English and Russian. I have always loved writing. My parents used to be journalists, so I inherited that love from them. I also loved history very much.

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

    An astronaut. I have always liked stories about the universe. No one has ever fully explained to me why it is so hard and complicated to pursue this profession.

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

    I am a professional astrologer with more than 25 years of experience in this field. I really like to dance and it makes me happy. I am a big animal lover and have an 11-year-old dog called Betty.

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

    I would love to learn to sing. I have no talent for singing at all.

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

    Detachment and alienation from each other, and the fact that we are more attached to machines and technical devices than to nature.

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

    I have learned to have more patience and self-love, and to criticize and judge less. I have also learned to allow myself the freedom to make mistakes. This is how I can have more understanding and compassion for others and for myself.

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

    Don’t worry. Everything will be okay, and already is.

  18. What cities/countries have you lived in?

    Apart from Belgrade, which is my hometown, I have also lived in Novi Sad, Serbia; Moscow, Russia; and Barcelona, Spain.

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

    I would pick Moscow. This amazing city will always have a special place in my heart.

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

    I would take those who never visited Belgrade for a walk down the main street in the city center, Knez Mihailova. I would also take them to the Kalemegdan park and fortress, also known as the “hill of reflection”, which offers a beautiful view of the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, as well as the city bridges.

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