Deeping partnerships and exchange of views as to the expectations of in-house counsels in the pharmaceutical industry



The IPR Group was pleased to host experienced IP practitioner Ms. Nina Petkovska, Deputy Manager of unit Corporate Intellectual Property (Trademarks & Designs) of Alkaloid AD Skopje – our esteemed client and leading Macedonian pharmaceutical company which has been operating in the field of manufacturing drugs, cosmetic and chemical products and processing botanical raw materials for more than eight decades.

Bearing in mind that the pharmaceutical industry can be considered as one of the most complex industries in the aspect of the management of intellectual property, we were pleased to discuss the current pharmaceutical regulations and criteria for naming of medicines with Ms. Petkovska.

We always strive to meet the expectations of in-house counsels from foreign patent and trademark attorneys and we are ready to adjust our business processes, to align with the requirements and specifics of the work of the client. Our meeting was a great platform for discussing the requirements of in-house counsels to foreign agents, which allowed us broaden our knowledge and brush up our expertise.

During the meeting, we also exchanged views on the strategic importance for pharmaceutical companies of creating a strong pharmaceutical brand. The development of a trademark for a new pharmaceutical product is a complex and complicated process, as pharmaceutical companies must comply with a set of laws and regulations not only in the country of origin, but in the markets of the countries, where these products are going to be sold. Pharmaceutical trademarks are usually subject for thorough examination in the likelihood of confusion by the Patent and Trademark Offices (PTOs) in the CIS countries, compared to trademarks applied for other goods and/or services.

Despite the fact that the means for communicating nowadays are endless due to the number of applications for group video calls, which especially boomed during the lockdown period, we would like to express our gratitude to Ms. Nina Petkovska for her visit, interesting discussions of IP practice and contribution to the upgrade of our expertise.

We always welcome international IP practitioners to our offices for the exchange of business insight and accumulation of the best IP practices. To those who are further away or due to some obstacles are unable to visit us in person, we are open for online meetings and discussions through any convenient means of communication.