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Panel: Entertainment industry challenges of IP protection

Hrvoje Krstulović, CEO & President of Blitz Film & Video Distribution and Member of the Board of Blitz-CineStar

Born in 1970, Mr. Hrvoje Krstulovic is CEO & President of Blitz Film & Video Distribution, present on the market since 1992 as the leading movie distributor and content provider in Croatia and ex-Yugoslavia region. Blitz has won the confidence of Major film studios for exclusive theatrical and video distribution, as well as established excellent cooperation with over 200 independent distributors and companies for all distribution channels. In 2003, Blitz Film has broadened its business and together with the largest German cinema operator CineStar, established a joint venture company Blitz-CineStar, a new cinema operator in the Croatian market. Over the course of a 10 year period, Blitz-CineStar has opened 10 multiplexes in Croatia and 1 in the neighbouring country of Bosnia & Herzegovina, creating a chain of a total of 11 multiplex facilities with 79 screens and 13.860 seats. Blitz-CineStar is planning further development strategy for the region.

Adrian Ježina, Vipnet

Adrian Ježina, member of Vipnet’s management board, is responsible for multimedia, cloud and fixed access. He assumed this position after Vipnet’s acquisition of, the largest cable operator in Croatia. Adrian graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Naval Architecture at the University of Split, and received his MBA from Cotrugli Business School. He began his career in 2000 in Ericsson, and since then one business success has followed another, which was recognized by the Croatian Managers’ Association, which granted him the “Manager of the Year” award in 2010.

Nenad Marčec, HDS Zamp

Nenad Marčec is Director of the ZAMP department of the Croatian Composers' Society, the leading society for collective copyright protection in Croatia that is representing more than 2.5 million Croatian and foreign authors. He is also the President of the European Council of the International Confederation of Authors and Composers Societies (CISAC). This council coordinates the work, supports and develops co-operation of more than 80 European authors' societies from multiple fields of artistic expression, and especially monitors and develops cooperation in connection with the activities of the European Parliament and the European Commission in the field of copyright protection. With the expertise and practical knowledge of the international system of collective management of rights, he is also expert in the area of worldwide and European circumstances in copyright protection in all aspects of the use of the works, as well as new business models that are rapidly evolving in the digital environment. Therefore, he is a frequent participant in many international roundtables, panels and discussions, both those relating to the exercise of the rights of authors, especially in the digital environment, and those who deal with new business models and opportunities that they bring to authors’ community.

Johannes Züll, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Management Board RTL Hrvatska

Johannes Züll, born in Nuremberg, was appointed CEO of RTL Hrvatska in 2009.
RTL Hrvatska is a leading Croatian TV network with two national channels, RTL Televizija and RTL2, one IPTV channel RTL Plus and with the leading online video platform RTL Sada. Previously, Mr. Züll oversaw the German activities of the Aegis Media Network-brands Carat, Vizeum, Posterscope and Isobar. From 1999 to 2007, he held various executive positions within RTL Group. Among those, he also served as Managing Director of the news channel N-TV, as Managing Director of RTL Interactive, and as Head of Business Development for TV in the German-speaking territories of RTL Group. Prior to his career at RTL Group, Züll worked for the Boston Consulting Group in Germany and Thailand from 1993 to 1999. Johannes Züll studied Business and Economics at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland and at Indiana University in the US. He holds an MBA from the University of St. Gallen.

Keynote Speech: IP trends in the EU

Dr. Zsofia Lendvai, Baker & McKenzie    

Zsófia is specializing in intellectual property law, including trademark, patent, copyright and know-how, relating to various industries. She wrote her PhD on the enforcement of copyright law in Germany and the U.K. Before joining the Firm she worked for the Hungarian Ministry of Justice, where she drafted the intellectual property legislation. Thereafter she was in-house counsel for one of the top Hungarian pharmaceutical companies, where she was in charge of legal issues relating to trademark and patent rights. Zsófia is head of the enforcement working group of the National Board on Anti-Counterfeiting ('HENT'), she is a member of the Board of the Hungarian Trademark Association, of the IPR Protection Committee of AmCham Hungary, the Copyright Experts Council, and the Board of Experts on Industrial Property attached to the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office. She has published articles on intellectual property law and often speaks on IP related matters at conferences. She also gives lectures in a postgraduate info-communication law course at the University of Pécs teaching software and database copyright law.

Panel: Enforcement Challenges and Cooperation Benefits

Simone Di Meo, INTERPOL

Simone Di Meo is a Captain of the Italian Financial Police (Guardia di Finanza), currently seconded to the INTERPOL General Secretariat in Lyon, France. Within the INTERPOL Trafficking in Illicit Goods Programme, he is responsible for the European Region. He graduated from the "Accademia della Guardia di Finanza" - Police Academy in 2004. At the end of his studies, he earned a Master's degree in Political Sciences and Government and a Master’s degree in Law. Before joining INTERPOL in 2009, he specialized in operations in Italy, his native country, in a field significantly characterized by the presence of organized crime (Naples: 2004-2007; Torre del Greco: 2007-2009). During that time, he mainly acquired experience in Intellectual Property crime, cigarette smuggling, drug trafficking and financial investigations.

Yaşar Yaman, Pfizer, Global Security, EMEA

Yaşar joined Pfizer Global Security in 2005. Presently, he is Global Security Regional Director in charge of Middle East & Eastern Europe, and based in Dubai/UAE.Prior to joining Pfizer, Yaşar was the Head of National Narcotics Squad in Turkey. He worked four years at German Federal Bureau of Investigation as a drug liaison officer between 1997 and 2001. He also worked as the Western European Police Consultant to the Minister of Interior in Albania during the unrest in 1997. He has bachelor’s degrees in business administration as well as criminal justice. He also graduated from FBI National Academy in USA and Senior Detectives Course at Bramshill Police College in UK. He has a service medallion from Western European Police Union.

Mario Bertina, MUP - PN Uskok

Mario Bertina was born in 1965 in Zagreb, has a degree in criminalistics and is employed at the General Police Directorate of the Ministry of the Interior, Criminal Police Directorate. Head of National Police office for Suppression of Corruption and Organized Crime (PNUSKOK), with a long experience in affairs of the criminal police and suppression of organized crime. He completed several international seminars and professional trainings in the field of combating complex crime and was one of the Croatian participants of the FBI National Academy and DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration).

Irfan Bacaksiz, Turkish National Police, Security Department, IP Crimes and Press Division

As Chief of Copyright Infringements Office and Industrial Property Crimes Office since 2011, he communicates effectively with multiple Security Divisions to coordinate IP crime operations and has established relationships between IP Rightholders and law enforcement units (IP Crimes Offices in all provinces) to gain support and effectively achieve results. He participated in several international workshops and conferences:  
International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference – Madrid-2011
Interpol and Europol co-hosted IP Crime International Training Seminar - Istanbul-2011
Interpol and Europol co-hosted IP Crime Regional Workshop and Operational Planning Meeting-Istanbul-2011
Interpol Trafficking in Illicit Goods Regional Workshop and Operation Black Poseidon Debriefing-Lyon-2013
Ha also participates regularly in IP Crime Trainings for Turkish National Police Security Divisions as a trainer and helped coordinate several Inspection Boards Regional Trainings about Copyright Infringements for personnel of Turkish National Police and Ministry of Culture and Tourism. His ultimate goal is to see the continuous development and improvement about IP Rights.

Panel: Innovations - stimulators of economic development

Ivan Vidaković, Microsoft

Tihomir Popović, Ruđer inovacije
Educated in Britain, Finland and France with focus on international and state development, and political economy. Worked for UNDP, Croatian Government and with civil society organisations, giving solid experience in developing and managing policy processes and strategies. Appointed CEO at Ruđer Innovations ltd in September 2012 with a mission of re-establishing RI as a port of call for innovators looking to commercialize their findings.

Milorad Gošev, Roche

Mr. Gošev was born in 1956 in Pula. He continued his education in Zagreb and graduated from the University of Zagreb School of Medicine in 1981. After working four years in an outpatient clinic for occupational and general medicine, he was employed by Pliva in 1987, where he was the Head of Pre-clinical and clinical Department of the Pliva Research Institute. He completed postgraduate studies in clinical pharmacology and published numerous scientific papers and articles. Mr. Gosev received the annual Pliva award for research. In December 1991, he founded the Roche Representation Office in Croatia. He also founded the Roche representative offices in Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mr. Gosev held the position of the General Manager of the representative offices since their founding and since 2004 is the General Manager of Roche Ltd. Croatia.

Damir Zec, IBM Croatia

Damir Zec is a Country Director of IBM Croatia. In this role, Damir is responsible for all sales activities in Croatia, covering IBM's portfolio products and services. He has joined IBM in 2009 as a Territory Services Leader. He was responsible for sales and support of the full range of IBM's information technology products, services and solutions. Damir has a wealth of experience from different leadership roles at IBM and other IT companies (MDS Metalika, Azelija, Dignus, Recro-net) where he worked for more than 20 years in various management positions. As a part of his professional development, Damir is Certified Member of Croatian Association of Certified Members of Management and Supervisory Board (part of European Confederation of Directors' Associations (ecoDa) and he holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Zagreb.

Panel: AmCham experiences of IP protection and plans for the future

Miloš Trkulja, M.Sc., Microsoft Serbia & AmCham Serbia

Covers Microsoft business activities with Public Sector on Serbian market. Master of Economic Science from University of Belgrade, Faculty of Economics. Currently working on his PhD. Executive Board member of National Alliance for Local Economic Development, Chairperson of AmCham Serbia IPR Steering Committee, Member of the Commission for Culture and Olympic Education of the Serbian Olympic Committee. Prior to joining Microsoft Serbia in October 2005, Miloš held various executive management and marketing positions in the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Serbian and Montenegro basketball organizations and biggest Serbian media companies. He is a Lecturer on invitation on Master Course International Marketing Management, the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Economics. Married, wife Tanja and two daughters, Olja and Sonja.

Biljana Janeva, Microsoft & AmCham Macedonia - IPR committee Chair

Biljana Janeva is regional OEM Partner Account Manager covering Adriatic & South Balkan countries, with major focus on consumer antipiracy initiatives. Prior joining Microsoft she was working in Slovenian IT Company SRC.SI, as Key Account manager. She has graduated from the Faculty for electrical engineering in Skopje. Last four years she is chairman of the IPR committee in AmCham Macedonia.

Jaka Repanšek, RePublis & AmCham Slovenia

Jaka Repanšek LL.B, MBA, has been working as an in-house lawyer and business consultant for TIME companies (Telecoms, Internet, Media, Entertainment) in Slovenia, EU and USA since 1996. After graduating from Greenwood High School (Springfield, Missouri, USA), Repanšek graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ljubljana. He gained his graduate degree from Cambridge University and Faculty of Law in Ljubljana (Diploma in European Community Law) and completed two-year MBA graduate studies at the University of Kansas in USA. Repanšek is the founder and managing director of TIME consulting company RePublis, a member of several domestic and international organizations and an active lecturer at various seminars and conferences.

Zoran Strsoglavec, Brand protection advisor, Nike European Operations Netherlands B.V. - glavna podružnica Zagreb

Responsible for Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Kosovo.  Key objectives: to stop import of counterfeit goods into European market; maintain constant communication with all parties involved – Police, Customs, Trade inspection in all countries mentioned above; make use of short communication lines between Nike and Customs in order to speed up resolution of possible issues which might accrue for other departments inside Nike organization (Sales, Finance, Marketing); find and report all possible new channels of counterfeit import and distribution; develop tight relationship with other Brands present in Croatia in Brand protection field; develop contractor’s network in order to destroy confiscated goods -use Nike’s know-how of transportation and logistics with result of lowering warehousing and transportation costs.

Influence of counterfeit goods and piracy on the economy, identifying counterfeit goods

Attorney Andrej Matijević, Microsoft / BSA

Has extensive experience in representing and advising international corporations and local entities in the field of intellectual property rights. Has scholarship from the US Department of State and a Master of Legal Studies in the field of intellectual property. Member of the Croatian Bar Association, a representative at the State Intellectual Property Office and the European Patent Office (EPO), the arbitrator regarding the "hr" domain, a member of the Council of Sports Arbitration within the Croatian Olympic Committee and numerous professional associations. Lecturer of the course "brand management" at the VERN University in Zagreb.

Robert Gogić, P.Z. Auto

Mechanical Engineer, employed at P.Z.Auto, importer for the VW, AUDI, ŠKODA, SEAT and PORSCHE. Responsible as Quality Manager regarding certification in accordance to EN-ISO 9001 Standards. Also responsible for the vehicle Type approval and environment protection in line of the EU - BER (Block Exemption Regulation), also responsible in the area of After Sales for the Industrial design.

Handling Evidence, Witnesses, and Expert Testimony in Intellectual Property Cases

Charles R. Simpson III

United States District Judge Charles R. Simpson III received his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Louisville in 1967. He graduated from the School of Law at the University of Louisville in 1970, and practiced law in Louisville until 1986, when he was appointed Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky by President Ronald Reagan. In 1994, Judge Simpson became Chief Judge of the Western District of Kentucky and served in that capacity until December, 2001. He was named Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Louisville School of Law in 1999. In 2000, Judge Simpson was selected as Judge of the Year by the Louisville Bar Association. The Kentucky Bar Association named Judge Simpson the Outstanding Judge in the State of Kentucky for the year 2005. In 2000, while Chief Judge, he established the first federal sister-court relationship, creating a formal alliance between the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky and the County Court of Pula, Croatia.

Closing Remarks

Mladen Vukmir, Vukmir & Associates

Mladen Vukmir is practicing intellectual property law in Zagreb, Croatia, where he founded VUKMIR & ASSOCIATES law firm in 1991. Mladen obtained his law degree from the University of Zagreb in 1985 and his Masters degree in IP from Franklin Pierce Law Center in the U.S.A. in 1990. Among other stints, he worked for a California-based law firm Fenwick & West, Italian law firm Pavia e Ansaldo and for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization prior to founding VUKMIR & ASSOCIATES. He was retained as an expert advisor by the Croatian IP Office during its founding before he was appointed a patent and trademark agent before the CSIPO. He nowadays serves as a Member of the Patent and Topographies board of Appeals.
His fields of work include specialisation in intellectual property and information and telecommunications law, licensing, commercial law, litigation and ADR. Mladen served as a consultant to various domestic and international organisations such as the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Croatian Government, the World Bank, the European Commission CARDS program, and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).