People

  • Florentina Bajrami-Gashi
    Office Assistant

    Florentina Bajrami-Gashi joined our SDP KOSOVË in January 2014 as an office assistant. She handles various administrative tasks and assists the staff in assigned, project-based work.

    Before joining SDP KOSOVË, Florentina worked as an office assistant in various institutions including the Kosovo Statistical Agency. Besides her native Albanian, Florentina is proficient in English.

    Faculty of Philology, University of Prishtina, Kosovo, MA in Albanian Language and Literature, pending
    Faculty of Philology, University of Prishtina, Kosovo, BA in Albanian Language and Literature, 2007.
    Native Albanian, proficient English
  • Florentina Grubi
    Senior Associate
    Attorney at Law
    Patent and Trademark Agent

    With ten years of experience in intellectual property, Florentina’s practice focuses on trademark prosecution and enforcement. She counsels clients on trademark protection, drafts assignments and licenses, advises on infringement matters and handles trademark proceedings before the Kosovo Industrial Property Office and the courts. Florentina has successfully assisted leading multinational companies across various industries, including pharmaceuticals, apparel, oil, hospitality and food and beverage with trademark prosecution and enforcement strategies. 

    As a member of International Trademark Association (INTA), Florentina brought INTA’s Unreal Campaign to Kosovo as part of her work for the Europe and Central Asia Subcommittee of INTA’s Anti-Counterfeiting Committee.

    Prior to joining SDP KOSOVË in 2009, Florentina worked on a commercial law project for the non-governmental organization Kosovar Civil Society Foundation.

    Attorney at Law, Kosovo Bar Association, 2019
    Patent and Trademark Agent, Kosovo, 2010
    Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, The Netherlands, Advanced Master in Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management, 2012
    Faculty of Law, University of Prishtina, Kosovo, LLB, 2009
    Fluent Albanian and English, proficient Serbian and Spanish
    Student Engagement Sessions for International Trademark Association's Unreal Campaign in Prishtina, Kosovo on November 1, 8 and 22, 2017.
    "Kosovo Chapter". Trademark Practice & Forms Treatise. Thomson Reuters West. (April, 2015)
    “Bayer Victorious in Trademark Dispute Against Kosovo Pharmacy”. World Trademark Review Daily. Globe Business Media Group. (February 25, 2015)
    Contributor for Kosovo to the "International Copyright Law Survey". Mincov Law Corporation. Mincov Law Corporation. (March, 2013)
    "New Law on Custom Measures for IP Rights in Kosovo". INTA Bulletin Vol. 65, Nr. 6. INTA. (March, 2010)
    International Trademark Association Committee Member, Europe and Central Asia Subcommittee of the Anti-counterfeiting Committee, 2016 - 2017 Term
    International Trademark Association Committee Member, Europe National Trademark Office Relations Subcommittee of the Trademark Office Practices Committee, 2014 - 2015 Term
    International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Asdren Iberhysaj
    Associate

    Asdren mainly handles enforcement of IP rights. He also handles trademark and patent prosecution.

    Prior to joining SDP KOSOVË, Asdren worked as a translator/interpreter at the National Center for State Court within the frames of a USAID project called Kosovo Justice Support Program.

    Faculty of Law, University of Prishtina, Kosovo, LLB, 2017
    Fluent Albanian and English, proficient Serbian and German
    International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Nora Makolli
    Associate
    Trademark and Patent Agent

    With 12 years of experience in intellectual property, Nora’s practice focuses on prosecution and enforcement of trademarks, industrial designs and patents. She advises clients on filing, enforcement and litigation strategies, and handles all aspects of prosecution, from conducting searches to maintaining and renewing registrations. She also prepares cease and desist letters and other pre-litigation notices and negotiates settlement agreements. Nora is a registered Trademark and Patent Agent and represents clients from a variety of industries before the Kosovo Industrial Property Office. 

    Nora joined SDP KOSOVË in 2007.

    Trademark and Patent Agent, Kosovo, 2009
    Faculty of Law, University of Prishtina, Kosovo, LLM in International Commercial Arbitration, 2014
    Faculty of Law, University of Prishtina, Kosovo, LLB, 2006
    Fluent Albanian, English, and Serbian
    Contributor for Kosovo to the online “INTA Country Guides”. International Trademark Association. (2014; 2016)
    Contributor for Kosovo to the online "Country Survey". Country Index. (November, 2013)
    Contributor for Kosovo to the online "Country Survey". Country Index. (March, 2012)
    International Trademark Association Committee Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, 2016 - 2017 Term
    International Trademark Association Committee Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, 2014 - 2015 Term
    International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Kujtesa Nezaj-Shehu
    Head of Office *
    Attorney At Law
    Patent and Trademark Agent

    With 12 years of experience in intellectual property, Kujtesa’s practice focuses on contentious and non-contentious patent, trademark, industrial design and copyright matters. She has successfully represented leading multinational companies across various industries, including oil, automotive, apparel, and food and beverage, in numerous IP matters, with a particular focus on enforcement. Kujtesa recently successfully represented a well-known multinational fast fashion company before the Kosovo Appellate Court in a case involving unauthorized importation and placing of goods on the local market. She represents clients before the courts, the Kosovo Industrial Property Office, where she is a certified Patent and Trademark Agent, as well as the local customs authorities.

    Kujtesa is a certified trainer of the Kosovo Bar Association and regularly provides trainings on trademarks to Bar members. She was also a consultant in several USAID projects involving preparation of trademark and patent manuals for attorneys and judges, while she has also provided trainings for judges from courts of different instances. Kujtesa is also listed as an arbitrator with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Center of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo. She regularly writes articles and contributes to chapters on intellectual property protection in Kosovo for different international IP publications. Kujtesa is an active INTA and AIPPI member and has represented SDP KOSOVË at various conferences. 

    Prior to joining SDP KOSOVË in 2007, Kujtesa worked as a human rights trainer for the non-governmental organization Hareja. She also worked as a database operator for KosInvest/World Vision.

    * Independent Contractor

    Attorney at Law, Kosovo Bar Association, 2016
    Patent and Trademark Agent, Kosovo, 2008
    University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America, LLM in Intellectual Property, May 2010
    Faculty of Law, University of Prishtina, Kosovo, LLB, 2006
    Fluent Albanian and English, proficient Spanish and Serbian.
    "Kosovo: Latest IP Developments and Tips", PETOŠEVIĆ Webinar on Special-Status Territories: Kosovo, Transnistria, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, BrightTALK, December 5, 2012
    "IP Rights in Kosovo – What You Need to Know", PETOŠEVIĆ Webinar on Enforcement Strategy in Eastern Europe, BrightTALK, December 1, 2010
    "Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Through Intellectual Property Protection". Horizon. Issue 29. AmCham Kosovo. (March, 2019)
    "Kosovo Chapter". Manual for the Handling of Applications for Patents, Designs and Trademarks throughout the World. Kluwer Law International. (February 2013, April 2016, March 2017)
    "Kosovo Amends Patent and Trademark Legislation". World Intellectual Property Report. Vol. 29. No. 11. Bloomberg BNA. (November, 2015)
    "Stabilization and Association Agreement and its Impact on the Protection of IP Rights in Kosovo". IPWatchdog. (June 2016)
    “Amendments to Law on Trademarks come into force (Kosovo)”. World Trademark Review Daily. Globe Business Media Group. (October 2, 2015)
    “The State of Play in Kosovo”. Expert Review Section. CEE Legal Matters. (February 2014)
    "The State of Play in Kosovo". CEE Legal Matters. CEE Legal Matters. (February, 2014)
    "Problems With Kosovo's Criminal Copyright Enforcement". Law360. (November 2013)
    "Problems With Kosovo's Criminal Copyright Enforcement". IP Law360. Portfolio Media, Inc. (November 15, 2013)
    "Five IP-Related Administrative Instructions Enter into Force in Kosovo". Www.mondaq.com. Mondaq. (October 3, 2012)
    "Kosovo". Trademark Practice & Forms. Thomson Reuters/West. (July, 2012)
    Contributor for Kosovo to the online "Trademark Licensing Special". Country Index. (December, 2011)
    "Kosovo case summaries". The Trademark Reporter Vol. 101 No. 3. International Trademark Association. (May-June, 2011)
    "Kosovo". Trademarks Throughout the World 5th Edition. Thomson Reuters/West. (October, 2010)
    "Recent Intellectual Property Developments in Kosovo: Lessons Learned, Challenges Ahead". Bloomberg Law Reports Vol. 5 No. 44. (October, 2011)
    "Border Measures in Kosovo and Montenegro". Trademark World. (May 2008)
    International Trademark Association Committee Member, Geographical Indications Committee, 2018 – 2019 Term
    International Trademark Association Committtee Member, Harmonization of Trademark Law and Practice Committee, 2016 - 2017 Term
    International Trademark Association Committtee Member, Law & Practice – Europe and Central Asia Subcommittee of the INTA Bulletin Committee, 2014 - 2015 Term
    International Trademark Association Committee Member, Europe and Central Asia Subcommittee of the Legislation and Regulation Committee, 2012 – 2013 Term
    International Trademark Association (INTA)
    AIPPI