After completing the law education at Zagreb University Law School, Mladen obtained Master of Intellectual Property degree at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord (UNH), NH, USA. He started as an associate at Hanzekovic & Partners law firm in Zagreb and was a visiting lawyer at: Fenwick & West in Palo Alto, CA, USA; Monahan Duhot, Paris, France and Pavia e Ansaldo, Milan, Italy. In 1991 he founded VUKMIR & ASSOCIATES. Mladen is a patent and trademark agent, admitted to practice before the CSIPO, EUIPO and European Patent Office. During the Croatian EU accession negotiations he participated as an expert on enforcement in the IP Chapter Working Group. He advised on preparations for the Manual on Technology Transfer at UNIDO.
Mladen wrote numerous articles and lectured on various topics on intellectual property, including regular teaching as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Law graduate and postgraduate courses. He is an arbitrator on the Panel of domestic disputes at the Permanent Arbitration Court at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, panelist on the UDRP Domain Name Panel at WIPO AMC, a distinguished neutral on the CPR Panels of Neutrals and at the INTA PON and is an IMI certified mediator. Mladen is a member AIPPI, ECTA, IBA, ITechLaw, GALA, INTA, LES, UIA & ABA.
Mladen also served as a consultant to various domestic and international organizations such as the Croatian Ministry of Science and Technology, Serbian Intellectual Property Office (PLAC), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the World Bank and the European Commission (CARDS 2002 and IPA 2009) and GLG Council.
He is Royal Danish Consul General (Hon.) in Zagreb (decorated, Knight of the Order of Dannebrog 2n degree).
Specialties: Intellectual property (copyright, trademark, design, business secrets, patent, geographical indications, unfair competition), IT, media and advertising, branding and identity strategies, ADR and mediation.