Rechtsanwältin Munich
Profile of Iva Atanassova

Following my studies I have specialised in German and European IP law with a particular focus on trade mark, design, copyright, and unfair competition law. I particularly enjoy working with a variety of clients and colleagues from different sectors and industries.

Before joining D Young & Co in 2022 I worked for several years in the IP department of a big international general law firm in Munich where I gained experience in sectors including fashion and retail, online gaming, telecommunications, consumer brands, automotive, cosmetics, foodstuff, and pharmaceuticals. Prior to that I gained my first professional experiences at a top-tier Bulgarian full-service commercial law firm where I was also involved in a variety of IP cases.

My previous experience encompasses contentious as well as non-contentious matters including registrability and protectability of trade marks, trade mark and registered design portfolio management, trade mark licenses, and comparative advertising (which involved legal examination of advertising claims for clients from the cosmetics, foodstuff, and pharmaceutical industries). I have also been involved in trade mark opposition, cancellation, and infringement proceedings before the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, the Federal German Patent Court, the German civil courts, and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). I also have relevant experience in UDRP proceedings relating to domain names.

My mother tongue is Bulgarian and I am fluent in German and English.


  • Law studies, University of Sofia (LLM).
  • Admitted as Advokat in Bulgaria, 2014.
  • LLM in European and International Business Law, University of Munich.