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Spotlight on IT Companies Part III – What About Designers?

In the first articles of the series, we wrote about the relations between IT companies and developers, and the rights and relations of IT companies and developers set by the Copyright and Related Rights Act (“Copyright Act”), primarily with respect to commercial utilization of computer programs/software by IT companies and the possibilities of IT companies to carry our changes, adjustments and other adaptations of a computer program/software as a copyrighted work.  However, do the mentioned rules apply to designers, and what happens in cases where graphic design contained within digital content is commercial utilized by IT companies, as well as the possibilities of IT companies to carry out changes, adjustments and other adaptations of a digital content in the field of their design? 

Mandatory Registration of Invoices to Public Sector Entities Officially Introduced

The rule according to which business entities will have to register invoices 1 issued to entities in the public sector is set to enter into force on March 1, 2018. Business entities will be obliged to register the invoices with the Central Registry of Invoices whose management has been entrusted to the Treasury of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Serbia, and if they fail to carry out the registration they will not be able to settle their claims and may even be charged with a misdemeanor.

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Possible Savings in the EU: New Study by the European Parliament Published

In December 2017, European Added Value Unit of the European Parliament published the Fourth edition of its report “Mapping the Cost of Non-Europe 2014-2019” (the “Study”).

EU Antitrust: Let’s (Not) Be Exclusive – Qualcomm Ruling

On January 24, the European Commission imposed a EUR 997 million fine on the world’s largest supplier of Long-Term Evolution (LTE) baseband chipsets, Qualcomm, and once again unequivocally confirmed that abusive market practices by dominant players were the eyesore of the EU competition law.  By levying one of the highest fines in history, the Commission reproached the renowned US chipmaker for making financial concessions to Apple, its biggest customer, on the condition that it would buy LTE baseband chipsets exclusively from Qualcomm.  This penalty came as one piece of puzzle currently surrounding the American tech giant – Qualcomm lost a battle on one front, but it remains to be seen who will eventually win the war.

Spotlight on IT Companies Part II – Alterations of the Software

In our previous piece (link), we discussed the relationship between IT companies and developers in the field of material copyrights over computer programs (“software”) in context of commercial usage of software by IT companies. However, the relationship between IT companies and developers in the field of copyrights might be of particular importance when it comes to amendments, adaptations, adjustments and other changes to the software as a copyrighted work. Namely, IT companies often modify, customize, upgrade and/or update software developed by their employed developers and/or external developers, or deliver the subject software to their clients for further modifications, customizations, adaptations, adjustments and other changes to the delivered software in accordance with their particular needs and technical requirements, most often without any restrictions, imposed either by the IT company that delivered the software, or by the developers who directly worked on the development of that particular software.

Bogdan Gecić


LLM, Law & Economics, Antitrust, Corporate and M&A, Harvard Law School (with Honors) | LLB, Business Law, University of Belgrade Faculty of Law (top 1% of class)

Recognized Lawyer - Chambers & Partners 2017; Legal 500 2017 | 2013 Antitrust Writing Awards Nominee, Institute of Competition Law | 2010/11 Dean's Scholar Prize in "Leadership in Law Firms", Harvard Law School | 2010/11 Harvard Law School Association of Europe Scholarship | 2008 Pieter Sanders Award, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
Belgrade Bar Association

Bogdan Gecić (Getzich) is a founding partner at Gecić Law in Belgrade. His practice focuses on Competition/State Aid, European Law, Trade & Enlargement and Administrative & Regulatory. Other areas of expertise include Government Affairs, Corporate/M&A and Constitutional Litigation.

Bogdan has significant experience in EU Law and its application in antitrust / competition law, state aid and trade policy negotiations. He is one of a small number of practitioners from the Western Balkan region (Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Macedonia, and Montenegro) to have practiced and represented clients before the European Commission in Brussels, and is currently involved in a number of cases before the EC. Recently, alongside Van Bael & Bellis, Bogdan advised and represented the Government of Serbia and Zelezara Smederevo in the first anti-dumping proceedings against Serbia before the European Commission concerning imports of certain hot-rolled flat products of iron, non-alloy or other alloy steel originated in Brazil, Iran, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine. Together with DLA Piper London, he supported Air Serbia in an investigation before the European Commission in relation to Etihad Airways’ investment in the Serbian Airline. He has particular experience in advising clients on antitrust and state aid matters in the emerging Balkan markets (Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia), as well as expertise in developing and implementing corporate antitrust compliance programs. He assisted clients in merger filings with EU and national competition authorities, and counseled multinational clients in cases concerning alleged competition abuses.

With respect to antitrust litigation, Bogdan’s practice also included cases that dealt with the complex interaction between European administrative law and ECHR (human rights) proceedings. He is also a former associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, Brussels office, where he worked on a number of major projects before the European Commission, including the DB-NYSE attempted tie-up; Aer Lingus-Ryanair’s minority share battle; and, as the intervening party for DHL in the UPS-TNT unsuccessful merger.

He published extensively on EU and Balkan competition law matters. Bogdan is distinguished as one of the nominees in the global 2013 Antitrust Writing Awards competition held in Washington, DC (link).

Bogdan graduated from the University of Belgrade with a degree in Law (Top 1% of class) and earned his LL.M. from Harvard Law School (with Honors and the Dean’s Scholar Prize in “Leadership in Law Firms”). He is a co-founder and the first Vice President of Harvard Club of Serbia and a guest lecturer at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law. Bogdan is a member of the Bar in Belgrade, Serbia. He is fluent in English, Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin and Serbian.


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