News & Publications

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.

We Are Hiring Associates and Attorneys at Law

Gecić Law is one of the foremost innovative law firms in Serbia. We have achieved this by building long-term relationships with clients based on reciprocity, trust and the highest standards of professional ethics. By adopting new models for the delivery of legal services, we have redefined the role that a law firm plays in an emerging regional market, which has produced truly exceptional results.

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.

Nikola Aksić


Nikola Aksić is a founding partner at Gecić Law in Belgrade.  His practice focuses on Banking & Finance, Restructuring & Insolvency and Energy, Infrastructure and PPP.

He has more than ten years of experience practicing in Serbia and the region.  He acted for some of the largest multinational clients in notable transactions in Serbia and across the region.  Nikola advises on financing and corporate transactions of all types, including local and cross-border acquisitions, foreign exchange transactions, structuring and financing of infrastructure projects.  Recent transactions have included PPP motorway project, structuring and financing of a local pipeline project for transporting of natural gas  as well as advising and representing clients in matters relating to non-performing loans, compliance analysis of local banks, project finance, take-overs, derivatives trading and ISDA master agreements.

Nikola earned his law degree from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law (LLM, 2003) with specialization in EU law.  He is a member of the Belgrade Bar Association, Serbia. Nikola speaks fluent English, Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin and Serbian.

Share on LinkedInShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someone