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Intellectual property infringement through the circulation and sale of counterfeit goods is still very much both a global and a local issue. As modern day counterfeiting is now acquiring more sophisticated forms involving a plethora of new and usually unsuspected goods (for example, pharmaceuticals) and with the intent of not only existing on the black markets but infiltrating into the legal market flows as well, we are faced with the need for a more aggressive approach requiring first and foremost improved legislation and subsequently more efficient enforcement activities. 

Zivkovic Samardzic has advised the British Broadcasting Corporation on the incorporation of its representative office and the regulatory aspects of its new digital service in the Serbian language. The BBC's Serbian incorporation followed the announcement of the launch of 12 new BBC World Service language services around the world.

On 12 July 2017, Serbian Commission for Protection of Competition (the “Commission”) enacted a Decision by which it enacted a measure for protection of competition due to implementation of concentration contrary to the legal obligation to notify the Commission of the concentration and to receive its prior approval, even though the legally stipulated revenue thresholds for reporting the concentration in this particular case were met (the “Decision”).

BDK Advokati has advised the Czech company Lach:ner s.r.o., a regional distributor of pure chemicals, specialized services, and innovative products, on the acquisition of 100% of shares in Serbian Proanalytica d.o.o., a distributor of laboratory chemicals. The Lukic law firm advised the sellers on the deal, which closed on August 4, 2017.

Serbian legislation provides for a maternity leave compensation in the amount of the mother’s average salary in the last 12 months before the leave. The compensations is paid from the state budget, but the procedure of ascertaining the right to maternity leave compensation is conducted by local government.

Zivkovic Samardzic is reporting that it successfully represented Veran Matic, Chairman of the Serbian Commission responsible for investigating killings of journalists, in a complaint to the Press Council about an article published by Serbia's Politika newspaper.

Serbia's Gajin Law competition boutique has announced that it will merge with full-service Doklestic & Partners. As part of the arrangement, Dragan Gajin will become a Partner at Doklestic & Partners and head the firm’s competition practice.

The Deal:  On December 8, 2016, CEE Legal Matters reported that Wolf Theiss had advised the EBRD on its issuance of RSD 2.5 trillion Floating Rate Bonds due December 2019. AP Legal advised Raiffeisen Banka A.D., Beograd, acting as underwriter for the issuance, and Harrisons advised marketing agent Citigroup Global Markets Limited. 

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