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Director of Legal Department, EUIPO, ES
DIMITRIS BOTIS studied Intellectual Property law in Athens and London (Queen Mary). He joined the EUIPO in 1997 and has contributed to the development of EU TM and design law from a number of different positions. Until 2005 he was a manager in the Trade Marks Department. In 2006 he joined the Litigation Unit and represented the EUIPO before the General Court and Court of Justice in several high impact cases like the Lego Brick, the B&Q Loudspeaker and IP Translator. In 2011 he became Head of the Litigation Service, responsible for the defence of the practice of the Office before the EU Courts. In 2013 he became Deputy Director for Legal Affairs in the International Cooperation and Legal Affairs Department, and contributed to various projects that transformed the EU IP law landscape, notably the establishment of the Office’s Guidelines, the convergence programme with national TM Offices, and the legislative initiatives for the reform of the EU trademark system. He regularly represents the Office in high profile conferences and events organised by the EUIPO in cooperation with the EU Institutions, Academia, major professional associations and its TM5 and ID5 partners. He is also co-author of the book ‘Trade Mark Law in Europe’, published by Oxford University Press. Since April 2021 Dimitris is the Director of EUIPO’s Legal Department, which is responsible for defining the Office’s IP policy, including the revision of its Examination Guidelines, legislative matters and horizontal legal affairs.