Dimitar Batakliev

  • Head of Office - Bulgaria
  • Attorney at Law
  • Trademark and Patent Attorney
  • European Trademark and Design Attorney *

Dimitar’s practice focuses mostly on contentious IP matters. He has successfully represented our clients across various industries in trademark, design and patent infringement cases in Bulgaria. He is well versed in handling trademark opposition matters, cases before the Bulgarian Patent Office, EUIPO and BOIP, and coordinating cross-border matters. Dimitar has advised two well-known social networking companies, in multiple jurisdictions where we operate, regarding various reports of trademark, design and copyright infringement, as well as defamation on their platforms. Dimitar has represented several large sportswear and clothing companies in customs and police enforcement cases.

Before joining PETOŠEVIĆ in 2014, he worked for almost five years at the Bulgarian Patent Office, as a lawyer and the Disputes Department panel member.

* Contractor

Practice Areas


  • European Trademark and Design Attorney, 2019
  • Trademark and Patent Attorney, Bulgaria, 2014
  • Attorney at Law, Bulgarian Bar Association, 2007


Native Bulgarian, fluent English, intermediate Russian and basic German


  • Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Legal Studies, Sofia, Bulgaria, LLD, 2010
  • Faculty of Law, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria, LLM, 2005


  • "Protecting IP on the Internet in Bulgaria", PETOŠEVIĆ Webinar "Internet and Social Media - IP Protection in Southeastern Europe", BrightTALK, March 31, 2015



  • INTA International Amicus Committee, 2024 - 2025 Term
  • INTA Bulletins Committee, 2020 - 2021 Term
  • INTA Europe & Central Asia Subcommittee of the Bulletins Committee, 2016 - 2017 Term
  • IACC / HIS - Expert Team Member


  • INTA
  • Sofia BAR Association

Professional Activities

  • Contributed to the "EU Copyright Directive 2019: Articles of Concern to Brand Owners" report by the Copyright Policy of INTA Subcommittee and the International & Legislative Subcommittee of the Copyright Committee, 2021


  • Dimitar Batakliev of PETOŠEVIĆ is noted for his work in patent prosecution, trade mark enforcement and transfer. His clientele spans the hospitality, retail and pharmaceutical industries. “He is professional and knowledgeable in trade mark matters.” Chambers Europe 2023

  • Handling things from Sofia, Dimitar Batakliev meets and exceeds all enforcement and anti-counterfeiting needs effortlessly. He is also a renowned oppositions expert and a familiar face before the EUIPO, as a result of his time spent in the BPO. WTR 1000, 2023

  • Across the CEE and beyond, PETOŠEVIĆ is a go-to for cast-iron trademark protection. Its enduring popularity among global brand owners is testament to the superior quality of its work and unswerving commitment to client care – an ethos instilled by Dimitar Batakliev in Bulgaria. Having previously served time at the BPO, he knows exactly what levers to pull to get results, and an entrepreneurial mindset translates into commercially attuned counsel. WTR 1000, 2022

  • Dimitar Batakliev is often at the centre of EU prosecution and opposition matters, while also representing prominent social media brands in disputes. Bataliev additionally coordinates the anti-counterfeiting division and has forged close relationships with customs officers as a result. WTR 1000, 2021

  • At the helm in Sofia, Dimitar Batakliev is one of the most creative thinkers when it comes to social media matters and the protection of IP rights online. The former BPO disputes department lawyer is an assured handler of complex opposition and court litigation cases. WTR 1000, 2020

  • The Sofia practice is headed up by Dimitar Batakliev – an internet whizz who is completely at home with social media issues and loves the challenge of exploring new terrain. He approaches complex cases with a coordinated game plan that covers all the relevant jurisdictions and then implements it harmoniously working with his teammates abroad. WTR 1000, 2019

  • Having worked at the Bulgarian Patent Office, Dimitar Batakliev knows its internal processes like the back of his hand and is a cogent choice. Equally proficient on the contentious side, he does not flinch at the prospect of conflict. “He takes a strong approach to cases and never wastes time, which helps to keep costs down for clients. Also, after every hearing, he reports diligently to them, keeping them updated on the latest developments. They really appreciate that. Everything he does is clearly intelligible and on point.” WTR 1000, 2018