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JUDr. Jiří Jirsa, MEPP, Ph.D.
Member of the Board of the IP Mediation Centre
Jiří Jirsa graduated from the Faculty of Law of Charles University in Prague with a follow-up doctoral degree in copyright and European studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Leuven (Belgium). Since 2003, he has worked at the European Parliament in Brussels, where he has been involved in a number of key EU pieces of legislation in the areas of consumer protection, the functioning of the internal market, technical harmonization and intellectual property rights. During his tenure, Z. Roithová's parliamentary office ranked among the TOP25 out of a total of 751 in terms of the volume of approved legislative work in the role of general rapporteur. Since 2014, he has been the First Deputy Minister of Agriculture, responsible for, among other things, legislation and departmental organizations, where he has implemented a number of innovative changes for the state administration, which has earned him a ranking among the most innovative lawyers in the Czech Republic. During his time in the state administration, he was a member of the Supervisory Board of Budvar, Lesy ČR and the Food Research Institute and a member of the Central Crisis Staff of the Czech Republic and a number of other inter-ministerial commissions. He has participated in a number of state concepts and strategic documents. He has an EU / NATO secret clearance. He currently works at the EU Intellectual Property Office in Alicante, Spain, where he specializes in both individual, collective and certification marks. He is a registered forensic expert on copyright and industrial rights. Since 2005, he has lectured on various aspects of intellectual property rights, competition, computer and media law at a number of public and private universities. He worked in several Czech law firms and was an intern at a leading law firm in New York. He completed a research stay with prof. Hugenholtz at the Institute of Information Law, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam. He has taken a number of courses specializing in intellectual property from institutions such as the Law School of Washington University, EDX Harvard, the University of Munich, the College of Europe in Bruges, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the European Academy of Law. He has long been active in the non-profit sector, including the ALAI - Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale, the world's oldest organization of copyright experts.