Verena von Bomhard

Verena von Bomhard has been involved with EU trademarks from the very beginning, having founded her former firm’s office in Alicante in early 1996. She has extensive experience in all matters relating to prosecution and enforcement of EU trademarks and designs, in handling proceedings before the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg, in multijurisdictional trademark clearance, portfolio management, as well as advising on complex IP conflicts in the European Union, on effective dispute settlement strategies, and on the protection and enforcement of non-traditional marks.

Verena holds a doctorate in law from the University of Munich. She is co-editor of two leading commentaries (in German and English) on EU Trademark Law, has authored and co-authored numerous books and articles on the EU and design, and is a frequent speaker on these topics. She teaches European trademark law at the IP Master Program of the Max Planck Institute (MIPLC) and at the Magister Lucentinus – the IP Master Program of the University of Alicante.

A very active member of INTA, Verena has been on the Board of Directors, has co-chaired an Annual Meeting, has been chair of the Programs Committee, OHIM Subcommittee (twice) and the Trademark Office Practices Committee, and currently serves on the Trademark Reporter Committee. She received the 2014 Volunteer Service Award for the Advancement of Trademark Law from INTA. She is also a member of the Expert Committee for Trademark and Competition Law of GRUR, as well as of ECTA, PTMG, and ASIPI.

Apart from her native German, Verena is fluent in English and Spanish and can read French and Italian. Verena also enjoys life beyond trademarks. If you want to read more about her, you may enjoy the spotlights and interviews published in the INTA Bulletin in 2008 and 2014 and her interview with James Nurton of MIP published in Alicante News in 2007.

Education

1994 Doctorate Degree s.c.l. and Bar admission

1985 – 1989 Ludwig Maximilian Universität Munich (law)

1983 – 1985 Universities of Würzburg, Salamanca and Heidelberg (languages, art history)

Work Experience

Since 2015 Bomhard IP

1999 – 2014 Boesebeck Droste, then Lovells, then Hogan Lovells, Partner

1994 – 1998 Droste, then Boesebeck Droste Rechtsanwälte, Associate

Publications

SELECTION – ENGLISH

Verena von Bomhard (contributor), in: Annette Kur / Martin Senftleben – European Trade Mark Law, Oxford University Press, 2017 (here)

Unregistered Trademarks in EU Trademark Law, with A. Geier, INTA Trademark Reporter, May-June, 2017 Vol. 107 No. 3

Charles Gielen, Verena von Bomhard (co-editors, co-authors): 2nd edition Concise European Trademark and Design Law, 2016 (here)

Co-editor of Kluwer Trademark Blog (here)

Charles Gielen, Verena von Bomhard (co-editors, co-authors): Concise European Trademark and Design Law, 2011 (here)

INTA Oppositions Guide (regularly updated) – EUTM chapter (here)

Licences in OHIM Practice, with Hugh O’Neill and Anat Paz – INTA Trademark Reporter May-June, 2009, Vol. 99 No. 3 (here)

Dormant Trademarks in the European Union — Swords of Damocles? – INTA Trademark Reporter September-October, 2006 Vol. 96 No. 5 (here)

Sweet & Maxwell’s European Litigation Handbook (Chapter on Community Trademark), 2002

SELECTION – GERMAN

Markenrecht (Albrecht / Kur / v. Bomhard), Munich 2017 – Also: Beck’scher Online Kommentar Markenrecht, frequent updates

Nicht eingetragene Markenrechte (with A. Geier), MarkenR 2016, p. 497 et seq.

Die Gemeinschaftsmarke (v. Mühlendahl / Ohlgart / v. Bomhard), Munich 1998

Zwischenrechte im europäischen Markenrecht, MarkenR 2008, 291 ff.

Numerous smaller contributions to various publications

SELECTION – ENGLISH

Verena von Bomhard (contributor), in: Annette Kur / Martin Senftleben – European Trade Mark Law, Oxford University Press, 2017 (here)

Charles Gielen, Verena von Bomhard (co-editors, co-authors): 2nd edition Concise European Trademark and Design Law, 2016 (here)

Co-editor of Kluwer Trademark Blog (here)

Charles Gielen, Verena von Bomhard (co-editors, co-authors): Concise European Trademark and Design Law, 2011 (here)

INTA Oppositions Guide (regularly updated) – EUTM chapter (here)

Licences in OHIM Practice, with Hugh O’Neill and Anat Paz – INTA Trademark Reporter May-June, 2009, Vol. 99 No. 3 (here)

Dormant Trademarks in the European Union — Swords of Damocles? – INTA Trademark Reporter September-October, 2006 Vol. 96 No. 5 (here)

Sweet & Maxwell’s European Litigation Handbook (Chapter on Community Trademark), 2002

SELECTION – GERMAN

Markenrecht (Albrecht / Kur / v. Bomhard), Munich 2017 – Also: Beck’scher Online Kommentar Markenrecht, frequent updates

Nicht eingetragene Markenrechte (with A. Geier), MarkenR 2016, p. 497 et seq.

Die Gemeinschaftsmarke (v. Mühlendahl / Ohlgart / v. Bomhard), Munich 1998

Zwischenrechte im europäischen Markenrecht, MarkenR 2008, 291 ff.

Numerous smaller contributions to various publications

Recent Speakings Engagements

2018, October – IPIC 92nd Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada [Trademark Trolls]

2018, June – EUIPO Webinar [Unitary character of EUTM]

2018, April – AIPPI Annual Conference, Tel Aviv, Israel [Designs and Trademarks in the EU]

2018, February – Frankfurter Forum Designrecht, Frankfurt, Germany [3D Marks and Designs in the EU]

2018, February – Markenrechtstagung 2018, Deutsche Richterakademie, Trier, Germany [The New EU Trademark Law]

2018, February – ECTA Round Table, Alicante, Spain [Unitary character of EU Trademarks]

2017, August – INGRES Workshop, Ittingen, Switzerland [Reputation in EU Trademark Law]

2017, June – IP Case Law Laboratory at EUIPO, Alicante, Spain

2017, May – Bereskin & Parr Webinar “Expanding your Brand in Europe: A Primer for Canadian Businesses”

2017, January – EUIPO Tertulia: Onus of Proof in EUIPO proceedings, Alicante, Spain

2016, November – XI. Conference of the EUTM Courts Alicante, Alicante, Spain

2016, June– Heidelberg Akademie, Munich, Germany [The new EU Trademark Regulation]

2016, June – “Trademark and design breakfast” at NIPO, Oslo, Norway [EU Trademark Procedures]

2015, December – ECTA Workshop on the EU Trademark Reform

2015, November – XIX Congreso de ASIPI, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia [What to expect from the Madrid Protocol]

2015, March – WIPO, SCT – Side Event Nation Branding, Geneva, Switzerland [Nation Branding, A practitioner’s perspective]

2015, August – INGRES Workshop, Ittingen, Switzerland [Practice of EU Courts on Distinction between Facts and Law]

Spotlights & Interviews

2017: Diez de diez: Verena von Bomhard (here)

2014 INTA Bulletin Interviews with Award Winners (here)

2008 INTA Bulletin Member Spotlight (here)

2007 James Nurton Interview in Alicante News (here)

Contact



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Rankings & Awards

Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders: Global Elite 2019 (PDF)


MIP IP Star 2018/19


2017/2018 Legal Awards CorporateLiveWire  – Trademark Lawyer of the year (PDF)


WIPR Leaders 2018 – Spain (”Verena is an outstanding European trademark lawyer. She provides excellent practical and substantive advice to her clients and is cost effective and great to work with.”)


2018 WTR 1000 ( Gold Ranking; “The heart of the practice”)


2017 Who´s Who Legal – Trademarks – Spain


Chambers Europe 2017 (“Verena von Bomhard is very experienced and doing great work.” Her practice spans all aspects of trade marks, from strategy and filing to enforcement and disputes. She frequently appears in Luxembourg at the ECJ and General Court.)


WIPR Leaders 2017 – Spain


2017 Legal Awards: Best IP Dispute Resolution Practice – Spain & EU Trademark Enforcer of the Year – Spain


2017 WTR 1000 (Gold ranking; Numerous interviewees hail “creative problem solver” Verena von Bomhard as the world’s leading EU trademark expert) (Profile here)


WIPR Leaders 2016 – Spain


The Top 250 Women in IP (2016) – Managing IP (here)


MIP IP Star 2016


2016 WTR 1000 (Gold ranking; “nothing short of phantastic”)


2014 WTR 1000 (Gold ranking; “a simply brilliant strategic adviser and highly experienced in litigation before the European courts”)


MIP IP Star 2014


INTA 2014 Volunteer Service Award (here)