Birte Hoehne Mahyera litigates complex trademark and copyright infringement, unfair competition, and domain name proceedings in federal court and before administrative tribunals and cooperates with foreign attorneys around the globe to establish and enforce clients' rights internationally. Birte helps clients worldwide develop and optimize intellectual property (IP) portfolios, devise filing strategies, monetize assets, and negotiate IP transfers and transactions.
Birte has well over 10 years of professional experience on three continents in both in-house positions and in private practice. She has a broad international perspective on intellectual property in an international context, such as online IP infringements, domain name-related aspects, the extension of IP protection and enforcement across domestic borders, and pitfalls and opportunities associated with international ventures and litigation.
Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Birte worked with another global law firm where she focused on litigating and prosecuting IP for a range of organizations from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in diverse industries, including entertainment and film, consumer electronics, communications, retail, luxury goods, pharmaceuticals, construction, automotive, aerospace, and finance. Outside the United States, she was in-house counsel for a software company in Switzerland and clerked for both the Higher District Court and the Prosecutor's Office in Germany. She also enjoyed the opportunity to work with arbitration panels in São Paulo, Brazil, and Zürich, Switzerland, on large-scale licensing disputes before the International Chamber of Commerce located in Paris.
Birte received her LL.M. in intellectual property law in digital copyrights, cyber law, commercial arbitration, trademark and unfair competition, and international law. She has spoken before Multilaw, served on the International Trademark Law & Practice Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association, and devoted pro bono assistance to the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Ballet.
Areas of Focus
Favorable settlement for plaintiff in trademark infringement proceeding in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.*
Obtained trial win for defendant in opposition proceeding before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board regarding services trademark.*
Win in trademark cancellation proceeding before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board for international food distributor plaintiff.*
Favorable settlement in opposition before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board for a well-known international automotive/ aerospace company.*
Favorable settlement in opposition proceeding before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board for plaintiff in the perfume and cosmetics industry.*
Successful Motion for Summary Judgment in ACPA in rem domain name proceeding in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.*
Wins in several domain name proceedings before the National Arbitration Forum and the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center.*
*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.