Dr. Burkhart Goebel | Hamburg | Hogan Lovells

Dr. Burkhart Goebel

Partner Intellectual Property, Media, and Technology


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Dr. Burkhart Goebel
Goebel Burkhart
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“Burkhart is an absolute leader in the field – he understands IP law and its commercial implications better than anyone else on the market.”

World Trademark Review 1000, 2022

Burkhart Goebel is exceptionally experienced in complex IP, in particular trademark, litigation across the European Union and especially in Germany and Spain.

In his 27 years of experience, he has pleaded or acted as instructing counsel before senior courts in almost every jurisdiction in Europe, handling some of the largest multiple jurisdiction disputes in the history of IP litigation. He constantly draws on the experience and insights gained from these different jurisdictions to make each case a success. He knows how to avoid surprises – he's seen where the pitfalls lie and guides clients around them. 

Rare among IP litigators, Burkhart has particular expertise in IP-related public international law. Burkhart has represented clients in numerous preliminary rulings before the Court of Justice of the European Union arising from jurisdictions that include Austria, Finland, Germany, and the UK. 

Burkhart argued the lead case before the European Court of Human Rights establishing that both trademarks and trademark applications are protected through the property guarantees of the European Convention of Human Rights. He defended intellectual property before the WTO, and has litigated against the enforcement of several multilateral and bilateral treaties.

He also has extensive experience in negotiating license agreement both intra-group and with 3rd parties as well as advising on trade secrets, copyright, advertising campaigns, geographical indications, plant breeders´ rights and brands in virtual realities. 

World Trademark Review (WTR) says that clients call Burkhart "...a phenomenal lawyer, strategist and litigator; he has a great demeanor, and is the most sophisticated lawyer we have ever worked with."

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He is highly regarded by peers for representing a number of domestic and international clients in design, trade mark and unfair competition proceedings.

Chambers Europe 2018

Representative experience

Being the lead outside counsel for one the world’s leading telecommunication companies on its global brand strategy and enforcement.

Representing one of the world's biggest financial institutions in a major trademark dispute concerning color marks, including before the Court of Justice of the EU.

Landmark decision from the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights protecting trademarks as fundamental property rights.

Advising one of the parties in the WTO dispute EU system for the protection of geographical indications.

Representing a world leading brewer in one of the most complex multi-national disputes over trademarks and geographical indications.

Advising a spirits company in a multiple jurisdiction dispute on trademark confiscation following World War II.


Instructing counsel in a major color mark case in the USA.

Managing legal proceedings in nearly all European countries and the USA.

Managing multiple fundamental legal proceedings on non-traditional trademarks (color marks, 3-D marks, single letter marks, alphanumeric marks).

Numerous references for a preliminary ruling before the Court of Justice of the EU on trademark issues, geographic indications and on the Health Claims Regulation.

Advising a major European company on its brand development and licensing beyond core products.

Advising major European and US companies on brand licensing in the context of spin-offs, JVs, IP holding companies, etc.


  • Dr. iur., University of Freiburg, 2000
  • Visiting Scholar, Stanford Law School, 1996
  • Second State Exam in Law, University of Freiburg, 1995
  • LL.M., London School of Economics, 1993
  • First State Exam in Law, University of Freiburg, 1991


Recommended for Intellectual Property: Patents (Spain)

Legal 500 EMEA

Recommended for Intellectual Property: Trade marks (Spain)

Legal 500 EMEA

Recommended for Intellectual Property: Copyright (Spain)

Legal 500 EMEA

Recommended for Information technology: Data protection (Germany)

Legal 500 EMEA

Recommended for Intellectual property: Patent litigation (Germany)

Legal 500 EMEA

Recommended for Intellectual property: Unfair competition (Germany)

Legal 500 EMEA

Recommended for Intellectual property: Trade marks (Germany)

Legal 500 EMEA

Intellectual Property: Patents & Trade Marks (Spain)

Chambers Global

Intellectual Property

Chambers Global

Intellectual Property: Patents & Trade Marks (Spain)

Chambers Europe

Silver ranking in Enforcement and Litigation

WTR 1000

2013, 2016-2021
Recommended Lawyer for Trademarks

Who's Who Legal

IP Star for Trademarks

Managing Intellectual Property

Recommended Lawyer for Trademarks

Expert Guides

Leading name in trademark law

JUVE handbook

Leading individual for trademarks (Germany)

WTR 1000

WTR Global Leaders 2022 (Germany and Spain)

WTR Global Leaders Ranking