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Dr. Burkhart Goebel


Dr. Burkhart Goebel
+49 40 41993 127 (Hamburg)
English, German, Spanish
Practice Group
Intellectual Property

As the firm’s Regional Managing Partner for Continental Europe, Burkhart Goebel helps clients navigate the challenging seas of complex cross-border and multiple jurisdiction IP litigation. In his 20 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. Working closely with offices from Spain to Russia adds to his deep understanding of a wide range of legal issues and jurisdictions. 

Burkhart has represented clients in 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. 

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

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

Areas of focus

Representative experience

Advising one of 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 colour 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.

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

Advising 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 on numerous landmark decisions on the scope of protection of geographic indications.

Advising on one of the biggest worldwide disputes concerning trademark rights and geographic indications.

Education and admissions


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


Burkhart Goebel was included in the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers™ in Germany for Intellectual Property Law.

Best Lawyers


Clients report: "He leads negotiations very well, knows when to concede points to the counterparty and is both well connected and business-oriented."

Chambers Global


Recommended lawyer for Intellectual Property

Chambers Global


Leading name in trademark law

JUVE handbook


"Super lawyer and really good." (Competitor)

JUVE handbook


Madrid-based Burkhart Goebel “is a phenomenal lawyer, strategist and litigator; he has a great demeanour and is the most sophisticated lawyer we have ever worked with”.

World Trademark Review 1000

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