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Verena von Bomhard has been involved with Community (now: 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, has authored and co-authored numerous books and articles on the Community trademark 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 and the OHIM Subcommittee – twice – and is currently chairing the INTA Trademark Office Practices Committee. She received the 2014 Volunteer Service Award for the Advancement of Trademark Law from INTA. She is also a member of ECTA, PTMG, GRUR 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.
1985 – 1989 Ludwig Maximilian Universität Munich (law)
1983 – 1985 Universities of Würzburg, Salamanca and Heidelberg (languages, art history)
1999 – 2014 Boesebeck Droste, then Lovells, then Hogan Lovells, Partner
1994 – 1998 Droste, then Boesebeck Droste Rechtsanwälte, Associate
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 SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
2017, January – EUIPO Tertulia: Onus of Proof in EUIPO proceedings, Alicante, Spain
2016, November – XI. Conference of the EUTM Court Alicante, Alicante, Spain
2016, June – The new EU trade mark regulation - Heidelberg Akademie, Munich, Germany
2016, June – "Trademark and design breakfast for representatives" at NIPO, Oslo, Norway
2015, December – CLA Lecture on the EU Trade Mark Reform [EU Trade Mark Law reform and its impact on practice]
2015, March – WIPO, SCT – Side Event Nation Branding [Nation Branding, A practitioner’s perspective]
2014, September – INGRES – Ittinger Workshop, Ittingen, Switzerland [The need to keep descriptive signs free]
2014, September – Heidelberger Akademie – Sommerlehrgang Markenrecht, Heidelberg, Germany [German and EU trademark law – 2-day workshop]
2014, March, PTMG Spring Meeting, London, UK [Black and White Marks]
2013, September - IPO Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, USA [Non-traditional marks]
2013, November - AIPPI Israel, "From IP to IP" Conference, Tel Aviv, Israel [Trademarks in new businesses in the 21st Century]
2013 10 Years Community Design Forum, Alicante (organized by OHIM) [Panel Moderator]
2012, September – OHIM IP Seminar [IP Protection Strategies in the EU]
RANKINGS AND AWARDS
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)
SPOTLIGHTS AND INTERVIEWS