Dr. Burkhart Goebel

Dr. Burkhart Goebel

Hamburg, Madrid

Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +49 40 41993 127 (Hamburg) +34 91 349 82 56 (Madrid)

Fax +49 40 419 93 200 (Hamburg) +34 91 349 82 01 (Madrid)

LanguagesEnglish, German, Spanish

Practice groupIntellectual Property, Media, and Technology

“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."

Awards and recognitions


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

2013, 2016-2021

Silver ranking in Enforcement and Litigation
WTR 1000


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

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

Related practices

Intellectual Property

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.

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