Hogan Lovells Appoints Burkhart Goebel as New Global Head of IP

Burkhart Goebel

Burkhart Goebel

LONDON and WASHINGTON, D.C., May 2018 – Hogan Lovells has appointed Burkhart Goebel as the new global head of the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) practice, as of 1 July.

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.

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.  He has also 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 had the following to say:

Our Intellectual Property practice is truly first class.  We work on some of the most complex and high profile matters globally – such as the recent Eli Lilly patent dispute in the UK Supreme Court, LEGO copyright dispute in China and SABIC joint venture with ExxonMobil in the U.S.  The intellectual property of a global brand has never been more critical to business growth, innovation and survival – this is an exciting time to be leading the team and we are grateful to Andreas for his leadership, passion and commitment over the last 15 years.

Current head of IPMT Andreas von Falck, who headed the practice since 2003, will remain at Hogan Lovells and continue with his active portfolio of client work.  Burkhart Goebel will stand down from his current role as Continental Europe Managing Partner. His replacement will be announced in due course.

About Hogan Lovells

The Intellectual Property team at Hogan Lovells represents over 50% of the world’s top 100 brands. The team comprises 400 IP professionals worldwide who advise on the entire life cycle of IP assets – covering contentious and non-contentious trademark, domain name, patent, copyright and trade secret matters, as well as IP transactions. The team works across numerous sectors, and is particularly active in technology, media and telecommunication, automotive, energy and life sciences..

They are the only IP practice ranked in Band One in Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, and Chambers Asia-Pacific.   In 2018, Managing Intellectual Property chose Hogan Lovells as their Global IP Firm of the Year and five of the team’s female lawyers were recently listed in Managing IP’s list of the Top 250 Women in IP.   For more information please visit Hogan Lovells IP blog or twitter feed.


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