Rudolf Böckenholt focuses on trade mark and unfair competition matters. His work in developing intellectual property portfolios is accompanied by enforcing such rights, be it in infringement proceedings, border seizure matters, or in permanent market monitoring and investigations. He predominantly consults medium-sized and large international clients in the areas of media, food, consumer products, and pharma. Rudolf Böckenholt often advises in cases where IP rights overlap or intersect, and in neighboring pharma and food law. He is also active in contentious matters concerning technical property rights, with a focus on mechanical engineering.
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He studied law at the University of Münster with a special emphasis on intellectual property. Subsequently he gained more insight into international aspects of intellectual property having been awarded his Master of Laws degree, LL.M following studies at the School of Law, University of Exeter (UK), and at the Technical University of Dresden. His internship at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office in Munich furthered this insight. Again at the School of Law, University of Münster, he obtained his doctorate based on a comparative study on the delineation between trade mark rights and copyrights.
Rudolf Böckenholt is with BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT since 2001, starting as a research fellow and then as an articled clerk during attorney training. Since 2005, he is admitted to the bar, being awarded certified IP specialist in 2008.
Since 2009, he regularly contributes to the peer-reviewed law journal GRUR-Prax, discussing recent German and European Supreme Court decisions. He is also one of the authors of the Attorneys’ Handbook on Intellectual Property, and recently added his insights to procedural provisions of the Regulation on European Union Trade Marks in an English commentary. Currently, he authors a chapter about protection and enforcement of names and trade marks around Real Estate objects and projects in the forthcoming Attorneys’ Handbook on Real Estate Management, the publication of which is scheduled for early summer 2021.
The JUVE Manual 2020/2021 counts him among the frequently recommended lawyers in the field of trade marks and competition, and finds him “very knowledgeable” and a "smart strategist". In LEGAL 500 2020/2021 (Germany and EMEA), he is included as a consultant who, "due to his vast experience, manages to pursue the most efficient strategy for the client" and "achieves excellent results through his realistic assessments". Handelsblatt has ranked him among "Germany's Best Lawyers" in the field of intellectual property since 2017, Best Lawyers since 2018, and he is listed in LEGAL 500 as "Partner of the Next Generation". Since 2017 he is listed in the International Euromoney Expert Guide as "LMG Rising Star". He is regularly included in the "Kanzleimonitor", an empirical study of the German Association of Corporate Lawyers (BUJ).
He is an active member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA), Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG), the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) and a number of other professional organizations in intellectual property.