Dr. Rudolf Böckenholt, Attorney at Law at BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT

Dr. Rudolf Böckenholt, LL.M.

Attorney at Law (Germany)
Certified IP Lawyer
Representative before the UPC


Hildegard-von-Bingen-Straße 5
28359 Bremen

T +49 (421) 340 90
F +49 (421) 349 17 68

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    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, consumer products, food 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.

    Rudolf Böckenholt studied law and English law at the University of Münster with a focus on intellectual property law. Subsequently, he obtained a Magister Legum (LL.M.) in international intellectual property law after study visits at the School of Law, University of Exeter (UK), the Technical University of Dresden and the German Patent and Trademark Office. His doctoral dissertation at the University of Münster concerns the distinction between copyright and trademark law.

    Rudolf Böckenholt has been with BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT since 2001. He was admitted to the bar in 2005 and became a certified IP Lawyer 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 the author of commentaries on trademark and competition law, in particular in the Münchener Anwaltshandbuch – Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz, including the 6th edition published in 2022, and in the English-language commentary on the EU Trademark Regulation. Currently, he authors a chapter about protection and enforcement of names and trade marks around Real Estate objects and projects in the Attorneys’ Handbook on Real Estate Management, published in 2021.

    The JUVE Handbook of Commercial Law Firms has ranked him among the recommended attorneys in the category of trademark and competition law for years, and considers him to be a “very clever mind” and a “smart strategist”. In LEGAL 500 (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. 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), the Scientific Society for Food Law (WGfL) and a number of other professional organizations in intellectual property.

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