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.
„The JUVE Manual 2019/2020 counts him among the frequently recommended lawyers in the field of trade marks and competition, and finds him “very knowledgeable”, “very client-focussed”, “assertive” but always “kind and fair” at the same time. According to the Kanzleimonitor 2018/2019 – an empirical study conducted by the Federal Association of In-house Lawyers (BUJ) based on the recommendations of in-house counsels – he is one of the most frequently mentioned lawyers in the area of industrial property rights. The Handelsblatt newspaper counts him amongst “Germany’s best lawyers” in the field of intellectual property. The following commentaries concerning Rudolf Böckenholt can be found in Legal 500 Deutschland 2018 (a guide for clients): he "always gives concise advice” and “consistently achieves excellent results". Here he is listed as the 'next generation name' for the year 2018. For the fourth time in a row, he has been listed as “LMG Rising Star 2018” in the 2018 edition of the international Euromoney Expert Guide.
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.