BomhardIP is a law firm specialising in intellectual property and based in Alicante which started business on March 1 2015. With attorneys from six different jurisdictions and a team of multilingual paralegals, the firm renders high-level EU and Spanish IP services to multinational clients, with an emphasis on EU trademarks and multi-jurisdictional trademark clearance. All of the attorneys and paralegals draw from many years of experience gained as members of highly renowned IP teams at major international law firms. The combination of professional expertise with the lean and transparent structure of the boutique firm works to clients’ advantage and guarantees direct, high-quality advice from experienced practitioners.
The EU law experts at BomhardIP focus on EU trademarks and designs, pan-European brand protection and enforcement strategies, alternative dispute resolution and multi-jurisdictional clearance searches. Founding partner Verena von Bomhard has been dedicating her professional endeavours to EU trademarks since 1995, making her a leading outside counsel in this field. Giles Corbally has over 18 years’ experience in EU trademark law and has been involved in Community design law since its establishment. He brings in-house perspective to the team from a previous position. The firm also boasts significant court experience, with its members having handled over 70 proceedings before the EU General Court and five before the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. It is therefore one of the most experienced firms in this area.
The Spanish department of BomhardIP, headed by Inmaculada González, advises on all areas of intellectual property. Ms González has extensive experience in clearing and registering trademarks and designs, and also advises on patents, utility models, plant varieties, IP licensing and franchising, technology transfer and copyright issues, unfair competition matters, data protection, e-commerce and entertainment law. Ms González is an experienced litigator and has handled numerous IP infringement and invalidity proceedings before the Spanish courts, as well as opposition proceedings before the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office. Her experience in enforcing EU trademarks and designs before the Spanish Trademark Court in Alicante rounds off the firm’s highly specialised EU trademark department.
The firm advises clients in many industries, including food and beverages, personal care, healthcare, crop science, toys, fashion, sports, leisure and travel, finance and information technology. BomhardIP’s attorneys make their clients’ business priorities their own, and this drives them to provide legally sound, commercially oriented and cost-effective solutions that make their clients’ lives easier.
The firm’s professionals are active members of IP associations, including the International Trademark Association (INTA), MARQUES, the European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA), the Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group, the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and the Chartered Institute of Trademark Attorneys. They are also authors and editors of articles and legal compendiums, and closely follow and participate in the development of the law, always seeking to foster brand owners’ interests. Ms von Bomhard chairs INTA’s Trademark Offices Practice Committee (2016-2017) and Mr Corbally chairs its European National Trademark Offices Subcommittee. Mr Corbally is also a member of ECTA’s Publications Committee and Ms González is a member of the board of directors of the Association of Internet Companies of Valencia.
Despite being less than three years old, the firm has received widespread recognition as one of the leading firms in the trademark field with a real specialism in EU trademarks. The firm received bronze ranking in the 2016 edition of the WTR 1000. Further, the partners of the firm were all featured in the 2016 edition and Ms von Bomhard also features in the Top 250 Women in Intellectual Property – Managing Intellectual Property (MIP), MIP Star 2017 and the International Advisory Experts Awards (2016).