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Alicante-based dynamo BomhardIP is perfectly located right next to the EUIPO, making the management of sweeping portfolios and the execution of regional clearance searches a breeze. Its tight-knit practitioners have diverse legal backgrounds, multilingual capabilities and exceptional service levels which have been finely honed since its 2015 establishment. Namesake Verena von Bomhard has “built the firm into an absolute powerhouse, thanks to her shrewd thinking and ability to brainstorm innovative ideas. She is exceptionally reliable, pragmatic and has the highest degree of expertise in European trademark law, as well as a positive attitude”. Also keeping standards sky-high are Giles Corbally and Johannes Fuhrmann. Corbally is an oppositions whizz with an encyclopaedic understanding of procedural rules and the Madrid Protocol. Fuhrmann has “a unique ability to distil issues down to the core of what matters, communicate it clearly and offer practicable and actionable advice”. Rounding off the team, Inmaculada González leaves no stone unturned to find the optimum solution in litigation and on unfair competition matters.
Johannes Fuhrmann is a partner at BomhardIP and draws on years of experience developing, managing and enforcing global trademark and design portfolios.
Having been based in Alicante (Spain) since 2011, Mr Fuhrmann has extensive experience in handling all types of proceedings before the EUIPO, to which he can add the experience of handling over a dozen trademark and design proceedings before the General Court and the European Court of Justice.
Mr Fuhrmann’ specialties are advising BomhardIP’s international clients in complicated and complex multi-jurisdictional matters, as well as handling the registration and enforcement of non-traditional marks and of famous marks. He also has extensive experience in relation to trademark portfolio management, searching, filing and prosecuting trademarks throughout Europe and worldwide.
In 2018 Mr Fuhrmann was recognised by Managing Intellectual Property as a Rising Star in the magazine’s first official Rising Stars publication. In 2020 he was listed by the WTR 1000 as a Recommended Individual (“He demonstrates mastery when it comes to the enforcement of non-traditional trademarks and manages large portfolios across borders with finesse”).
Mr Fuhrmann is an active member of various user associations. He is currently a member of INTA’s Trademark Offices and Practices Committee and co-vice chair of MARQUES’s European Trademark Law and Practice Team. He is a regular conference chair and speaker on IP issues, as well as a frequent writer on EU trademark law developments, including as a contributor to the Beck online commentary (in German) on EU and German trademark law.
Mr Fuhrmann holds a PhD from the University of Cologne, as well as an LLM (adv) in public international law from Leiden University (The Netherlands). In the summer of 2013, he gained in-house experience during his secondment at one of Europe’s largest telecommunication providers.
In addition to his native German, Mr Fuhrmann speaks English and Spanish, and has some knowledge of French and Italian, thus covering all the working languages of the EUIPO.
BomhardIP is a law firm specialising in intellectual property and based in Alicante which started business in March 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 1996, making her a leading outside counsel in this field. Giles Corbally has 20 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. Johannes Fuhrmann, who became a partner on 1 March 2019, has also been advising international clients on European IP issues for over eight years. The firm also boasts significant court experience, with its members having handled over 80 proceedings before the EU General Court and nine 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 of counsel Inmaculada González, advises on all areas of intellectual property. Ms González has extensive experience in clearing and registering trademarks and designs; she 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. She 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 INTA, MARQUES, the European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA), the Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group, the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) and the Asian Patent Attorneys Association. They are also authors and editors of various 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 currently serves on the Trademark Reporter Committee. She is also a member of GRUR’s Expert Committee for Trademark and Competition Law. Mr Corbally is a member of the INTA Legislation and Regulation Committee and the ECTA Publications Committee. He is also on the EU advisory board for global trademark search provider Corsearch. Mr Fuhrmann is a member of INTA’s Non-traditional Trademark Committee and of MARQUES’s European Trademark Law and Practice Committee.
In less than five years, the firm has received widespread recognition as a leading firm in the trademark field with a specialisation in EU trademarks. It received gold ranking in the WTR 1000 2000 and silver in the WTR 1000 2018 and 2019. Further, it was awarded The Global IP Awards trademark prosecution Firm of the Year 2020 - Spain and Managing Intellectual Property’s Firm of the Year Award for trademark prosecution – Spain two years in a row (2018 and 2019). The firm was included in the Spanish category due to its location, but the award reflected its pan-European activities.