Cathérine Elkemann

Cathérine Elkemann
Cathérine Elkemann
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Cathérine Elkemann specialises in advising, litigation and dispute resolution in intellectual property law, in particular in trademark law, unfair competition law and pharmaceutical advertising law.

She represents clients in disputes before the German courts as well as before the General Court and the European Court of Justice.

Cathérine regularly handles complex cross-border disputes that require her clients to enforce their rights outside of Germany.

She manages extensive trade mark and design portfolios. She assists clients in establishing and expanding their portfolios, including conducting registration and opposition proceedings before the German and European Trade Mark Office, the WIPO, the German Federal Patent Court and the European Courts.

Cathérine also supports clients in the development of products and the development and implementation of marketing campaigns.

Short Biography
German, English
Professional Career

since 2016: Lawyer at HARTE-BAVENDAMM (Partner since 2024)


2016: Second state examination, Hamburg

2013: Master of Laws with specialisation in Intellectual Property, Stellenbosch (South Africa)

2012: First state examination, Hamm

2007 – 2012: Law studies, WWU Münster



  • Hasselblatt (ed.), Münchener Anwaltshandbuch Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz, 6th ed. 2022


  • Note on OLG Munich: Ticket platform must disclose identity of commercial traders, GRUR-Prax 2022, 488
  • Note on EGC: LOOP - Requirement of a sufficiently concrete and direct connection for the descriptive character of a sign, GRUR-Prax 2022, 226
  • Note on OLG Brandenburg: Unlawful publication on the corona situation in retirement homes, GRUR-Prax 2021, 750
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  • Note on EGC: Exclusion of similarity of signs due to conceptual dissimilarity - Amen, GRUR-Prax 2021, 374
  • Note on BPatG: Likelihood of confusion between the word mark "NEXT" and the word/figurative mark "YOUR NEXT OFFICE", GRUR-Prax 2020, 588
  • Note on ECJ: Unlawful allusion to Manchego cheese by means of figurative elements, GRUR-Prax 2019, 277
  • Note on BGH: Prerequisites for the subsequent invalidity determination pursuant to Section 125 c MarkenG, GRUR-Prax 2019, 210
  • Note on ECJ: Place of manufacture and geographical indication of origin cannot be protected as a trade mark, GRUR-Prax 2019, 30
  • Note on EGC: Place name "Devin" for water possibly eligible for protection, GRUR-Prax 2018, 548
  • Note on ECJ: Community design representing bicycle baskets, GRUR-Prax 2018, 334
  • Note on Munich Regional Court I: Design and imitation protection for suspendable "half" watering can, GRUR-Prax 2018, 286
  • Note on BGH: "Pippi Longstocking" not descriptive for "accommodation of guests" - word mark Pippi Longstocking, GRUR-Prax 2018, 124
  • Enchanted: No trade mark protection for technical solutions - Rubik's Cube, GRUR-Prax 2017, 295 (with A. Lambrecht)
  • Note on BPatG: "(Fränkisches) Hiffenmark" as a geographical indication of source, GRUR-Prax 2016, 481

IP Stars by Managing IP

  • Rising Star 2023
  • Rising Star 2022
  • Rising Star 2021

Legal 500

  • Shortlisted as Intellectual Property Rising Star of the Year
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