Johannes Fuhrmann

Johannes has been working as a lawyer in Alicante since 2011, specializing in EU trademark and design law. He has handled all kinds of proceedings before EUIPO and has also represented several clients before the General Court in Luxembourg in EU trademark and design disputes. His experience includes protection and enforcement strategies, in particular relating to non-traditional trademarks, as well as extensive multinational trademark portfolio management. Johannes has experience in advising clients from various jurisdictions and industry sectors with particular expertise in the telecommunication, food and beverage, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and toy industries.

Johannes holds a doctorate in law from the University of Cologne (Germany) as well as an LL.M. (adv.) in Public International Law from Leiden University (The Netherlands). During his legal clerkship he worked at German courts and law firms, at the German Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, as well as at an international law firm in Alicante that he later joined as a lawyer. In the summer of 2013 he gained in-house experience working as a secondee at one of Europe’s largest telecommunication providers.

He is member of the INTA Non-Traditional Marks Committee and the Marques European Trade Mark Law and Practice Team. Apart from his native German, Johannes speaks English and Spanish and has a basic knowledge of French and Italian.

When he is not working or playing with his small sons, Johannes likes to travel, cook and enjoy all kinds of sports at the local beaches.


2011 – Doctorate Degree, bar admission

2009 – 2011 – legal clerkship

2005 – 2006 Leiden University (The Netherlands) – Master of International Law

2001 – 2004 University of Cologne (Germany)

2000 – 2001 University of Padua (Italy)

1998 – 2000 University of Trier (Germany)

Work Experience

Since March 2015 BomhardIP

2011 – 2015 Hogan Lovells, Alicante, Spain



Recent Publications

Markenrecht (Albrecht / Kur / v. Bomhard), Munich 2017 – Also: Beck’scher Online Kommentar Markenrecht, frequent updates

General Court: car shape found not registerable (decision of 25 November 2015, case T-629/14) (here)

Crosstape (-)

Lines Perla ≠ Linex

Recent Speaking Engagements

2018, September – Marques Annual Conference, Paris, France [CJEU and General Court Case Law in 2017/2018].

2018, March – Pharmaceutical Trademark Group (PTMG), 96th Conference, Porto (Portugal), International Case Round-Up

2017, January – EUIPO Tertulia: Onus of Proof in EUIPO proceedings, Alicante, Spain



Rankings & Awards

2018 MIP IP Stars: “Johannes Fuhrmann is a notable rising star in the firm.”

2018 ACRITAS STAR LAWYER: Acritas Stars, an independent and global lawyer ranking system of client-nominated stand-out lawyers in private practice, has recognized Johannes Fuhrmann again in annual rankings.

2017 ACRITAS STAR LAWYER: “He’s very personable, very good with the clients; he’s very good about explaining complex legal concepts to the business people well, very accessible, good results. He’s good at achieving good results in the cases that he’s working on”