Johannes Fuhrmann

Johannes Fuhrmann is a partner at BomhardIP (Alicante) since 1 March 2019. In 2018, he has been recognized by Managing IP as a Rising Star in its first official Rising Stars publication.

Being based in Alicante since 2011, he is an expert in all kinds of EUTM proceedings, with a special interest in the protection and enforcement of Non-Traditional Trademarks.

Advising our international clients in complicated and complex multijurisdictional matters as well as the enforcement of famous marks is his specialty. He also has extensive experience in relation to trademark portfolio management, searching, filing and prosecuting trademarks throughout Europe and worldwide. Also, having actively handled more than a dozen proceedings before the General Court and the European Court of Justice, in Trademark as well as Design matters, he is very experienced in this very unique type of proceedings.

Johannes has experience in advising clients from various jurisdictions and industry sectors with particular expertise in the cosmetics, pharmaceutical, telecommunication, food and beverage and toy industries.

He authors in one of the leading German commentaries on EU trademark law and regularly publishes on EU trademark and design topics.

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 an active 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 two sons, Johannes likes to travel, cook and enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities that Alicante has to offer.

Education

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

Memberships

INTA, GRUR, MARQUES

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

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Rankings & Awards

2018 MIP IP Stars: “Johannes Fuhrmann is a notable rising star in the firm.” https://www.ipstars.com/firms/bomhard-ip/f-4177#/analysis


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”