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Bukow, Dr. Johannes W.
Direct Tel: +49 621 43298 6002
Mannheim
Tel: +49 621 43298 6000 Fax: +49 621 43298 6100

Dr. Johannes Bukow is a German qualified attorney (Rechtsanwalt) and Partner at Quinn Emanuel. He focuses on IP litigation, with a particular emphasis on patent litigation. His expertise covers working with clients and litigating patents in various industries including the coordination of lawsuits in multiple jurisdictions. Johannes also has specific experience regarding the interface of patents and antitrust laws (e.g., patents essential to industry standards and FRAND-defenses). He has pleaded numerous cases in the German patent infringement courts as well as in opposition proceedings at the EPO (including appeal proceedings), before the German PTO and the German Patent Court. He has significant experience in the area of border seizures.

Before joining Quinn Emanuel, he was an associate at both Allen & Overy LLP and at the IP boutique Schilling & Grosch. He graduated from Mannheim University and subsequently worked there as a research assistant at the Chair of Professor Dr. Rolf Sack. He obtained his doctorate degree from Mannheim University and his LL.M. from the University of Edinburgh. 

He was a lecturer in patent law at Freiburg University and he has contributed inter alia to the textbook Handbuch des Patentrechts (eds. Haedicke/Timmann), which is also available in English (Patent Law Handbook, eds. Haedicke/Timmann).

Both Chambers Global (most recently again in 2024) and Chambers Europe have ranked Johannes for many years, noting his strong technology and life sciences client base and high-profile patent litigation work. Previously, both publications have noted that “[he is] a very clever lawyer.”  and “Johannes Bukow has carved out a reputation as an accomplished patent litigator, and ascends the rankings due to favorable comments from peers and clients.” . JUVE again recognized him as being “highly recommended” for patent litigation in Germany in their 2023/2024 rankings, with a competitor calling him a “top litigator”.

He has also been ranked once again by IAM Patent 1000 2023, who call him “the perfect adviser for issues in the SEP/FRAND space” and  by Managing IP 2023, who again recommend Johannes as a “Patent Star – Germany” for patent litigation in Germany. Legal 500 Deutschland has consistently recommended him for patent litigation since 2014 and has done so again in their 2024 publication, again naming him a Leading Lawyer.

Who’s Who Legal has consistently recommended Johannes for patent litigation in Germany since 2017 and has done so again in their 2024 rankings, naming him as “Recommended” in their latest national guide for Germany. Leaders League ranked him as “Highly Recommended” for Commercial Litigation in Germany in their 2024 rankings and as “Excellent” for patent litigation in Germany in their 2023 rankings and The Best Lawyers in Germany/Handelsblatt (2024 Edition) ranked Johannes for both IP, Biotechnology Law and Life Sciences.

  • Appellate Court of Zweibrücken
    (Second State Examination, 2004)
  • University of Mannheim
    (Ph.D. (Dr. iur.), 2002)
  • University of Edinburgh
    (LL.M., with distinction, 2000)
  • University of Mannheim
    (First State Examination, 1999)
  • University of Kingston (London)
    (Foreign student, 1997)
  • Admitted to the German bar (Rechtsanwaltskammer Karlsruhe)

  • German
  • English
  • Allen & Overy LLP, Mannheim, Germany:
    • Attorney at Law, 2007-2010
  • Schilling & Grosch, Mannheim, Germany:
    • Attorney at Law, 2005-2007
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Düsseldorf, Germany:
    • Trainee Attorney, 2004
  • Schilling & Grosch, Mannheim, Germany:
    • Trainee Attorney, 2002-2004
  • University of Mannheim, Faculty of Law, Germany:
    • Assistant (full-time) at the Chair of Prof. Dr. Rolf Sack, 2000-2002
  • 2024: Ranked as “Highly Recommended” for Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation in Germany by Leaders League
  • 2017-2024: Recommended in Who's Who Legal – Germany: Patents
  •  2013-2024: Ranked for patent litigation in Germany by Chambers Global
  • 2014-2024: Legal 500 Deutschland – "Leading Lawyer" and "Recommended Lawyer" for Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation
  • 2014/2015-2023/2024: JUVE Handbook on Corporate Law Firms – “Frequently recommended for patent litigation”
  • 2023-2024: Named "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in Germany/Handelsblatt for Biotechnology Law and Life Sciences Practice
  • 2022-2024: The Best Lawyers in Germany/Handelsblatt for Intellectual Property Law
  • 2021-2024: The Best Lawyers in Germany/Handelsblatt for Biotechnology Law and Life Sciences Practice
  • 2014-2023: Ranked for patent litigation in Germany by Chambers Europe
  •  2018-2023: Managing IP, Patent Star, IP STARS
  • 2023: Ranked as “Excellent” for patent litigation in Germany by Leaders League 
  • 2015-2023: IAM Patent 1000 – recommended as individual for patent infringement cases
  • 2021: Individual recognition in IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals
  • Neue Ansätze zur Erschöpfung – »Schrottreife« und Übergabe zur Vernichtung, in: Harmsen/Verhauwen (Hrsg.), Festschrift for Thomas Kühnen, pp. 143 – 154 (2024)
  • Handbuch des Patentrechts, Hrsg. Haedicke/Timmann, 1st edition, 2012, § 9 Einwendungen, pages 847 – 949 (available in Englisch “Patent Law – A Handbook“); 2nd edition, 2020, § 13 Einwendungen, pages 966 – 1111
  • Praxishandbuch Know-how-Schutz (eds. Ann / Loschelder / Grosch), Verfolgung von Know-how-Verletzungen / Strafrechtlicher Teil, pp. 412 – 432 (2010)
  • Review: R. Hacon/J. Pagenberg, Concise European Patent Law, Mitteilungen der deutschen Patentanwälte, p. 383 (Heymanns, 2008)
  • Review: N. Godendorff, Schadensersatz wegen unberechtigter Verwarnung im Immaterial- und Wettbewerbsrecht, Mitteilungen der deutschen Patentanwälte, p. 575 (Heymanns, 2007)
  • Die Entscheidung GAT/LUK und ihre Konsequenzen – Vom Ende der Cross-Border-Injunctions, in: Grosch/Ullmann (Hrsg.), Festschrift for Tilman Schilling, pp. 59 – 71 (2007)
  • Verletzungsklagen aus gewerblichen Schutzrechten – Die internationale Zuständigkeit nach dem EuGVÜ bzw. der EuGVVO, Ph.D. thesis, Mannheim University, 321 pages (2003)
  • Member, GRUR (German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
  • Member, AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
  • Lecturer in patent law at Freiburg University 2010-2015
  • Regular speaker on patent law at international conferences (e.g. LESI)