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Dr. Johannes Druschel is a German qualified attorney (Rechtsanwalt) and Counsel in Quinn Emanuel’s Munich office. Johannes joined the firm in 2019. His practice focuses on patent and tech litigation. He was admitted to practice in 2016.

He graduated from the University of Munich in 2012 and obtained a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) as a scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich in 2014 (summa cum laude), while also working as a research assistant for civil and IP law at the University of Munich.

In 2016 he completed his legal clerkship at the Munich Court of Appeals (Oberlandesgericht) which included stages in the soft IP and patent law practice group of an international Munich based law firm, while also partly working as research assistant for patent law at the Technical University of Munich.

Prior to joining the firm, Johannes worked as an Associate for another international law firm located in Munich focusing on patent law and soft IP. While there, he assisted and represented litigants with issues relating to all aspects of IP law, however, his focus already concentrated on patent litigation.

His work is not limited to particular technical fields. Johannes has been involved in cases over optical mechanics, medical products, mobile telecommunications, semiconductors, chemistry and even pharma. In particular he took over a lead associate role in defending the firm’s client Daimler against a series of complaints filed by Nokia, Sharp and Conversant whereby he handled seven patents in both infringement and parallel validity proceedings. Within this series Johannes was also in charge for particular legal topics with relevance across all of the proceedings, such as the right to claim priority and the requirement under Sec. 25 of the German Patent Act according to which a foreign patentee suing in Germany needs to have a domestic representative.

In addition, Johannes advises and represents clients also in related matters, such as enforcement proceedings. For instance he helped two international clients to enforce an arbitrational award in Germany and also advised an international client with respect to a potential case of trade secret theft in Germany.

Johannes regularly acts in leading roles in the firm's cases, especially those that involve complex substantive and procedural legal questions and cross-border aspects. For example, recently Johannes has been involved in such a role in the ongoing litigation series between the firm’s client DexCom and Abbott.

Johannes’ doctoral thesis was awarded with the price of the Munich University’s law faculty in 2014. From the beginning of his career Johannes has been consistently publishing articles and occasionally given lectures on IP and trade secrets law.

In 2021 he was ranked by The Best Lawyers in Germany / Handelsblatt: Ones to Watch (2022 Edition) for Intellectual Property Law. In 2022 he was ranked again by The Best Lawyers in Germany / Handelsblatt: Ones to Watch (2023 Edition) for Intellectual Property Law.

  • Appellate Practice
  • International Disputes
  • Life Science: Pharmaceutical Patent Litigation
  • Litigation Representing Plaintiffs
  • Patent Litigation
  • Transnational Litigation
  • Higher Regional Court of Munich
    (Second State Examination, 2016)
  • Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
    (Ph.D., Law (Dr. iur.), summa cum laude, 2014)
  • Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
    (First State Examination, 2012)
  • The German Bar (Rechtsanwaltskammer München)
  • German
  • English
  • Baker McKenzie:
                Associate, 2016-2019
  • Legal 500 Deutschland - Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation, Other Key Lawyers, 2024
  • Legal 500 Deutschland – Recommended Lawyer for Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation, 2023
  • Ranked by The Best Lawyers in Germany/Handelsblatt: Ones to Watch (2022-2024 Edition) for Intellectual Property Law.
  • „Berücksichtigung neuer Angriffsmittel im Patentnichtigkeitsverfahren“, GRUR Prax 2021, 173, March, 2021 (together with Amandine Torikian-Tomassian)
  • „Akteneinsicht der Gegenpartei bei Geheimhaltungsvorbehalt der Partei“, GRUR Prax 2020, 113, March, 2020 (together with Carl Jasper Schönermark)
  • “Keeping Generics off the market under German Law”, The Patent Lawyer Magazine, November, 2018 (together with Christoph Krieger)
  • “Regierung will Geschäftsgeheimnisse besser schützen“, Platow Recht, September, 2018
  • „Der Schutz von Know-how im deutschen Zivilprozess Teil II: Der derzeitige und zukünftige Geheimnisschutz im vorgelagerten Besichtigungsverfahren“, BetriebsBerater 2018, 1794, August, 2018 (together with Andreas Jauch, LL.M.)
  • „Der Schutz von Know-how im deutschen Zivilprozess: Der Status quo und die zu erwartenden Änderungen - Teil I“, BetriebsBerater 2018, 1218, May 2018 (together with Andreas Jauch, LL.M.)
  • „Einordnung von Autofelgen als Bauelemente nach der „Reparaturklausel“ in der GGV - Acacia/Audi ua und Acacia ua/Porsche – Urteilsanmerkung“, GRUR 2018, 290, March 2018 (together with Philip Schmitz and Philipp Engert)
  • „LG Düsseldorf - Heizkessel mit Brenner I - Rechnungslegung in elektronischer Form –Urteilsanmerkung“, Mitteilungen der deutschen Patentanwälte 2018, 73, February 2018 (together with Dr. Moritz Meckel)
  • „Vertragsrecht und Urheberrecht im Konflikt? – Eine Bestandsaufnahme“, ZUM 2018, 97, February 2018 (together with Philipp Engert)
  • Member, GRUR (German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
  • Member, AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
  • Alumni Club of Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition