Dr. JakobGuhn


Düsseldorf + 49.211.5406.5500

Dr. Jakob Guhn practices in the areas of trademark, design, unfair competition including greenwashing matters, and copyright law, having gained litigation experience in several hundred court proceedings for brands before German courts and the European Court of Justice. He regularly advises international brands in litigation matters in the areas of software and new technologies, including robotics, artificial intelligence, and commercial use of data. His practice also focuses on cross-border and antipiracy strategies, including customs matters and trade fair surveillance as well as marketing campaigns and product rollouts in the European market. In addition, he advises clients on transactions in the area of IP, license agreements, and protection of trade secrets.

Jakob represents, among others, a manufacturer of mobility products, parcel services, and a brand of domestic appliances. He litigates IP rights for a worldwide leading software company, clothing companies, a tool manufacturer, and a medical device manufacturer in the fields of trademark, design, and unfair competition.

Best Lawyers and Handelsblatt have named Jakob as one of the leading IP lawyers in Germany. He was also inducted into WTR 1000, which identifies the top trademark professionals around the globe.

Jakob has written and lectured on various IP topics, including IP litigation, product piracy, domain law, and competition law. He is a member of the team of authors of the Commentary on Procedural Rules from the IP Perspective, Cepl/Voß 2015. He is a member of the Association for Intellectual Property and Copyright Law (GRUR) and the German-Italian Law Association.


  • Affinity Partners leads €207 million Series F financing of EGYMJones Day represented Affinity Partners in its acquisition of an interest in EGYM, a global fitness technology and corporate health innovation leader, in a Series F financing of €107 million, with an additional €100 million available for future investments.
  • Karos takes over goFLUXJones Day advised Karos, French leader in carpooling services, in connection with its acquisition of goFLUX, the German carpooling app with a matching algorithm which determines a suitable meeting point for drivers and passengers.
  • FleetCor acquires PlugsurfingJones Day advised FleetCor Technologies, Inc. in the acquisition of Plugsurfing, a leading European electric vehicle (EV) software and network provider.
  • Lighting manufacturer and supplier defends breach of contract accusationsJones Day successfully represented a lighting manufacturer and supplier accused of breach of contract under German law.
  • Reifen-Müller acquired by Hankook TireJones Day advised Reifen-Müller on the sale of the company, one of Germany's largest and independent tire wholesalers and retailers, to Hankook Tire.
  • Riverside invests in Impeo Software GmbHJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with its investment in Impeo Software GmbH (Impeo), an add-on for its Fadata platform.
  • RPM acquires leading Dutch coatings company, SPS GroupJones Day advised RPM International Inc. in its acquisition of SPS Group, a Dutch decorative and specialty coatings company.
  • Essilor acquires MyOptique GroupJones Day advised Essilor International S.A., a company listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange, on the acquisition of MyOptique Group Limited ("MyOptique").
  • Gimv acquires stake in JoolzJones Day represented Gimv N.V. in connection with its acquisition of a 40% stake in the Amsterdam-based company Joolz, a unique fast growing premium pushchair brand with leading positions in various markets, next to the founder Emile Kuenen and the managing director Stan Vermeulen.
  • RPC Group acquires Global Closure Systems for €650 million (US$715.8 million)Jones Day advised RPC Group PLC in its €650 million ($715.8 million) acquisition of GCS Group, a leading global manufacturer and provider of closures and dispensing systems.
  • Mahle acquires thermal division from Delphi Automotive for $727 millionJones Day advised Mahle GmbH in the acquisition of the thermal division of automotive supplier Delphi PLC for $727 million.
  • XIO Group acquires COMPO EXPERT business from Triton PartnersJones Day advised XIO Group on the fund's inaugural investment in the secondary leveraged buyout from Triton Partners of the COMPO EXPERT business, a leading supplier of specialty fertilizer products for professional applications.
  • Autres publications

    • Januar 2015
      Co-Autor - Prozesskommentar zum Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz, ZPO mit spezieller Berücksichtigung des Marken-, Patent-, Gebrauchsmuster-, Design- und Lauterkeitsrechts sowie des UklaG
    • Januar 2014
      Richterliche Hinweise und ,,forum shopping” im einstweiligen Verfügungsverfahren, WRP 2014, 27
    • Oktober 2013
      Stiftung Warentest führt kostenpflichtige Werbelizenzen ein, Handelsblatt, 02.10.2013
    • 2009
      Die Produktpiraterieverordnung, Studien zum Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und zum Urheberrecht, Band 56
    • Februar 2007
      Erste Analyse der Rechtsprechung zu .eu-Domains in ADR-Verfahren, K & R 2007, 69

    • July 29, 2015
      Design Patents Awakening from their Beauty Sleep: An EU and US Overview