Bolko Rachow

Chief Judge at the District Court (Retired)


Public prosecutor from 1977 to 1978
Judge from 1977 to 2013, Chief Judge of the Chamber for Copyright and Design Law from 1997 to 2013
Lawyer since 2014

  • Prosecution of infringements of industrial property rights, product piracy and competition violations
  • Defence against warnings/infringement claims
  • Drafting of licence agreements
  • Preparation of expert opinions in copyright and design law


  • Hamburg Bar Association (Hamburgischer Anwaltverein, HAV)
  • German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltverein, DAV)
  • Hamburg Judges’ Association (Hamburgischer Richterverein e.V.) and German Judges’ Association (Deutscher Richterbund, DRB)
  • Lecturer at the Hamburg University of Economics and Politics from 1998 to 2002 (Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Politik, HWP)
  • Lecturer at the DeutscheAnwaltAkademie in Berlin since 2006
  •  Advanced training courses for specialist lawyers in copyright and intellectual property law


  • Co-author of the specialist lawyer’s handbook “Limper, Musiol – Urheber- und Medienrecht”
  • Co-author of the “Beck’schen Richterhandbuch“