Located in Munich, one of Europe’s IP hotspots, df-mp is one of Germany’s top IP law firms, with a broad scope of specialised expertise. Globally oriented companies – from small and medium-sized entities to major international corporations in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemistry, physics, medical devices, mobile telecoms and mechanical and electrical engineering – trust the competent advice that the firm’s highly rated team offers. Founded in 2000, df-mp has experienced steady growth ever since. The firm is thus well positioned to offer expert advice on all issues arising with respect to patent procurement and enforcement proceedings in all areas of technology, and can handle large patent portfolios as well as major patent litigation matters. df-mp also advises on utility models and the German Inventors’ Remuneration Law, and has a reputable trademark practice. It also assists clients in monetising their intellectual property via licensing to third parties or gaining access to the proprietary technology of others via in-licensing.
df-mp has developed a reputation for successfully obtaining and defending key patents for its clients in proceedings before the EPO and the German Patent Office. Another major practice area for the firm is defending clients’ patents in opposition proceedings before these offices, as well as challenging the patents of third parties in these forums.
df-mp’s attorneys have been involved in various high-profile patent litigation proceedings, many of which have had international implications and required df-mp to carry out a coordinating role. For example, df-mp’s biotech/pharmaceutical patents group has handled a number of newsworthy litigation matters, including patent nullity actions before the German Federal Patent Court and the Federal Supreme Court in the area of product, formulation and use patents concerning blockbuster small molecule drugs and biologics. The firm’s mechanical engineering and IT patents group also handles and coordinates a number of patent litigation proceedings (eg, in the medical device and mobile phone communications fields) involving household names. The involvement of df-mp’s attorneys in this practice area has seen them become recommended patent attorneys for patent infringement and nullity litigation in Germany, and notably, they were awarded the Firm of the Year Award for Germany in the “Patent Contentious (Patent & Trade Mark Attorney Firms)” category at the 2020 Managing IP EMEA Awards in London. Additionally, df-mp was shortlisted for the European regional award for “Patent Prosecution”.
df-mp also offers expertise in advising on and coordinating the filing of supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) in Europe, an area where ambiguities in the law, differences in national practice and contradictions in court decisions – including those of the ECJ – require detailed knowledge of case law and strategic thinking in order to secure the optimal position for SPC applicants.
The firm has an international outlook. Its attorneys are highly knowledgeable and skilled, not only in regard to the law in their home jurisdictions, but also in terms of US litigation issues. Two of the founding partners are admitted to practise before the USPTO and one of them has hands-on litigation experience in the United States.
df-mp and its individual attorneys have been repeatedly recommended as one of the top firms and recommended patent attorneys in Germany for patent litigation, patent nullity proceedings and patent prosecution by the IAM Patent 1000 (2011 to 2020). Partners of the firm were also named as IP Stars in Managing Intellectual Property magazine (2014 to 2020). In addition, df-mp is recommended in the 2018/2019 JUVE-Handbook, in which it received the highest rating in Germany for a patent law firm for having one of the most active litigation practices in the high-tech industry.