Located in Munich, one of the hotspots for intellectual property in Europe, 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 practice areas such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemistry, physics, medical devices, mobile telecommunications and mechanical and electrical engineering – trust the competent advice offered by the firm’s highly rated team. Founded in 2000, df-mp has experienced steady growth ever since. The firm is thus well positioned to offer competent 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. The firm also advises on utility models and the German Inventors’ Remuneration Law, and has a notable 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 European Patent Office and the German Patent Office. Another major practice area for the firm is defending its clients’ patents in opposition proceedings before these offices, as well as challenging the patents of third parties in such proceedings.
The attorneys of df-mp have been involved in various high-profile patent litigation proceedings, many of which have had international implications and have required a coordinating role by df-mp. For example, df-mp’s biotech/pharmaceutical patents group handles 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, such as in the areas of medical devices and mobile telephone communications, involving household names in the field. The involvement of df-mp’s attorneys in this practice area has gained them wide attention as recommended patent attorneys for patent infringement and nullity litigation in Germany.
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 European Court of Justice – require detailed knowledge of case law and strategic thinking in order to secure the optimal position for SPC applicants.
The firm has an exceptionally international outlook. Its attorneys are highly knowledgeable and skilled, not only in regard to the laws in their home jurisdictions, but also in terms of US litigation issues. Two of the founding partners are admitted to practise before the US Patent and Trademark Office and one 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 (2011-2018). Further, df-mp has been elected as Law Firm of the Year 2014 – Patents by German IP magazine JUVE. Partners of the firm were also named as IP Stars in Managing Intellectual Property magazine (2014-2018).
- H Ulrich Dörries, Partner