df-mp Dörries Frank-Molnia & PohlmanPatentanwälte Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB

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Patent work in the life sciences has long been a stronghold for df-mp, but it has lately been working to consolidate its trademark capabilities – a project that has been an unqualified success thanks to the hire of leading partners Ortrun Günzel and Angela Wenninger-Lenz. The pair cover everything from filings to infringement proceedings and each has an impressive client list, including Mylan for the former and Inter IKEA Systems for the latter. Though Günzel’s practice is comprehensive, she has special know-how when it comes to geographical indications and certification marks; while “trademark genius” Wenninger-Lenz proves popular with patrons: “Angela is super-responsive, extremely nice to work with and overall very warmly recommended for all trademark-related work.”

Firm Profile

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 (SMEs) to major international corporations in the fields of biotechnology, chemistry, electrical and mechanical arts, pharmaceuticals and food – 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 relating to patent procurement and enforcement proceedings in all areas of technology, as well as on any trademark, design and unfair competition issues.

Trademarks and designs

With many years of extensive experience in the enforcement of non-technical IP rights, portfolio development, trademark and design clearance, licensing and contractual issues, as well as IP transactions, df-mp’s trademark practice is a one-stop shop for soft intellectual property, from developing bespoke strategies and concepts to trademark and design portfolio management and prosecution, to litigation and anti-counterfeiting work.

df-mp’s clients appreciate the advantage of our international focus and our German-English bilingual legal and technical staff. df-mp is uniquely able to develop strategies and concepts that are customised to the legal requirements of multi-jurisdictional IP issues.

The growing team currently consists of four attorneys, one legal trainee and five paralegals.

Key members

The firm’s trademark practice is headed by Ortrun Günzel. Ms Günzel is a passionate IP professional who reliably provides clear, commercially relevant and hands-on advice, offering tailored service and solutions while speaking the client’s language. She works thoroughly, has a good eye for detail and delivers results that are to the point and well structured. An exceptional negotiator, Ms Günzel fosters commercially sensible agreements.

Her primary focus is on trademark, design and unfair competition litigation, and she helps clients develop their brand strategies and defend and enforce IP rights in and out of court. She has wide experience in anti-counterfeiting measures and in negotiating agreements for the exploitation of IP rights, and has also built special expertise in matters relating to geographical indications and certification marks. She publishes and is a frequent speaker on trademark law.

Angela Wenninger-Lenz has been an attorney at law since 2006 and joined df-mp in January 2020 as a partner. Ms Wenninger-Lenz specialises in trademark and design prosecution, as well as in trademark, design and unfair competition litigation. She has many years of extensive experience in the judicial and official enforcement of non-technical IP rights and regularly advises on portfolio development, trademark and design clearance, licensing issues and IP transactions. She has a great track record in performing and coordinating complex IP due diligence and in all kinds of IP-related contractual work. Ms Wenninger-Lenz’s strategic and commercially minded advice is anticipating and perfectly answering clients’ needs. As a dynamic IP practitioner, she is committed to providing high-quality service for fair and transparent fees to multinational corporations, SMEs and start-ups.

Diversity and inclusion

The firm has a collegiate ethos, rooted in deep respect for the contribution of every member to the firm’s success. df-mp has an open, liberal approach and atmosphere. The firm is diverse in nationality, sex and sexual orientation. We accept different working models irrespective of gender so that our team members can do well at the firm while at the same time raising a family.

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