df-mp is one of the top firms in intellectual property law with an international outlook and a broad scope of specialized expertise. Globally oriented companies in such practice areas as biotechnology, chemistry, physics, medical devices, mechanical and electrical engineering and pharmaceuticals trust the competent advice offered by our highly-rated team.
Our know-how in a broad range of cutting-edge technologies as well as in-depth experience in intellectual property law enables us to meet our clients‘ high demands for expert counseling. We offer comprehensive advice on the global protection of intellectual property rights, with an emphasis on Europe and the United States. The firm is notable for its competence in natural sciences and high-tech, multilingualism and intercultural sensitivity.
The df-mp attorneys have considerable experience in obtaining and defending clients’ key patents in proceedings before the European Patent Office and the German Patent and Trademark Office, as well as challenging the patents of third parties in such proceedings. Notable success has also been achieved by the firm in patent infringement proceedings and nullity actions before the German courts. Another recognized specialty of the firm is client counselling on freedom-to-operate and patent validity matters.
Aside from technology-oriented advice, the attorneys of df-mp develop successful strategies on protecting and enforcing trademark and design patents. df-mp’s trademark and design practice offers our clients world-wide filing and prosecution services. Furthermore, our attorneys also actively prosecute and oppose European and German trademarks and designs as well as enforce and defend them against third parties.
Established in 1895, Harmsen Utescher is one of the leading IP boutiques in Germany and offers the full range of legal services in Intellectual Property Law and all related legal fields. The firm includes both-, attorneys-at-law and patent attorneys. Harmsen Utescher represents their clients before German and European Courts including the Patent Courts as well as before the German Patent and Trademark Office, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
Harmsen Utescher has a broad national and international client base for whom its attorneys are handling all IP related matters – both, litigation and prosecution. And very often, Harmsen Utescher does not only represent its clients in Germany and Europe, but on a global scale through its excellent worldwide network of cooperating IP law firms. Several of the firm's attorneys have been educated in the US and the UK. The firm’s partners and associates are members of various international associations, such as AIPPI, ECTA, INTA, FICPI, LES, MARQUES and PTMG, in many of them as board members, chairpersons and committee members.
What We Do As a specialized IP boutique, Harmsen Utescher has outstanding professional knowledge and experience in all IP fields, including German and International Trademark Law, Patent and Utility Model Law, Copyright and Design Law, Unfair Competition Law, German and European Antitrust Law, Pharmaceutical and Medical Products Law, Food and Cosmetics Law, Licensing, IT Law, Media Law and Sports Law.
In the field of Trademark Law, Harmsen Utescher offers consulting and litigation services and has one of the largest trademark prosecution departments in Germany. The firm helps its clients to develop and implement trademark strategies internationally and enforces its client's trademark rights against infringements in the courtroom. Harmsen Utescher’s experience in the battle against product piracy and in EU and German Border Surveillance supplements its ability to enforce its client's IP rights.
In Patent Law, the firm’s patent attorneys and patent litigators, who possess special expertise in the chemistry, pharma, IT, engineering and physics sectors, supervise the registration of patents and utility models at the German and the European Patent Office and enforce these rights in infringement proceedings before German and European courts. In addition, they support their clients in the drafting and conclusion of research and development contracts, patent and knowhow license agreements.
In the field of Copyright and Design Law as well as Unfair Competition Law, Harmsen Utescher’s attorneys profit from decades of consulting and litigation experience - and many of the cases were decided upon by the Federal Court of Justice or the European Court of Justice; in the field of Antitrust Law Harmsen Utescher’s activities and success are increasingly noted.
Harmsen Utescher has thus for many years been deeply involved in the development of the German and European case law in all fields of Intellectual Property Law.
The firm’s success stems from the fact that its attorneys are familiar with all areas of IP law. This broad specialisation within the IP field enables Harmsen Utescher’s attorneys to look at a case from all legal aspects and to consider all material aspects and procedural options, resulting in effective and often innovative strategies for the protection and enforcement of its client’s rights.
Zacco is a true European full-service consultancy with a 360-degree approach to intellectual property. We are more than 500 IP professionals including over 125 authorised patent attorneys and over 75 authorised Trademark and Design Attorneys and attorneys-at-law covering seven European jurisdictions – EUIPO/EPO, UK, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland. Zacco as a firm and many of our attorneys have achieved top tier rankings and recommendations from Managing Intellectual Property, World Trademark Review, Intellectual Asset Management, and Legal 500 that vouch for the outstanding quality of our services. We are the leading “one single point of contact” for handling European cases.
Patent, Trademark and Design Prosecution
Through our European offices and the local expertise Zacco cover the following jurisdictions in Europe: EPO, EUIPO, Norway, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark, meaning that you only need one point of contact to handle all your patent prosecution in seven European jurisdictions. Zacco is ranked as a tier-1 firm in several of the mentioned countries, and a considerable number of our attorneys have achieved individual recommendations in well-established IP rankings.
Thanks to our impressive number of patent attorneys, many of them authorised European Patent Attorneys, Zacco can provide you with an expert for your specific field of technology. You will find a great match for your needs, no matter if you have an invention within chemistry, mechanics or biotech, or in the areas of digitalisation, software and AI.
Generally, our trademark and design practice assists all industries with filing and prosecution, availability and infringement opinions and has a special focus on European trademark and design practice, including oppositions, cancellations and appeals before the EU Intellectual Property Office.
Litigation and Disputes
When in need of experts within IP litigation and dispute matters, we at Zacco can represent our clients ourselves within these jurisdictions: EUIPO/EPO, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Unlike a traditional law firm we are renowned experts on IP, meaning that we have both the legal and the technical expertise in-house to successfully represent your interests.
In contrast to many other IP firms in Scandinavia, Zacco also provides the full range of IP legal services cross border. These services are offered by a cooperation of law firms and lawyers working and sharing offices with Zacco throughout Scandinavia and in Germany.
The legal practice serves all industries with legal advice and assistance in connection with the drafting and negotiation of contracts relating to intellectual property, GDPR and other compliance matters, advertising and e-commerce, litigation, domain name conflict resolution, establishment of customs surveillance and other measures for the prevention or combat of counterfeiting.
Zacco’s lawyers have successfully represented international clients in proceedings before the national courts and the European Court of Justice.
Our Vision – IP 360: The Future of Intellectual Property
Zacco takes care of its clients’ innovation, identity and digital assets. Everything that you literally can’t put your finger on. We protect them, give our clients ownership and make them theirs to keep – now and in the future.
Due to its size, Zacco has specialists in almost all areas of intellectual property. Our service offerings cover the whole range of patent, trademark and design protection and litigation, as well as secure software development, digital brand protection, cybersecurity and portfolio management.
The world changes, and so do we. Zacco is constantly evolving and adjusting to its surroundings. With a recent broadening of its scope of services, Zacco is focused on meeting the implications and possibilities of digitalisation. This broadening involves applying a 360-degree perspective on intellectual property, including cybersecurity and software. The overall purpose is to guard all intangible assets of Zacco’s clients.
150 years’ experience of innovative thinking
We have a long history as an international IP consultancy dating back to 1870. Through continuous focus on developing and expanding our services and our long-term growth strategy, Zacco has developed into one of Europe’s largest and most experienced IP consulting firms.
The combination of Gowlings and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co. has brought together two world class intellectual property (IP) groups to create an international legal practice.
Building on over 100 years of excellence, our IP legal professionals provide clients with international reach for intellectual property services. We can help you protect your innovations wherever your business takes you.
Gowling WLG delivers a full complement of services in all areas of intellectual property, including trademarks, brands, copyrights, anti-counterfeiting, patents and industrial designs,
We manage a vast number of trademark and patent files and protect and enhance our clients’ trademark and patent assets in more than 100 countries through our prosecution services in Canada, Russia and China and through our global network of associate relationships.
Our team have the expertise on contentious and non contentious IP services across a range of industries, and many of our professionals hold specialized expertise in science, engineering and technology. This unique combination of unparalleled legal talent and in-depth industry knowledge enables us to better understand your business and help you realize the full value of your IP.
Gowling WLG has extensive experience in managing global IP portfolios. Our integrated IP management systems allow us to manage clients’ portfolios and deliver outstanding service, value and results across multiple jurisdictions. For decades, we have protected and maximized the intellectual property assets of companies for some of the world’s largest brands.
Year after year, the firm’s intellectual property professionals and practice groups are recognised by some of the world’s most respected legal publications, receiving top ranking in global and country-based publications.
In addition to our IP practice, Gowling WLG has legal expertise in virtually every area of law relevant to business. We see this as one of our core strengths and a key differentiator from other IP service providers, whether they are full-service firms or boutiques.
As an international full-service firm, Gowling WLG offers clients on-the-ground support and legal expertise that span multiple jurisdictions and leverages a global network of associate relationships.
Clients can count on Gowling WLG for innovation, results and value.