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Dr. David E.F. Slopek

Senior Associate

Dr. David E.F. Slopek

Someone who was always fascinated about stories that brands can tell, who is passionate about design and who believes that shapes and colours can convey just as much content as words, could make quite a career in marketing. Whilst David Slopek failed with this secret plan, he is now all the more happy to work with you as a trademark lawyer. 

As a senior associate with a broad and vivid working experience both from our Alicante and Hamburg office, David handles all kinds of soft IP matters. He focuses on trademark prosecution and litigation and has significant knowledge of unfair competition and design law. His day-to-day work includes advice on trademark filing strategies, clearance searches, and opposition proceedings before trademark offices, filing of preliminary injunctions, drafting and negotiating of purchase, license and co-existence agreements as well as representing his clients in court. 

David advises clients from all industry sectors, with a specific focus on consumer goods, foodstuff and in particular pharmaceuticals. Whilst he has published many dozens of legal articles and case comments in all major law journals, his pet project is his magazine Pharma und Marke (PuM), a bilingual magazine exclusively dedicated to pharmaceutical trademarks (www.pharmaundmarke.com). David is also member of the Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG).

Representative Experience

Advising and acting for Starbucks Corporation on community trade mark and design matters, including IP filings and prosecution as well as providing strategic advice.

Representing Deutsche Telekom AG in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious trade mark matters.

Advising various pharmaceutical companies in proceedings before the General Court of the European Union, the German Federal Patent Court as well as before the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) and the German Patent and Trademark Office.

Education and admissions


  • Dr. iur., Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
  • LL.M., Dusseldorf Law School


  • GRUR (German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
  • Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG)

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