Sandra Pohlman


B.S. Biology


Portrait Sandra Pohlman - Attorney at Law (Germany and USA)
- Solicitor (England & Wales)
- U.S. Patent Attorney
- Registered before EPO as a legal practitioner
- Admitted to the bar of Washington, DC, U.S.A
- Admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Ms. Pohlman’s qualifications enable her to represent clients in Europe as well as the United States. Specifically, she is authorized to represent clients before the European Patent Office, German courts and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

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Sandra Pohlman is co-founder and partner of df-mp. She heads the firm’s large and diversified biotechnology and pharmaceuticals practice group together with Dr. Dörries. Ms. Pohlman has specialized in intellectual property in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical field since 1992.

Ms. Pohlman advises domestic and foreign clients in all aspects of intellectual property in her field, with her particular focus in the areas of molecular biology, immunology, pharmaceutical agents and formulations, diagnostic assays and medical applications.

A main part of her practice is oppositions and prosecution before the European Patent Office, where she has consistently obtained favourable results for her clients. During her career, she has been involved in numerous patent litigation disputes in European and U.S. courts.

Another important aspect of her practice is due diligence and freedom-to-operate opinions, including advice relating to patent infringement and validity under European law.

Additionally, she coordinates supplementary protection certificate (SPC) filings in Europe, including a number of national court actions arising from her more complex SPC matters.

A portrait over the professional career of Ms. Pohlman was in an article in the magazine "The Pennsylvania Lawyer" published, which you can reread here.

In 2012, Global Law Experts recommended Ms. Pohlman for patent law in Germany and for life science and pharmaceutical patents.

CorporateINTL exclusively recommended Ms. Pohlman as an expert in the field of pharmaceuticals in 2013.

In IAM 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners 2013 and 2014, Ms. Pohlman was recommended for her expertise in patent prosecution and invalidity actions including the following comments about her skills: 2013 Edition: "She displays a matchless knowledge of her law, her writing is brilliant, and she is hugely responsive", 2014 Edition: "She can handle high-pressure briefs with a cool head and is the first choice for North American law firms". link to the IAM 1000 homepage.

The renowned IP magazine Managing Intellectual Property lists Sandra Pohlman, as IP Star for Germany in their MIP Handbook 2014.

Education and Professional Experience:

1987 – 1991
Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology (with high honors) from the University of Vermont, U.S.A.

1991 – 1994
Jurist Doctor Degree (magna cum laude) from the National Law Center of the George Washington University in Washington, DC, U.S.A.

1992 – 1996
Law clerk and subsequently as associate for the intellectual property law firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner (with a strong emphasis on litigation and prosecution of patents in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical area)

1997 – 2000
Associate at the firm of Bardehle, Pagenberg, Dost, Altenburg, Frohwitter, Geissler and subsequently at the Frohwitter firm, both in Munich, Germany

Since 2000
Co-founder and partner at df-mp

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Sandra Pohlman
Fünf Höfe
Theatinerstraße 16
80333 Munich
Phone: + 49 89 210 296 0
Fax:+ 49 89 210 296 33