Dumont Bergman Bider & Co started out as an IP firm focusing on patents with a predominantly European clientele when it was founded in 1940. Today, it continues to be known for its patent work, which focuses primarily on pharmaceuticals and mechanical inventions. About 70% of the companies it serves are well-known European brands such as Boehringer Ingelheim, Bayer, Electrolux, Grünenthal, Pierre Fabre and Volkswagen. Headquartered in Mexico City, the firm has a team of 22 IP lawyers and 11 patent specialists with backgrounds in chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering.
In a notable trade mark case, Dumont challenged IMPI's rejection of a trade mark application the firm had filed on its own behalf. Dumont filed a constitutional appeal before the Federal Circuit Court (FCC) to reverse the official rejection of the registration of the mark E-Marcas, issued by IMPI and confirmed by the Federal Court of Tax and Administrative Affairs (FCTAA). The trade mark was originally considered to lack distinctiveness regarding the services covered. The FCC however ruled in favour of Dumont, stressing that the proposed trade mark should be deemed evocative. The case is significant given that evocative marks in Mexico are traditionally rejected. This decision indicates a shift in criteria.
Clients of the firm cite "prompt responses to our requests, good and circumspect advice, and personal contact", as reasons they choose to work with Dumont. "My primary adviser for litigation matters is Dumont Bergman Bider & Co and Jorge Gómez is the lawyer who attends to us. I have had terrific experience with his services," says one client. Gómez joined the firm as corporate and regulatory affairs subdirector in February 2012, from Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez where he was a senior associate.