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Bech-Bruun runs the gamut of IP matters with 'an in-depth knowledge of the life sciences sector'. IP litigator Claus Barrett Christiansen jointly leads the team and assisted a number of well-known clothing company with investigations into the sale and distribution of counterfeit goods. Clients single out fellow practice head Martin Draebye Gantzhorn as 'very knowledgeable about life sciences and IP' with 'a great network of other specialists in those areas'. Other key names include patent litigator Klaus Ewald Madsen, who represented Hedensted Gruppen in a patent infringement dispute against Jasopels relating to apparatuses and methods for the treatment of mink furs; life sciences specialist Christian Vinding Thomsen, and litigation and licensing expert Dan Bjerg Geary.

Gorrissen Federspiel is noted for its 'unique knowledge in IP', 'very high service levels' and 'strong leadership', thanks to group head Lasse A Søndergaard Christensen, who is 'exceptionally intelligent' and 'a highly qualified IP expert', who is skilled in contentious and non-contentious IP issues. In a recent highlight, Christensen acted for Rains in a dispute with Inditex, whose rain coats allegedly infringed upon the client's products. Clients also praise life sciences specialist Jacob Ørndrup, who focuses on patent and trade secret law, and is 'extremely knowledgeable', 'to the point' and 'always delivers on time'; he successfully represented a medical devices company in a patent dispute. NestlÊ, Danish Crown and eBay are also clients. The technology-focused Kenneth Kvistgaard-Aaholm 'offers great insight' and is 'easy to contact'.

Kromann Reumert covers the full spectrum of IP law for clients including Pandora and McDonald's. Recent highlights include patent litigator and practice head Nicolai Lindgreen acting for Coloplast, which sought a preliminary injunction against MBH relating to the sale of a urinary catheter which allegedly infringed upon the client's patents; and trade mark and copyrights litigator Frank Bøggild representing Coop in a dispute regarding its use of ceramics and art in its adverts without the consent of the original artists. Other noteworthy names include Martin Dahl Pedersen, who is an expert in copyright and domain name disputes; and Nicolaj Bording, who is skilled in trade mark and patent litigation.

Plesner handles matters across all aspects of IP with particular strength in life sciences patent litigation. Team leader Mikkel Vittrup and Peter-Ulrik Plesner recently acted for a global pharmaceutical company in a patent infringement claim; patent and trade mark litigator Sture Rygaard  handled a European patent ownership dispute; and Kasper Frahm advised on a high profile trade mark dispute. Also noted is Jeppe Brinck-Jensen, who specialises in patent and parallel import issues; he represented Merck in a case relating to the parallel distribution of medicinal products.

Accura Advokatpartnerselskab is particularly strong in contentious matters with a notable track record in patent and trade mark disputes. Life sciences litigator Morten Bruus leads the team and assisted Sanofi with obataining an injunction against a Novo Nordisk press release which contained misleading information about Sanofi's diabetes pharmaceuticals. Christina Type Jardorf focuses on copyright and trade mark issues and acted for Nike in an infringement claim against Hummel relating to arrow-shaped marks on sports shoes.

Horten has 'all-round expertise and experience in all aspects of IP issues' and acts for a client roster, which includes Facebook, Haribo and Bet365. IP litigators Anders Valentin and Jens Jakob Bugge jointly lead the practice; Valentin defended Sandoz against a trade mark interlocutory injunction action brought by GlaxoSmithKline relating to its new inhaler, and Bugge represented Hästens Sengar in an infringement claim brought by Nordicform relating to a blue checks pattern. Copyright infringement expert Asger Heine Jensen is particularly skilled in issues surrounding the rights of game developers, Nina Henningsen focuses on copyright law, and Christian Kragelund is an expert in trade mark and domain name issues.

IP boutique Løje, Arnesen & Meedom acts for international and domestic clients on all aspects of IP. Group head Johan Løje focuses on trade mark and design-related matters; he recently advised Shoebranding on trade mark registration issues, and represented Ravn Ravn in an infringement action against Saint Tropez relating to the client's designs. Tanya Meedom and Susie Arnesen are also key names to note.

Lundgrens has a broad IP practice that is 'diligent', 'courageous' and 'open', and 'works as a real team'. Group co-head Jakob Krag Nielsen is an expert in contentious matters and recently handled multiple patent infringement cases a global pharmaceutical company; while fellow co-head Nina Ringen focuses on soft IP issues and assisted Perkins+Will with the IP aspects of its acquisition of Schmidt Hammer Lassen. Other noteworthy names include director Søren Danelund Reipurth, who represented Ilse Jacobsen in several copyright infringement claims relating to its wellington boots; and director Rasmus Vang, who specialises in IP litigation.

Prosecutions, litigation, and contracts are the key pillars of NJORD Law Firm's practice, and team co-head Jeppe Brogaard Clausen predominantly handles contentious matters in the soft IP space. Life sciences specialist Thomas Ryhl also leads the team and assisted Philips HealthTech with issues surrounding the public tender of medical equipment for hospitals in Denmark. Malene Fagerberg also focuses on life sciences issues and advised The North Face, L’Oréal, Estee Lauder and Ralph Lauren on actions taken against counterfeit goods. Trade mark and copyright expert Frank Jørgensen acted for Smallstuff in a High Court appeal brought by Sebra Interiør, which alleged infringement of its toy bed for dolls.

DLA Piper Denmark's practice is highly skilled in trade mark and copyright disputes, and team head Annemette Ellermann is very active in soft IP litigation and agreements. Anette Moll Berg is also a notable name for trade mark and domain name matters.

Lassen Ricard is recognised for its work in copyright law in the Nordic and Baltic regions, acting for clients including TV 2 Denmark, DR and TV 4. Peter Lambert heads up the team and is highly skilled in contentious matters in the media and entertainment sector; and Steen Lassen regularly advises the Union of Broadcasting Organisations on its agreements with TV distributors.

Trade marks, copyrights, trade designs and domain names are specialist areas of Andersen Partners' department. Key names include Kenneth Cramer, who leads the team and is an expert in contentious and non-contentious matters; and attorney-at-law Lisbeth Elmgaard.

Awa Law Advokater ApS provides 'clear and pragmatic advice' and is 'highly tactical with key knowledge of local IP law'. Managing partner Anette Rasmussen heads the group and handles all aspects of IP; her recent work includes advising Pandora and Starbucks on their trade mark portfolios. Other key figures include Janne Britt Hansen, who is an expert in trade mark portfolio management, and Mette Parlev, who focuses on litigation; Hansen joined from Kromann Reumert and Parlev joined form NORDIA Law.

The group at Bird & Bird Advokatpartnerselskab specialises in soft IP matters and is particularly strong in the entertainment sector. In a recent highlight, team head Peer B. Petersen assisted Sony Music with its audio book platform, Movellas, and its Nordic record company, Disco:wax. Senior associate Mogens Vestergaard is also a key name to note.

Clemens has notable expertise in contentious and non-contentious matters, primarily in the fields of trade mark and copyright law. Rasmus Munk Nielsen leads the practice and regularly advises on infringement and enforcement issues; and Simon Langvardt Mßller is an expert in copyright matters.

Bruun & Hjejle's team is 'very competent and knowledgeable' with 'an ability to provide useful and swift advice'. Clients also praise group head Pia Kirstine Voldmester, who has 'excellent commercial understanding and business acumen' and is regularly involved in IP disputes, particularly claims relating to data protection.

DAHL Law Firm provides 'a professional and friendly service ' with expertise in contentious and non-contentious matters. Claus Sørensen leads the team and is an expert in IP litigation and arbitration, and litigator Claes Wildfang recently joined from DLA Piper Denmark. Other key figures include Søren Wolder, who focuses on contentious issues relating to fashion and interior design; Frederik Bruhn, who is an expert in agreements relating to the sports and entertainment industries; and Michael Rehling, who primarily focuses on the technology sector.

GALST counts multiple household names as clients, which it advises on contentious and non-contentious matters. Practice head Hans Christian Galst recently acted for Sony Mobile Communications in a number of infringement and anti-counterfeit cases, and advised Danmarks Radio on the recording contracts for finalists of the Danish X Factor. Attorney Anders Hebbelstrup Jensen is experienced in copyright law.

Moalem Weitemeyer Bendtsen regularly handles trade mark matters, particularly relating to transactional work and registrations. Pernille NørkÌr heads up the practice and advised Mintebi on its trade mark registrations, and Martin Søndergaard is a key name for infringement issues.

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