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Hans Erik Johnsen

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Intellectual Property, Technology, Contract Law, Data Protection, Media and Marketing Law, Telecommunication, Company Law, Franchising, Agency and Distribution


Partner Hans Erik Johnsen's practice includes intellectual property law, broadcasting/media law, technology and telecommunication law and trademark/marketing law. He also provides general assistance to companies in the media/technology/telecom sectors. Johnsen has long experience with contract negotiations and with providing strategic and legal advice to companies in these markets. He has also been a board member in companies relevant to his fields of expertise.


Partner at Wiersholm, 2008 Joined Wiersholm, 2005 Lawyer, Telenor ASA, 1996-2004 Deputy Judge, Ytre Follo District Court, 1995-1996 Associate, Lund, Gundersen DA law firm, 1993-1995 Associate, Lund & Co law firm, 1993 Editor of the legal periodical "Jussens Venner", 1992


Cand. jur., University of Bergen, 1992 Additional qualifications in Maritime Law, University of Oslo 1991


Intellectual property

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Hans Erik Johnsen - Wiersholm

Within: Intellectual property

Wiersholm handles the full spectrum of IP issues with notable expertise in the media, retail and technology industries. Key names in the group include broadcast, media and sport sector expert Hans Erik Johnsen, Rune Opdahl, who handles copyright, patent and trade mark issues; and litigator Magnus Hellesylt. Recent highlights include Opdahl acting for Telenor in the Norwegian Appeal Court in a copyright issue relating to access to IP addresses as evidence for copyright infringement, Opdahl and Hellesylt representing PetroMarker in a copyright infringement dispute against ORG Geophysical, and Johnsen defending Orkla in a case in which a competitor alleges that Orkla's marketing campaign breaches the prohibition against unlawful comparative advertisement. Visma, Monster and Schibsted Media are also clients.

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Hans Erik Johnsen - Wiersholm

Within: TMT

Recent highlights for¬†Wiersholm's TMT group include acting for Telenor in a Supreme Court dispute relating to subscriber data and illegal file sharing, representing IBM in an IT contract dispute against the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, and advising MBL (the organisation for media enterprises) on issues relating to Norwegian media houses and their ad-tech and data privacy discussions with Google and the Norwegian Data Protection Authority. Key practitioners include¬†Hans Erik Johnsen,¬†Rune Opdahl, who specialises in IT, data protection, media and ecommerce work for clients in the media and technology sectors,¬†Kai Th√łgersen¬†and litigator¬†Magnus Hellesylt. IT and technology contract specialist and senior associate¬†Theresa Schumacher Walberg¬†is also a name to note.

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