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The IP team at Lex Law Offices¬†has ‚Äėsuperb skills and knowledge of IP law‚Äô, acts ‚Äėvery professionally at all times‚Äô and provides ‚Äėquick and competent responses to all questions‚Äô. Focusing on trade marks, Hulda √Ārnad√≥ttir¬†and senior associate¬†Mar√≠a Kristj√°nsd√≥ttir ¬†manage the IP portfolios of Iceland‚Äôs largest dairy producer MS Iceland Dairies, Coca-Cola European Partners √ćsland and tour operator Reykjavik Excursions. Representing clients in unprecedented IP cases before Icelandic courts, Erla S √Ārnad√≥ttir¬†is a key contact for contentious matters regarding copyright infringement. Other clients include Florealis and Vodafone Iceland.

Appreciated for their ‚Äėability to reach clients, listen to them and guide them‚Äô, the lawyers at LOGOS¬†handle both contentious and non-contentious IP and TMT matters. Department head¬†Hj√∂rd√≠s Halld√≥rsd√≥ttir, assisted by senior associate Freyr Snaebjornsson,¬†successfully represented S√≠minn‚ÄĒthe largest Icelandic telecom company‚ÄĒ in a landmark case concerning copyrights and media law before the Supreme Court; the dispute concerned the non-linear distribution of the television broadcast of TV station Skj√°rinn (now Sj√≥nvarp S√≠mans). Ragnar T√≥mas √Ārnason¬†acted for Post and Telecom Administration in a case concerning a severe data breach. Specialising in IT and data protection, the ‚Äėpleasant and very thorough‚Äô √Āslaug Bj√∂rgvinsd√≥ttir¬†imparts ‚Äėa full understanding of the legal process, all potential outcomes and related costs‚Äô to clients. √Ārni Vilhj√°lmsson¬†is another key contact.

Dealing with all aspects of IP law, including representation before the relevant courts and authorities, boutique IP firm Sigurj√≥nsson & Thor ehf.¬†focuses on trade marks, copyrights and unfair competition. The team, which is ‚Äėresourceful and efficient, with exceptional legal knowledge‚Äô, is also recognised for being ‚Äėvery good at finding points of focus‚Äô and ‚Äėputting efficient strategies together‚Äô. The ‚Äėextremely talented‚Äô¬†Valborg Kjartansd√≥ttir¬†and Magn√ļs Hrafn Magn√ļsson, who head the department together with the highly regarded¬†Magn√ļs Haukur Magn√ļsson, represented Apple in the successful overturn of the refusal by the Patent Office to register the words ‚Äėapp store‚Äô on the ground that the phrase does not meet the criteria of distinctiveness. Other high-profile clients include Novartis, Tesla and Mattel.

ADVEL Attorneys at Law¬†advises firms on general IP matters including trade mark and patent registrations, negotiations of licence agreements and infringements of IP rights. Practice head Kristinn Hallgr√≠msson¬†and senior associate Dav√≠√į √Ėrn Sveinbj√∂rnsson¬†are key names.

Arnason Faktor‚Äôs IP department is headed by √Āsd√≠s Magn√ļsd√≥ttir, who led advice to Merck, Sharp & Dohme on issues regarding a supplement protection certificate with a period of negative term. Gunnar √Ėrn Har√įarson¬†is highly recommended. The firm's patent expertise was bolstered by the arrival of¬†√ěorl√°kur J√≥nsson, who was previously director of IP¬†at deCode genetics.

At R√©ttur ‚Äď Adalsteinsson & Partners, Sigr√≠√įur Rut J√ļl√≠usd√≥ttir¬†heads the IP department together with Ragnar A√įalsteinsson. Highlights included acting for the Icelandic Writers‚Äô Association and representing Stundin Publishing in cases concerning free speech and freedom of the media. Sigr√ļn Ingibj√∂rg G√≠slad√≥ttir¬†is also noted. Other clients include the¬†Icelandic National Symphony Orchestra, the National Theatre and¬†Reykjav√≠k Theatre.

The IP practice at Fjeldsted & Bl√∂ndal¬†is headed by the ‚Äėfantastic‚Äô Hafli√įi Kristj√°n L√°russon. The firm advises a wide variety of clients on general TMT, IP and data protection issues arising in the fields of online banking, biotech investment and online travel services.

Juris¬†provides general IP support to clients including large telecom companies, such as M√≠la and S√≠minn, but also handles matters for innovative, rapidly growing start-ups. The ‚Äėknowledgeable‚Äô Andri √Ārnason¬†is a key contact.

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