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BAHR

Patent litigation is a recognised pillar of strength for BAHR‘s intellectual property practice. The team has an established track record in acting for prominent pharmaceuticals and life sciences companies in cross-border disputes, and is equally well versed in advising domestic companies in the media, telecoms, retail and oil and gas sectors on a broad spectrum of non-contentious and contentious IP issues. The group also has expertise in handling the IP aspects of complex transactions, and franchising and licensing matters. Patent law expert Are Stenvik jointly leads the team with senior associate Eirik Basmo Ellingsen. Lars Norheim is well known for advising retail clients on licensing and franchising matters, and of counsel Gunnar Sørlie has expertise in handling patent litigation for pharmaceuticals clients.

Practice head(s):

Are Stenvik; Eirik Basmo Ellingsen

Other key lawyers:

Gunnar Sørlie; Lars Norheim

Key clients

Roche/Genentech

Aker

Equinor

Cisco

Novartis

Bayer

Reitan Convenience

REMA 1000

Neurim Pharmaceuticals

Baker Hughes

Brage Innovation

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Ewos AS

Work highlights

  • Advised Norwegian software developer Spacemaker AS on the IP aspects of its $240m acquisition by Autodesk.
  • Advising C4IR Ocean on the facilitation of open publication of ocean data, as well as licensing and copyright issues.
  • Successfully defended a manufacturer of feed for the fish farming industry against a request for a preliminary injunction regarding alleged patent infringement.

ADVOKATFIRMAET GJESSINGREIMERS AS

Boutique firm ADVOKATFIRMAET GJESSINGREIMERS AS ‘specialises in excellent intellectual property services and knowledge‘ and ‘is a powerhouse of expertise in the field‘. The group advises an established client base of international and domestic companies across the whole range of contentious and non-contentious IP work, and is well known for its strength in cross-border trade mark and patent litigation. The team has experience in handling mandates from the consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, energy, aquaculture and media and entertainment industries. Practice head Felix Reimers is well known for his expertise in litigation, and focuses on unfair competition, marketing, and trade secrets matters. Ida Gjessing handles intellectual property rights matters, and Amund Brede Svendsen specialises in oil and gas and pharmaceuticals patent litigation. Yngve Øyehaug Opsvik was promoted to partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Felix Reimers

Other key lawyers:

Amund Brede Svendsen; Ida Gjessing; Yngve Øyehaug Opsvik

Testimonials

‘Great team with top notch lawyers that are easy to work with. Cost sensitive and on top of every detail. Very impressive.’

‘Felix Reimers: The best lawyer in Norway within trade marks and copyright. Commercial focus, solution orientated and creative. He continues to impress his clients.’

‘Ida Gjessing is forward thinking in her approach.’

‘Felix Reimers is “the go-to guy” in Norway. Together with his team they are prepared to take on any IP matter, irrespective of IP field or size of the matter. They combine specialisation, experience and size better than anyone in Norway.’

Key clients

Orkla ASA

TMK A/S (TCM GROUP A/S)

Aker Solutions AS

Stokke AS

TINE SA

The Astrid Lindgren Foundation

NHS, Inc.

Viasat Inc.

NGI – Norwegian Geotechnical Institute

Buypass AS

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS acts for clients from a range of sectors, including large multi-national corporations and domestic companies in the technology, pharmaceuticals, and life sciences industries, on trade mark, patent, copyright, unfair competition, marketing and trade secret matters. The team has a solid track record in handling instructions from the media sector, and reports an increase in work from the aquaculture industry, as well as an uptick in contentious mandates. Leif Eirik Thrane and Vebjørn Krag Iversen jointly head up the practice, while Andreas Bernt focuses on intellectual property rights pertaining to digitalisation, media and telecoms matters. At senior associate level, Håkon Austdal and Karoline Kvinge are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Vebjørn Krag Iversen; Leif Eirik Thrane

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Bernt; Håkon Austdal; Karoline Kvinge

Testimonials

‘Strong understanding of the motion picture industry.’

‘Vebjørn Krag Iversen is a highly effective litigator, sharp and super intelligent. Vebjørn has in-depth knowledge about Norwegian and European patent practice and an amazing ability to truly understand the technology in question.’

‘Besides a very broad knowledge of law, they possess a strong business and commercial insight and are quick to get updated on new industries which is crucial for us as in-house legal counsel.’

‘Andreas Bernt is a very professional and highly qualified lawyer, who has the ability to communicate complex legal issues in a short and understandable manner. He is a frontier within areas such as IPR and commercial contracts and is the first one I call if I need assistance.’

Key clients

RiksTV

Orifarm

Stim

Exeltis

NutraQ

Madriku

Heraeus

Sandoz

Broadnet / Global Connect

Axactor

Work highlights

  • Representing STIM AS in multiple complex patent disputes against multinational feed companies.
  • Acted for Heraeus in a multi-jurisdictional appeal case concerning trade secrets and unfair market practice.
  • Acting for broadcaster NENT and its subsidiary Viasat AS in a high-profile copyright and media law dispute with VG, Norway’s largest newspaper.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS‘ practice is highly regarded for its ‘vast experience in IP‘. The ‘very professional‘ team is led by Camilla Vislie, who ‘stands out as one of the best IP litigation lawyers in Norway‘ and regularly advises clients from the media, technology and life sciences sectors on contentious matters. Large-scale trade marks disputes are a recognised area of strength for the group, which is also sought out for its expertise in patent and trade secrets litigation. In addition, the practice has a track record in assisting with the intellectual property aspects of transactional matters. Eirik W Raanes focuses on assisting aquaculture, oil and gas and pharmaceuticals sector clients with litigation, pre-litigation and non-contentious work, and senior associate Charlotte Høgnes advises on marketing law. Magnus Hauge Greaker was promoted to partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Camilla Vislie

Other key lawyers:

Eirik W Raanes; Magnus Hauge Greaker; Charlotte Høgnes

Testimonials

‘Eirik Raanes and Magnus Greaker have the ability to oversee complex cases and are able to distil the core issues. Their knowledge of the market is really good, and with that they can provide advice that also makes sense from a business point of view.’

‘Camilla Vislie’s dedication, focus on details and strong team with very strong IP competence is very valuable, especially in major cases/litigation.’

‘Camilla Vislie stands out for her outstanding IP competence, work dedication, and ability to organise a strong team in Thommessen.’

Charlotte Høgnes is very skilled and able to assess a great amount of facts and details, put them together and suggest genius strategic thoughts.’

‘Camilla Vislie is highly qualified and experienced within the IP sector. She is available and provides practical and good advice in a prompt manner.’

Key clients

TEVA and Yeda

Lilleborg AS (an Orkla ASA company)

TONO SA

Forfatterforbundet

Zimmer Biomet Norway AS

BioMar AS

Dagens Næringsliv AS

Amicoat AS

Vinhuset NoFra AS

Domaine Montrose SARL

LTL NOR

Intervet International BV

Defa AS

Welltec A/S

Rolex (Gros & Waltenspühl)

Samsung Electronics

Norgesgruppen ASA

IFPI Norway

TCO AS

GW Pharma AS

Arbaflame AS

Noroff AS

Kellogg AB

Defa AS

Ecomerden AS

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Zimmer Biomet Norway before the Norwegian Court of Appeal in a complex multi-national trade secrets dispute against Heraeus Medical.
  • Represented media company Dagens Næringsliv in a high-profile dispute against media surveillance service Retriever concerning alleged copyright infringement and unfair competition issues.
  • Representing BioMar in patent litigation against STIM and MariCal before the Court of Appeal. The cases involves allegations of infringement and patent validity issues.

Wiersholm

The ‘always available and client-focused‘ team at Wiersholm garners praise for its ‘deep knowledge of laws and practices of IP in Norway and internationally‘. The practice stands out for its expertise across the spectrum of IP matters, and regularly acts as counsel to a client base of companies from the retail, media, fishery, offshore, oil services, IT, pharmaceuticals and renewable energy industries. Hans Erik Johnsen has ‘deep knowledge of the TV/media sector‘; he shares leadership of the department with Rune Opdahl, who focuses on handling advisory and contentious copyright, patent and trade mark work for pharmaceuticals, technology, retail and media clients, and Anne Marie Sejersted, who stands out for her ‘deep legal insight and valuable tactical input‘. Senior associate Dina Brask and associate Fride Hedin are further key names.

Practice head(s):

Hans Erik Johnsen; Rune Opdahl; Anne Marie Sejersted

Other key lawyers:

Dina Brask; Fride Hedin

Testimonials

‘Strong legal knowledge and great commercial and business/industry understanding.’

‘Service minded and client focused, strong legal knowledge, always available and excellent knowledge of the business and industry, making it easy to apply the advice we receive.’

‘Rune Opdahl and Hans Erik Johnsen are very skilled and have business expertise that makes them good supporters in complicated cases.’

‘Long experience in the sector. Hands on and short response times.’

‘Their knowledge of the topic of IP, and work effort for us has been incredibly good help in demanding situations, and which has contributed to the company coming out victorious in several disputes over patents and ownership.’

‘Anne Marie Sejersted (partner) provided cutting edge legal services within the relevant field (Copyright) and showed great interest in the established policies enveloping the topic in question. Her deep legal insight combined with total control over the timeline and valuable tactical input more than reassured me of my pick of Mrs. Sejersted for the job.’

‘This is the city’s best team. Both in terms of knowledge, strategy and professionalism. They have good business competence and also contribute well beyond the purely legal assessments.’

‘Understands the psychology of the counter parts.’

Key clients

Visma AS

Monster AS

Schibsted ASA

Altibox AS

Telenor Norge AS and Telenor ASA

Mills AS

Gyldendal ASA

Rimfrost AS and Rimfrost Technologies AS

Nordic Nanovector ASA

Ino Drift AS (Intersport)

Aller Media Group

Orkla ASA

Novamedia Norsk Postkodelotteri AS

Helly Hansen AS

Discovery Networks Norway AS

Selvaag AS

Silva Green Fuel DA

Work highlights

  • Acting for multiple internet service providers in long-running litigation concerning alleged illegal file-sharing and breach of copyright.
  • Represented Orkla in a dispute against Lofotprodukt regarding alleged infringement of the Norwegian Marketing Act, regarding the client’s marketing of mackerel products.
  • Acting for Silva Green Fuel in patent litigation brought against the client by LTL.

Wikborg Rein

Hanna Beyer Olaussen leads the ‘flexible and approachable‘ team at Wikborg Rein, which has notable expertise in patent litigation and is equally adept at advising on marketing, trade mark and unfair competition issues. Of counsel Gunnar Meyeris a luminary in the IP space in Norway‘, and is leading advice to three banks in ongoing trade mark and unfair competition litigation before the Supreme Court, concerning Bank Norwegian’s use of the clients’ trade marks in keyword advertising on Google. Copyright and trade secrets matters are other areas of strength for the group, alongside handling the IP aspects of transactions. Senior associate Nora Bratheim regularly acts in contentious IP mandates, and Lars Erik Steinkjer rejoined the firm in March 2022 from an in-house role.

Practice head(s):

Hanna Beyer Olaussen

Other key lawyers:

Gunnar Meyer; Nora Bratheim; Lars Erik Steinkjer

Testimonials

‘Hanna Beyer Olaussen is a very good lawyer, and has in-depth knowledge of trade mark and marketing law.’

‘Strong IP practice and among the few in Norway who frequently appear in IP court cases.’

‘Gunnar Meyer is a luminary in the IP space in Norway and has a wealth of experience. He makes himself available whenever needed and delivers timely and commercial advice.’

‘Hanna B. Olaussen is professional, knowledgeable, calm and cordial.’

‘A gold combination of really good legal competence and strategic advice to clients in conflict situations.’

Key clients

IKANO Bank AB

Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd

H Aschehoug & Co W Nygaard AS

Kavli Holding AS

Vygruppen AS

Quantafuel ASA

Unilamp Norden AS

Archer Oiltools AS

Norsk Medisinsk Syklotronsenter AS

Digital Norway AS

EcoOnline AS

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented publishing company Aschehoug in a product imitation claim brought against a competitor before the Business Competition Committee.

Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS

Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS‘ practice stands out for its ‘very strong IP competence‘ and fields an ‘intelligent, creative, pragmatic and very service-minded‘ team. Led by the ‘very knowledgeableJenny Sveen Hovda, the group provides ‘fast and tailor-made advice‘ to clients from a broad range of industries on copyright, design, domain name, and trade mark issues. Rune Nordengen stands out as ‘a very respected and highly esteemed anti-counterfeiting‘ practitioner, and regularly acts on contentious mandates. Bente Holmvang specialises in marketing law, and Tom Eilertsen focuses on advising media and entertainment companies on copyright matters.

Practice head(s):

Jenny Sveen Hovda

Other key lawyers:

Rune Nordengen; Tom Eilertsen; Bente Holmvang

Testimonials

‘Professionals are highly skilled and always reachable.’

Very precise and helpful.’

‘Always focused on the client’s commercial goals. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Jenny Sveen Hovda: Very knowledgeable, creative, and pragmatic in trade mark prosecution and litigation matters; knows what the client wants. Good knowledge in IT and data protection. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Service oriented, hard working people, solid competence.’

‘Advice is straightforward and clear. Always fast and friendly, and will adhere to given budgets.’

Key clients

Booking.com

Cassina

IKEA

Joymo TV

Lego

MatPrat

Magseis Fairfield

Nobel Peace Centre

Norn Studio

Nortura

Puma

Swims

Try Reklamebyrå

Varier Furniture

Vestre

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel to Vestre on all legal issues concerning the complete range of intellectual property matters.
  • Advising TRY and GroupM on all legal issues concerning copyright, trade marks, and marketing law.
  • Advising Varier Furniture on all IPR issues regarding design and production matters.

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Kvale Advokatfirma DA houses a ‘strong IP practice‘; the team has ‘extensive experience‘ and ‘guides clients smoothly through complex IP issues‘. Trade mark litigation and patent work remain key areas of instruction, which the group handles for prominent multinational companies in the retail, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors. Department head Marie Vaale-Hallberg is ‘outstanding in trade mark and marketing law‘, and Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer is highly regarded as an ‘outstanding IP litigator‘, with a key focus on patent litigation. Lars Trygve Jenssen regularly advises on unfair competition, copyright, trade mark and software licensing matters.

Practice head(s):

Marie Vaale-Hallberg

Other key lawyers:

Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer; Lars Trygve Jenssen

Testimonials

‘I recommend Kvale as I have always received hands-on advice together with creative and efficient solutions for the obstacles at hand.’

‘Marie Vaale-Hallberg is very responsive, giving the client the tools to know where in the process we are and what the next steps will be.’

‘Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer is a brilliant IP lawyer. She provides outstanding legal advice to her clients.’

‘One of the best IP teams in Norway. High quality.’

‘Maria Vaale Hallberg – outstanding in trade mark and marketing law, as well as regulatory (food law). Commercial and service minded.’

‘Ingvild Hanssen Bauer – outstanding IP litigator.’

Key clients

Altibox

Attensi

Coca Cola

Compusoft

Elkjøp/Dixons Carphone

Fantefilm

Mills

Pfizer

Viatris

Unilever

Nortura

Sandoz

Siemens

Universal Music

L’Occitane

Pfizer

Synthon

TINE

Ferring

Fjordland

Diplom-Is

Ranheim Paper & Board

PurOmega Nordics

Car-Freshener Corporation

Findus

Work highlights

  • Acted for Siemens Energy in a patent litigation case against Subsea Solutions, involving alleged infringement of a patent related to a subsea upgrading unit.
  • Acting for Unilever in an ongoing, complex trade mark dispute against Orkla/Lilleborg.
  • Assisting TINE with all legal issues concerning the client’s IP portfolio in Norway, including marketing law.

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

The intellectual property practice at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt is jointly led by Kaare M Risung and Halvor Manshaus, who is highly regarded for his extensive experience in IP litigation. Sigurd Holter Torp focuses on complex, high-profile patent and trade mark disputes, and is well versed in marketing law and trade secrets matters, while Knut Sverre Skurdal Andresen is ‘always positive, resolution oriented, creative and has a lot of knowledge within his area‘, with noted expertise in technology patent disputes and the IP aspects of transactions. Senior lawyer Thomas Hagen is ‘an experienced IP lawyer with a commercial mindset and practical approach to the situation‘. Associate Jenny Nondal is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Halvor Manshaus; Kaare M. Risung

Other key lawyers:

Knut Sverre Skurdal Andresen; Thomas Hagen; Sigurd Holter Torp; Jenny Nondal

Testimonials

‘Strong on IP, easy to work with, quick feedback.’

‘Halvor Manshaus and Thomas Hagen at Schjødt are the go to guys for tough IP matters. Their results speak for themselves.’

‘Halvor Manshaus is a diligent and experienced IP lawyer able to cover the various aspects of a case with grace. He is the top IP litigator in Norway.’

‘Schjødt has a strong IP legal team.’

‘Knut Andresen is a rising star on the Norwegian scene. He has a commanding presence in court and is able to address both legal issues and witnesses incisively.’

‘Halvor Manshaus – unique and outstanding – best lawyer I have ever worked with. Complete understanding across legal and procedural strategy, business strategy and negotiations.’

Key clients

Vaccibody AS

CardioMech AS

Rottefella AS and Madshus AS

Norsk Medisinaldepot AS

Leve Hytter AS

Subsea Smart Solutions AS and Subsea Solutions AS

CamelBak

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Daimler AG

Jollyroom AB

CoorsTek Membrane Sciences AS

ZEG Power AS

Work highlights

  • Acting for Merck Sharp & Dohme in ongoing, multi-jurisdictional injunction proceedings.
  • Acting for Rottefella AS and Madshus AS in litigation concerning alleged trade mark infringement and patent invalidation claims.
  • Assisted Vaccibody with its multi-billion NOK licensing transaction with Genentech.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig’s ‘reactive‘ IP team garners praise for its ‘practical advice and critical thinking‘, with notable strength in copyright work. The ‘very service-minded‘ group has also been kept busy with high-profile trade mark litigation, patent matters, and licence and development agreements. The firm is widely recognised for its solid track record in representing clients from the media sector. Practice head Rune Ljostad handles the full range of life sciences, copyright and patent issues, and Espen Tøndel stands out as ‘one of the most experienced and skilled IP attorneys in Norway‘. At senior associate level, Nicholas Foss Barbantonis is ‘efficient‘ and provides ‘pragmatic advice‘ on trade mark and unfair business practices, and Hedda Baumann Heier is ‘always eager to help and very knowledgeable of copyright‘.

Practice head(s):

Rune Ljostad

Other key lawyers:

Espen Tøndel; Nicholas Foss Barbantonis; Hedda Baumann Heier

Testimonials

‘Simonsen Vogt Wiig has provided invaluable assistance in connection with IP matters. Simonsen Vogt Wiig provides excellent insight both when it comes to commercializing IP, such as in connection with M&A dealings, but also in connection with more traditional IP enforcement, litigation and strategy. The firm is always readily available and show great enthusiasm in rendering their services, which has been second to none. Simonsen Vogt Wiig continues to be my go-to firm.’

‘Espen Tøndel: one of the most experienced and skilled IP attorneys in Norway. Tøndel deals with all types of complex IP legal issues from Norwegian and international perspectives. He is a true joy to work with.’

‘Nicholas Foss Barbantonis: a brilliant mind and problem solver of highly complex IPR matters; project delivery always on time. Highly recommendable and my go-to attorney for intricate IPR matters. No doubt a rising star.’

‘Nicholas Foss Barbantonis (Associate). Pragmatic advice on contentious trade mark matters. Efficient and very good availability.’

‘Hedda Baumann Heier – always eager to help and very knowledgeable of copyright.’

‘The individuals I worked with have been very service minded, and provided useful feedback regarding how to negotiate and secure co-ownership of the IP in question.’

Key clients

Bank Norwegian AS

Zwipe AS

Coop Norge SA

Fotolotto.no AS

Katapult Accelerator/ Ocean

Amedia AS

Huddly AS

The estate of Flimmer Film AS

Kystgjerdet AS

Play Magnus AS (and other companies within the Play Magnus Group)

Motion Picture Association

Norsk Filmdistribusjon AS

SF Norge AS

Norwegian Rights Alliance

Norwegian Air Shuttle

Telia Norge AS (Phonero)

Kolumbus AS

Age Labs AS

Work highlights

  • Defending Bank Norwegian AS in long-running trade mark litigation against three competing banks, Komplett Bank, Ikano Bank and Monobank.
  • Advising Zwipe AS on IP strategy and contractual matters in connection with a major out-licensing and commercialisation agreement.
  • Represented Coop Norge SA before the Norwegian Business and Industry Committee against food producer Mills AS, which alleged that Coop Norge had copied one of Mills’ product packing and as such had breached the Marketing Act.

Arntzen de Besche

Litigation expert Andreas Nordby heads up the practice at Arntzen de Besche, which is well known for advising clients in the technology, telecoms and energy sectors on the IP aspects of transactions, as well as contentious IP issues. The client roster also fields names from the e-commerce, life sciences, media, automotive and retail industries. Trade mark, design and patent infringement cases have been prominent in the group’s recent workload, as well as unfair competition work. Tommy Dahlen is a key contact for intellectual property rights matters, and senior lawyer Christopher Hestnes is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Nordby

Other key lawyers:

Tommy Dahlen; Christopher Hestnes

Testimonials

‘Tommy Dahlen has a passion for technology and IP protection. He stays committed and updated within his area, and is not afraid of new approaches.’

‘Tommy Dahlen has strong competence within IP, in addition to a solid business understanding and a wise approach based on getting to sound agreements. He is highly customer oriented in his approach.’

‘We have worked with partner Tommy Dahlen for 5 years. He has been an invaluable asset to our company. He provides exceptional advice that transcends the scope of legal work, as the legal advice is always seen with a big picture of where we are as a company. We are above and beyond happy with Tommy Dahlen and his contribution to the success of our company.’

Key clients

Nortura SA

Tellu IOT AS

Petroleum Geo-Services ASA

Shell

Consolis SAS

DCC Plc

Benchmark Holdings

Helse Midt-Norge RHF

Bilfinger Industrier AS

Merck

Alva Industries AS

SINTEF AS

Work highlights

  • Acted for two individuals in a case involving a motion for seizure of evidence brought by Cisco Systems Norway AS and Cisco Systems, Inc. against the company Neatframe AS; the individuals had formerly worked at Cisco before joining Neatframe.
  • Acting for Toolpack AS in litigation proceedings involving allegations of design infringement brought against the client by a competitor.

Advokatfirmaet CLP DA

Technology and IT are core sector strengths for the IP team at Advokatfirmaet CLP DA, which is well known for assisting a client base of start-ups, media entities, and software and technology companies with a broad range of contentious work and transactional matters. The group has seen an increase in defence-side instructions. Stephan Brodschöll is experienced in advising clients from the life sciences, biotech and telecoms sectors on IP rights; he jointly heads up the practice with the ‘pragmatic and commercially orientedHanne Heltne.

Practice head(s):

Hanne Heltne; Stephan Brodschöll

Testimonials

‘Great team with experience and knowledge of IPR.’

‘Experienced team with the right knowledge. Always available and deliver on time.’

‘Hanne Heltne is perceived as very present, with a high level of knowledge in the field of intellectual property rights.’

‘Practical, knowledgeable and available. Quick to respond and experienced. Helps in sorting out what is the main points to focus on and yet keeps a firm grasp of the overall goal for me.’

‘Very dedicated, available relative to need, and efficient.’

‘The firm is a great business partner. They always deliver high quality, cost effective, advice on time.’

‘Hanne Heltne is a fantastic lawyer. She is skillful, professional, client focused and always delivers high value for money.’

‘Hanne Heltne – up-and-coming partner who can handle a wide range of intellectual property matters. Pragmatic and commercially oriented.’

Key clients

Aftenposten AS

VGTV AS

Schibsted ASA

Schibsted Norge AS

Resoptima AS

CXS Nordic AS

OSS Norge AS

Tellu IoT AS

Promon AS

WindSim AS

Dyreidentitet AS

Sanity AS

Fusetools AS

Interwell P&A AS

Xait AS

Prophylaxia AS

E-smart AS

Otivio AS

Vitux AS

Agder Energi AS

Signicat AS

poLight AS

MHWirth AS

Green Iceberg AB

Northcom AS

Work highlights

  • Representing CXS Nordic in trade mark and copyright litigation against a counterparty in Singapore.
  • Defended OSS Norge against allegations of patent infringement.

CMS Kluge

At CMS Kluge, the ‘young, dynamic, hardworking and highly intelligent‘ team is acting for Neodrill in a patent litigation case against oil service company Aker Solutions; the matter is being led by Kyrre Tangen Andersen, who is ‘very intelligent, good with clients and exceptional in litigation‘. Department head Thomas Rieber-Mohn specialises in copyright law, and also advises offshore, media and entertainment, and software clients on IP litigation and patents, designs and trade mark matters. The group was bolstered by the arrival of experienced IP practitioner Marte Thorsby from IFPI Norway in January 2021, and senior associate Henrik Høines is singled out as ‘very talented and hardworking‘.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Rieber-Mohn

Other key lawyers:

Kyrre Tangen Andersen; Marte Thorsby; Henrik Høines

Testimonials

‘They are capable of fully understanding complicated technical solutions and simplifying the presentation for a court to understand. They live and breathe the case instead of jumping from case to case with little knowledge.’

‘Kyrre Tangen Andersen – top notch – excellent understanding of highly technical issues and a unique ability to simplify into legal terms.’

‘Young, dynamic, hardworking and highly intelligent team.’

‘Kyrre Tangen Andersen- Partner and undisputed head of IP at Kluge. Very intelligent, good with clients and exceptional in litigation. Henrik Høines – Very talented and hardworking. Up-and-coming IP star.’

Key clients

Andersen Mek. Verksted AS

Neodrill AS

Garvik Prosjekt AS

Gramo

Handelshøyskolen BI

IFPI Norway

Mitt Verksted AS

Bondura AS

Norsk Tipping AS

Norwaco

Nysnø AS

Petroleum Technology Company AS

Storbybolig AS

Vikingslotto Alliance

Advokatfirmaet Hjort

Advokatfirmaet Hjort‘s ‘business-minded‘ team stands out for its ‘in-depth knowledge about copyright regulation‘, and is equally adept at handling a broad range of IP litigation. Trade mark work has been prominent in the group’s recent workload. Monica Syrdal, who heads up the practice, is very experienced in assisting clients from the media sector with licensing agreements and regulatory work concerning changes to IP legislation, while Rolf Trolle Andersen specialises in patent, design, trade mark and marketing law, and is sought out for his expertise in litigation. Senior lawyer Øivind K. Foss is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Monica Syrdal

Other key lawyers:

Rolf Trolle Andersen; Øivind K. Foss

Testimonials

‘In-depth knowledge about copyright regulation. Business minded.’

Key clients

BMW AG

Kabel Norge

Telenor ASA

IdHair A/S

HBO Nordic AB

Epidemic Sound AB

Ringnes

Kappahl AS

VKR Holding A/S

Goodiebox A/S

Barco NV

Ruter AS

Avinor AS

Difa AS

Moderne Media AS

Harmonie Norge AS

Samlerhuset Norge AS

Augusto International

Asian Food Import AS

Barco Fredrikstad AS

Oil States International, Inc and Oil States Industries (UK) Limited

Thermtech AS

Norimport Trading AS

Norges Forskningsråd

Work highlights

  • Represented retail department store chain KappAhl and Epidemic Sound (the client’s provider of direct licensed in-store music) in a copyright dispute.
  • Advising BMW in Norway regarding customs seizures of goods on the grounds of suspected infringement.
  • Representing Danish hair products company IdHAIR in trade secrets litigation.

SANDS

Katrine Malmer-Høvik leads the IP practice at SANDS, which is well known for its solid track record in assisting clients drawn from the aquaculture and fisheries, media, entertainment and technology sectors with a wide spectrum of non-contentious and contentious IP issues. Global trade mark protection work is another core pillar of expertise for the team. Ketil Sellæg Ramberg is sought out for his experience in litigation, and assists Norwegian and international clients with license and development agreements.

Practice head(s):

Katrine Malmer-Høvik

Other key lawyers:

Ketil Sellæg Ramberg

Key clients

Nofima

Loen Skylift

Retriever Norge

Gyldendal Norsk Forlag

The Life Science Cluster

Highasakite

No Isolation

She Community

Motion Pictures Licensing Company Norge

Lydbokforlaget

Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA

Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA advises clients from the aquaculture and fisheries, technology, and manufacturing sectors, and the media, entertainment and life sciences industries, on licensing and distribution matters, marketing law, trade mark work and consumer protection issues. Practice head Petter Bjerke handles commercial agreements for fintech, healthtech and proptech sector clients, and Kjetil Haare Johansen is a key contact for assisting manufacturing and retail entities with large intellectual property portfolios and unfair competition matters.

Practice head(s):

Petter Bjerke

Other key lawyers:

Kjetil Haare Johansen

Key clients

Sanofi

Møller Mobility Group

Voi Technology

Captico2

Qapital (The Factory-Fintech and Insuretech)

Reitan Convenience

Aqualung AS

Elektroimportøren

Work highlights

  • Assisting VOI Technologies with all intellectual property matters relating to the provision of mobility services in Norway.
  • Advising a prominent Norwegian public company on the renewal and licencing of its trade mark portfolio across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Assisting Swedish fintech company Qapital/Factory in relation to the Factory accelerator programme for fintech, insurtech and prop-tech start-ups.

Advokatfirmaet Føyen AS

At Advokatfirmaet Føyen AS, the IP practice’s ‘strong engagement, focused effort and the ability to understand not only the legal aspect but also the business side makes the team unique‘. The group regularly assists telecoms and IT sector clients with copyright issues pertaining to software and digital products and services. Trade mark work is another core area of instruction, and the department reports an uptick in instructions from the arts and culture sector. Practice head Knut Glad is ‘highly skilled and his lengthy experience shines through‘, and Øyvind Eidissen Ransedokken regularly handles trade mark and copyright matters for Norwegian arts and culture clients. Jostein Ramse and senior associate Beatrice Ignacius are further key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Knut Glad

Other key lawyers:

Øyvind Eidissen Ransedokken; Jostein Ramse; Beatrice Ignacius

Testimonials

‘Partner Øyvind Ransedokken – his strong competence and experience, his way of handling clients and his ability to combine legal matters with the business challenge is unique.’

‘Føyen has helped us form an IP strategy and has assisted with securing and enforcing intellectual property rights, both nationally and internationally. Having served an impressive roster of international tech clients on IP matters over the years, the firm’s experience within this sector is evident. Knowing the firm has this longstanding expertise is really reassuring as a client. The value for money is great.’

‘Øyvind Eidissen Ransedokken is phenomenal. He has a sharp mind, brings knowledge and experience to the table and is also very pleasant to work with. Øyvind has a great ability to convert complex assessments into clear legal advice.’

‘A commercial approach underpinned by sound legal advice.’

‘Based on the strong engagement, focused effort and the ability to understand not only the legal aspect but also the business side make the team unique. Especially their partner Øyvind Ransedokken has made a difference.’

Key clients

Google LLC and Google Norway AS

United Bakeries Norway AS

The Norwegian National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design

The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet

Snøhetta AS

Aera Payment & Identification AS

Sigdal Bakeri AS

Strex AS

Confirmit AS

Work highlights

  • Acting as longstanding counsel to Google LLC and Google Norway AS concerning all IP-related work in Norway, most recently advising on high-profile trade mark and marketing litigation. The case concerned the practice of companies bidding on competitors’ trade marks as Google adwords.
  • Providing ongoing assistance to the whole United Bakeries group, involving strategic IP advice and managing the client’s entire trade mark portfolio in Norway and internationally.
  • Assisting the Norwegian National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design with trade mark registration and prosecution matters, as well as copyright advice in connection with a new exhibition.

Advokatfirmaet Ræder AS

Advokatfirmaet Ræder AS has a solid track record in advising clients from the e-commerce, technology, banking and entertainment industries on trade mark and brand name protection issues, licensing agreements, and patent litigation. Marketing and advertising law is another core area of strength for the team. Department head Vebjørn Søndersrød has expertise in copyright and trade mark law, as well as IP litigation and domain name issues. Trygve Gravdahl handles contentious trade mark matters and unfair competition issues.

Practice head(s):

Vebjørn Søndersrød

Other key lawyers:

Trygve Gravdahl

Testimonials

‘Great caretakers of their clients, and a pleasure to work with and has so far only delivered us excellent results in the matters we entrusted them.’

‘Trygve M. Gravdahl is our go to person for IP enforcement in Norway.’

Key clients

Norwegian Refugee Council

Fjordkraft

Xplora Mobile AS

Brødr. Sunde AS

Norsk Metallgjenvinning AS

180.no Nummeropplysningen AS

Eckbos legat

Steelwick AS

Thin Film Electronics ASA

IDEX Biometrics ASA

Eiendomsverdi AS

Unilamp Norden AS

Luzense AS

Work highlights

  • Advising the Norwegian Refugee Council on trade mark and brand name protection matters.
  • Assisting non-profit foundation Eckbos Legat with the IP aspects of the launch of an art critics’ website.
  • Advising Fjordkraft on trade mark and brand name protection issues, including trade mark filing.

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS

Led by Nils Kristian Einstabland, the team at Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS is noted for its expertise in advising clients from the technology, retail, media, energy and fintech sectors on a range of contentious IP work. Trade mark infringement and enforcement cases have been prominent in the group’s recent workload. Marketing law and big data matters are other areas of expertise for the department.

Practice head(s):

Nils Kristian Einstabland

Testimonials

‘Nils Kristian Einstabland’s advice is to the point and he is very efficient.’

‘In-depth knowledge. Service minded. Solution oriented.’

Key clients

Brødrene Dahl

Dematic Corp

Hamronychain

Nuvosil

Omaken Sport

Pickatale

Crisp

Defigo

Intelligent Mud Solutions

Resman

Unloc

Ekstremsportveko på Voss

Active Brands

Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Norge

Lilleborg

Good for Me

Fotball Media

NOAH

MeaWallet

Stiftelsen NORSAR

Airtight

Sebra Light

Solar Norge

Pandion Energy

Luca Labs