Intellectual property in Norway

BAHR

With 'unmatched expertise' in patent litigation, BAHR acts for a client roster including Equinor (formerly Statoil), which it defended in a patent dispute against Neodrill relating to oil and gas well technology; Novartis, which it represented in a combined patent validity and infringement dispute relating to blood pressure medication; and Reitan Group, which it advised on the structuring and drafting of its master licence and licensing arrangements. Aker Solutions, Bayer and Biogen are also clients. The highly regarded Are Stenvik heads the practice and is a leading patent law, Lars Norheim is a key name for licensing, franchising and retail work, Gunnar Sørlie handles heavyweight patent disputes and Beret Sundet focuses on trade mark work in the life sciences and TMT sectors.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS' 'superior' practice 'really enters into a case and becomes a natural part of a bigger team' in IP litigation. In a recent highlight, department head Camilla Vislie represented Tono in the Supreme Court in a dispute against a TV distributor relating to music clearance and remuneration to music rights holders connected to the audiovisual distribution of multiple broadcast channels and multi-territorial licensing; Vislie also represented Nexans Norway in a patent infringement and validity case, and acted for Eli Lilly and Company in a preliminary injunction filed against generics companies preventing the launch of a product that infringes on a patent. Eirik W Raanes is also a key contact; he defended Zimmer Biomet Norway in claims relating to unfair competition issues and the misappropriation of trade secrets.

Wiersholm

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 JohnsenRune 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.

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein's 'impressive, proactive and thoughtful patent litigation team' recently represented Siemens in a patent infringement and misuse of confidential information dispute against Subsea Solutions relating to a subsea hydraulic power unit, and defended Teva Europe in a claim against Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma relating to its patent for inhalation capsules. The group also handles issues pertaining to trade marks, trade secrets and unfair competition issues. Line Coll, who joined from an in-house position at Statoil, leads the department; other key practitioners include Gunnar Meyer, who is 'an absolute pleasure to work with', specialist counsel Lars Erik Steinkjer and specialist counsel Hanna Beyer Olaussen, who joined from Advokatfirmaet Ræder AS in 2018 and acted for Arctic Beverage Group in a trade mark dispute.

Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS

Kristin Haram Førde leads the 'solution-oriented' department at Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS, which is 'able to quickly understand what its clients need and is proactive and determined in its creation of a solution'. Clients also praise Christopher W Husebye, who is 'service minded and always available'; he recently advised Swims on several infringement issues. Booking.com, DreamWorks Animation and Netflix are also clients. Trade mark and anti-counterfeit and design expert Bente Holmvang and copyright specialist Tom Eilertsen are also noted. Jenny Sveen Hovda made partner in 2018.

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS' 'highly skilled' team 'provides the services you would expect from a high-quality group' and 'stands out for its ability to provide value-added IP advice'. Newly promoted partner Vebjørn Krag Iversen, who 'dares to take creative approaches on complex issues', leads the IP practice and is noted for his patent litigation knowledge; he recently defended Sandoz in a high-value patent infringement dispute relating to supplementary protection certificates covering a product for lowering cholesterol. Litigator Håkon Bleken and media sector expert Andreas Bernt are also key names to note; Bernt recently represented RiksTV in a Supreme Court copyright clearance dispute against Tono.

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Kvale Advokatfirma DA's 'strong and incredibly skilled team' handles the full range of IP matters with notable expertise in trade marks, patents and contentious work, particularly in the life sciences, food, retail, and oil and gas sectors. Practice head Anne Marie Sejersted is 'very experienced in pharmaceutical conflicts' and provides 'to-the-point and high-quality advice'; other key names include Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer, who is 'very thorough and analytical in her work'; Marie Vaale-Hallberg, who 'stands out for her unique food expertise'; and Lars Trygve Jenssen. The group represented Mylan and Synthon in a patent dispute, and defended Accord Healthcare in patent infringement claims.

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS' team excels in IP litigation. Practice head Halvor Manshaus recently represented Elopak in a patent infringement and invalidity action against Tetra Pak Norge, and acted for Subsea Smart Solutions in several patent disputes. Other clients include Bartec Technor, Daimler and new client Aiwa Corporation. Sigurd Holter Torp is also a key name for contentious work, while Tord Fondevik handles non-contentious work in the technology sector. David Særsten Brambani joined from Arntzen de Besche.

Arntzen de Besche

Key areas of focus for Arntzen de Besche include the oil and gas, energy and offshore sectors; it recently advised Steeper Energy on the licensing agreements for the use of its fuel conversion technology, and acted for Smart Reamer Drilling in cease and desist proceedings relating to patent infringement and abuse of trade secret issues. Litigator Andreas Nordby is noted. Espen Sandvik left the firm to take up a judicial position and Tommy Dahlen moved in-house.

Advokatfirmaet CLP DA

Focusing on contentious issues, Advokatfirmaet CLP DA recently acted for Alfa Sko in a trade mark case against Norrøna Sport. The group's non-contentious work includes assisting Agder Energi with the IP elements of a software development project in the energy sector, and advising Funcom on the insourcing of IP from The Cabinet Group. Group head Stephan Brodschöll regularly handles matters in the internet, telecoms, technology, media, biotech and life sciences sectors; and Kjetil Vågen advises retailers and franchisors.

Advokatfirmaet Hjort

At Advokatfirmaet HjortMonica Syrdal leads the team and is the key contact for copyright issues; she advised Kabel Norge on a revision to the Norwegian copyright legislation, and acted for M-Brain in a copyright infringement claim. Other mandates include representing Toyota Norge in three marketing disputes relating to comparable advertising issues, and handling a dispute for Royal Streaming relating to fees for licensed music. Rolf Trolle Andersen is also a key name to note.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

With 'a very commercial and refreshingly pragmatic approach', Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig stands out for its online content protection work. Clients praise Rune Ljostad as 'one of the most diligent, experienced and hardworking lawyers in the market' who has 'the ability to weed out the important issues in a case making him a formidable partner'; he recently represented Caprino Filmcenter in a copyright claim relating to Il Tempo Extra Gigante, a theme park attraction based on the animated film Flåklypa Grand Prix. Associate partner Cecilia Orheim is also noteworthy.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper leverages its global network to handle cross-border IP matters; recent examples include advising Nordic Semiconductor on protecting its global IP rights and handling the Norwegian Seafood Council's global licensing agreements. Petter Bjerke leads the group and is the main contact for distribution-related work and issues in the life sciences sector, Jan Sandtrø focuses on the technology sectors, and Kjetil Haare Johansen assists with issues combining IP and competition law. Fredny Bade joined LIGL Advokater AS in 2018.

Advokatfirmaet Føyen Torkildsen AS

Advokatfirmaet Føyen Torkildsen AS' 'technology-focused and knowledgeable' team is led by Knut Glad, who is noted for his digital IP and online content expertise. Glad's recent work includes assisting Google with its IP issues including registration, enforcement and prosecution work; protecting and managing United Bakeries Norway's IP rights; and advising the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet on all its IP work. Arve Føyen regularly handles licensing matters.

Kluge Advokatfirma AS

Kluge Advokatfirma AS 'never stops looking for solutions' and is 'persistent in its approach' under the leadership of Thomas Rieber-Mohn. Other names to note include associate partners Kyrre Tangen Andersen, who can 'immediately see the big picture and the main point', and the 'pragmaticStian Oddbjørnsen. Recent work includes representing Norsk Tipping in a trade mark dispute and acting for the University of Oslo in a preliminary injunction against researchers accused of scientific misconduct relating to the publication of research articles based on stolen data.

SANDS

With 'a practical approach to IP work', SANDS is 'proactive and has an excellent network of IP specialists' led by the 'conscientious, service-minded and creativeKatrine Malmer-Høvik; other key names include patent litigator Vidar Johnsen and newly promoted partner Ketil Sellæg Ramberg. The team advised Warner Music Norway on copyright issues, and is assisting Nofima with IP work relating to its research projects.

Zacco

Zacco handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious IP work across copyright, trade mark, design law and digital issues. Kristine Snyder heads the group, which also includes Thomas RukinFrode André Moen and Steinar Lie. Clients include Netflix, British American Tobacco, Red Bull, Facebook and Stokke. Jan Morten Evertsen joined Advokatfirmaet Ræder AS in 2018.