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Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS is ‘at the forefront in the field of patent litigation’ through the expertise of practice head Are Stenvik and Gunnar Sørlie. Recent highlights include defending Baker Hughes in a patent dispute brought by Smart Reamer Drilling Systems relating to a wellbore underreaming tool; representing Genentech in a dispute pertaining to the validity of a patent application for a combined treatment breast cancer regime, and acting for Statoil in a patent dispute surrounding oil and gas well technology. Beret Sundet is recommended for trade mark issues and Lars Norheim handles licensing and franchising matters.

With ‘an incredibly skilled team of exceptional practitioners’, Advokatfirmaet Grette DA’s practice includes department head Sigrid Toft Fløystad; Felix Reimers, who focuses on trade mark issues; patent specialist Amund Brede Svendsen; the ‘very professionalIda Gjessing; and copyright and TMT expert Øystein Flagstad. The group represented GlaxoSmithKline in a trade mark validity issue relating to a purple inhaler, and acted for Orkla Confectionery & Snacks in a trade mark case against Maarud surrounding the Potetgull registered trade mark. Bayer Norway, Pharmaq and Tine are also clients.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS’ ‘measured and methodical team knows the market incredibly well’ and ‘handles complex issues in a pragmatic, professional and focused manner’. Camilla Vislie leads the practice and recently acted for Tono in a dispute with a TV distributor relating to the clearance and remuneration of music rights; highlights also included Eirik Raanes (who ‘knows how to play the winning game’) representing Intervet International against Pharmaq in an appeal regarding the validity and scope of a patented vaccine, and acting for Welltec in a patent infringement dispute.

Wiersholm’s team ‘combines a deep industry knowledge with exceptional intellect’ to provide ‘expansive, pragmatic and thorough advice’ across the full gamut of IP issues. Team head and ‘business-minded and analytical strategistHans Erik Johnsen handles matters in the broadcasting, media and marketing sectors; his work includes representing Orkla in a claim against a competitor’s product relating to an alleged breach of the Marketing Control Act and advising Visma on its trade mark portfolio. Rune Opdahl is ‘a brilliant litigator with a service-minded and street-smart approach’.

Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS is ‘a preferred partner for IP issues’ according to some clients, excelling in patents, designs, trade marks, copyright issues and marketing law. Lego and Filmkameratene are clients; the department advised the latter on the IP issues surrounding its feature films including remake and production agreements. Kristin Haram Førde leads the group, which also includes copyright expert Tom Eilertsen and Bente Holmvang, who focuses on trade marks, anti-counterfeit and design issues.

With ‘a skilled and experienced IP practice’, Advokatfirmaet Haavind AShas significant knowledge of the technology, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors’; recent work includes acting for Orifarm in a patent case against Mundipharma relating to transdermal patches and handling a copyright clearance dispute for RiksTV. Practice head Vebjørn Krag Iversen ‘has a commercial mindset and always does his best to combine quality and efficiency’, Håkon Bleken focuses on litigation, and recently promoted partner Andreas Bernt advises media-sector clients.

Kvale Advokatfirma DA’s ‘intelligent, pragmatic and experienced’ team is led by the ‘extremely talentedAnne Marie Sejersted, who is recommended for IP litigation; she acted for EcoLice in a patent dispute and represented Kaj & Sverre in trade mark litigation. Other key partners include Marie Vaale-Hallberg, Lars Trygve Jenssen and Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer, who joined from Wikborg Rein.

IP litigation is the cornerstone of Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS’ ‘outstanding’ practice; recent work includes defending AutoStore Technology in a patent dispute brought by Ocado, and representing Rottefella in a matter involving patent rights, fair market violations and design infringements. The ‘extremely impressive and uniqueHalvor Manshaus heads the department, and Sigurd Holter Torp is the name to note for patent litigation.

Recent highlights for Wikborg Rein’s ‘dedicated team of knowledgeable, professional and confident individuals’ include representing Teva Europe in a patent dispute relating to Boehringer Ingelheim’s drug Spiriva, and acting for Neptune Pharma in a trade mark dispute against Benchmark Animal Health. Pål Wien Espen leads the department, which also counts Rolf Riisnæs, whose ‘strategic overview and attention to detail is exceptional’, and litigator Gunnar Meyer as key names. Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer joined Kvale Advokatfirma DA.

Arntzen de Besche focuses on the oil and offshore industries with a client roster including Petroleum Geo-Services, Shell and FMC Kongsberg Subsea. Espen Sandvik heads the team, which was bolstered by the recruitment of Andreas Nordby and aquaculture specialist Ida Espolin Johnson from Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS and Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA respectively.

Stephan Brodschöll leads Advokatfirmaet CLP DA’s group, which is recognised for its litigation expertise. Highlights included acting for Scanbox Entertainment in a case against Telenor regarding access to subscription data, and representing NaturaMed Pharma in a copyright dispute pertaining to an ERP system. Kjetil Vågen and Kyrre Eggen are also names to note.

Advokatfirmaet Hjort is ‘great across all aspects of the field’ and draws upon its dispute resolution expertise to advise on copyright, patent and trade mark litigation. Practice head Monica Syrdal recently advised Kabel Norge on the implications of the new Copyright Act and Rolf Trolle Andersen assisted Samlerhuset with IP issues surrounding the use of motifs and symbols on coins and medals.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig’s team is, according to one client, ‘genuinely excellent’. Rune Ljostad, who focuses on copyright and patent issues, is the key name to note; he recently represented Caprino Filmcenter in copyright litigation relating to the use of a character from Flåklypa Grand Prix in a theme park attraction. Associate partner Cecilia Orheim joined from Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS.

Boutique firm Zacco fields ‘a knowledgeable, responsive and creative team’, which ‘utilises its broad knowledge well’ to handle copyright, patent, trade mark and design issues. Trade mark specialist Kristin Kjærheim Astrup heads the team, which also includes the ‘well-rounded’ Frode André Moen, highly regarded senior partner Jan Morten Evertsen and the ‘excellent’ Steinar Lie.

Fredny Bade leads the department at DLA Piper, which also includes Petter Bjerke, who advises clients in the media, broadcast and electronic communication sectors. Nordic Semiconductor, Mondelēz International and Gobitech are clients.

With ‘a top-level team that is a true pleasure to work with’, Deloitte Advokatfirma AS’ practice is headed by the ‘extremely professional and personable’ Joakim Marstrander. Clients include Avinor, Norwegian Fashion Hub, MegaFlis and Inven2.

At Kluge Advokatfirma AS, practice head Thomas Rieber-Mohn acted for Norsk Tipping in a trade mark dispute; Kyrre Tangen Andersen handles IP issues for offshore sector clients; and Steffen Asmundsson is recommended for contentious matters.

SANDS specialises in the technology, life sciences, healthcare and energy sectors; clients include Mood Harvest, Pre Diagnostics and Oslo MedTech. The team counts practice head Katrine Malmer-Høvik and patent litigator Vidar Johnsen as key practitioners; Johnsen receives praise for his ‘broad knowledge, commercial approach and sound advice’.

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