Patents and Utility Models

Our expertise includes:

  • Patent litigation, concerning infringement and validity
  • Patent strategic advice
  • Patent assignments
  • Know-how and technology transfer agreements
  • R&D agreements
  • Patent licence agreements.

How can we help?
We know that value-adding legal advice encompasses in-depth insight into the technical aspects of a patent as well as profound familiarity with our clients’ business and industry.

We advise Danish and international businesses on all aspects of patent law, including strategic advice on enforcing and commercialising patents. Our clients operate in a wide range of industries, many of them in the electronics, mechanics, pharmaceuticals and biotech industries.

We are highly experienced in litigating court and arbitration proceedings concerning validity and infringement of patents and utility models as well as administrative re-examination proceedings challenging the validity of patents before the Danish patent authorities.

We are committed to providing the best possible legal advice in Denmark and abroad. We have a large, global network of law firms assisting us when our clients’ matters concern international jurisdictions. In addition, we are a member of several Danish and international professional networks.

Common challenges
Protecting and utilizing intellectual property rights is more important than ever. Technological developments have increased the risk of patent and utility model infringements on a global scale, which may result in substantial profit losses.

Businesses must manage their intellectual property rights carefully and meticulously to stay competitive and to ensure intellectual property rights are fully assignable in the event of a business transfer.

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Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2016
-  Intellectual Property

What the team is known for Well-respected team best known for handling contentious medical patent cases. Additionally, assists with large data protection and compliance projects. Also active in the trade mark and copyright area, including anti-counterfeiting of products.  Represents pharmaceutical companies as well as many notable brands from other sectors. Boasts in-house EU law expertise.

Strengths The team is well regarded for its commercial capabilities. One client states: "It's excellent; it's commercial," adding that the team's advice is also strategic.

Another client notes the "relaxed and positive atmosphere."

Work highlights Represented Krka against Pfizer in a case relating to patent infringement that concerned Krka's medical product Pregabalin.

Assisted DSV with developing and implementing a data protection compliance programme across the entire group of companies. 

Significant clients Teva Pharmaceuticals, Louis Vuitton, Ford, eBay, Warner Bros.

Notable practitioners
Head of department Klaus Madsen has extensive experience in contentious pharmaceutical patent cases as well as in cases concerning IT and mechanical devices. He recently represented Krka in a patent case against Pfizer concerning the medicinal product Pregabalin.

Claus Barrett Christiansen is noted for his expertise in marketing and technology law and has represented clients in high-profile contentious cases relating to the interpretation of EU marketing law. He is also knowledgeable of EU trade mark and design regulations. 

Martin Dræbye Gantzhorn represents clients in conflicts relating to patents and utility models as well as assisting pharmaceutical and food sector clients with regulatory issues.

Christian Vinding Thomsen specialises in compliance and regulatory issues that apply to pharmaceutical and food products. He also assists with the transactional and commercial contracts related to IP rights.

Mikkel Friis Rossa enters the rankings this year on the back of strong market feedback. Clients describe him as "very commercial, straight to the point and solution-oriented." He advises on data protection compliance and has experience of handling large projects.

Chambers and Partners Europe, Intellectual Property

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Chambers Global Rating 2017
-  Intellectual property

Head of department Klaus Madsen has extensive experience in contentious pharmaceutical patent cases as well as in cases concerning IT and mechanical devices. He recently represented Krka in a patent case against Pfizer concerning the medicinal product Pregabalin.

Claus Barrett Christiansen is noted for his expertise in marketing and technology law and has represented clients in high-profile contentious cases relating to the interpretation of EU marketing law. He is also knowledgeable of EU trade mark and design regulations. 

Martin Dræbye Gantzhorn represents clients in conflicts relating to patents and utility models as well as assisting pharmaceutical and food sector clients with regulatory issues.

Christian Vinding Thomsen specialises in compliance and regulatory issues that apply to pharmaceutical and food products. He also assists with the transactional and commercial contracts related to IP rights.

Mikkel Friis Rossa enters the rankings this year on the back of strong market feedback. Clients describe him as "very commercial, straight to the point and solution-oriented." He advises on data protection compliance and has experience of handling large projects.  

Chambers and Partners Global, Intellectual Property

Bech-Bruun Recommended by Legal500

Legal500 Rating 2017
-  Intellectual property

Always within reach’, Bech-Bruun’s accessible team often represents clients in IP arbitration and litigation, as well as advising on compliance matters. Claus Barrett Christiansen successfully represented Rockwool in a design dispute with Papiruld before the Supreme Court. Clients recommend the ‘commercially mindedMikkel Friis Rossa, who specialises in IP contracts, strategy and data protection. Patent litigation expert Klaus Ewald Madsen leads the group.

Legal 500, Intellectual property

Managing Intellectual Property - IP Stars, 2016
-  Intellectual Property

Danish law firm Bech-Bruun has a very strong team of experts who deal with IP transactions and contentious IP matters. It also has a filing and prosecution practice headed up by IP Star Claus Barrett Christiansen, who is singled out for praise. According to one commentator, Christiansen possesses "all the virtues an IP litigator needs". "Claus is their best name for trade mark and copyright work," says another. "He's been top notch when I've litigated against him," one rival testifies.

For copyright, the team can call on Peer Petersen. Other partners who can support in soft IP work include IT specialist Arly Carlquist, Mikkel Friis Rossa, Thomas Munk Rasmussen and Niels Andersen.

One client says the team provides "high quality and timely" advice "at a reasonable cost". The firm represented Rockwool International before the Danish Supreme Court in a landmark dispute on comparative advertising. Other clients include Sony, MTG (TV3), Danish Football Association, Elvis Presley Enterprises and Fender.

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