Trademarks and Designs

Our expertise includes:

  • Pre-filing investigation
  • Watch services
  • Opposition and cancellation proceedings
  • Brand protection
  • National, international and EU registrations
  • IPR portfolio management
  • Licence agreements
  • Trademark infringement
  • Domain names.

How can we help?
We advise start-up companies as well as large conglomerates on establishing and protecting trademarks, domain names and designs. We also render advice on all legal aspects of IPR portfolio management.

The registration and protection of trademarks and intellectual property rights very often transcend national borders and consequently legal assistance must do the same. We have a large international network of specialised lawyers who assist us when required.

We also offer an online trademark and domain name surveillance programme, enabling immediate and effective legal action should anyone file for registration of potentially conflicting trademarks. If you would like to know more about the programme, please contact Claus Barrett Christiansen.

We litigate a large number of injunction proceedings, search order proceedings as well as infringement and validity proceedings in respect of trademarks and designs. In addition, we conduct several complaints cases before the Danish Complaints Board for Domain Names and international complaints boards.

Common challenges
Today, R&D, knowledge and strong brands are pivotal to growth and competitiveness. As a result, businesses increasingly need to protect their products and to effectively put an end to infringements of intellectual property rights. This is clearly evident from the number of registered trademarks which has never been as high as today.

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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
-  Information technology

Bech-Bruun often handles licensing and outsourcing agreements, as well as data-related matters such as Mikkel Friis Rossa advising the Capital Region of Denmark on data privacy aspects of the establishment of an electronic healthcare platform. The practice is jointly led by Niels Andersen and Arly Carlquist.

Legal 500, Information technology

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.

WTR 1000
-  Intellectual Property

International player Bech-Bruun holds pride of place in the upper echelons of the Danish market. More than 30,000 domestic and global trademarks are adroitly managed by a host of top strategists, supported by hard-hitting contentious aces; while an expanding China desk is cementing its profile in the Far East.

Renaissance man Claus Barrett Christiansen is a magnet for new business and has his eye trained firmly on East Asia as a member of the China desk. “His broad experience stands out – he is really with it in both litigation and prosecution. He has bags of strategic know-how and brings that into the courtroom.“


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