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 2018
-  Intellectual property

Klaus Madsen frequently advises clients from the pharmaceutical sector on patent and life sciences law, and is a highly regarded patent litigator. He also acts on behalf of clients on marketing and design law matters.

Claus Barrett Christiansen was recently promoted to practice head of the IP team. He provides regular advice on trade mark, design and copyright law, with a focus on contentious matters. Sources agree that he is "an extremely knowledgeable, skilled and talented lawyer who has a practical understanding of the challenges in this field."

Martin Dræbye Gantzhorn is particularly active in the pharmaceutical sector, and is noted for advising clients from the pharmaceutical and food industries on patents and regulatory matters. He climbs the rankings this year on the basis of strong client feedback and is highly regarded by sources, who say: "He is very personable, and he really listens and understands the complexity of a situation. He has a good network which he uses to solve problems and he is very quick and responsive. He is engaged and active in this area, as well as enthusiastic and passionate, so you really get above and beyond."

Sources say Mikkel Friis Rossa "has built an impressive business in a very short space of time" due to his "can-do attitude and impressive business understanding." The same source adds that "he never overcomplicates or oversells, and his in-depth legal knowledge allows him to offer clear opinions and operational advice without any reservations." Rossa focuses on IPR, data protection and trade mark matters as well as marketing law.

Christian Vinding Thomsen focuses predominantly on the life sciences and pharmaceutical sector, advising on a mixture of IP, regulatory and compliance issues. Clients recognise him as someone who is "very strategic and experienced, and who provides valuable input."

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

Patent Editorial 2017
Bech-Bruun is one of the top-tier firms for patent litigation in this jurisdiction. "We regard the overall service level as second to none. Response times continue to impress and make us feel highly valued as customers," says one client. The firm operates from offices in Copenhagen and Aarhus. Its standout patent litigator is Klaus Ewald Madsen. He is supported by lawyers such as Arly Carlquist, Mikkel Friis Rossa and Christian Vinding Thomsen, who advises on regulatory matters in the life science sector. One client regards IP transactions specialist Rossa as "an upcoming star" and admires his "to-the-point advice, can-do attitude and impressive business understanding". The firm welcomed Martin Dræbye Gantzhorn as partner in its life sciences and healthcare practice. "Martin is very sharp, you notice when you're up against him," says a rival. Johnny Petersen is a notable associate.

 

Trade Mark & Copyright Editorial 2017
Market commentators say Bech-Bruun is one of the best Danish law firms to instruct for trade mark disputes. The firm's trade mark prosecution practice has steadily grown over recent years under the leadership of soft IP litigator Claus Barrett Christiansen. According to one client, Christiansen delivers "excellent on-time work … with a great understanding of the client's needs". An opponent says Christiansen is "pleasant and extremely knowledgeable". Niels Andersen, Mikkel Friis Rossa and the "very clever" Arly Carlquist are among the partners who advise on copyright and technology-related IP matters including transactions. Rossa "never overcomplicates or oversells", according to one client who adds: "He offers clear opinions without the usual and dreadfully tiring reservations and qualifications." The client continues: "As a bonus, Mikkel's impressive response time and welcoming nature makes you always feel as his number one client."

IP litigator and franchising specialist Dan Bjerg Geary, who recently joined the firm as partner, has already started impressing clients with his "theoretical knowledge" and "pragmatic commercially-minded" advice. Copyright specialist Peer Petersen left the firm to head up Bird & Bird's IP practice in Denmark. Louise Mühlbach Breining and Inge Kirstine Skou are the rising stars to watch.

WTR 1000
-  Intellectual Property

One of the most highly respected full-service outfits in Denmark, Bech-Bruun has all angles covered; its “highly professional, excellent trademark lawyers” work shoulder to shoulder with their banking and finance and tax counterparts to make sure that no commercial opportunities pass unnoticed. A Shanghai representative office is a unique selling point and gives the firm a competitive edge when it comes to inbound and outbound Asia work.

Claus Barrett Christiansen’s leadership of the IP group is robust and resolute, a reflection of his litigation skills. “He’s the breadwinner of the practice – a very skilled attorney who deserves the highest of recommendations.

Dan Bjerg Geary recently joined forces with him to successfully demonstrate the likelihood of confusion on behalf of Fiskars Corporation in a trademark infringement case, consequently securing the company’s mark. “Dan’s a really dedicated lawyer who always performs at the top level, providing pragmatic advice that perfectly matches his clients’ needs.

WTR 1000, 2018


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