Life science & Healthcare

Our expertise includes:

  • Regulatory matters 
  • Intellectual property law 
  • Marketing 
  • Clinical trials 
  • Licence, research and development agreements 
  • Medical equipment 
  • Product liability 
  • Capital funding 
  • EU and Danish competition law 
  • International tax law.

How can we help?                       
We render advice to Danish and international pharmaceutical and biotech companies and assist venture funds in investing in and acquiring life science and medico businesses.

Our lawyers have specialist knowledge of all the key legal disciplines, which are in great demand by life science and medico businesses and investors. In particular, we are experts on the law of intellectual property rights relevant to the sector, including patents; parallel importing of medicinal products; and the marketing, sale and distribution of medicinal products, medical equipment and cosmetic products.

We have extensive experience in conducting injunction proceedings and cases concerning validity issues, infringement of intellectual property rights and product liability.

Sector challenges
The life science and healthcare sector is subject to increasingly tighter activity and product regulation. Moreover, enormous research expenses necessitate ongoing capital funding and require uncompromising enforcement and protection of intellectual property rights, such as patents and the marketing of products.

Businesses must also respond to product liability issues as well as competition law matters materialising due to their business relationship with other industry players.

As a result, the sector requires value-adding and commercially viable specialist advice.

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Chambers Europe Rating 2018
-  Intellectual Property

What the team is known for Well-respected team best known for handling contentious medical patent cases. Also active in the trade mark and copyright area, including anti-counterfeiting of products, as well as handling large data protection and compliance projects. Offers considerable expertise in the life sciences sector and represents pharmaceutical companies as well as many notable brands from other sectors. Advances to the top band this year, marked by the strengthening of its partner bench through the arrival of Martin Dræbye Gantzhorn from Horten and several client wins for the team, including Danfoss, Tommy Hilfiger and Carlsberg.

Strengths Sources praise the team's high level of client service and expertise, saying: "We are very pleased with the level of service we received, which overall was second to none. We are impressed by the response time which makes us feel highly valued as customers. The team we work with demonstrates top-class legal insight combined with a great understanding of our business needs."

Another client adds: "They provide to-the-point advice on a market-leading level, and they fully understand our business, always providing commercial and applicable advice."

Work highlights Advised Teva Pharmaceuticals on patent infringement proceedings against Astra Zeneca concerning the product Quetiapine.

Represented Royal Copenhagen in a case concerning trade mark and copyright infringement of Royal Copenhagen's 'Mega Fluted'brand against Porsgrund.

Significant Clients Philip Morris, ECCO, Bestseller, Rockwool International.

Notable practitioners
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."

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."

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 over-complicates or over-sells, 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.

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 2018
-  Intellectual property

Bech-Bruun fields an ‘impressive team of legal experts’ that is ‘ready for any task related to IP’. Klaus Ewald Madsen represented Teva Pharmaceuticals in a patent case against AstraZeneca. ‘Professional and pragmaticDan Bjerg Geary advises Fiskars Denmark on all IP matters, including trade mark and design portfolio management, licensing, counterfeit and infringement work. Life sciences expert Martin Dræbye Gantzhorn arrived from Horten.

Legal 500, Intellectual property

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