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Protection, exercise and enforcement of IP rights are more important than ever. This extends to all IP rights - designs, domain names, trade secrets, copyrights, patents and utility models, trademarks, etc. Globally, IP rights are responsible for an increasing part of BNP, and the technological development is increasing the possibilities of commercialising IP rights, but this comes with significant requirements for strategy, protection and enforcement.

We have in-depth knowledge of all aspects pertaining to IP rights as well as profound commercial understanding of the needs of the individual industries.

We advise Danish and non-Danish enterprises on all issues related to IP rights. Our clients number both small and large Danish and international enterprises from all industries, including electronics, media, mechanics, fashion, pharmaceuticals as well as information and biotechnology. 

Our advisory services include:

  • Registration/prosecution of trademarks and designs
  • Commercialisation of IP rights, including licensing and sale as well as other commercial agreements regarding the exercise of IP rights
  • Product copies
  • Protection of trade secrets
  • Enforcement of IP rights
  • Preserving evidence
  • Injunction and other legal proceedings
  • Customs programmes regarding suspension of counterfeit products

We provide the best possible advice – also outside Denmark, as we cooperate with a global network of law firms capable of assisting when our clients need advice on non-Danish matters. 

Naturally, we also work closely with our in-house colleagues in relevant areas, for instance Life Sciences, M&A and Corporate Matters, Media & Entertainment, IT & Digitisation, etc., in order to provide optimum advice.

 

Intellectual property

Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for
Well-respected team known for handling contentious and non-contentious trade mark matters, including trade mark enforcement and agreements. Represents clients in parallel imports litigation and trade secrets mandates. Frequently acts on patent infringement cases, as well as providing strategic and transactional patent advice. Also active in the copyright area, 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. Experienced in mandates involving international elements.

Strengths
One client notes that the firm's lawyers are "tough and great experts in all the areas that require specialised knowledge."

Another client describes the team as being "commercially oriented, trying to find pragmatic solutions and really understanding our needs," so the lawyers are able to give "the advice we are seeking in the format we are seeking."

Work highlights
Acted for A.P. Møller Holding on a trade mark agreement with A.P. Moller-Maersk.

Notable practitioners
Christian Vinding Thomsen assists clients with distribution and intellectual property compliance in the life science sector. Sources describe him as being "intelligent, creative and he thinks outside the box."

Claus Barrett Christiansen acts for clients on a variety of trade mark disputes, with particular strength in contentious brand name and logo mandates. He is noted for his litigation skills, with sources stating that "he is excellent in his way of tackling problems" and is "tough but fair."

Dan Bjerg Geary represents clients in the full range of IP litigation, advising on patent, trade mark and copyright disputes. He also assists with the IP elements of corporate transactions. Clients highlight that he has "very good commercial insight" and gives advice "in an easily understandable language."

Klaus Madsen offers clients expertise regarding patents, especially acting for pharmaceutical clients on patent enforcement and the launch of new products. Sources compliment his skills in patent disputes, saying he is "a very good litigator."

Martin Dræbye Gantzhorn acts for pharmaceutical clients on the IP aspects of transactions, as well as assisting with the enforcement of trade secrets. Clients praise him for providing "legally impeccable and commercially and operationally optimal solutions," and add that he is "approachable, dedicated and quick to pick up the essence of the problem."

Mikkel Friis Rossa advises clients on data protection issues and trade mark registrations. Clients emphasise his "outstanding customer service, his clear, practical and to-the-point advice, his can-do attitude and his impressive business understanding."

Chambers and Partners Europe, Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for
Well-respected team known for handling contentious and non-contentious trade mark matters, including trade mark enforcement and agreements. Represents clients in parallel imports litigation and trade secrets mandates. Frequently acts on patent infringement cases, as well as providing strategic and transactional patent advice. Also active in the copyright area, 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. Experienced in mandates involving international elements.

Notable practitioners
Christian Vinding Thomsen assists clients with distribution and intellectual property compliance in the life science sector. Sources describe him as being "intelligent, creative and he thinks outside the box."
 
Claus Barrett Christiansen acts for clients on a variety of trade mark disputes, with particular strength in contentious brand name and logo mandates. He is noted for his litigation skills, with sources stating that "he is excellent in his way of tackling problems" and is "tough but fair."
 
Dan Bjerg Geary represents clients in the full range of IP litigation, advising on patent, trade mark and copyright disputes. He also assists with the IP elements of corporate transactions. Clients highlight that he has "very good commercial insight" and gives advice "in an easily understandable language."
 
Klaus Madsen offers clients expertise regarding patents, especially acting for pharmaceutical clients on patent enforcement and the launch of new products. Sources compliment his skills in patent disputes, saying he is "a very good litigator."
 
Martin Dræbye Gantzhorn acts for pharmaceutical clients on the IP aspects of transactions, as well as assisting with the enforcement of trade secrets. Clients praise him for providing "legally impeccable and commercially and operationally optimal solutions," and add that he is "approachable, dedicated and quick to pick up the essence of the problem." 
 
Mikkel Friis Rossa advises clients on data protection issues and trade mark registrations. Clients emphasise his "outstanding customer service, his clear, practical and to-the-point advice, his can-do attitude and his impressive business understanding."
 

Intellectual Property

Ranked: tier 1

Bech-Bruun has expertise in providing advice on trademark and design aspects, patent law and regulations in the life science sector. The practice also advises on copyright law and provides advice concerning marketing-related regulations. Claus Barrett Christiansen and Martin Dræbye Gantzhorn jointly head the practice and regularly act for prominent individuals on royalty and trademark infringements as well as on merchandising litigation. Klaus Ewald Madsen is a patent litigator. Aarhus-based Dan Bjerg Geary has trademark and marketing law expertise and assists companies on licensing and IP strategies.

Legal 500, Intellectual property

IP Stars

Patent contentious

  • Tier 1

Trade Mark contentious

  • Tier 1

Copyright & related rights

  • Tier 2

Trademark prosecution

  • Highly recommended

WTR 1000

"A trusted partner for all trademark matters, Bech-Bruun gives state-of-the-art advice and considers each client’s overall strategic aims.” The firm stands at the forefront of innovation and has been laser-focused on building a new practice dedicated to AI. Of late, the tech-savvy group has been raking in wins before the local courts, most notably on behalf of Schneider Corporation, a global electronics company. Spearheading these efforts is "superstar litigator" Claus Barrett Christiansen, the department lead receives vociferous praise from all corners of the market. "He is certainly number one in Denmark. Very few have the knowledge, experience and cultural understanding that Claus has. He is a bright, pleasant and principled individual who communicates effectively and readily makes himself available even when fighting the most interesting of cases." The unit has also been hard at work consolidating its presence in Shanghai, acting as a liaison for Danish entities looking to enter into the market; an area where Inge Kirstine Skou’s experience is exceptionally valuable. The “pragmatic” WTR 1000 debutante administers highly effective prosecution strategies for brand owners in China and the United States, capitalising on her "broad and in-depth knowledge of trademark issues".

 

WTR 1000, 2020


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