Bech-Bruun's Life Sciences team offers our clients legal and strategic expert advice in all the areas where the Life Sciences industry, its investors and other stakeholders need it.

Our size and industry experience allows us to provide legal advice for many Danish and non-Danish pharmaceutical and biotech enterprises, medical device companies and venture funds and others who want to invest in or acquire life sciences enterprises. We also advise CMOs, CROs and a vast number of pharmacies and chains of pharmacies.

Our advisory services include:

  • Market Access
  • Enforcement of intellectual property rights, for instance patents, and supplementary protection certificates
  • Marketing/Compliance
  • Clinical testing, including GCP
  • Development and manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, including GMP
  • Distribution of pharmaceuticals, including GDP
  • Industry interaction with authorities, the Medicine Council, Amgros and health care professionals
  • Licence, research and development agreements
  • Regulatory issues concerning pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics and foods
  • Product liability
  • Raising capital and IPOs 
     

Life Science

Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for
Bech-Bruun is a full-service law firm assisting clients with the full gamut of IP strategy, registration, protection and enforcement. The team frequently handles contentious and non-contentious copyright, trade mark and design rights matters. It also acts on patent disputes in the pharmaceutical sector. Bech-Bruun has additional expertise in the commercialisation of IP, including distribution, licensing and franchise agreements The firm is also experienced in mandates involving international elements.

Strengths
A client says: "Bech-Bruun has an excellent ability to manoeuvre between legal and technical matters."

Another client highlights Bech-Bruun's remarkable international capabilities, noting that "the team knows the spirit and values of our company, resulting in excellent and very useful advice."

Work highlights
Represented Samsung Bioepis in a patent infringement case relating to a biosimilar medicine.

Notable practitioners
Claus Barrett Christiansen advances in this year's rankings after receiving remarkable client feedback. He acts for clients on trade mark and design infringement disputes and issues of marketing law. A source enthuses: "He is tough, very knowledgeable and always one step ahead of our opponents when setting the strategy. He has an in-depth knowledge of our business and he is a brilliant communicator."

Dan Bjerg Geary advises on the IP aspects of franchise, distribution and licensing agreements, having additional experience in patent and copyright infringements. A client praises him for "his remarkable ability to combine legal insight with great commercial understanding."

Klaus Madsen advances in the rankings following impressive market recognition. He receives plaudits for his expertise in patent disputes, often representing pharmaceutical companies. Interviewees note his great presence in the courtroom.

Martin Dræbye Gantzhorn assists pharmaceutical companies with IP issues such as patent infringement and regulatory matters. He also acts in disputes pertaining to marketing and advertising issues. Clients distinguish him as "an amazing business partner who is deeply engaged with the client's business" and as "an excellent communicator."

Chambers and Partners Europe 2022, Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for
Bech-Bruun is a full-service law firm assisting clients with the full gamut of IP strategy, registration, protection and enforcement. The team frequently handles contentious and non-contentious copyright, trade mark and design rights matters. It also acts on patent disputes in the pharmaceutical sector. Bech-Bruun has additional expertise in the commercialisation of IP, including distribution, licensing and franchise agreements The firm is also experienced in mandates involving international elements.

Notable practitioners
Claus Barrett Christiansen advances in this year's rankings after receiving remarkable client feedback. He acts for clients on trade mark and design infringement disputes and issues of marketing law. A source enthuses: "He is tough, very knowledgeable and always one step ahead of our opponents when setting the strategy. He has an in-depth knowledge of our business and he is a brilliant communicator."

Dan Bjerg Geary advises on the IP aspects of franchise, distribution and licensing agreements, having additional experience in patent and copyright infringements. A client praises him for "his remarkable ability to combine legal insight with great commercial understanding."

Klaus Madsen advances in the rankings following impressive market recognition. He receives plaudits for his expertise in patent disputes, often representing pharmaceutical companies. Interviewees note his great presence in the courtroom.

Martin Dræbye Gantzhorn assists pharmaceutical companies with IP issues such as patent infringement, and regulatory matters. He also acts in disputes pertaining to marketing and advertising issues. Clients distinguish him as "an amazing business partner who is deeply engaged with the client's business" and as "an excellent communicator."

Chambers and Partners Global 2022, Intellectual Property

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Ranked: Tier 1

Bech-Bruun is a market leader for patent work and houses the ‘best life sciences practice in Denmark’. It is also prominent in trade marks, design issues and marketing work, with practice co-head Claus Barrett Christiansen being an expert in this area. Mikkel Friis Rossa jointly leads the team with Christiansen, who is also a key practitioner of the firm’s Chinese desk, representing Chinese multinationals on all aspects of IP, with a focus on online sales. The group also has significant expertise in tech transfers, transactional work and licensing issues, with Dan Bjerg Geary taking the lead on these mandates. For patent infringement cases, Klaus Ewald Madsen is recommended.

"The best life sciences practice in Denmark. the very high degree of knowledge on statutory law, industry practice. Understands the market. Efficient and easy to work with."

"The team excels in readily usable advice and a commercial mindset. Availability is great and the legal and technical competencies are wide-ranging within the relevant technology fields."

"They are fast, competent and have a commercial mindset. Compared to other companies I have worked with, they are unique both because of their knowledge and skills, creative thinking and problem-solving approach."

"Bech-Bruun Denmark has the strongest, most professional, globally focused Intellectual Property practice in the world."

"The best IP team I have ever worked with! Proactive, knowledgeable and always reachable."

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IP Stars

Patent contentious

  • Tier 1

Trade Mark contentious

  • Tier 1

Copyright & related rights

  • Tier 2

Trademark prosecution

  • Highly recommended

WTR 1000

“Bech-Bruun has the strongest, most professional, globally focused IP practice in the world,” enthuses one patron. “Its team is skilled, sophisticated and responsive; and while they have diverse specialisations in sub-areas of IP, they never lose the bigger picture.” Another interviewee comments: “Bech-Bruun is full of tough, experienced litigators with a can-do attitude and the will to fight cases through to the very end. They understand business priorities, have a commercial mindset and show in-depth knowledge of international policies and procedure.” An example of the high level at which it operates is Claus Barrett Christiansen’s recent work with Bang & Olufsen in designing a completely new global brand and design strategy. “Immensely qualified and well respected”, Barrett Christiansen “has an excellent sense of balancing a client’s legal and commercial interests and is definitely classed as one of the best lawyers in the country”. He has also been representing the Salling Group in a headline-grabbing case that is now pending at the Supreme Court concerning the interpretation of the Enforcement Directive when calculating damages from brand infringement and dilution. Also garnering glowing reviews is Inge Kirstine Skou, who has been advising Royal Unibrew on its trademark strategy and has “both broad and in-depth knowledge of branding issues”. Clients appreciate “her meticulousness and professionalism, as well as her pragmatic and dedicated approach”.

WTR 1000, 2021


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