The global economic downturn has had a palpable effect on patent and technology licensing in Denmark. Austere conditions have encouraged IP owners to focus more efforts on enforcing their rights and many practitioners report a shift in their own workloads away from transactions and towards litigation and dispute resolution. In addition, larger rights owners with the requisite resources have increasingly tended to handle licensing work in-house. However, private practitioners have continued to receive instructions from smaller, innovative domestic companies, which are often looking to engage in cross-licensing with larger manufacturers. Although most licensing work is still taking place in the pharmaceutical and IT sectors, rapid development and interest in green tech and healthcare have become clear for all to see. Denmark is a small market and, as such, practitioners often display broad expertise. Most licensing lawyers regularly handle a mix of contentious and non-contentious matters in both IP and IT law. Generally speaking, it is the bigger general practice firms which are seen to have the depth of expertise and resources needed to provide a complete package when it comes to patent and technology licensing.
Klaus Ewald Madsen is a key contact for IP matters at Bech-Bruun. In particular, he focuses on advising clients in the life sciences sector on the IP aspects of mergers, acquisitions and collaboration agreements, as well as regulatory matters and litigation. Madsen can call on the firm’s considerable strength in depth in other areas of practice, including commercial and corporate law, in which Bech-Bruun is “a major competitor on the biggest deals”.Gorrissen Federspiel
Twenty-nine fee-earners comprise the IP and technology group at Gorrissen Federspiel, with a handful focusing much of their time on licensing matters. In addition to litigation, Lasse Arffmann Søndergaard Christensen handles a broad range of non-contentious patent and technology work. He has acted for some of the leading domestic and global players from the electronics and telecommunications industries. Clients are impressed by his commercial mindset, reporting that he “provides pragmatic, jargonfree advice”. The “supremely competent” Jacob Ørndrup maintains a broad IP practice focused on serving clients from the life sciences sector. He draws upon extensive previous experience of working in-house in the pharmaceutical industry and has handled licensing matters for companies in the medical devices, chemical engineering, biotechnology and food and beverages sectors. Sources recognise his “highly precise approach” to drafting and negotiating patent licences.Horten Law Firm
Horten offers a comprehensive service to its clients with regard to technology licensing. IP lawyers here work in close integration with colleagues focused on TMT, corporate and public law. Mads Nygaard Madsen specialises in IT law and assists clients in software licensing, e-business issues and outsourcing. He also advises on IP rights issues and the drafting and negotiation of licences. Anders Valentin gains recognition for his expertise in patent licensing and related matters. Rights enforcement is also a particular focus and he handles litigation and dispute resolution in addition to IP and technology transactions.Kromann Reumert
General commercial practice Kromann Reumert has “high-calibre credentials in IP”. The team serves many clients that wish to develop licence agreements for novel technologies, particularly in the life sciences and renewable energy sectors. Jan Hvarre is mainly focused on advising companies and research institutions in the wind turbine industry. Key areas of practice include outsourcing, software licensing and other types of IT transaction, as well as IP rights management and licensing. Nicolai Lindgreen splits his time between litigation and IP commercialisation, including drafting and negotiating licence agreements, technology transfer and collaboration arrangements. Sources commend his “solid businessfocused perspective on IP matters”.Plesner
This full service firm is among the leading outfits in patent and technology licensing practice, with sources noting that “we only see top quality from the professionals at Plesner”. Jakob Krag Nielsen is “an up-and-coming star”, splitting his time between contentious and non-contentious IP work. Nielsen also often advises on the IP aspects of corporate and commercial transactions. “A major player in IP commercialisation”, Per Håkon Schmidt gains particular recognition for his numerous publications on the subject of patent and technology licensing in Denmark. His broad practice also covers the related areas of unfair competition, IT and TMT law. In addition to handling transactional, regulatory and competition matters in the life sciences sector, Mikkel Vittrup has recently worked on significant licensing deals in the heavy machinery and consumer goods fields.
“Deft hand” Martin Sick Nielsen is an attorney at law at the legal arm of Europe-wide IP agency Zacco. His practice largely involves patent and technology licensing and related matters, in addition to advocacy in court. He has acted on behalf of clients ranging from small high-tech start-ups to some of the Baltic region’s largest concerns. At Accura Advokatpartnerselskab, René Thornfeldt advises clients from the IT, telecommunications and life sciences sectors on the commercialisation of their technology. He has a proven track record in patent licensing, outsourcing and the IP elements of corporate mergers and acquisitions.