BALDER

WTR Research

The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

Bronze - Firms: enforcement and litigation

Silver - Firms: prosecution and strategy

“A trusted adviser for all trademark matters, BALDER provides an outstanding and utterly reliable service. Each client receives personalised advice from an agile, responsive and knowledgeable team that always takes budgets into consideration.” Leading the troop, Olof Fickert is a perceptive strategist who has played a crucial role in building BALDER into the one-stop shop it is today. He linked up with Óscar García to represent well-known German drugstore dm-drogerie markt, Sekt producer Henkell & Co and Europe’s largest magazine publisher, Heinrich Bauer Verlag, in separate opposition proceedings. “Proactive and receptive, he thinks creatively not only when devising plans for large filing projects, but in contentious matters too.” Worldwide clearance and prosecution briefs are adroitly dispatched by Carlos Pires, who develops portfolios thoughtfully and methodically. Blanca Fresneau has “an impressive business approach and excellent advisory skills”, and is a safe pair of hands before the EUIPO. Argentine-qualified Jens-Christian Jahnke has ample industry experience from a stint in-house, which he leverages to dispense commercially savvy counsel. Completing the line-up is Patricia Koch: “One of the best litigators Spain has to offer, she demonstrates superb knowledge at every turn and proposes insightful solutions that consider every aspect of the case.”

Firm Profile

Founded in Madrid in 2012, BALDER is a young and dynamic IP boutique with a corporate philosophy and structure designed to provide a motivating environment for outstanding IP professionals.

Our team of more than 90 professionals has extensive and proven experience within the sector. We are proud of our diverse work force, which consists of more than 20 different nationalities, from various cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. In addition to our regular business languages Spanish, German, English, Portuguese, we also have native speakers of a further 11 languages in our ranks, thereby ensuring nothing gets lost in translation. We believe this gives us a competitive edge, as it allows us to be more productive and creative in finding solutions – something highly valued by our clients, which are both national and international and from different business areas.

End-to-end service

We provide the full range of services, including worldwide patent and trademark prosecution, plus any kind of contentious and non-contentious IP legal work, including transactions, agreements, licensing, unfair competition, advertising and copyright.

We pride ourselves on our ability to think out of the box and find creative solutions, always with the aim to provide commercially oriented advice tailored to the specific needs of each client.

Latin America

At BALDER we are specialists in Latin American countries. Our team of experienced Latin American attorneys draw on their local knowledge to provide a first-class service. We offer a centralised service for Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries under a simplified administrative structure: our clients correspond with a single office rather than with different offices in different countries. We offer a single technical and professional approach, which ensures best-in-class quality standards in all of Latin American countries.

Recognition

Our firm and its practitioners are widely recognised in the industry and feature in many of the world’s leading ranking publications.

Chambers and Partners says:

IP boutique offering noteworthy prosecution services. Expertise in IP issues in Latin America. Clients include important multinational entities as well as major domestic corporates and start-ups. The department impresses with its service-oriented approach.

WTR 1000 writes:

[Olof Fickert is] an excellent leader, he coaches his colleagues effectively to ensure that patrons’ needs are met. 

[Oscar Garcia] is a name to have on speed dial for owners of massive global trademark portfolios and gains plaudits for his “receptive approach and innovative strategies”. [Together with Patricia Koch,] the pair form an enviable tag team as “two of the best trademark professionals in the country”. [Koch] is an outstanding litigator who possesses incredible legal knowledge, offers astute tactical thinking and never loses sight of the practical business needs of her clients.

[Carlos Pires] is another sharp prosecutor in the ranks, always looking to improve client-service interaction by issuing holistic advice and bespoke solutions.

[Jens Jahnke is] “a personable, friendly and accommodating practitioner” whose background working in both Spanish and Argentinian firms makes him an essential figure behind the outfit’s Latin American push.

Bespoke service

Due to our different backgrounds and extensive experience, we know that things can be done in many different ways, and the right way for some clients may be the wrong way for others. We have therefore strived to give BALDER a flexible structure that enables us to adapt to the specific needs and wishes of each client. As they say in the tailoring trade: we want to go beyond made-to-measure; we intend our business to be a bespoke IP consultancy business.

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