Protector IP AS

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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.

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“Protector IP is our preferred partner for non-contentious mandates, simply because they are the best in Norway,” reports one happy client. “It is great on the enforcement side too, where we receive a straightforward, highly responsive service.” It has a fine-grained understanding of the Chinese legal landscape, which it recently showcased in prosecuting marks on behalf of local clothing brand Norrona. Group leader and “highly skilled strategist Christoffer Vedal is customer oriented and really pleasant to work with”. He oversees Active Brand’s global portfolio and recently chalked up a win at the High Court for Unilamp Norden. Working alongside him, Tom Tysbo “is always available on short notice and is one of the most experienced and skilled trademark lawyers in the country. His sharp business acumen makes him an excellent adviser and sparring partner”. In a recent highlight, he devised a global filing strategy for listed seafood company Mowi in relation to its name change from Marine Harvest across 60-plus countries.

Firm Profile

Protector IP is a full-service IP consultancy and one of Norway’s leading IP firms. We are the IP boutique that puts quality before quantity and long-time business relationships before short-term profit. Whether our client is a multinational corporation or an entrepreneur, we strive to provide the very best tailormade service for each client.

We are a lean and efficient firm with 20 highly skilled professionals. We work closely with our clients to find the best and most efficient solutions for their IP needs.

We are different – first and foremost, because we are personal, direct and seamless in meeting our customers’ needs, but also because our expertise and experience enable a holistic approach.

Protector IP represents clients before the Norwegian Patent Office, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the EUIPO.

In countries where we cannot represent clients directly, we choose from among the best attorneys in our network. We strive to have personal knowledge of the agents that we use in each country, ensuring high-quality work in all foreign prosecution.

Our litigation work includes court hearings before both lower and higher courts in matters concerning a wide variety of IP conflicts. The litigation part of our workload has increased steadily in recent years and an increasing number of existing and new customers are looking to us for the best possible representation in court.

Our key services include:

  • IP protection – patents, trademarks, designs, domain names, copyright and trade secrets;
  • IP strategy and IP portfolio management;
  • IP legal services – licensing, contracts, agreements and due diligence;
  • IP enforcement and conflicts – administrative measures, negotiations and judicial conflicts; and
  • IP investigations and surveillance – preliminary searches, freedom to operate and surveillance.

Our clients

Some of the largest Norwegian companies, such as Aker Solutions, Nortura, Bring/Posten and Fred Olsen & Co, have chosen us as their IP consultant. We also serve smaller companies that are at the forefront of their field, such as Norrøna, Laerdal Medical and Roxar. 

Our people

In addition to Christoffer Vedal – head of the legal department and recognised as among the World’s Leading Trademark Professionals by WTR 1000 – we are proud to have among our experienced attorneys Ida Marie Daae and Thomas Hvammen Nicholson, former examiner with the EUIPO and current vice-chair for the copyright team at MARQUES. Ingeborg Alme Råsberg is the latest addition to our legal team. She brings a strong track record from both the Norwegian Patent Authority and the EUIPO.

In the patent field, we have Bjarne G Coward, who has been recognised by IAM as a master tactician. In addition, we have experienced litigation assistant and former reporter general of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys’ Study and Work Commission, Arild Tofting; European Patent Institute (epi) board member and optical measurement specialist, Dag E Thrane; material technology specialist and former independent inventor, Espen Hov; electro-technical and mechanical expert, Krister Mindrebø; and Anne-Gro Bildøe Imset, a mechanical expert with more than eight years’ experience from the Norwegian Patent Office and currently a coach for students in the Candidate Support Project organised by the EPO in collaboration with the epi. 

Our managing director, Petter Westnes, is an experienced IP strategist. He comes from the customer side and has managed large international IP portfolios for many years.

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