Erla S Árnadóttir

Partner at LEX Law Offices
Ranked in Iceland
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One of the best when it comes to trademark counselling, prosecution and litigation, full-service outfit LEX Law Offices renders an all-inclusive offering to prestigious local companies and industry-leading multinationals. For example, Mjólkursamsalan, the country’s largest dairy producer, and Coca-Cola European Partners Ísland call on it for strategic portfolio management and high-level advice. The vibrant IP group is comprised of talented, collaboratively minded lawyers who are licensed to practise throughout the Icelandic court system, including at the Supreme Court, and are always willing to go the extra mile for clients. Driving the practice forward are Erla Árnadóttir and María Kristjánsdóttir. As one of the nation’s foremost experts on intellectual property, Árnadóttir capitalises on almost four decades of experience to assist brand owners in many meaningful ways. Most recently, she has been representing data destruction company Gagnaeyðing in a dispute concerning unregistered marks and managing Iceland Oil’s portfolio alongside Kristjánsdóttir. The “super-personable and professional” Kristjánsdóttir is “great to cooperate with and really easy to talk to”, according to one peer. The talented all-rounder was recently promoted to managing director of GH Sigurgeirsson IP, a prominent Icelandic IP boutique and subsidiary of LEX Law Offices.

Erla S Árnadóttir's Profile

Erla S Árnadóttir is one of Iceland's leading experts in the fields of IP and IT law. She studied corporate law and copyright law at a postgraduate level at the University of Oslo Faculty of Law from 1983 to 1984 and was a grantee at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich from 1988 to 1989. Ms Árnadóttir has practised law since 1984. She joined LEX in 2000 and leads the firm's IP department.

Ms Árnadóttir has dealt with a variety of issues in the fields of IP and IT law. These include the preparation of various IP agreements; protection of the interests of numerous companies, government agencies and individuals regarding the establishment and use of different IP rights; registration of trademark and domain name rights; and litigation arising from breach of copyright, trademark and trade name rights. Ms Árnadóttir has been active in consulting for start-up companies of various kinds and has assisted start-ups with their trademark strategies.

Between 1991 and 2000 Ms Árnadóttir was chair of the Trademarks and Patent Appeals Committee. She is currently a member of the Advisory Committee on Copyright, which advises the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture on copyright matters. She has been a lecturer in IP law at the University of Iceland for many years; she has also written scholarly articles and frequently lectures on IP rights.

Ms Árnadóttir speaks English, Danish and German.

Firm Profile

LEX Law Offices is one of Iceland’s leading law firms, with more than 40 lawyers providing clients with comprehensive services for a wide range of financial, corporate and commercial issues, as well as most other aspects of Icelandic law. The firm was founded in 1959 and is one of the largest law firms in Iceland today.

The firm is recognised for its extensive knowledge of and expertise in all levels and disciplines of intellectual property and related areas of law, and boasts top-ranking attorneys in the field. Building on decades of experience, LEX provides comprehensive advice and assistance to its clients in relation to their trademarks, patents, designs, copyright and unfair competition, ranging from clearance, filing and prosecution services to legal assistance and litigation.

LEX assists its clients with all IP-related conflicts and offers strategic advice on the best course of action. LEX combines litigation experience and specialist knowledge, which enables it to provide quality dispute resolution services. The firm’s aim is to guide its clients through legal proceedings in a skilful and methodical manner and provide them with comprehensive advice each step of the way. Several of LEX’s highly experienced attorneys are licensed to practise before the Supreme Court of Iceland and can therefore represent clients at all instances of the Icelandic court system. LEX also has vast experience in anti-counterfeiting matters. The firm’s attorneys are among the country’s most experienced when it comes to customs actions due to infringements of IP rights and they have extensive experience in filing and proceeding pleas for preliminary injunctions in order to enforce such rights.

LEX provides its clients with tailored advice on developing and implementing a successful IP strategy. LEX’s attorneys work closely with the firm’s clients on developing an overall strategy to best support their business objectives. LEX moreover offers support in creating a material plan for implementing the strategy and assisting during the implementation process. LEX offers its clients comprehensive advice on the management of their IP portfolios and helps to ensure that these portfolios are aligned with and support their overall business goals and strategies.

One of LEX’s attorneys is a lecturer in IP law at the University of Iceland. Building on that extensive teaching experience, LEX provides its clients with coaching in all fields of IP law. Such sessions are tailored to meet the clients’ needs and can range from coaching on how to choose a trademark to successfully managing an IP portfolio. The firm’s attorneys are moreover frequent speakers at IP law-related events.

LEX is one of the few one-stop shops in the IP practice area in Iceland, offering services ranging from business services such as patent validations, trademark watch services and portfolio management to services in relation to complex legal issues such as contracts, dispute resolution and litigation. The fact that LEX’s IP partners are licensed to practise throughout the Icelandic court system makes LEX unique in Iceland.

In September 2018 LEX significantly strengthened its IP practice by purchasing the IP boutique GH Sigurgeirsson Intellectual Property. GH Sigurgeirsson was founded in 1942 and has been actively engaged in the protection of IP rights in Iceland ever since. LEX takes great pride in the history of GH Sigurgeirsson and will continue to build upon its legacy. GH Sigurgeirsson operates as a subsidiary of LEX, merging LEX’s extensive practice in the field of IP law with the firm and thereby widely broadening its services.

As one of the oldest and most respected law firms in Iceland, LEX aims to be the firm of choice for clients seeking legal assistance in Iceland. Striving to cater to every individual client’s interests and needs, LEX provides tailored services in all fields of intellectual property and aims to secure its clients’ IP rights, increase their value and keep its clients one step ahead of the competition.

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