Per Vegard Bergheim

Partner at Zacco
Ranked in Norway
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

Recommended - Individuals: prosecution and strategy

Zacco has a solid reputation for offering top-quality IP services, making the most of its sweeping international presence to seamlessly deliver 360-degree trademark protection from one location to the next. Senior partner Frode André Moen captains the group and has forged many longstanding relationships with A-list brand owners by placing client needs front and centre: “Frode is a pleasure to work with. He provides clear and practical advice and secures huge wins for clients. He is my first choice and recommendation for challenging trademark matters.” Another prime pick for household names is Tone Tangevald-Jensen, who has worked closely with PepsiCo in prosecution, contentious and unfair competition matters. Colleague Lars Henrik Stoud Platou is a safe pair of hands for global trademark portfolio management, adroitly implementing trademark strategies both domestically and further afield, and earning glowing praise in the process: “Lars is tremendous. He is very skilled, experienced and responsive – he always finds time for his clients and truly understands their needs and situations to present the best option. If it is something urgent, his calmness is priceless.” WTR 1000 newcomer Jens Herman Ruge regularly teams up with Henrik Platou to devise cost-efficient strategies to achieve complete brand protection, Herman Ruge is rigorously business minded and has a nuanced understanding of regulatory IP practice, thanks to his years at the NIPO. Another key contact is master litigator Per Vegard Bergheim, who takes a big-picture perspective to see where patrons’ opportunities and risks lie in order to handle disputes with a deft touch.

Per Vegard Bergheim's Profile

Per Vegard Bergheim is an expert in the field of intellectual property rights. He specialises within trademark law, working with some of Norway’s most famous brands to help them develop their branding IP strategy as they seek to protect their rights around the world. An expert in dispute resolution and litigation, he is quickly able to identify the most practical approach to enforcing client rights and his detailed knowledge of corporation and marketing law often forms an integral part of implementing their expansion plans.

Mr Bergheim joined Zacco in 1993, working as a trademark attorney. Prior to joining, he worked as an examiner at the trademark and design department of the Norwegian Patent Office. He was also engaged in international work with WIPO as a member of the WIPO expert committee for harmonisation of trademark law. This exposure to the inner workings of IP legislative administration and decision-making has given him detailed insight into how rights can be secured and employed both domestically and within international markets.

Mr Bergheim graduated with his law degree (cand. Jur) from the University of Oslo in 1988, with copyright law as his elective subject and trademark and patent law as his area of specialisation. He was admitted to the Norwegian Bar in 1997 and is a member of the Norwegian Bar Association, the Association of Norwegian Patent Agents, NIR, AIPPI and INTA.

Mr Bergheim is regularly acknowledged by the World Trademark Review as a member of WTR 1000's leading trademark professionals.

Firm Profile

Zacco is a true European full-service IP firm with a 360-degree approach to intellectual property. There are more than 500 experts working here, including around 125 authorised patent attorneys and 75 authorised trademark and design attorneys and attorneys at law. We cover seven European jurisdictions – EUIPO/EPO, the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland, and operate internationally through a comprehensive network of trusted long-term global partners.

Both Zacco as a firm and many of our attorneys have achieved Top Tier or Gold rankings and recommendations from Managing Intellectual Property, World Trademark Review, Intellectual Asset Management and The Legal 500, which we believe independently verifies our commitment to quality, excellence and innovation.

Patent, trademark and design prosecution

Zacco’s international presence ensures that clients need only a single point of contact to handle all their IP prosecution in several European jurisdictions. Thanks to our impressive number of patent attorneys, many of them authorised European patent attorneys, Zacco has an expert ready to assist clients in nearly all current and emerging fields of technology. As a client, you will find a skilled and knowledgeable practitioner able to help you secure, protect and enforce your ideas, whether you work in chemistry, green tech, mechanics, materials or biotech or emerging areas of digitalisation, software, AI and machine learning, among many others.

Our trademark and design practice assists all industries with filing and prosecution, availability and infringement opinions and has a special focus on EU trademark practice, including oppositions, cancellations and appeals before the EUIPO.

Litigation and disputes

When in need of experts in IP litigation and dispute matters, clients can rely on Zacco to represent them across our seven jurisdictions and beyond. Unlike more traditional law firms, we are renowned experts in intellectual property, meaning that we have both the legal and the technical expertise in-house to successfully represent your interests and enforce your intellectual property rights. Our experts can represent you directly, or provide litigation support to another legal counsel acting as your trusted representative before the authorities.

In contrast to many IP firms in Europe, Zacco can provide a full range of cross border IP legal services delivered by attorneys and lawyers within Zacco, throughout Scandinavia, the UK and Germany, as well as through cooperation with other leading law firms.

The legal practice serves all industries with legal advice and assistance related to intellectual property. This includes due diligence, drafting and negotiation of contracts or licensing agreements, data protection and other compliance matters, marketing law, e-commerce, litigation, domain name conflict resolution, customs surveillance and counterfeit prevention. Zacco’s lawyers have successfully represented international clients in proceedings before national courts and the European Court of Justice.

Digital brands

With a significant portion of IP infringement now taking place online, we have introduced services to help clients stay ahead of new and emerging threats to both physical and digital IP. Our digital brands team can actively monitor your IP and brand rights online, assisting with registration and securing of traditional and emerging domains, and in identifying potential counterfeits or infringements across online marketplaces, social media and the metaverse.

Our vision – IP 360: the future of intellectual property

Zacco takes care of our clients’ innovation, identity and digital assets – everything that you literally cannot put your finger on. We help define them, evaluate them, release their hidden value and protect them, now and in the future.

The world changes, and so do we. Zacco continuously evolves to best serve the changing needs of intellectual property. Digitalisation means that traditional borders or sectors may no longer apply and we have broadened our scope of services to meet the implications, threats and opportunities that emerge.

Due to our size, Zacco has specialists in almost all areas of intellectual property. Our service offerings cover the whole range of patent, trademark and design protection and litigation, as well as IP portfolio management, digital brand protection, cybersecurity and secure software development.

More than 150 years of experience with innovative thinking

We have a long history of working with international intellectual property, dating back to 1870. Through continuous focus on collaboration, the development and expansion of our services and our long-term growth strategy, Zacco has become one of Europe’s leading IP firms.

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