Jakob Balling

Head, IP at Arla Foods amba

Jakob Balling is an open-minded, business-oriented, pragmatic, hard-working IP specialist with a global focus and mind-set and an ability to define, pursue and reach relevant targets and objectives.

As director and head of intellectual property at Arla Foods, Mr Balling has the global responsibility for defining, protecting and enforcing all intellectual property within the Arla group of companies. He manages a strong in-house IP team of five full-time equivalents responsible for all IP agreement and patent-related activities across the group. In addition, he manages an outsourced team of four to six full-time equivalents responsible for all trademark and design right matters. He also oversees relations with the group’s global domain name supplier. Mr Balling is responsible for the development and implementation of all IP directives, policies and strategies at Arla.

In addition, Mr Balling has developed a sharp eye for legal tech solutions and has assumed responsibility for system solutions for Arla’s legal team. In this role he has successfully led the process of implementing a legal case management system. He also leads the process of defining the legal team’s digital strategy. 

Prior to joining Arla in 2007, Mr Balling spent the first part of his career as an IP consultant at Zacco (Denmark) and as an attorney at law in law firm Gorissen’s IP department. 

Professional associations

  • INTA


  • Food/beverage

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Arla Foods amba
Viby J

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