The strategic and economic significance of IP has developed intensely in recent decades, and the development seems to continue at a very rapid pace. IP is therefore the most important asset or one of the most important assets to an increasing number of companies. Moreover, the rules governing IP are changing continuously to reflect the rapidly changing technological and commercial reality. The rules are becoming increasingly complicated and internationalised, which imposes substantial demands on companies' ability to navigate.

There is thus a great demand for advanced and highly specialised IP advice if companies are to obtain optimal conditions for developing, exploiting and protecting their IP potential. And IP expertise cannot stand alone as companies' products and marketing are increasingly regulated by complex acts and executive orders or by EU regulation. 

our experience and expertise

At Horten, we have kept abreast of the development and, today, we have one of the largest and most specialised IP teams advising companies within all areas of IP, including regulatory advice where relevant.

We have advised Danish and foreign companies and authorities on IP through many years and have thus gained insight into various industries and sectors as well as the commercial reality and challenges facing companies.

We offer our in-depth IP expertise and experience within specific legal disciplines such as patents, trademarks, design, parallel imports and copyright

We have a comprehensive international network and cooperate closely with foreign IP experts across the world. Therefore, we also have great insight into IT issues and special regulation in many countries on a global level.

We are among the law firms with the most experience in IP litigation. Through the years, we have conducted many cases - often high-profile cases of general public importance - before all courts, including the European Court of Justice, as an advisor to Danish and foreign companies. 

As mentioned, our IP advice is not restricted to pure legal advice, but involves also a strategic and commercial angle with high standards of integrity and creative thinking.

Our IP experts' detailed knowledge of regulatory affairs and in-depth insight into industries in which intellectual property law plays an important role include e.g. Life Science & Healthcare (including pharmaceuticals, medico, biotech and foods), Media & Entertainment as well as IT.

We also work intensively on the often very complicated, increasingly comprehensive and cross-border IP infringements via the Internet. Our IP and IT law experts have great technological insight into digital platforms and media and the new constantly developing technological means of communication.

They are responsive, knowledgeable and very pragmatic.

Chambers, 2018

Highly skilled and experienced, attentive and innovative.

Chambers, 2018

Top-tier operation Horten effortlessly dispatches mandates across the IP spectrum and also has a sophisticated take on related regulatory affairs. The firm’s creatively commercial approach and extensive global network are boons for domestic and international players alike.

IAM Patent 1000, 2017

The lawyers know what they are talking about. They have a broad depth.

Chambers Europe, 2017

What we do

  • Drafting IP strategies
  • Strategic considerations on IP issues
  • Enforcement of rights
  • Transfer, cooperation on and licensing of rights
  • Litigation concerning infringement, validity and restraining injunctions - including preservation of evidence
  • Disputes before national and international administrative bodies and arbitration tribunals
  • Due diligence in connection with M&A and transfers of assets
  • Management of rights portfolios, including clearing, application, registration, maintenance of trademarks, domains and design.
  • Product imitations 

    Horten has wide experience in cases concerning product imitations, including litigation. We assist Danish and foreign companies in connection with planning, commercialisation and enforcement of their design rights. We also have comprehensive experience in transfer and licensing of design rights.

    Our clients are from all areas where product design plays a special role, and we advise Danish and foreign companies of all sizes.

    Contacts:
    Jens Jakob Bugge
    Anders Valentin

  • Patents and utility models 

    Horten is among the leading law firms within patent law. Our patent attorneys have in-depth expertise within:

    • Litigation concerning infringement, validity and restraining injunctions.
    • Agreements on transfer of patents, patent licences, research agreements, development agreements, secrecy agreements, etc.
    • Due diligence examinations in connection with M&A, audits, etc.
    • Strategic considerations concerning enforcement of patents, commercialisation, etc.
    • Coordination of international cases

    We are capable of providing expert advice requiring technical knowledge and understanding and quickly understand complicated characteristics regarding the patented product and the market conditions on which the individual patent owner operates. We are involved both on the strategic and the tactical level, and we are creative, innovative and visionary in our advice.

    Our patent experts have wide experience in regulatory affairs, special insight into the Life Science sector, including medico and biotech, and a comprehensive network of leading patent agents and scientists in Denmark and abroad.

    Contacts:
    Ole Damsbo
    Anders Valentin

  • trademarks

    Horten has solid experience advising all types of enterprises where trademarks and business features constitute an important asset and element in the company's strategy and market position. Our clients include Danish and foreign listed companies and global organisations.

    Our trademark experts have experience within all aspects of trademark law - from strategic planning and the establishment of exclusive rights to the execution, enforcement and management of rights. We are among the most experienced law firms within trademark disputes and have conducted many high-profile cases before Danish courts and the European Court of Justice.

    Horten has its own IP management team managing Danish and foreign companies' IP portfolios in cooperation with other leading foreign advisers from our international network. The team cooperates closely with the other teams thus ensuring advice that includes not only IP aspects, but also other legal, strategic and commercial aspects.

    Contacts:
    Jens Jakob Bugge
    Christian Kragelund

  • Parallel imports

    Horten is a leading advisor within parallel imports and has conducted numerous cases in this specific area. We have special expertise with regard to parallel imports within the clothing industry, Life Science, machinery and means of transportation.

    We advise companies with products that are subject to parallel imports as well as parallel importers.

    Contacts:
    Jens Jakob Bugge

  • Copyright

    Horten has many years' experience advising both authors and companies exploiting  works and products enjoying copyright protection. We assist in connection with:

    • Litigation (injunctions, civil cases and preservation of evidence)
    • Commercialisation
    • Assignment and licensing
    • Assessment of copyright protection

    In addition, Horten's copyright experts have wide experience conducting litigation regarding product imitations on the basis of the provisions of the Copyright Act and the Marketing Practices Act.

    Contacts:
    Nina Henningsen
    Anders Valentin
    Jens Jakob Bugge

our team

Anders Valentin

Partner

Jens Jakob Bugge

Partner

Christian Kragelund

Partner

Nina Henningsen

Partner

Asger Heine Jensen

Partner

Ole Damsbo

Senior Counsel

Christina Andrea Johannesen

Senior Attorney

Cecilie Frost Adamsen

Assistant Attorney

Christian Frydenlund

Assistant Attorney

Isabella Juncker

Assistant Attorney

Maria Pilh Arendsdorf Bengtsen

Assistant Attorney

Patris Hajrizaj

Assistant Attorney

Rasmus Korsgaard

Assistant Attorney

Niels Schou-Andreasen

Trainee Attorney