Intellectual and industrial pro­perty rights

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.


Horten recognised as leading law firm by Legal 500

13 April 2018

Horten is recognised as leading law firm within a wide range of legal disciplines. At the same time, 26 partners are nominated as being among the best legal advisers in Denmark.

IP Stars: Horten is the leading adviser within patents and trademarks

5 April 2018

The leading international guide to the best IP companies and advisers, IP Stars, has nominated Horten among the leading advisers in Denmark within patents and trademarks.

Horten achieves unique distinction within patent law

16 March 2018

The international guide of the world’s best law firms within patent law, IAM Patent 1000, has nominated Horten as the leading law firm in Denmark within patent law. Further, Senior Counsel Ole Damsbo is nominated the honorary title “Luminary” as the only Dane.

New rankings from Chambers

13 March 2018

Chambers, the leading international guide to the best law firms, ranks Horten as one of the best in the country yet again.

Chambers nominates Horten as Greenland expert

21 February 2018

The recognised international ranking agency Chambers has ranked Horten as one of the country’s leading law firms specialised in the conditions prevailing in Greenland.

Unique cooperation between Horten and Symbion

5 February 2018

Horten has entered into unique cooperation with Symbion and Accelerace where we will make a team of lawyers available for start-up businesses at the shared office facilities Horten CoLab.

Horten obtains top ranking in WTR1000

26 January 2018

World Trademark Review 1000 recently published its rankings for 2018. Once again, Horten obtained a top ranking.

New Managing Partner at Horten

2 January 2018

Finn Schwarz, Attorney and Partner, has been appointed Managing Partner of Horten Law Firm as of 1 January 2018.

Judgment in the Coty case: Prohibition against use of third party's online platform was not unlawful

12 December 2017

On 6 December 2017, the European Court of Justice ruled that cosmetics manufacturer Coty's prohibition against internet sale via third parties was not unlawful.

European ip rights in Great Britain after Brexit

19 September 2017

Great Britain's exit from the EU will create uncertainty for both British and EU27 companies in relation to the extent and protection of intellectual property rights in Great Britain. It is therefore of great interest and importance to clarify the consequences of Great Britain’s exit and how to handle them.

The edtech company Labster announces Series A investment

7 September 2017

Labster recently announced a Series A investment round of $ 10 million with the participation of the venture capital funds Balderton Capital and Northzone.

The Maritime and Commercial High Court states: Hästens' trademark infringed

18 August 2017

The Maritime and Commercial High Court has ruled that Hästens Sängar AB’s blue check pattern is a (well-known) trademark in Denmark. The manufacturer Nordicform AS, Magasin and a number of other distributors have thereby infringed Hästens’ trademark rights and violated the Danish Marketing Practices Act by selling bedclothes with the blue check pattern, and they must pay compensation.

Still waiting for a European Patent Court

20 June 2017

The agreement concerning the European Patent Court is once again delayed. The agreement concerning the establishment of a so-called unitary patent and a joint patent court was planned to come into force in December 2017, but this will presumably not be the case.

Horten advances in new Chambers and Legal 500 rankings

19 April 2017

In 2017, the leading international ranking agencies, Legal 500 and Chambers, are once again ranking Horten among the best law firms in Denmark.

Global Leaders in Law appoints Horten as exclusive partner for Denmark

10 January 2017

Global Leaders in Law, the leading global general counsel forum based in London, and Horten has announced partnership. Appointed as a global bronze partner, Horten will sponsor the activities of Global Leaders in Law in 2017.

Horten on two committees at the Confederation of Danish Industry, DI

3 October 2016

DI has re-appointed Søren Hornbæk Svendsen as member of the Energy and Climate Policy Committee and Nina Henningsen as member of the Media Policy Committee.

Internet media under pressure because of new EU ruling

15 September 2016

The latest ruling on hyper links and copyright confirms previous case law and adds a new rule of presumption, which may threaten the existence of some Internet media.

Easier for customs to stop copied products

14 September 2016

According to new EU rules, the owner of a product must, in the event of a trademark dispute, prove that the product is not a copy.

Circle K wins over OK in legal action concerning a new logo - Horten assisted Circle K

25 August 2016

Horten has assisted Circle K in a legal action against OK. OK claimed that Circle K's new logo infringed the company's trademark rights to OK and was therefore contrary to the Trademark Act.

New rules on trade secrets in the pipeline

27 June 2016

At the end of 2013, the European Commission presented a draft directive on the legal protection of trade secrets. After more than two years' negotiations between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Member States, political agreement was reached on a final draft shortly before Christmas. The revised directive was finally adopted by the Council on 26 May 2016.

Horten is promoted to the gold tier for 2016 in IAM Patent 1000

8 June 2016

Glowing reports from peers and patrons see Horten promoted to the gold tier for 2016. It is “a force to be reckoned with in high-stakes litigation”.

Horten Corporate Day 2016 - Danish companies at the forefront

18 March 2016

At Horten's Corporate Day 2016 on 16 March, Danish and foreign executives and experts gave their views on the trends and opportunities of the Danish business sector. Horten will repeat the success next year with Horten Corporate Day 2017.

The Eastern High Court: Pressalit infringed Tivoli's trademark and breached the licence agreement

2 March 2016

In January 2016, the Eastern High Court ruled in the appeal proceedings between Tivoli A/S and Pressalit Group A/S.

New online dispute portal and requirements for web shops

19 January 2016

In the future, all Danish and EU web shops must link to the pan-European online dispute portal ODR (Online Dispute Resolution). ODR will be available from 15 February 2016.

New survey: Horten among the best within trademarks

18 January 2016

The recognised international magazine World Trademark Review (WTR) elects Horten as one of the country's leading advisers within trademark law.