Senior Partner at Bryn Aarflot AS
Jon D Heggstad started out as an examiner at the Norwegian Intellectual Property Office (NIPO) in 1993 and worked as an IP coordinator at start-up Alvern ASA from 1996 to 1998. There he was responsible for quickly expanding the IP portfolio, including international patents and designs, for plastic products and displays used for marketing purposes. He joined Bryn Aarflot in 1998.
Mr Heggstad provides advice on strategic patenting issues, patent drafting and prosecution, IP analyses and freedom-to-operate opinions, as well as patent oppositions, infringement analyses and proceedings. He is also experienced in strategic IP planning and patent portfolio management. In addition, he performs different searches – for instance, to identify prior art or third-party rights. He represents clients before the NIPO, the EPO and the Patent Cooperation Treaty authorities, and acts as primary agent for patent families including other national counterparts.
Mr Heggstad has experience as a lay assessor with specialist knowledge in patent cases before the Norwegian courts, has represented clients in several cases in Norwegian courts and before the NIPO Board of Appeal. He is a member of the Norwegian mediation committee for employee inventions.
Mr Heggstad’s practice involves mechanical engineering, typically representing clients within the subsea fluid production, including oil, gas and desalinated water; fishing and fish farming equipment; offshore decommissioning; marine equipment; energy production; aluminium production; and domestic appliances.
Mr Heggstad holds a BEng (Hons) from Glasgow University and the Oslo College of Engineering, specialising in mechanical engineering. He has been a European patent attorney since 2008.
Mr Heggstad is a member of the European Patent Institute, the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys, the Association of Norwegian Patent Agents and the Norwegian Society of Graduate Technical and Scientific Professionals (known as Tekna).