Bryn Aarflot AS

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“The quality and service at Bryn Aarflot is excellent; all its practitioners provide wonderful advice and the follow up is fantastic too. Clients feel really supported, and their proactivity when monitoring the patent landscape and advising on risk prevention is a major plus.” The one-stop shop has an impressive prosecution practice, which is nicely complemented by its cadre of lawyers and enforcement gurus, all of whom work together seamlessly to dispense a comprehensive service. Setting the tone from the top, Kristine Rekdal is a wise choice for complex mandates in need of a keen strategic eye. “Her expertise and experience prove invaluable in demanding patent cases”, rhapsodises one patron. “At the EPO she is most impressive and prepares meticulous arguments that convince even the most unpersuadable technical experts, while her knowledge and skill prove immensely useful when taking an application through to grant.” Chemistry is the métier of Marianne Weiby Wulff, “a super bright, diligent and reliable attorney that gives clear and commercially successful advice. For petrochemistry and oil and gas, Cécile Hermansen and Jon Heggstad are the names to note. “Cécile is a super skilled and client-oriented counsellor, as well as a talented drafter”, while Heggstad is an inventor at heart and lauded as a “down-to-earth and pragmatic adviser who finds the perfect balance when drafting a patent – broad, but specific enough to secure the optimum scope of protection”. Joining them in the IAM Patent 1000 this year is Harald Tafjord, “an experienced and highly strategic adviser with a keen understanding of his clients’ needs”. He brings another dimension to his practice, courtesy of his stints in-house at Ericsson and as an examiner at the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO).

Firm Profile

Bryn Aarflot AS is a full-service IP boutique and one of Norway’s leading IP firms. The firm provides services on all levels and across all disciplines of intellectual property and related areas of law, including patent, design and trademark clearance/FTO, filing and prosecution services, as well as legal assistance, enforcement and litigation services within said fields, copyrights, unfair competition and more. From its office in Oslo, Norway, the firm assists a number of foreign clients of all sizes in clearing, protecting, licensing and enforcing their intellectual property in Norway, as well as Norwegian companies with similar interests in Norway and abroad.

With a strong foothold in traditional patent and trademark prosecution services, while constantly looking to evolve and adapt according to market trends and demands, Bryn Aarflot has expanded its scope of services into the contentious arena and other aspects of IP-related services. Today, the firm stands out as one of Norway’s most successful full-service IP firms. By offering clients a full range of high-quality IP services, the company assists clients throughout the lifecycle of any intangible asset or IP right.

The company’s ability to put together strong in-house teams of lawyers and patent attorneys, tailored to handle patent matters within any technical field, also gives a significant competitive edge within the field of patent enforcement and litigation. The firm has represented several client’s in patent disputes and many of its patent attorneys have obtained significant experience in preparing and attending court hearings as advisers, expert witnesses and expert judges. During the past few years, the company’s IP disputes work has sharply increased, with several oppositions and cancellations, court hearings before both lower and higher courts in matters concerning patents, trademarks, designs, copyrights, domain names and unfair competition.

Bryn Aarflot is regularly recognised as a top-tier IP firm in Norway by a number of legal publications. The company was named “IP Firm of the Year” by Managing Intellectual Property in 2010, 2016, 2017 and 2020, and has been shortlisted for this award, and ranked as a top tier firm in both trademark and patent prosecution, each year for at least the past decade.

In 2015–2021, Bryn Aarflot was also ranked in the contentious categories for trademark/copyright and patent. Several of the firm’s attorneys are regularly named among the top professionals within their respective fields of expertise in different IP awards by other renowned publications, such as the IAM Patent 1000, WTR 1000, Who’s Who Legal, ILO Client Choice Awards (wins throughout 2013-2020) and Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides.

Several of the firm’s attorneys are actively engaged in national and international IP associations such as FONIP (Norwegian daughter association of FICPI), FICPI and sub-committees of INTA, and in giving lectures and writing articles for various professional publications.

The firm aims to be Norway’s most client-attentive, adaptive and service-minded IP firm, making the Bryn Aarflot name synonymous with proactive attendance to client interests and needs.

Network memberships

INTA, ECTA, AIPPI, EPI, FICPI, LES, Norwegian Bar Association

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