Bryn Aarflot AS

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Storied boutique Bryn Aarflot has all the technical expertise you could wish for: its practitioners often serve as expert judges and witnesses, and the one-stop shop assembles multi-disciplinary teams of lawyers and patent attorneys who work hand in glove to tackle high-stakes briefs across every industry. First among equals is Kristine Rekdal, who leads the patent division. She has a flair for fostering innovation within the start-up community and a magnificent success rate before the EPO. Those faced with conundrums in the chemistry arena would be hard pressed to find better counsel than Marianne Weiby Wulff: “She is incredibly bright and diligent, and her advice is both clear and thorough.” Joining the pair in the IAM Patent 1000 this year are Cécile Hermansen and Jon Heggstad, who both attract glowing reports. “Cecile’s deep biotechnology insight and brilliant communication have been crucial to our operations,” enthuses one client. “She has a tactical approach, and assesses any weak points in a patent and any discrepancies to ensure a successful outcome in each case.” Mechanical engineer Heggstad “makes life very easy for busy companies – he takes care of any changes and deadlines that may arise with utmost professionalism, and stakeholders feel comfortable leaving matters in his hands”.

Firm Profile

Bryn Aarflot  is a full-service IP boutique and one of Norway’s leading IP firms. It provides services at all levels and across all disciplines of intellectual property and related areas of law, including patent, design and trademark clearance/freedom to operate, filing and prosecution services, as well as legal assistance, enforcement and litigation services within said fields, copyright, 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.

Established in 1947, Bryn Aarflot has strong roots and a long history in the IP environment. Over the years, the firm has built solid and valuable professional relationships with a large network of highly qualified attorneys, law firms and IP agents across the globe, enabling swift and adequate handling of virtually any IP-related challenge its clients may meet, without territorial boundaries.

With a strong foothold in traditional patent and trademark prosecution services, Bryn Aarflot has expanded its scope of services into the contentious arena and other aspects of IP-related services, while constantly looking to evolve and adapt according to market trends and demands. 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, Bryn Aarflot assists clients throughout the lifecycle of any intangible asset or IP right.

The firm is one of Norway’s largest of its kind, with a strong team of highly experienced lawyers and European patent attorneys covering all fields of technology, intellectual property and related areas of law. It also has a highly experienced administrative staff, ensuring diligent monitoring and handling of deadlines and formal requirements.

During the past years, the firm’s litigation work has sharply increased, with several court hearings before both lower and higher courts in matters concerning patents, trademarks, designs, copyright, domain names and unfair competition.

A small team of the firm’s lawyers is now working primarily on contentious matters across all disciplines of intellectual property, with a particular focus on patents, trademarks, design and unfair competition.

The firm currently counts 24 attorneys, including 15 European patent attorneys, of which nine are partners. Of the nine attorneys at law, eight are also partners. In addition, the firm’s chief executive officer, Kristine Aarflot – also a senior partner at the firm – has approximately 20 years of experience as a trademark attorney.

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 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 2015-2020, Bryn Aarflot was also ranked in the contentious categories for trademarks/copyright and patents. Several of the firm’s attorneys are regularly named among the top professionals within their respective fields of expertise for 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 2013-2019) and Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides.

Bryn Aarflot made the top rankings in the WTR 1000 for the years 2011 to 2020 and several of its partners were listed in the individual rankings for each of these years. In the 2018, 2019 and 2020 editions of the WTR 1000, the firm had more individuals listed than any other Norwegian firm.

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