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The Patent 1000 focuses exclusively on patent practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal patent expertise.

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Following in the footsteps of its counterparts in countries including Sweden, Denmark and Norway, Zacco’s German arm makes its debut in the guide this year for its forward-thinking approach to IP consultancy, deep industry knowledge and prestigious and expanding client base. The firm has enviable geographical reach, thanks not only to an unparalleled pan-Scandinavian offering, but also to a base in the United Kingdom and an Indian office which serves as a gateway to the sub-continent’s booming economy. Its rainmakers are PhD biochemist Carsten Prusko and former Tetra Pak patent director Olav Jaeger. The “client-oriented” Prusko is praised for his “interpersonal skills and concise and coherent writing skills, deep scientific knowledge and flexible approach to portfolio management and oppositions”. Jaeger has “a great understanding of client needs, an unflinching ability to negotiate and settle problems before they become overwhelming, and excellent knowledge of both European and US patent procedure”.

Silver - Firms: prosecution

Innovation is the lifeblood of full-service consultancy Zacco, which makes it its mission to find the most creative, cost-effective solutions for its entrepreneurial client base. With some 500-plus professionals stationed in 32 countries across six countries, it is ideally placed to handle sprawling mandates that cross geographical borders. The depth and diversity of its bench are reflected in the inclusion of eight practitioners in the guide this year: Michael Schandorf SørensenCasper StruvePernille ThorsboeCamilla Rendal NielsenThomas SundienJens Jørgen Schmidt and Hans Christian Nielsen. “Amazing attorney” Schandorf is “super-creative, dependable and efficient”. Pharmaceutical sages Thorsboe and Rendal Nielsen know all the ins and outs of EPO applications and are highly sought after for litigation support. International filing campaigns are deftly handled by Rendal Nielsen, who has been honing her European, Chinese and US patent prosecution skills for over two decades. A font of wisdom on oppositions and appeals before the EPO, Sundien has carved a niche in oil drilling technologies and sits as a technical judge at the Maritime and Commercial High Court and the Eastern Appeal Court. Another EPO specialist, Jørgen Schmidt also plays a vital support role for thermal energy companies while game-changing licensing and deal support is provided with dexterity by Zacco’s chief operating officer and regional director, Christian Nielsen.

Highly-recommended - Firms: prosecution

Zacco’s USP is its uniquely personal touch: “Its attorneys are genuinely interested in clients’ inventions and make them feel confident in their knowledge and dedication from the outset.” With a 500-strong team operating out of 32 offices in six countries, the group is ideally placed to manage large-scale portfolios and prosecute applications globally. As a reflection of its diverse talent and strength in depth, eight of its practitioners in Sweden feature in the IAM Patent 1000 this year: Jörgen Linde, Michael Byström, Sofia Larsson, Paul Winblad, Ulf Juhlin-Dannfelt, Tommy Somlo, Hampus Rystedt and Martin Tranälv. Former DNA analysis research engineer and oppositions ace Linde holds down the chemistry and life sciences division together with Byström, “one of the best European attorneys for multi-jurisdictional filing and coordination”, who was recently made director of international business. Medical device whizz Larsson is “detail oriented, fantastic with technology and very skilled in the mechanical and electrical areas”. “Quality and speed” characterise the service of former PRV examiner Winblad: “He is easy to collaborate with and flexible in his approach.” For meticulous applications in the mechanics and automotive sectors, Juhlin-Dannfelt has it locked down. Also in mechanics, Somlo is another former examiner who knows the optimum route through to grant – something he shares with life sciences maestro Rystedt. “Hampus is super-knowledgeable, awesome to work with and one of the best attorneys in Sweden.” Those in search of holistic protection need look no further than Tranälv, a dual-qualified attorney who navigates complex technologies with consummate ease.

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Unrivalled in its geographical reach, full-service consultancy Zacco operates out of 30 bases in six countries and has a pan-European presence like no other firm on the Norwegian patent market. It consistently seeks to develop its offering and has lately been focusing on emerging trends such as artificial intelligence and digitalisation. Anne Sønstevold, Hans Langan and Rikard Mikalsen form an A-star line-up. As a former research scientist at GE Healthcare and the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, Sønstevold prosecutes with finesse in the chemistry, life sciences and healthcare sectors. With over two decades in the game, Langan has carved a niche in mechanical engineering, where his strategic planning really shines through. IAM Patent 1000 newcomer Mikalsen “stands out for his ability to grasp new technical concepts and ability to identify crucial claims. He is a genuinely trustworthy professional, his responsiveness is stellar and he comes highly recommended as the go-to attorney in Europe”.

Firm Profile

Zacco is a true European full-service consultancy with a 360-degree approach to intellectual property. With more than 500 IP professionals, including over 125 authorised patent attorneys and over 75 authorised trademark and design attorneys and attorneys at law, we cover seven European jurisdictions – EUIPO/EPO, the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland. Zacco as a firm and many of our attorneys have achieved top-tier rankings and recommendations from Managing Intellectual Property, World Trademark Review, Intellectual Asset Management and The Legal 500 that vouch for the outstanding quality of our services. We are the leading one-stop shop for handling European cases.

Patent, trademark and design prosecution

Zacco’s offices serving the EPO, EUIPO, Norway, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark mean that clients need only a single point of contact to handle all their IP prosecution in seven European jurisdictions. Zacco is ranked as a Tier 1 firm in several of the countries mentioned above, and a considerable number of the firm’s attorneys have achieved individual recommendations in well-established IP rankings too.

Thanks to our impressive number of patent attorneys, many of them authorised European patent attorneys, Zacco has an expert ready to serve clients in most technology fields. Clients will find a great match for their needs, no matter whether their invention relates to chemistry, mechanics or biotech, or in the areas of digitalisation, software and artificial intelligence.

Our trademark and design practice assists all industries with filing and prosecution, availability and infringement opinions and has a special focus on EU trademark and Community design practice, including oppositions, cancellations and appeals before the EUIPO.

Litigation and disputes

When in need of experts in IP litigation and dispute matters, clients can rely on Zacco to represent them across seven jurisdictions. Unlike a traditional law firm, we are renowned experts in intellectual property, meaning that we have both the legal and the technical expertise in-house to successfully represent your interests. Our experts can represent you directly or provide litigation support to another legal counsel that acts as your trusted representative before the authorities.

In contrast to many other IP firms in Scandinavia, Zacco also provides the full range of IP legal services cross border. These services are offered through cooperation with law firms and lawyers working and sharing offices with Zacco throughout Scandinavia and in Germany.

The legal practice serves all industries with legal advice and assistance in connection with the drafting and negotiation of contracts relating to intellectual property, the EU General Data Protection Regulation and other compliance matters, advertising and e-commerce, litigation, domain name conflict resolution, establishment of customs surveillance and other measures for the prevention or combat of counterfeiting.

Zacco’s lawyers have successfully represented international clients in proceedings before the national courts and the European Court of Justice.

Our vision – IP 360: the future of intellectual property

Zacco takes care of its clients’ innovation, identity and digital assets – everything that you literally cannot put your finger on. We protect these assets, we give our clients ownership and make them theirs to keep – now and in the future.

Due to its size, Zacco has specialists in almost all areas of intellectual property. Our service offerings cover the whole range of patent, trademark and design protection and litigation, as well as secure software development, digital brand protection, cybersecurity and portfolio management.

The world changes, and so do we. Zacco is constantly evolving and adjusting to its surroundings. With a recent broadening of its scope of services, Zacco is focused on meeting the implications and possibilities of digitalisation. This broadening involves applying a 360-degree perspective on intellectual property, including cybersecurity and software. The overall purpose is to guard all intangible assets of Zacco’s clients.

150 years’ experience in innovative thinking

We have a long history as an international IP consultancy dating back to 1870. Through continuous focus on developing and expanding our services and our long-term growth strategy, Zacco has become one of Europe’s largest and most experienced IP consulting firms. 

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