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Head of Intellectual Property at Arla Foods amba
Jakob Balling has more than 17 years of international IP experience. He started in the IP consultancy business, moved on to the IP department in a corporate law firm and has been with Arla Foods amba since 2007. Since 2015 Mr Balling has been head of Arla’s small IP team responsible for all IP matters in Arla across various categories, brands and countries, including all supplier relations and financial forecasts.
Between 2007 and 2008 Mr Balling set up a new way of working with trademarks in Arla with a fully outsourced setup; he therefore has extensive experience in dealing with supplier relations, maximising the output for the business while securing high performing, steady and stable supplier relations.
Taking on the broader role of IP director – with the added responsibility for both patents and IP agreements – has given him an even broader perspective and ability to provide the business with supreme advice and assistance working holistically with intellectual property.
As director of intellectual property Mr Balling has a deep commercial understanding and an extraordinary ability to speak the language of business, allowing him to get really close and facilitate truly business and legal risk-based discussions.