Protector IP


Pilestredet 33

Tel:+47 2295 7440

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Key contacts:

Managing Director: Petter Westnes
Head of Patent Department: Arild Tofting
Head of Legal Department: Christoffer Vedal

Quick facts:

Established: 1998
Number of Partners: 10
Number of IP Practitioners: 15
Languages: Norwegian, English, German, Chinese, Finnish, Danish, Swedish

Protector IP Consultants is the IP consultancy that puts quality before quantity and long-time business relationships before short term profit. Whether our client is a multinational corporation or an entrepreneur, we strive to provide the best tailor-suited service according to the client's needs.

We are a lean and efficient IPR agency with a total number of 20 highly skilled professionals. We work closely with our clients and to find the best and most efficient solutions to our clients' intellectual property needs. We strive to understand the company strategy of our clients and closely link our advices on IPR strategy to this.

We represent clients before the Norwegian Patent Office (Patentstyret), the Eurpoean Patent Office (EPO). and the EUIPO (former OHIM).

In countries where we cannot represent clients directly, we choose among the best attorneys in our network. We strive to have personal knowledge of the agents we use in each country. This ensures high quality work in all foreign prosecution.

We are different. First and foremost because we are personal, direct and seamless in meeting our customers, but also because our expertise and experience enable a holistic approach to the customer's IP needs.


Our key services:

  • IP Protection - Patents, Trademarks, Designs, Domain names, Copyright, Trade Secret
  • IP Strategy & IP Portfolio Management
  • IP Legal Services - Licensing, Contracts, Agreements, Due Diligence
  • IP Enforcement & Conflicts - Administrative measures, Negotiations, Judicial conflicts
  • IP Investigations & Surveillance - Preliminary Searches, Freedom to Operate, Surveillance


Our Clients:

Some of the largest Norwegian companies, such as Aker Solutions, Nortura, Bring/Posten and Fred. Olsen & Co., have chosen us as their IP consultant. We also serve smaller companies that are in the forefront of their field, such as Norrøna, Laerdal Medical and Roxar. 


Our people:

In addition to Christoffer Vedal, head of legal department and recognized among the World’s Leading Trademark Professionals by WTR 1000, we are proud to have Ida Marie Daae and Thomas Hvammen Nicholson, former examiner with EUIPO among our experienced attorneys. Ingeborg Alme Råsberg is our latest addition to our legal team. She brings with her a strong track record from both the Nowegian Patent Authority and EUIPO.

In the patent field, we have Bjarne G. Coward, who has been recognized by IAM as a master tactician. In addition, we have the experienced litigation assistant and former Reporter General of FICPI's CET commission, Arild Tofting, EPI Board Member and optical measurement specialist, Dag E. Thrane, material technology specialist and former independent inventor, Espen Hov, electro-technical and mechincal expert, Krister Mindrebø, and Anne-Gro Bildøe Imset, a mechincal expert with more than 8 years of experience from the Norwegian Patent Office and currently a Coach for Students in the Candidate Support Project organized by EPO in collaboration with EPI. 

Our Managing Director, Petter Westnes, is an experienced IP strategist. He comes from the customer side and has managed large international IP portfolios for many years.


Last updated 3rd September 2020


Practice Areas: Copyright & related rights, Designs, Intellectual property (contentious), Intellectual property (prosecution), IP transactions, Patent, Patent contentious, Patent prosecution, Trade mark, Trade mark contentious, Trade mark prosecution

Sector Expertise: Electrical, Electronics, Construction & materials, Industrials, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Hospitality & leisure, Agriculture, Advertising, Automotive, Defence, Medical device, Mining, Oil & gas, Optics & photonics, Professional services, Retail, Robotics, Semiconductors, Sports, Technology hardware, Telecommunication, Real estate, Renewable energy, Transport, Universities & research, Computer technology & services, Aerospace, Fashion & luxury goods, ICT & software, Logistics, Media, Nanotechnology, Utilities


  • FICPI - Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle
  • AIPPI - International Association for Protection of Intellectual Property
  • LES - Licensing Executive Society
  • NIR - Norsk Forening for Industrielt Rettsvern
  • EPI - European Patent Institute Counsil
  • FONIP - Foreningen for Norske IP-rådgivere
  • NAIPA - Norwegian Association of Intellectual Property Administrators
  • INTA - International Trade Mark Association
  • NACG - Norwegian Anti Counterfeit Group
  • PTMG - Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group
  • MARQUES - The Association of European Trade Mark Owners