Zacco is a true European full-service consultancy with a 360-degree approach to intellectual property. We are more than 500 IP professionals including over 125 authorised patent attorneys and over 75 authorised Trademark and Design Attorneys and attorneys-at-law covering seven European jurisdictions – EUIPO/EPO, UK, 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 Legal 500 that vouch for the outstanding quality of our services. We are the leading “one single point of contact” for handling European cases.
Patent, Trademark and Design Prosecution
Through our European offices and the local expertise Zacco cover the following jurisdictions in Europe: EPO, EUIPO, Norway, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark, meaning that you only need one point of contact to handle all your patent prosecution in seven European jurisdictions. Zacco is ranked as a tier-1 firm in several of the mentioned countries, and a considerable number of our attorneys have achieved individual recommendations in well-established IP rankings.
Thanks to our impressive number of patent attorneys, many of them authorised European Patent Attorneys, Zacco can provide you with an expert for your specific field of technology. You will find a great match for your needs, no matter if you have an invention within chemistry, mechanics or biotech, or in the areas of digitalisation, software and AI.
Generally, our trademark and design practice assists all industries with filing and prosecution, availability and infringement opinions and has a special focus on European trademark and design practice, including oppositions, cancellations and appeals before the EU Intellectual Property Office.
Litigation and Disputes
When in need of experts within IP litigation and dispute matters, we at Zacco can represent our clients ourselves within these jurisdictions: EUIPO/EPO, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Unlike a traditional law firm we are renowned experts on IP, meaning that we have both the legal and the technical expertise in-house to successfully represent your interests.
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 by a cooperation of 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, GDPR 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 can’t put your finger on. We protect them, 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 of 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 developed into one of Europe’s largest and most experienced IP consulting firms.
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.
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
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.
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.
Acapo is one of the leading Intellectual Property consultancy firms in Norway with offices in Bergen, Oslo, Trondheim and Fredrikstad. Acapo deals exclusively with intellectual property rights, and we cover the whole range og IPR services. We represent a large number of successful national and international companies as well as several research institutions with respect to their intellectual rights. We always aim for the highest degree of quality and service.
Our services include advisory services within all fields of IPR. Filing and prosecution of applications for European and Norwegian patents is within our core field of business. Our lawyers attend to litigation of cases pertaining to i.a. patents, trademarks and marketing law. The highly skilled staff of Acapo handles filing of applications for Norwegian trademark and design registrations.
As a full-serviced IPR-firm, Acapo also attend to maintenance of patents, and design and trademark registrations.
Memberships: INTA, FICPI, ITMA, EPI, The Norwegian Patent Attorney Association , Marques, LESI, The Norwegian Bar Association.
Håmsø Patentbyrå AS is one of Norway’s leading firms of patent and trademark attorneys. The firm acts for a variety of clients, including individuals, SMEs, research institutions and corporates - to obtain and maintain patents, registered trademarks and registered designs.
In the area of patents, the firm has a solid foundation of EQE qualified European Patent Attorneys who specialise in drafting and prosecuting patent applications. Over recent years, the firm has been one of the top filers of new patent applications from private practice prosecution firms in Norway.
The firm is regularly and increasingly instructed by overseas patent and trademark firms, e.g. private practice firms from the USA and elsewhere, to represent clients locally at the European Patent Office (as well as the Norwegian IP Office). We are regularly called upon to assist in litigation, questions of infringement and validity, due diligence and product clearance work.
We represent clients directly before the Norwegian IP Office and the European Patent Office. In the last couple of years, we have also acted directly in oral hearings including in opposition proceedings at the EPO. Several of our attorneys are certified to act or have practiced in other European jurisdictions. This provides us with in depth international experience, and on this basis we also act directly in certain proceedings before other IP offices in Europe, such as the UK, Sweden and Denmark. We also routinely prosecute cases for clients in proceedings before other IP offices in jurisdictions worldwide through our network of overseas associate attorneys.
Seven different nationalities are represented in our team of attorneys. The team draws on experience from private practice and in-house IPR departments from major European jurisdictions. The patent team members all have technical degrees, and several attorneys have practical experience from engineering or technology companies. Furthermore, several of our patent attorneys are PhD qualified.
Håmsø Patentbyrå AS is the Scandinavian representative of the pan-European AIPEX-network which specialises in bespoke, one-point-of-contact IP solutions and management for international technology companies with significant European IP portfolios. Håmsø Patentbyrå AS continues to act as regional counsel within AIPEX on large patent portfolios for such companies.
Håmsø Patentbyrå AS has experienced 70 years of continuous growth. In 2019, ownership changed hands to a new partnership of seven of the firm's existing team including its CEO, head of patent department, head of trademark and design department and several European qualified patent attorneys.
Our head office is in the Stavanger region of South West Norway, in what is arguably the most innovative region of the country. The firm continues to enjoy a solid local client base and regular instructions for new patent and trademark filings from domestic and international companies.
Foreningen for norske IP-rådgivere (FONIP)
Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (FICPI)
Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI)
The Netherlands Institute of Patent Attorneys
The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (UK)
Norwegian Association of Intellectual Property Administrators (NAIPA)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
A European association representing the interests of brand owners (Marques)