Potter Clarkson expands full-service IP practice in Europe with 'premier league' hires

Full-service IP law firm Potter Clarkson is growing its presence in mainland Europe, following the acquisition of a three-strong team to its Danish operations. Leading intellectual property practitioner Lars Karnøe, together with associates Jakob Andersen and Louise Aaby Jørgensen, will join the firm from 1st July 2020.

The appointments mark a significant point in the firm’s growth in the Nordic region, further enhancing its trade mark credentials and paving the way to offering the full range of IP services from its Danish offices.

With more than 25 years’ experience working at established Danish firms, Lars Karnøe is an experienced IP lawyer and highly respected as an intellectual property consultant with specialist expertise in the food sector. He also plays an active role in the IP industry, holding panel and committee posts for the International Trademark Association (INTA) and European Commission Trademark Association, and is an affiliate professor at the University of Aarhus.

Commenting on his reasons for joining Potter Clarkson, Lars Karnøe said:

For anyone looking to work for a high calibre international firm within Denmark, Potter Clarkson is the obvious choice. The firm’s clear ambition to grow and develop, and to evolve at a pace in line with the needs of clients is also refreshing in our industry. I really enjoy being able to support a client at every stage in their IP journey, so the full-service, integrated approach at Potter Clarkson is particularly appealing.

“At this stage in my career, the right cultural fit was particularly important. I wanted to join a firm that would give me access to quality work, but also in an environment that I would enjoy. I knew from my first meetings with the team that it is a firm of straightforward and friendly people.”

Jakob Andersen joins the firm as a consultant bringing more than 10 years’ experience in IP litigation and trade marks. He is also at the forefront of integrating effective technology solutions with traditional IP services, having developed AI-enabled IP asset management tool, Oblima.

Having established a good grounding in all aspects of IP practice during the past three years, following her graduation from the University of Aarhus, Louise Aaby Jørgensen has a particular interest in design-led innovation and data protection. Like all Potter Clarkson associates, she will benefit from the firm’s comprehensive professional development as she builds a dedicated client portfolio.

Steve Smith, managing partner of the Potter Clarkson Group, said:

In Lars, Jakob, and Louise, we have a premier league line-up. Lars is a heavy weight in the IP world with gold standard credentials and I know his clients and colleagues alike will value his wise counsel.

“Amid the challenges we all currently face, I feel particularly proud to welcome such a strong team to our firm at this time - all of whom I know will play their part in cementing Potter Clarkson’s position as the number one IP law firm in Europe.”

The new appointments follow a period of sustained growth for the Potter Clarkson Group during the past four years, during which it has established a rapidly growing litigation and licensing practice and opened new offices in key European locations, including Aarhus, Copenhagen, Stockholm and London.