As a lawyer I am engaged in the protection and enforcement of designs from innovative companies on a daily basis. In a creative, knowledge-based society as Denmark, design is one of our most important selling points in the global competition. Studies show that companies that specifically focus on their intellectual property rights outperform other companies in their industry both locally and globally.
Personally, I have long been interested in design and the design process, as many Danes are. However, as a lawyer the design concept is for me defined by the Council Regulation on Community Designs: “A design means the appearance of the whole or a part of a product resulting from the features of, in particular, the lines, contours, colours, shape, texture and/or materials of the product itself and/or its ornamentation.”
My most important job as a lawyer representing companies with designs is to make sure that these companies obtain reasonable legal protection for the contribution that their designs have made to our joint design heritage. Design is always on the move, and lawyers and courts that work with designs must try to strike the right balance between the designer’s exclusive right and free competition.
Kasper is a partner in the intellectual property department of Plesner Law Firm. In international rating publications, he is recognized as one of the leading attorneys in the fields of trademarks and designs in Denmark, and he represents both Danish and foreign clients in court cases. Kasper has authored several articles on intellectual property rights, and he gives lectures both in Denmark and other countries. He is a member of the MARQUES organization working to safeguard the interests of the world’s largest trademark and design companies. Kasper has studied both in the US and in the UK.