Sture Rygaard

Attorney-at-Law, Partner

Sture Rygaard's primary practice area is patent law. He is a very experienced litigator and represents a number of pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device clients as well as clients in the construction industry, tech/software and agricultural sector.

Sture became President of the European Patent Lawyer's Association (EPLAW) in 2022. He has been a member of the EPLAW board since 2017. 

Sture is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars, for instance: 

  • The first EPLAW Webinar on the Unified Patent Court (UPC) - February 2022; 
  • C5’s Pharma & Biotech Patent Litigation in Europe Conference in Amsterdam (update on SPC practice and UPC aspects) - May 2022; 
  • Co-organizer of a conference on the UPC together with the Danish Employer's Confederation - June 2022; 
  • EPLAW Congress 2022 in Brussels (on lis pendens in the UPC) - December 2022 

He is co-author of a comprehensive book on the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and a number of other IP publications.

Sture also represents clients in other IP matters, including IP contracts, transactions, strategy and trademark litigation.

Sture was Chairman of the AIPPI Standing Committee on Trade Secrets from 2017 to 2022. 

Ratings

  • Sture Rygaard is recommended in Denmark for enforcement and litigation of trademarks.

    Sture Rygaard is praised for his "hands-on approach. He is meticulous and diligent in his work and delivers thorough, expert opinions" (2024)

  • Sture Rygaard is listed as a "Thought Leader Global Elite" as regards IP - Patents (2024)

  • Sture Rygaard is recommended and listed as a leading individual as regards Intellectual Property.

    "Sture Rygaard and Mikkel Vittrup are top notch. Clients are always full of praise for them and rightly so. They are fearless and develop creative solutions. Just the sheer experience and number of cases they have handled means I certainly wouldn’t want to see them on the other side of the court room" (2023)

  • Sture Rygaard is ranked as a leading individual as regards Intellectual Property by Chambers Global and Chambers Europe.

    Sture Rygaard handles contentious patent matters for clients within the pharmaceutical sector. He is also noted for his skill in trade mark litigation.

    "Sture Rygaard is very experienced and knowledgeable in technical aspects."

    "He is very good in terms of client service, quality of work and commercial awareness." (2023)

  • Sture Rygaard is recommended in Denmark for enforcement and litigation of trademarks.

    Rygaard garners effusive praise from clients for being "a real blue-sky thinker and aggressive litigator with a commercial edge, he can handle the most complex cases and instils real confidence in his clients. He has an impressive reputation and is without question one of the best trademark lawyers in Denmark" (2023)

  • Sture Rygaard is listed as an IP Star (2016-2023)

  • Sture Rygaard is listed as a "Thought Leader Global Elite" and recommended as a "Global Leader" as regards IP - Patents and Life Sciences - Patent Litigation. Further, he is recommended as a "Global Leader" as regards IP - Trade Secrets, IP - Trademarks and Life Sciences - Regulatory (2023)

  • Sture Rygaard's "performance in court continues to be top tier. He is very bright, super creative, incredibly experienced, and easily digests even the most complex technical matters. He thinks strategically, never forgets any details of a case and is always on the lookout for new, creative and alternative solutions. Sture really goes the extra mile” (2022)

  • Sture Rygaard is recommended and listed as a leading individual as regards Intellectual Property (2020+2021+2022)

    "Sture Rygaard is a very clever and innovative attorney, who is excellent in seeing and developing, and evaluating new and sometimes game-changing aspects of a case" (2022)

  • Sture Rygaard is ranked as a leading individual as regards Intellectual Property by Chambers Global and Chambers Europe. 

    Sture Rygaard handles contentious patent matters for clients within the pharmaceutical sector. He is also noted for his skill in trade mark litigation. An interviewee comments: "He has a lot of experience, and he is enthusiastic about his cases" (2022)

  • Sture Rygaard is listed as a "Global Elite Thought Leader" as regards IP/Patents and Life Sciences/Patent Litigation (2022)

  • Sture Rygaard is recommended in Denmark for enforcement and litigation of trademarks.

    Sture Rygaard is an "eminent litigator" (2022)

  • Sture Rygaard is ranked as a leading individual as regards Intellectual Property by Chambers Global and Chambers Europe.

    Sture Rygaard handles contentious patent matters for clients within the pharmaceutical sector. He is also noted for his skill in trade mark litigation. One client appreciates that he "always beautifully balances legal opportunity and business needs" (2021)

  • Sture Rygaard is recommended in Denmark for enforcement and litigation of trademarks.

    A first-class litigator is the "highly esteemed" Sture Rygaard, who is "more than deserving of his gold-standard reputation" (2021)
  • Sture Rygaard is listed as a "Global Elite Thought Leader" (as only one in ten in EMEA) as regards patent law.

    Sture Rygaard is endorsed as "one of the best patent litigators in Denmark" and is highlighted in particular for obtaining injunctions for biotech and pharma products (2020)

  • "Always willing to go the extra mile, Sture Rygaard is vastly experienced, thinks strategically and can easily digest tricky issues without forgetting even the tiniest detail. He consistently delivers results that hit the nail on the head and is comfortably one of the most high-profile patent litigators in Europe" (2020)

  • Sture Rygaard is ranked as a leading individual as regards Intellectual Property by Chambers Global and Chambers Europe.

    Sture Rygaard handles contentious trade mark and patent matters for clients within the pharmaceutical sector, representing clients in supplementary protection certificate disputes. He is praised by clients for being "very well prepared and quick to grasp any technology and aspect of law" (2020)

  • Sture Rygaard is recommended in Denmark for enforcement and litigation of trademarks.

    "First-class litigator Sture Rygaard lead the charge in the pharmaceutical and life sciences spaces. Rygaard's analytical mindset and scientific background come to play when he takes a deep dive into unravelling tricky disputes" (2020) 

  • Sture Rygaard is ranked as a leading individual as regards Intellectual Property by Chambers Global and Chambers Europe.

    Experienced litigator Sture Rygaard is well versed in patent and trade mark law. Interviewees highlight that "he is very meticulous, he goes over all the issues in great detail" (2019)

  • Sture Rygaard is listed as a leading individual as regards Intellectual Property (2019)

  • Life sciences supremo Sture Rygaard wins preliminary injunctions with remarkable skill. "He is extremely knowledgeable, very bright and highly skilled, and has vast experience in the patent field. He easily digests even the most complex technical matters and thinks strategically without forgetting a single detail. He is a pleasure to work with and has high ethical standards."

    "Sture is a talented advocate in person. He reacts quickly and decisively to counter new arguments raised by opponents, in certain memorable cases leaving them completely wrong-footed. This is a rare skill and one which cannot really be taught" (2019)

  • "Enforcement virtuoso" Sture Rygaard is recommended in Denmark for enforcement and litigation of trademarks (2018)
  • Sture Rygaard is recommended in Denmark for patent litigation.

    "Biotech expert, Sture Rygaard has a talent for litigation and possesses a keen strategic mind" (2018)

  • Sture Rygaard is ranked as a leading individual as regards Intellectual Property by Chambers Global and Chambers Europe.

    Sture Rygaard draws praise from clients, who describe him as "skilled and knowledgeable". He has considerable litigation experience. His broader IP experience includes the full range of patents, trade marks and copyright law (2018)

  • Sture Rygaard is listed as a leading individual as regards Intellectual Property. Recommended department head Sture Rygaard (2018)

  • Sture Rygaard is ranked as a leading individual as regards Intellectual Property by Chambers Global and Chambers Europe.

    Sture Rygaard has considerable IP rights enforcement experience and a particular focus on patents, trade marks and anti-counterfeiting matters. Clients benefit from his expertise in both Danish and EU IP law (2017)

  • Sture Rygaard is recommended as regards Intellectual Property.

    "Second-to-none" lawyer and group head Sture Rygaard (2017)

  • Sture Rygaard is listed as an expert with respect to Trademarks, Patent Litigation and Patents.

    Sture Rygaard comes highly rated for his impressive IP practice that sees him represent a number of leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients. As one respondent maintains, "He is practical, ethical, hardworking, intelligent and thoughtful" (2017)

  • Sture Rygaard is recommended in Denmark for patent litigation.

    "The smooth operator relishes the most technically demanding briefs; his strategic oversight and meticulous case management make him a formidable courtroom foe" (2017)

  • Sture Rygaard is recommended in Denmark for enforcement and litigation of trademarks.

    "The “brilliant” Sture Rygaard; gold ranked for enforcement and litigation and chair of the Danish Anti-counterfeiting Group, he is a redoubtable ally in the courtroom" (2017)

  • Sture Rygaard is ranked as a leading individual as regards Intellectual Property by both Chambers Global and Chambers Europe.

    Sture Rygaard advises on both the Danish and EU aspects of IP law, in connection with patents, trademarks and copyrights. He receives praise from sources: "He's very good and highly regarded in the market. His dedication to and involvement in the case was good" (2016)

  • Sture Rygaard gives the group unrivalled bench strength. "Sture is outstanding as a strategist and a litigator" (2016)
  • Sture Rygaard is recommended as regards Intellectual Property.

    Sture Rygaard has "a high degree of business acumen" (2016)

  • Sture Rygaard is listed as an expert with respect to Trademarks (2016)

    Sture Rygaard is listed as an expert with respect to Patents (2016)

    Sture Rygaard is listed as an expert with respect to Life Sciences (2016)

  • Sture Rygaard is ranked as a leading individual as regards Intellectual Property by both Chambers Global and Chambers Europe.

    Sture Rygaard is praised by clients for his ability to "see solutions that others aren't necessarily capable of seeing." He is an experienced all-round litigator, with expertise in trade mark, patent and copyright matters (2015)

  • Sture Rygaard is recommended as regards Intellectual Property (2015)

  • Sture Rygaard has been selected by our research with clients and peers as being among the world's leading Life Sciences lawyers (2015)

  • Sture Rygaard is listed as a Life Science Star as regards Intellectual Property (2015)

  • Sture Rygaard is ranked as a leading individual as regards Intellectual Property by both Chambers Global and Chambers Europe.

    He heads the IP department, handling a wide range of matters from pharmaceutical patents to high-profile trade mark cases. "He's head and shoulders above most others," say clients (2014)

  • Sture Rygaard has been identified by our independent research with clients and peers as being among 667 of the world’s leading Patent lawyers (2014)

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