Haakon is an IP management consultant with extensive technology and business background. He has a recent PhD in industrial economics and technology management, specialising in open innovation and trade secrets. Haakon is also a European Patent Attorney as well as a European Trademark and Design Attorney.
Haakon joined Dehns in 2021 when the IP management consultancy Leogriff that he co-founded in 2002 became Dehns’ Oslo office.
Type of clients and client work
Haakon’s focus is to create competitive advantage and profit from innovation. Haakon works on IP strategy and management with start-ups, small and large firms, and several research institutes. He has telecom and IT background and has experience from a broad range of industries from life sciences to materials technology and branding.
Haakon advises line and project management with IP strategy, IP plans, valuation, and freedom to operate analysis. He initiates and manages patent applications, trade secrets, copyright and open-source, trademark registrations, designs and assist in solving conflicts. He works with managers to train the R&D teams and adapt the organisations’ processes to managing IP.
The expertise Haakon offers as an IP Management Consultant is agnostic to the technological field. He has worked extensively with clients in projects as diverse as veterinary science and gaming. The clients are SMEs, large firms, research institutes or government – in all phases of the innovation cycle.
Haakon is a leading expert in trade secret management, using a mix of IP rights, creating and keeping lead time advantages, risk mitigation and IP in collaborations and open innovation.
Qualifications and Memberships
PhD, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Industrial Economics and Technology Management, 2020, “Trade Secret Management in Collaborations and Open Innovation”.
Master of Management, BI – Norwegian School of Management 1997
M.Sc. (sivilingeniør), NTNU, Signal processing and telematics, 1988
Haakon is an adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management (IØT), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He is associated with the CIP research group (Center for Intellectual Property), a collaboration between Chalmers, Gothenburg University and NTNU.
Haakon speaks fluent Norwegian (native tongue), English, Swedish and Danish (and can conduct business meetings in all those languages); he also speaks conversational German.