Halvor Manshaus

Halvor Manshaus


Head of Dispute Resolution

Halvor has been a part of our litigation team since he came onboard in 1997, and today leads our Dispute Resolution department and is head of our IP practice. He has extensive experience from large cases, having litigated in the Balder-case (20 months of court pleadings) and other large cases for Norwegian and international clients. His practice areas cover IP/media, bio/pharma, technology /IT and offshore.

Some of these cases have been the subject of international media attention, such as these articles: TIME Magazine, CNN 1  2  3, BBC 1 2, and NY Times  1  2.

He is ranked as leading within his practice areas of IP/Media by Chambers, Legal 500, PLC, MIP and IAM, and he holds the Norwegian Supreme Court Bar. Halvor also sits as panelist in UDRP cases before WIPO, and has experience in arbitrations and various ADR forms. He sits in the JUS committee for civil litigation, and is the author of several articles and books within the legal sector.


CHAMBERS (IP): tier 1 lawyer
"Halvor Manshaus heads the practice and is also part of the litigation team. "He is everything that I look for in a lawyer. He connects the legal and business perspectives in a seamless way and understands both perfectly" enthuses a client."

"Brilliant litigator" Halvor Manshaus heads Schjødt's IP practice and impresses with his "strategic advice coupled with real expertise in trade mark and data protection."

"Practice head Halvor Manshaus handles the full range of IP and IT matters, and is a highly regarded litigator in these areas. He is praised for "his skill in court, combined with his understanding of technology matters."

IAM Patent and Technology Licensing:
"Truly accomplished IP lawyer" Halvor Manshaus commands a wide-ranging practice that encompasses dispute resolution and transactional advisory work. He has recently represented leading international companies in the energy industry on licensing and related issues. He also regularly assists with contracts and deals pertaining to IT systems, software and e-business."

WTR 1000 (World Trademark Review): IP
This sizeable full service player is hailed for its transactional and litigation nous. Halvor Manshaus straddles the line between these areas, heading up both the litigation team and the IP group. Manshaus comes highly recommended for his adept handling of complex cross-border IP disputes and his general knowledge and experience of intellectual property. He is described as "a hugely skilled litigator" by peers, and his team is noted for its significant firepower in the areas of parallel imports, anti-counterfeiting and civil infringement.

MIP (IP): Leading
"Each of the top firms has found an edge in one particular area and Schjødt's edge is the experience of its IP litigation team as a unit and the reputation of head IP lawyer Halvor Manshaus. "Manshaus is the hands-down best lawyer I have worked with," says one client, "he is truly unique in his ability to understand the big picture, including everything from high-level business strategy and tactics to technological detail that may be relevant to the case."

IP Stars
"The advice we receive from Schjødt is clear, well-founded and precise. We would strongly recommend Halvor for all kinds of issues concerning IPR"


"Pengespill på Internett - en oversikt "Jussens Venner Nr. 3/1998 (legal journal)
"Private pengespill på Internett" Complex, Nr. 4/1997 (book)
"Det internasjonale aspektet ved DVD-saken" Advokatbladet januar 2003 (legal journal)
"Renessansen som unnfanget Corpus Iuris Civilis" Bokserien Complex, Nr. 1/2005 (book)
"Advokaters ytringsrett og - plikt" Advokatbladet nr 4/2005 (legal journal)
"Vern til besvær" Kronikk i Dagens Næringsliv 1.mars 2005 (newspaper)
"Pengespill på Internett" Kronikk i Dagens Næringsliv 21.april 2005 (newspaper)
"Redaktøransvar på Internett" Tidsskrift for Forretningsjuss (TfF) 2/2005 (legal journal)
"Etikk og ansvar", Redaktørforeningens årbok 2006 (yearbok Editors Association)

Manshaus also publishes material regularly on the website JusNytt - www.jusnytt.no and is the regular writer for Lov & Data, the leading Nordic journal within IT-law.


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Cand. philol., Dep. Of Cultural Studies, University of Oslo

Master in history of ideas-law Modern Rhetoric, Dep. of Linguistics, University of Oslo

Interfakultær Cand. Mag., University of Oslo

Cand. jur., University of Oslo, 1997 - Special thesis "Gambling on the Internett"

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