Nicholas Foss Barbantonis is an intellectual property and information technology legal specialist.

Nicholas Foss Barbantonis’ legal practice focuses on intellectual property (IP) litigation, prosecution, enforcement and transactions. Nicholas is experienced in dealing with cross-border matters in several jurisdictions, including Norway, the European Union and the United States. A major part of Nicholas’ portfolio relates to telecom, marketing, IT contracts and product liability/regulation.

In addition to receiving his Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) degree from the US, he has accumulated broad negotiation experience in connection with contract drafting and litigation throughout his years practicing law in Norway. Nicholas works with a broad spectrum of corporate law in the technology sector. Nicholas has been involved in several high-profile intellectual property law cases.

Nicholas’ international experience and advanced grasp of the intersection between intellectual property law and corporate law enables him to meet his clients’ expectations and needs in an ever more competitive tech landscape.



2020 - 2021 Corporate Lawyer (seconded), Telia Norge AS
2019 - (today) Senior Associate, Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig
2016 - 2018 Associate, Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS
2015 Visiting Scholar, Department of Private Law, University of Oslo
2015 - 2016 Teaching Assistant, University of Arizona
2014 Associate, Bull & Co. Advokatfirma
2013 - 2014 3L Writer, Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law
2013 Resident Clinician, Small Business and Non-Profit Clinic at Michigan State College of Law
2012 Intern, EY


2013 - 2016 Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.), University of Arizona
2013 Master of Law (LL.M), Michigan State University
2008 - 2013 Master of Law, University of Oslo


2021 - (today) Board member, Association of Young Lawyers in Oslo, Norwegian Bar Association
2019 - (today) Founding member, Young in Tech
2018 - (today) Member, Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC)
2018 - (today) Member, International Trademark Association (INTA)


DSM-Directive: Link taxation and filtration of user generated content, (orig. Nw. title: DSM-direktivet: Lenkebeskatning og filtrering av brukergenerert innhold) Lov&Data nr. 135, 3/2018
Design Law Smart Charts: Norway Kluwer, 2017
Is Domain Name Classification a Property Right or a Contractual Right? The Circuit Split and a Clear Path Forward 52 Wake Forest L. Rev., 2016
Should Contributory Cybersquatting be Actionable? 17 N.C.J.L. & Tech. 79, 2015
IP in Business Transactions: Norway, Practical Law Thomson Reuters, 2014
Patents, Trademarks, Copyright and Designs in Norway: Overview, Practical Law Thomson Reuters, 2014