AWA

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Gold - Firms: prosecution

Rave reviews come pouring in for AWA: “There are few, if any firms, that can look beyond the patent, understand the legal concepts behind business decisions and see the bigger picture to the extent that AWA can; and its attorneys have what it takes to really dig deep.” The group has also extensive international reach: a new office in Norway has further cemented its presence in Scandinavia and complements further outposts in Belgium, China, Hong Kong, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Overseeing operations in Denmark is Sidsel Hauge, an astute manager who fosters a collaborative culture. She has an intuitive appreciation of complex technical issues and how best to turn them into easily digestible arguments for legal judges. In the mechanical sector, Eva Carlsson, Mikkel Roed Trier and Vibeke Warberg Rohde form a trio that is tough to beat. “Intelligent and responsive”, Carlsson is a prosecution pro who has been filing around the clock for some of the world’s largest building and construction companies. Roed Trier can “see the different angles of IP protection and factor in all the minute details at the same time. He is great at building relationships too”, and often consults with CEOs on strategic business decisions. IAM Patent 1000 newcomer Warberg Rohde is a familiar face before the EPO and regularly handles large volumes of applications from leading Chinese entities. Electronics briefs are deftly executed by Kim Garsdal Nielsen, a former search examiner at the EPO with a knack for developing evergreen protection. Life sciences and pharmaceutical companies rely on Helle Friis Svenstrup and Michael Bech Sommer respectively. The “responsive and experienced” Friis Svenstrup “always comes up with good solutions”; while Bech Sommer “has deep technical insights and always delivers on time, without exception”.

Highly-recommended - Firms: prosecution

Bronze - Firms: litigation

“An excellent firm with gifted practitioners”, AWA is scarcely rivalled when it comes to technical versatility, strength in depth and geographical reach. It operates in every corner of the world and recently set up shop in Norway, further cementing its Scandinavian presence and bringing its total office count to 19. In the high-tech, electrical and mechanical disciplines, you would be hard pressed to find better counsel than Sören Giver, Julia Mannesson, Charlotta Vink, Urban Lind, Mattias Pierrou and Joacim Lydén. Courtesy of his broad IP skillset, Giver assists major domestic and international corporations in many meaningful ways, from freedom-to-operate analyses to oppositions and appeals. He also plays a crucial role in furthering the progress of AWA’s future leaders, serving as an in-house European Qualifying Examination coach and lecturer. Cut from the same cloth, the “extremely well-organised and service-minded” Mannesson is “quick to help out and cater to her clients’ needs”. Capitalising on over 20 years of experience, Vink wows with her commercial eye, technical acumen and attention to detail; while versatile operator Lind covers a lot of ground for telecommunications companies. “Seasoned and appreciated prosecutor” Pierrou is “a fantastic choice for software patents”; he has recently been helping leading Chinese technology corporation BOE Technology to protect its inventions in Europe by filing and maintaining over 100 European patent applications. IAM Patent 1000 debutant Lydén has a keen sense of the broader picture and thinks long term, working alongside inventors to develop solid protection plans and then executing on them flawlessly. Turning to the life science, Mikael HenrikssonNiklas Mattsson and Inga-Lill Andersson make up a dynamic trio. Medical biochemistry PhD and SPC guru Henriksson knows all the right moves in opposition proceedings before the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV) and the EPO. An authority on biotechnology matters, Mattson is regularly sought out as a technical expert and has appeared in US patent litigation proceedings to share his ample knowledge of European patent law. Chemical engineer Andersson provides percipient guidance on R&D agreements, having held a post as an analytical chemist in AstraZeneca’s R&D division. AWA is a significant player on the contentious side too, with Peter Kenamets and Fredrik Lüning anchoring the litigation division. “Thorough and hardworking advocate” Kenamets “brings insightful views to every case”; while Lüning delivers arguments with clarity and conviction. The pair are currently assisting high-tech company IRnova in multi-faceted proceedings against US-based FLIR Systems.

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“Responsive and diligent” AWA Asia is “always quick to answer and clearly lay out recommended legal strategies”, making the firm a pleasure to work with according to foreign associates. With a focus on bridging Europe with Asia, the Western-educated, bilingual team has achieved great success under the leadership of trademark expert and client favourite Ai-Leen Lim. On the patent side, a team of six tackles drafting, M&A, enforcement and landscape analysis with flair and a personable touch “unusual amongst ’formal’ patent attorneys and IP lawyers”. A number of Swedish companies have gone so far as to entrust AWA Asia with their whole patent portfolios, while one major future initiative firm is to continue to develop expertise in the life sciences field. One of the first patent litigators to be registered with the Supreme People’s Court, Xiaofan Chen effortlessly straddles the contentious and non-contentious divide.

Recommended - Firms: prosecution

Since joining forces with Pronovem a year ago, AWA has been flexing its strengthened muscle across five offices to further cement its position in Europe. Bolstered by the former firm’s four decades of experience and impressive filing capabilities, the newly minted powerhouse continues to assist innovators through smart prosecution and portfolio management, forward-thinking strategy, a keen eye for emerging threats and decisive input on market plans. A broad bench of talent includes life sciences specialist Eric Van Malderen and material scientist Dieter Heck, who have jointly been assisting Galactic and its engineering subsidiary Futerro in strategy work for several of their patent applications, as well as offering freedom-to-operate analyses. Van Malderen has a background in molecular biology, while Heck “manages files with professionalism and consistency”. A meticulous EPO advocate and a newcomer to the IAM Patent 1000 this year, Marc Lerho draws on his PhD in biophysical chemistry in overseeing strategy and handling oppositions for international research centre CRM Group, whose strategy he oversees and oppositions he handles.

Firm Profile

AWA is a leading IP firm with over 350 employees across 18 offices in Belgium, China, Denmark, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.

We believe tomorrow is today’s emerging business – rising up from untapped potential within established industries and start-ups. No matter the size or industry, we help our clients create business out of their ideas and innovations.

AWA was founded in 1897 by Swedish engineer Anders Wilhelm Anderson. His initials form our company name and remind us of our proud history.

We supply the full spectrum of IP law services in prosecution, dispute litigation, aftermarket services, legal advice, strategy and commercialisation. Our IP professionals are experts in patents, trademarks, designs, copyright and domain names.

AWA has close to 200 IP specialists (including 70 European patent attorneys and 35 European trademark and design attorneys) helping over 4,300 clients in almost 60 countries with all aspects of their IP needs. Our management team is 55% women, 45% men.

What sets us apart

  • Global – AWA has a presence in Europe and Asia with an extensive network of qualified preferred partners all over the world. We can handle your IP needs globally and follow up in real time.
  • Diversity and collaboration – our people come from diverse backgrounds with practical industry knowledge. Their technical capability means they understand the small details and how this differentiates you in the marketplace. Our teams comprise engineers and attorneys at law working closely together. This seamless collaboration ensures that the right skillset and legal knowledge is available and utilised for our clients’ innovations. We pride ourselves on our comprehensive trainee programme for future IP leaders.
  • Strategy – we focus on the long term as building a business is a journey that requires a well-thought-out plan. We support companies throughout the corporate cycle to protect and enforce IP rights, but to also identity and capture the value of intellectual assets.
  • Digital innovation – we live in the digital era and are constantly looking at tools that reduce workload and save time. From the AWA Client Portal to our domain management services and PatAlert, we are innovating the IP tools of the future.
  • Employee-owned – AWA is 100% owned by the employees with more than 50% of us choosing to invest or hold shares in the group. This reflects our personal and long-term commitment to both our firm and our clients.

AWA Asia

Part of the AWA Group, AWA Asia supports and manages international clients’ IP needs throughout the region with a head office in Hong Kong – a location known for its successful business environment, world-class infrastructure and effective legal system.

Our Beijing office is our wholly owned licensed trademark agency, enabling us to file and enforce trademarks directly before the China Trademark Office and the administrative authorities, without the need to use local third-party agents.

Today China is one of the largest IP markets in the world and is increasingly selected as a key venue for IP litigation by foreign and local entities alike.

AWA Asia has a strong value proposition that consists of an East-meets-West approach, with a bilingual and bicultural team of IP professionals (trademark lawyers, patent attorneys and IP strategists). Our international-level service delivery comes with deep local knowledge and is business minded, pragmatic and tailored.

Award-winning practice

We pride ourselves on our continuous rankings and awards for our work from leading industry publications such as Managing Intellectual Property, World Trademark Review, Intellectual Asset Management, The Legal 500, Chambers and Partners, World Intellectual Property Review, Expert Guides, Who’s Who Legal, Asia IP Experts and Asian Legal Business.

Our promise

AWA’s promise to you, as a client or partner, stems from our mission. You can feel confident that we will deliver on our promise: “we create intellectual prosperity”.

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