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“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 Henriksson, Niklas 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.