Awards and rankings

We strive to be the champion in IP for every client and over the years our work has been continuously awarded in different national and international rankings.

2020

Twelve AWA and Pronovem attorneys selected as IP Stars by Managing IP

We are pleased to announce that twelve of our attorneys have been listed as IP Stars by leading industry publication Managing IP. IP Stars recognises the work of outstanding individuals as Patent and Trademark Stars.

In Belgium, Dominique Rifon was recognised as a Trademark Star, Joelle Van Malderen as a Patent Star and Eric Van Malderen as a Patent and Trademark Star. This is the first year Managing IP has recongised these individuals as IP Stars.

In China, Ai-Leen Lim was selected as a Trademark Star.

In Demark, Sidsel Hague and Kim Garsdal Nielsen were recognised as Patent Stars, with Anette Rasmussen selected as a Trademark Star.

In Sweden, Inga-Lill Andersson, Peter Kenamets, Urban Lind, Niklas Mattsson and Mattias Pierrou were all selected as Patent Stars.

IP Stars is a specialist guide to IP law firms and practitioners worldwide. Managing IP published its first legal directory in 1994. The research for IP Stars covers a variety of IP practice areas and more than 70 jurisdictions.

Congratulations to everyone who received recognition as an IP Star.

Please click here to view the 2020 edition of IP Stars.

Denmark and Sweden recommended firms in the Legal 500 EMEA rankings

We are pleased to announce that our offices in Denmark and Sweden have again been recongised as leading firms in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2020 edition for intellectual property.

In addition to the firm rankings, seven attorneys have also been recongised as recommended lawyers including two new recommendations for the 2020 edition. For the first time, Kristian Martinsson and Fredrik Lüning join Janne Britt Hansen, Peter Kenamets, Julia Mannesson, Mette Parlev and Anette Rasmussen.

In the testimonials provided to The Legal 500 commentators remarked “‘this team is really excellent at patent litigation. The focus on the detail, the strategy and the client service is impressive’” as well as being “‘easy to reach and service-minded.’”

The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world for over 33 years. Rankings are based on a series of criteria to highlight practice area teams who are providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel.

Please click here to view the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 EMEA

Top marks across Europe and Asia in Managing IP's 2020 Trademark Rankings

AWA’s trademark practice spanning across Europe and Asia has been recognised in the latest edition of IP Stars from leading industry publication Managing IP.

AWA’s offices in Denmark and Sweden received a top tier ranking in the trademark prosecution category. AWA Asia was ranked in the China trademark foreign firms category in tier two.

Pronovem (Part of the AWA Group) received a tier two ranking in the trademark prosecution category for Belgium. In addition, Denmark and Sweden were both ranked in the trademark contentious category.

IP STARS is a specialist guide to IP law firms and practitioners worldwide. Managing IP published its first legal directory in 1994. The research for IP STARS covers a variety of IP practice areas and more than 70 jurisdictions.

Please click here to view the 2020 edition of IP Stars

AWA is Scandinavian IP Firm of the Year at Managing IP Awards

AWA has been awarded Scandinavian IP Firm of the Year at the Managing IP European, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Awards 2020.

Managing IP presented AWA with the award during a ceremony at London’s Marriot Grosvenor Square Hotel last night (Thursday, March 5), honouring the best IP achievements made by firms over the past twelve months.

The Awards are now in their fifteenth year and are a key date on the global IP calendar. Managing IP’s editors and researchers select winners based on results from the IP Stars survey, recent market developments and client feedback.

Kristina Walls, Sidsel Hauge, Fabian Edlund and Daniel Enetoft represented AWA on the night and accepted the regional award on behalf of the entire Group.

AWA was also nominated for four other awards including:

  • Denmark – Firm of the Year – Patent Prosecution;
  • Denmark – Firm of the Year – Trade Mark Prosecution;
  • Sweden – Firm of the Year – Patent Prosecution; and
  • Sweden – Firm of the Year – Trade Mark Prosecution.

Thor Mosaker, AWA Group CEO commented: “Receiving this award from Managing IP is a great honour and underpins AWA’s unique position in the market. I want to thank the entire team at AWA for their hard work, their constant focus on delivering the best quality and commitment to growing our firm. I also wish to thank our clients and partners for the continued support and trust that you place in us.”

Please click here to view the full list of awards and winners

Standout year for AWA and AWA Asia in latest WTR 1000 rankings

The 2020 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals has been published.

AWA in Denmark and Sweden as well as AWA Asia in China have all been listed as recommended firms with several attorneys also receiving recommended individual rankings across enforcement and litigation as well as prosecution and strategy categories.

The WTR 1000 research directory, which focuses exclusively on trademark practices and practitioners, has established itself as one of the go-to resources in the market for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

World Trademark Review undertook an exhaustive qualitative research project to identify the firms and individuals that are deemed outstanding in this critical area of practice.

Below is a summary of the rankings by jurisdiction for AWA and AWA Asia:

China

Recommended firm for China – foreign firms.

Ai-Leen Lim listed as a recommended individual in the gold banding and Ashley Zhao listed for the first time in the bronze banding.

In the write-up for China foreign firms, WTR commented the following on AWA Asia’s practice:

“Going from strength to strength, year on year, AWA Asia recently expanded its trademark department and moved to a bigger office in Beijing. The one-stop shop effortlessly handles all manners of IP issues in China for a largely European clientele across industries and wins accolades for providing timely and thorough advice that combines analysis with practical solutions, while keeping rights holders’ overall goals and objectives in mind. Foreign associates cannot praise the side highly enough: ‘They are amazing – effective, affordable, helpful, Western-thinking in litigation and generally fabulous. They have a tremendous knowledge of all aspects of IP law and understand what US in-house teams want and need; they cut to the chase and give me a gut check on issues or a quick and dirty analysis of a situation.’

“Master IP strategist Ai-Leen Lim helms the IP practice and is lauded for her practical advice and for always fighting for her clients. ‘Ai-Leen is a warm and caring person with exceptional listening skills, but she is also tough as nails with the opposing counsel and a pit bull of an IP rights enforcer. This rare combination of genuine warmth, toughness and legal acumen makes her so effective.’ ‘A talented, knowledgeable and dedicated practitioner, Ai-Leen is creative, practical and very strategic. She understands the Western mindset and thinks like a business person as well as a lawyer.’ ‘She always has a solution for every single matter. I have decided never to change our Chinese agent!’ WTR 1000 debutante Ashley Zhao is a solid partner, providing ‘valued and trusted counsel’ with a clear legal basis. ‘She always responds with spot-on advice, making me feel like she really values the business and partnership. I know that my matters are in excellent hands.’”

Denmark

Recommended firm for Denmark in the silver banding.

Anette Rasmussen listed as a recommended individual for enforcement and litigation in the silver banding as well as for prosecution and strategy, where she is joined by Claus Marcussen and for the first time this year Janne Britt Hansen.

In the write-up for Denmark, WTR commented the following on AWA’s practice:

“‘Competitive on price without compromising on quality, AWA always delivers. It places an emphasis on getting to know its patrons’ industries inside out, communicates with them effectively and brings matters to a swift and successful close as a result.’ The Danish contingent of the cosmopolitan outfit doles out A-to-Z brand protection services and is captained by Anette Rasmussen. In the words of one enthusiastic service user, ‘she is a true IP leader in Scandinavia. You can always depend on her to give clear and straightforward advice, which is backed by immense legal knowledge. We simply would not use anyone else for our work.’

“For multi-jurisdictional prosecution work, Claus Marcussen is a smart choice. Well-versed in Chinese, EU and US trademark legislation, ‘analytical and commercially minded, Claus knows which route to take to achieve an optimum solution. Also, his recommendations are accompanied by really helpful, short and smart summaries.’ Joining them in the ranks this year is Janne Britt Hansen, ‘a responsive, business-oriented and friendly’ trademark attorney who excels in opposition proceedings.”

Sweden

Recommended firm for enforcement and litigation in the silver banding and for prosecution and strategy in the gold banding.

Magnus Hallin and Kristian Martinsson continue to be ranked for prosecution and strategy with Lars Pettersson joining them for the first time this year, who was also ranked for enforcement and litigation in the silver banding.

“‘Swift, accessible and impressive,’ AWA’s presence on the global IP scene is undeniable. With 12 offices in Sweden alone, it also maintains a strong foothold in Denmark and Germany, as well as Beijing and Hong Kong. Its set-up is perfect for those looking to establish and protect their brands throughout Europe. ‘Full of energy and solution oriented, Kristian Martinsson always has a trick up his sleeve. He uses his stellar analytical abilities to manage portfolios with finesse and get copycats off the market.’

“Through collaboration with Yellow Brand Protection and the acquisition of domain name consultancy Dotkeeper, the unit has taken its enforcement efforts online too. The man behind this move is CEO Magnus Hallin. His calculated approach and strong decision making are appreciated by clients as well as the AWA ensemble. He is joined by versatile WTR 1000 newcomer Lars Pettersson. ‘Pragmatic and efficient without compromising on expertise and good judgement – his advice is world class.’”

Please click here to view the 2020 edition of the WTR 1000

Inga-Lill Andersson, Ai-Leen Lim and Anette Rasmussen recognised as WIPR Leaders

The 2020 edition of World IP Review (WIPR) Leaders has recognised Inga-Lill Andersson, Ai-Leen Lim and Anette Rasmussen as leading IP practitioners.

WIPR Leaders profiles the leading IP practitioners from around the world. Leaders were chosen after a four-month nomination process, in which WIPR sought views from 12,000 IP professionals.

Please click here for more information on WIPR Leaders

AWA wins Denmark Trademark Prosecution Firm of the Year at Global IP Awards

AWA has been awarded Denmark Trademark Prosecution Firm of the Year Awards at the Global IP Awards.

Presented by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) and World Trademark Review (WTR), the Awards recognise outstanding achievement in IP litigation, prosecution and transactional work during 2019.

Based on collective knowledge and insight, and drawing on a number of strategic data points, IAM and WTR have identified the firms, that deserve recognition for their achievements across the past 12 months.

The ceremony took place on January 29 in London. Anette Rasmussen, Maria Dam Jensen and Tina Klitgaard Pedersen represented AWA on the night to accept the award.

Please click here for more information on the Global IP Awards

AWA takes home Best IP Advisor: Nordics at Innovation & IP Forum and Awards

On Tuesday, January 28, AWA received Best IP Advisor: Nordics at the Innovation & IP Forum and Awards presented by Leaders League.

Joacim Lydén, Eric Van Malderen and Paul-André Gollier were at the Forum in Paris to accept the award on behalf of the AWA Group.

This is the first time AWA has received the award. Around 80 jury members from the world of IP cast votes to decide the best IP players in each category.

The Innovation & IP Forum and Awards are dedicated to challenges and opportunities worldwide in patents, trademarks, IT, IP litigation and other related rights.

AWA Asia a Leading Firm in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020

We are pleased to announce that AWA Asia has again been ranked as a leading firm by The Legal 500 in the 2020 edition for the Asia Pacific region.

In addition to the firm ranking, Ai-Leen Lim, Ashley Zhao and Xiaofan Chen were all individually ranked as recommended lawyers for Intellectual Property: Foreign Firms in China.

The Legal 500 obtained the following testimonials as part of the research process:

“‘AWA Asia is known for its excellent counsel, prompt attention, always being on top of things and employing very friendly people’”.

“‘AWA Asia provides a single point of contact for the seamless handling of matters in both the PRC and Hong Kong.’”

“‘AWA Asia’s ability to give direct, succinct feedback on issues or a ‘quick gut check’ analysis of a situation is what makes it such a standout firm in Asia. Armed with concise and relevant information, clients can then decide if they want to pursue a course of action or have Ai-Leen Lim and her team conduct a full, comprehensive analysis of a particular issue”’.

Published annually, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific provides unbiased commentary and insight into the legal marketplaces of 25 Asia Pacific jurisdictions. The 2020 edition was launched on January 16, 2020.

To view the full results, please visit The Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

2019

Inga-Lill Andersson, Ai-Leen Lim and Anette Rasmussen recognised as WIPR Leaders

The 2020 edition of World IP Review (WIPR) Leaders has recognised Inga-Lill Andersson, Ai-Leen Lim and Anette Rasmussen as leading IP practitioners.

WIPR Leaders profiles the leading IP practitioners from around the world. Leaders were chosen after a four-month nomination process, in which WIPR sought views from 12,000 IP professionals.

Please click here for more information on WIPR Leaders

AWA wins Denmark Trademark Prosecution Firm of the Year at Global IP Awards

Presented by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) and World Trademark Review (WTR), the Awards recognize outstanding achievement in IP litigation, prosecution and transactional work during 2019.

Based on collective knowledge and insight, and drawing on a number of strategic data points, IAM and WTR have identified the firms, that deserve recognition for their achievements across the past 12 months.

The ceremony took place on January 29 in London. Anette Rasmussen, Maria Dam Jensen and Tina Klitgaard Pedersen represented AWA on the night to accept the award.

Please click here for more information on the Global IP Awards

AWA Takes Home Best IP Advisor: Nordics

On Tuesday, January 28, AWA received Best IP Advisor: Nordics at the Innovation & IP Forum and Awards presented by Leaders League.

Joacim Lydén, Eric Van Malderen and Paul-André Gollier were at the Forum in Paris to accept the award on behalf of the AWA Group.

This is the first time AWA has received this award. Around 80 high-profile jury members (consisting of in-house counsel from some of the world's largest corporations) cast votes to decide the best IP players across 15 categories based on information submitted by firms.

Kristina Walls and Sidsel Hauge with help from Thomas Moreau put forward the submission from AWA which detailed case highlights from across Sweden and Denmark as well as extensive firm information to showcase AWA's strengths as a leading IP firm in the region.

The Innovation & IP Forum and Awards are dedicated to challenges and opportunities worldwide in patents, trademarks, IT, IP litigation and other related rights. Over 500 key players from across the world of innovation, including General Counsel, IP Directors, Chief Innovation Officers, R&D Directors and Directors of Strategy gather each year for the event.

Please click here for more information about the Innovation & IP Forum and Awards

Ai-Leen Lim, Ashley Zhao and Xiaofan Chen Recommended Lawyers in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020

We are pleased to announce that AWA Asia has again been ranked as a leading firm by The Legal 500 in the 2020 edition for the Asia Pacific region.

In addition to the firm ranking, Ai-Leen Lim, Ashley Zhao and Xiaofan Chen were all individually ranked as recommended lawyers for Intellectual Property: Foreign Firms in China.

The Legal 500 obtained the following testimonials as part of the research process:

"'AWA Asia is known for its excellent counsel, prompt attention, always being on top of things and employing very friendly people'".

"'AWA Asia provides a single point of contact for the seamless handling of matters in both the PRC and Hong Kong.'"

"'AWA Asia's ability to give direct, succinct feedback on issues or a 'quick gut check' analysis of a situation is what makes it such a standout firm in Asia. Armed with concise and relevant information, clients can then decide if they want to pursue a course of action or have Ai-Leen Lim and her team conduct a full, comprehensive analysis of a particular issue"'.

Published annually, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific provides unbiased commentary and insight into the legal marketplaces of 25 Asia Pacific jurisdictions. The 2020 edition was launched on January 16, 2020.

To view the full results, please visit The Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

Four AWA attorneys included in Managing IP's Rising Stars list

We are pleased to announce that leading IP industry publication Managing IP has recognised Pontus Falk, Maria Dam Jensen, Ulrika Munter and Andreas Sonesson in the Rising Stars 2019 list.

The list recognises some of the best up-and-coming IP practitioners below partner level who contributed to the success of their firms and clients. Selection is primarily based on an individual’s contributions and expertise, but activities in the IP community are also considered.

Managing IP launched its official Rising Stars list last year and features over 600 IP practitioners from more than 20 jurisdictions.

Click here to see the full Rising Stars 2019 list

Five from AWA, AWA Asia and AWA Strategy named as world's leading IP strategists

We are pleased to announce that Joakim Hammarsjö from AWA, Ai-Leen Lim from AWA Asia, and Thomas Ewing, Martin Jansson and Henrik Olsson from AWA Strategy have been identified by the IAM Strategy 300 in the 2019 edition of the World's Leading IP Strategists.

The IAM Strategy 300 – The World's Leading IP Strategists identifies the individuals who are leading the way in the development and implementation of strategies that maximise the value of IP portfolios. The IP strategists are primarily identified through an extensive research process involving online nominations and face-to-face and telephone interviews and email exchanges, with senior members of the global IP community. No individual can qualify for a listing in the IAM Strategy 300 unless he or she is nominated by at least three people from outside of his or her own organization.

Five AWA consultants recommended in Legal 500 EMEA rankings

We are pleased to announce that five AWA consultants have been recommended in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2019 rankings published this week.

Peter Kenamets and Julia Manneson have been recommended in Sweden, while Anette Rasmussen, Janne Britt Hansen and Mette Parlev from AWA Law have been recommended in Denmark.

Sweden and Denmark also received recommended firm rankings with the publication noting that: "specialist IP firm AWA fields a substantial team of experienced lawyers" for Sweden, while "AWA Law provides 'clear and pragmatic advice' and is 'highly tactical with key knowledge of local IP law'" for Denmark.

Inga-Lill Andersson, Anette Rasmussen and Ai-Leen Lim selected as Influential Women in IP

Inga-Lill Andersson, Anette Rasmussen and Ai-Leen Lim have been selected as part of the inaugural edition of World Intellectual Property Review's Influential Women in IP.

The project celebrates the role of women in the industry and profiles 80 leading female practitioners from around the world.

World IP Review have launched a publication profiling each of the leading women and various articles on gender equality in the workplace. Please click here to view the publication.

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Nine AWA consultants listed as IP Stars by Managing IP

We are pleased to announce that nine AWA consultants have been listed as IP Stars by leading industry publication Managing IP. Alongside AWA's firm rankings, Managing IP recognises the work of outstanding individuals called IP Stars.

In China, Ai-Leen Lim was selected as a Trademark Star.

In Denmark, Sidsel Hauge and Kim Garsdal Nielsen were selected as Patent Stars, with Anette Rasmussen selected as a Trademark Star.

In Sweden, Inga-Lill Andersson, Peter Kenamets, Urban Lind, Niklas Mattsson and Mattias Pierrou were selected as Patent Stars.

IP Stars by Managing IP is the leading specialist guide to IP law firms and practitioners worldwide. The publication has been researching and ranking firms since 1996.

To view the full list, please visit IP Stars.

2018


IAM Patent 1000

Sweden and Denmark: AWA is a highly recommended firm.

Julia Mannesson, Inga-Lill Andersson, Peter Kenamets, Mikael Henriksson, Mattias Pierrou, Urban Lind, Niklas Mattsson, Martin Tranälv and Sören Giver were recommended individuals for Sweden.

For Denmark, Sidsel Hague and Eva Carlsson were recommended.

AWA Asia’s Xiofan Chen was recommended for transactions under China: Foreign.



WIPR Leaders

Inga-Lill Andersson and Ai-Leen Lim have been selected as “WIPR Leaders 2018” by World IP Review.


WTR 1000

In the 2018 edition of the international directory World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals,

AWA as a group is recommended in the

  • international ranking (consisting of 21 IP firms in total): AWA has successfully positioned itself as a thoroughly modern international IP consultancy, with a strong presence in Northern Europe and Asia. AWA Group CEO Magnus Hallin, based in Malmo, must be credited with this success. He is very much into the business side of intellectual property, and has changed the face of the firm better to serve the commercial needs of its patrons. AWA really hit the big time in 2015 when it cut the ribbon on offices in Beijing and Hong Kong, and it definitely chose the right person to lead the AWA Asia effort in Ai-Leen Lim. She has been putting in consistently stellar performances for big brands, which love her for telling it like it is.

AWA Asia is recommended in the

  • Chinese ranking for foreign firms: Having established its Asia-Pacific presence, ambitious outfit AWA Asia shows no signs of slowing down. It assuredly guides dispute resolution and transactional negotiations as companies seek to navigate the intricacies of entering and doing business in the Chinese market.

Ai-Leen Lim, CEO of AWA Asia, is also top-listed in the individual ranking:

She is a natural leader who keeps her clients’ best interests in mind. She always gives straight, well-reasoned advice that shows you the way forward and she is able to explain, in a very pedagogical way, how the Chinese trademark system differs from systems in Europe. She doesn’t sugar-coat anything, which helps you accurately determine how much risk is involved in a particular course of action and she is a flexible problem solver whose client service is unparalleled. She makes herself available at any time of the day or night and is an exceptionally responsive professional who you can rely on 100%.

AWA is recommended in the

  • Tier 2 for Denmark

In the ranking of individuals, Anette Rasmussen, Attorney at Law, is recommended:

She handles opposition and cancellation proceedings calmly and efficiently and possesses in-depth knowledge in regard to border seizures too. Because she knows the history of her clients’ brands and products, everything proceeds smoothly. On top of all this, she always reacts promptly to emails so you never have to worry for long.

AWA AB is recommended in the

  • gold category in the ranking for Prosecution and strategy and
  • silver category in the ranking for Enforcement and litigation:

AWA is a major player that delivers top-quality work every time.

In the individual ranking, Magnus Hallin, CEO of AWA, and Martin Tranälv, Attorney at Law, are recognised:

Based in Malmo, group CEO Magnus Hallin is constantly in contact with his colleagues abroad, exchanging insights and ensuring everyone is in the loop on international filing strategies. As a member of the SPRO’s advisory board, Hallin has an intimate understanding of the office’s workings and its examiners’ thought processes. His teammate Martin Tranälv is another portfolio management magus. He’s a really talented, client-focused lawyer. As well as having a knack for threading together supremely favourable licensing contracts, he knows a thing or two about marketing.


The Legal 500

Sweden: AWA is recommended for Intellectual Property and Media in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2018 rankings.

Peter Kenamets, Martin Tranälv, Fredrik Lüning and Robin Berzelius (AWA Sweden AB) are recommended for Intellectual Property and Media.


Managing IP

AWA won the honourable award Sweden Prosecution Firm of the Year 2018 for the second consecutive year. AWA was also shortlisted for Prosecution in Denmark and for Scandinavia.

Managing IP’s 2018 IP Stars rankings

Sweden: AWA is ranked in

  • Tier 1 for Trademark Prosecution
  • Tier 1 for Patent Prosecution
  • Tier 3 for Trademark Contentious
  • Tier 3 for Patent Contentious

Denmark: AWA A/S is ranked in

  • Tier 1 for Trademark Prosecution
  • Tier 2 for Patent Prosecution

AWA A/S is also listed under Other notable firms in the category Trademark Contentious

China: AWA Asia is ranked in:

  • Tier 2 for Trademark – Foreign Firms