Entering Europe’s innovation hub – AWA launches in Norway

Leading intellectual property firm AWA is pleased to announce its expansion in Scandinavia and Europe today with the launch of an office in Oslo, Norway.

On a path to becoming Europe’s next innovation hub, the Norwegian government’s long-term plan focuses on strengthening competitiveness and innovation. Over the last two years, Norway has increased its ranking in the EU’s annual Innovation Scorecard from a moderate to a strong innovator.

A natural step for AWA, establishing an on-the-ground presence better assists our growing client base and places the firm in a greater position to support international clients and partners with national intellectual property rights, as Norway is not an EU Member State.

AWA supports clients throughout the innovation cycle to protect and enforce IP rights, but to also identify and capture the value of intellectual assets. This strategy is what supports businesses as they navigate evolving marketplaces.

Carsten Lous will lead AWA’s Norwegian business from August 1, 2020 as Business Area Manager. He has extensive experience working in consumer-centric industries with IP strategy, patenting, trademark registration and design protection.

Currently the IPR/Legal Director at Stokke, Carsten is well-versed in managing comprehensive intellectual property portfolios that require global protection and constant enforcement.

AWA can now support clients from 19 offices throughout two continents including in Belgium, China, Denmark, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

AWA Group CEO Thor Mosaker comments: “This move is an exciting yet natural step in AWA’s continued growth to becoming one of the largest IP firms in Europe and Asia. There is an incredible opportunity ahead to better assist our clients in Norway, but to also support corporations on-the-ground as the country becomes Europe’s next innovation hub with our full-service offering.”

"AWA has always been associated with high quality in the IP industry. I admire their business insights and competences, which is clear from their IP management and strategy expertise, together with their focus on increased collaboration and trade with Asia. For many Norwegian companies, these may be key assets in the shaping of future innovation schemes," said Carsten Lous.