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.
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.
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.
IAM Patent 1000
Sweden and Denmark: AWA and AWA A/S are both highly recommended for prosecution.
The Legal 500
Sweden: AWA is recommended for Intellectual Property and Media in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2018 rankings.
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
MIP 2017 Patent Stars
Ai-Leen Lim is also listed as one of the Top 250 Women in IP by MIP.
ALB Innovation List
Asia's renowned legal industry publication, Asian Legal Business (ALB), has for the second year in the row listed AWA Asia as one of the most innovative players in the region's legal sector in its ALB INNOVATION LIST 2017.