AWA is a leading IP firm with over 350 employees across 19 offices in Belgium, China, Denmark, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Norway, 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 range of IP law services in prosecution, dispute litigation, aftermarket services, legal advice, strategy and commercialisation. Our IP professionals are experts in patents, trademark, 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 60% women, 40% men.

What sets us apart

Global reach

AWA has a presence in Europe and Asia with an extensive network of qualified preferred partners. We can handle your IP needs throughout the world and follow up in real time.


Our people come from diverse backgrounds with practical industry knowledge. Their technical capability means that they understand the small details and how this differentiates you in the marketplace. AWA is 100% owned by its employees and we pride ourselves on our comprehensive trainee programme for future IP leaders.


We focus on the long term; building a business is a journey that requires strategy. We support companies throughout the corporate cycle to protect and enforce IP rights, but to also identify and capture the value of intellectual assets.

Digital innovation

We live in the digital era and are constantly searching for 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.

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, allowing 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 being selected as a key venue for IP litigation by foreign and local entities alike.

AWA Asia has 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 IP, World Trademark Review, IAM, The Legal 500, Chambers and Partners, World IP Review, Expert Guides, Who’s Who Legal, Financial TimesAsia IP Experts and Asian Legal Business.

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

Contact details

Matrosgatan 1
Malmö 21118

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Beijing
  • Brussels
  • Copenhagen
  • Delémont
  • Ghent
  • Gothenburg
  • Hong Kong
  • Liège
  • Lund
  • Maastricht
  • Oslo
  • Stockholm
  • Uppsala

Sample client list

  • ISS World Services
  • MAN
  • Pandora
  • Starbucks
  • Volkswagen

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