Zacco is a true European full-service IP firm with a 360-degree approach to intellectual property. There are more than 500 experts working here, including around 125 authorised patent attorneys and 75 authorised trademark and design attorneys and attorneys at law. We cover seven European jurisdictions – EUIPO/EPO, the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland, and operate internationally through a comprehensive network of trusted long-term global partners.
Both Zacco as a firm and many of our attorneys have achieved Top Tier or Gold rankings and recommendations from Managing Intellectual Property, World Trademark Review, Intellectual Asset Management and The Legal 500, which we believe independently verifies our commitment to quality, excellence and innovation.
Patent, Trademark and Design Prosecution
Zacco’s international presence ensures that clients need only a single point of contact to handle all their IP prosecution in several European jurisdictions. Thanks to our impressive number of patent attorneys, many of them authorised European Patent Attorneys, Zacco has an expert ready to assist clients in nearly all current and emerging fields of technology. As a client, you will find a skilled and knowledgeable practitioner able to help you secure, protect and enforce your ideas, whether you work in chemistry, greentech, mechanics, materials or biotech or emerging areas of digitalisation, software, AI and machine learning, among many others.
Our trademark and design practice assists all industries with filing and prosecution, availability and infringement opinions and has a special focus on EU trademark practice, including oppositions, cancellations and appeals before the EUIPO.
Litigation and Disputes
When in need of experts in IP litigation and dispute matters, clients can rely on Zacco to represent them across our seven jurisdictions and beyond. Unlike more traditional law firms, we are renowned experts in intellectual property, meaning that we have both the legal and the technical expertise in-house to successfully represent your interests and enforce your intellectual property. Our experts can represent you directly, or provide litigation support to another legal counsel acting as your trusted representative before the authorities.
In contrast to many other IP firms in Scandinavia, Zacco also provides a full range of cross border IP legal services. These services are offered through cooperation with law firms and lawyers working with Zacco throughout Scandinavia, the UK and Germany.
The legal practice serves all industries with legal advice and assistance related to IP. This includes, due diligence, drafting and negotiation of contracts or licensing agreements, Data Protection and other compliance matters, marketing law, e-commerce, litigation, domain name conflict resolution, customs surveillance and counterfeit prevention, among other areas. Zacco’s lawyers have successfully represented international clients in proceedings before national courts and the European Court of Justice.
With a significant portion of IP infringement now taking place online, we have introduced services to help clients stay ahead of new and emerging threats to both physical and digital IP. Our Digital Brands team can actively monitor your IP and brand rights online, assisting with registration and securing of traditional and emerging domains, and identifying potential counterfeits or infringements across online marketplaces, social media and the metaverse.
Our vision – IP 360: The Future of Intellectual Property
Zacco takes care of our clients’ innovation, identity and digital assets – everything that you literally cannot put your finger on. We help define them, evaluate them, release their hidden value and protect them, now and in the future.
The world changes, and so do we. Zacco continuously evolves to best serve the changing needs of intellectual property. Digitalisation means that traditional borders or sectors may no longer apply and we have broadened our scope of services to meet the implications, threats and opportunities that emerge.
Due to our size, Zacco has specialists in almost all areas of intellectual property. Our service offerings cover the whole range of patent, trademark and design protection and litigation, as well as, IP portfolio management, digital brand protection, cybersecurity and secure software development.
More than 150 years of experience with innovative thinking
We have a long history of working with international IP, dating back to 1870. Through continuous focus on collaboration, the development and expansion of our services and our long-term growth strategy, Zacco has become one of Europe’s leading IP firms.
AWA is a leading IP firm with over 370 employees across 22 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 a full-service offering of IP law services in prosecution, dispute litigation, aftermarket services, legal advice, strategy and commercialisation. Our IP professionals are experts in patents, trademark, design, copyright and domain names.
What sets up apart
Global: AWA has a presence in Europe and Asia with an extensive network of qualified preferred partners all over the world. We can handle your IP needs globally and follow-up in real-time.
Diversity and Colloboration: Our people come from diverse backgrounds with practical industry knowledge. Their technical capability means they understand the small details and how this differentiates you in the marketplace. Our teams comprise engineers working closely with attorneys at law and vice versa. This seamless collaboration ensures that the right skillset and legal knowledge is available and utilised for our client’s innovations. We pride ourselves on our comprehensive trainee programme for future IP leaders.
Strategy: 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 looking at tools that reduce workload and save time. From the AWA Client Porta, to our domain management services – we are innovating the IP tools of the future.
Employee Owned: AWA is 100% owned by the employees with more than 50% of us choosing to invest or hold shares in the Group. This reflects our personal and long-term commitment to both our firm and our clients.
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 directlybefore 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.
Network memberships: AIPPI, APAA, ECTA, epi, FICPI, INTA, The Lawyer Network, LES Scandinavia, MARQUES, Union-IP
Chas. Hude A/S is a leading IP consulting firm which advises internationally on all aspects concerning intellectual property.
Based in Denmark, the teams of dedicated advisors and lawyers at Chas. Hude are known for providing high value, strategic solutions with focus on client service in matters essential to their success.These values are core to Chas Hude A/S and have been since our founding in 1896.
Total client approach
Chas. Hude do not just advise.The firm collaborates with clients across the full spectrum of possibilities and functions to meet and solve challenges at hand. Chas. Hude A/S optimise delivery of legal and commercial advice and guide clients to form greater value and the strong partnership in a “total client” approach.
We carefully listen to the needs of our clients. Chas. Hude seek to come up with optimum solutions as well as creative strategies in order to help clients achieve long and short term intellectual property goals.
Multidisciplinarian IP knowhow
Our dedicated experts are multidisciplinary and bring decades of international and domestic experience spanning a wide range of legal, technical, biological and business disciplines. At Chas. Hude our advisors are frequently recognised and awarded for high standards and quality in the legal and advisory professions.
The values are shared and upheld on a daily basis by our teams of dedicated advisers and trusted lawyers who provide a full array of commercial litigation, intellectual property and regulatory legal advice to a broad range of clients, hereunder some of the world’s most innovative companies, start-ups as well as public and nonprofit organisations.
The term “aera” is derived from the Latin word for “era” in English and “æra” in Danish. Our mission is also derived from our name – we want to create a new (a)era in IP consultancy.
We consider the commercial and technical issues – just as clearly as the legal issues. This is why clients make us their first call, when they require a range of services that include IP counselling, protection, litigation, and patent strategy – or simply just to discuss important business decisions.
aera‘s attorneys have played significant roles in the creation and protection of landmark portfolios especially within the life science, medtech and electronics industries.
The firm strives to provide high quality services to clients that truly use IP strategically and links these strategies to their business needs.
By providing basic prosecution with a fast turnover, along with strategic projects like brand protection, invention harvesting, fast track prosecution, UPC collaborations and IP management, we want to become one of the most wanted IP firms in the region.
The firm has invested in a unique MacOS driven user interface based and cloud controlled state-of-the-art IT systems, which enable extremely efficient work process anywhere. These systems not only deliver cost savings, but also provide us with the flexibility to meet our clients’ and employees’ needs!