Onsagers received the Prosecution Firm of the Year trophy for Norway at the Managing IP Awards 2021. The award was presented in a virtual ceremony on March 30 2021.

March 30, 2021

The firm was recognized for helping Norway’s first unicorn start-up AutoStore to understand and utilize the IP protection system to strengthen its business at home and abroad.

In another case, the firm put forward arguments, including letters of consent from existing mark owners, to ensure its Norwegian client could obtain trademark protection for its long-established brand name in Sweden.

Onsagers also represented an Austrian orchestra at the Norwegian IP office to overcome a trademark refusal on the grounds of lack of distinctive character. Other successful prosecution work included helping a beverages company overcome a refusal due to geographical origin indication and acting for a cruise industry start-up in opposition proceedings.

The firm was also involved in a trademark infringement dispute that led to a Supreme Court decision on the concepts of right to repair and debranding.

Managing editor Ed Conlon said: “The Managing IP Awards are the most prestigious awards in the IP world. The past year has been particularly challenging for everyone, and all this year’s winners deserve congratulations on their achievements in very difficult circumstances.” 

About the Managing IP Awards

The Managing IP Awards programme is the most comprehensive and widely respected IP awards event in the world. Now in its 16th year, the programme covers a wide range of IP practice areas and more than 30 jurisdictions. Read about the practice areas at ipstars.com.

Each year our research analysts obtain information from thousands of firms, IP practitioners and their clients through interviews, email and online surveys.

Before compiling the shortlists, our researchers evaluated the work data supplied by firms and, where applicable, reviewed publicly available information such as court and IP office records. They focused on work done or concluded in the previous year, particularly looking for case studies that were of great significance to clients and/or IP law and practice. Firms or individuals can also be shortlisted based on the researcher’s independent research findings.

Managing IP launched its awards programme in 2006. The ceremony attracts hundreds of guests from private practice and in-house as well as prominent figures in the IP industry. It is regarded as the premier IP law firm awards event in the legal industry. In total, more than 1,000 guests attended the ceremonies in 2019 and 2020.

To view the full list of winners, watch the ceremony, and access additional information regarding the awards program, please visit ManagingIPAwards.com.