We are agents for, or coordinate, the applications that are filed with various official bodies. We represent our clients’ interests in disputes and assist with contracts and agreements. We have a well-documented track record of technical and legal expertise, together with extensive experience of working on assignments in the majority of technical and commercial fields.
We are authorised as Swedish patent attorneys and IP agents and are also authorised to act before the EPO (the European Patent Office in Munich) and EUIPO (the European Union Intellectual Property Office in Alicante). We have a well-developed collaboration with patent attorneys and agents in the majority of countries where Swedish companies are most eager to do business.
We assist our clients with the strategic and tactical considerations that they need to take into account.
A patent offers protection for the idea behind the solution to a technical problem. Sole right to the idea may be obtained through registration after an examination process that typically takes 2-3 years at any of a number of official patent offices. In order for a patent to be granted, the invention must be new, it must involve a greater degree of inventiveness in solving the problem than a person skilled in the field should be expected to demonstrate, and it must have an effect that is reproducible.
Trademark protection is used for words, shapes, slogans, packaging designs, sounds, fragrances and movements that distinguish your products from others on the market.
Sole right is obtained through registration or by having acquired distinctiveness through extensive use. To qualify for registration, the word or form must have the characteristics of a proper name or communicate a clear and distinct identity that is unique for the goods or service in question. The trademark must not be such that it is easily confused with other marks for similar goods or services.
Design protection is used to protect the appearance and shape of a product. Sole right is normally obtained through registration. To qualify for registration, a design must be new and give the observer a different overall impression than any previously known designs for the same or similar products.
Copyright can protect works of art, photographs, designs, applied arts, texts and other concrete expressions of creative activity. Copyright is often used to protect software. Sole right is obtained on creation, or in certain cases in conjunction with publication, and is indicated by the use of the copyright symbol ©. Copyright presupposes that what is being protected is so unique that there is no risk of anyone else producing the same concrete result at the same time as a result of their own creative efforts. In certain countries – the USA, for example – copyright can be registered.
The legal name or company name is the name used for a company’s business activities. The secondary name is the name for a part of the operations in the company. A branch company permits the registration of the company’s name in a country other than that in which the company is headquartered. Sole right to these names is obtained through registration. In order to qualify for registration, a company name must meet the same criteria as a trademark.
Domain name registration
A domain name may be registered, but registration does not give the registrant sole right to the name. Instead, a domain name registration serves primarily as an internet address. This does not mean, however, that a registrant may seek to use the trademarks or company name of other entities as a domain name. There are simple models in place to solve domain name disputes.
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