Fewer applying for patents in Sweden


Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Swedish companies are seeking patents abroad rather than in Sweden. Applications to the Swedish PRV have reduced to a large extent so far this year.

“Patents market has become increasingly global,” says Mattias Arvidsson.
The way companies apply for patents are changing. Fewer people will send their application to the Swedish Patent and Registration Office, PRV. Instead, increasingly,  the Swedish applications is growing in other countries. During the first six months of this year, 1,155 patent applications were received by the PRV. The numbers represents a decrease of 15 percent since the first half of last year.
“The decrease is quite large, but the general interest in applying for a patent has rather increased,” says Mattias Arvidsson, operations controller at PRV.


According to him, it has become more common for companies to hand-pick markets where they want to protect their products. To save money, companies have more time to design optimal strategy.

The number of Swedish applications submitted to the EPO, which handles patents in the EU, grew strongly last year. A total of 3560 applications were received by the EPO, while in Sweden only 2549 applications were received.
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