Sweden

Swedish practitioners report a steady increase in contentious action: early indications suggest that the new Patent and Market Court will increase efficiency and reduce costs, while the burgeoning native start-up sector – where intellectual property tends to be highly prioritised – is also contributing to this trend. Clients and service providers alike are addressing the challenges posed by increased digitalisation, as well as the ongoing commoditisation of services and tightening of budgets. Activity in the life sciences and telecoms arenas remains strong, with firms also jostling for position in growth industries such as clean technology.

Firms: prosecution

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Bergenstrahle & Partners AB
BRANN AB
Groth & Co
Kransell & Wennborg AB
Noréns Patentbyra AB
Ström & Gulliksson AB

Firms: transactions

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Advokatfirman Delphi
Advokatfirman Lindahl
Advokatfirman Vinge KB
Mannheimer Swartling
Roschier
Setterwalls Advokatbyrå AB
Synch Advokat AB

Firms: litigation

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Advokatfirman Vinge KB
Sandart&Partners Advokatbyrå KB
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Mannheimer Swartling
Setterwalls Advokatbyrå AB
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Advokatbyrån Gulliksson
Advokatfirman Lindahl
Roschier
Advokatbyrån Gulliksson
Intellectual property is a central pillar at this business law firm; its enviable contentious capabilities are complemented by precision prosecution provided through a unique collaboration with sister agency Ström & Gulliksson, to make for a seamless A-to-Z service. Operating out of five native offices, the set is “extremely responsive, and communication is straightforward and adapted to the level of knowledge of each individual client”. Computer printer manufacturer Seiko Epson is one of a slew of new patrons which have come knocking when faced with must-win disputes – a patent infringement suit relating to the marketing and sale of ink cartridges is being orchestrated by contentious chief Mattias Malmstedt, whose “dispute resolution skills are outstanding”. The head of the life science and litigation group is “a real pleasure to work with”; he is also currently fighting on the front lines for leading outdoor power product manufacturer Husqvarna in a clash over robotic lawnmowers.
Advokatfirman Delphi
Skilfully aligning its percipient technical and legal advice to clients’ commercial goals, Delphi has positioned itself as one of the jurisdiction’s leading law firms. Though a capable operator in IP disputes, the set excels on transactional and licensing mandates, with a particular focus on the film and media industries. A staunch ally of those looking to make the most of their patentable rights, Henrik Bengtsson is a key contact.
Advokatfirman Lindahl
Boasting potent courtroom firepower and the ability to leverage on expertise in neighbouring practice areas to enhance its offering, the IP team at general practice giant Lindahl is a prime pick for contentious and transactional instructions. It has carved out a real niche as an adviser on European patent law – not least through the efforts of Jonas Westerberg. Frequently involved in high-stakes conflicts, all-rounder Westerberg also has a keen understanding of the issues at play in the pharmaceutical sector.
Advokatfirman Vinge KB
Major multinationals flock to Vinge, the “number one patent litigation firm in Sweden”, for its smooth handling of international disputes. It is currently acting for Eli Lilly in the Swedish leg of a multi-jurisdictional infringement suit brought by Actavis over its anti-folate oncolytic compound cancer treatment; while its representation of Seamless Distribution in another infringement case involving secure electronic payment systems reflects its ability to assist innovators at the bleeding edge. The team is also amping up its non-contentious offering and has recently got signatures on the bottom line of a number of lucrative deals. Heading the IP group in Stockholm is “go-to individual” Håkan Borgenhäll: “He is very detailed in his approach; he knows every tiny aspect of his cases and you can’t fool him. He has an impressive understanding of technology and is calm and confident in court – he is absolutely one of the top individuals in the market.” A font of IP knowledge with an exemplary track record in patent litigation, Ulf Dahlgren is hailed as one of the jurisdiction’s leading lights. Headquartered in Malmo, regional powerhouse Awapatent is a favourite among rights holders seeking astute guidance at all stages of the patent lifecycle. No discipline is off limits, although electronics, mechanics and pharmaceuticals are particularly happy hunting grounds. Its 14 European offices are bolstered by further outposts in Beijing and Hong Kong, which connect IP-rich companies across continents. Peter Kenamets and Martin Tranälv are at the vanguard of the firm’s contentious efforts and recently represented paper industry leader Andritz in a major infringement dispute against competitor Valmet. The multifaceted Kenamets also has abundant experience before the European Patent Office (EPO); while Tranälv makes light work of even the most complex cross-border instructions. However, the firm is perhaps best known for its standout prosecution practice, which impresses for both the volume and consistently high quality of its output. Leading the chemistry team in Stockholm is Inga-Lill Andersson. As a former analytical chemist at AstraZeneca who also interned for the EPO’s Technical Board of Appeal, she can approach patent protection from all angles. Working alongside Andersson in the capital is fellow life sciences guru Niklas Mattsson; he is frequently called upon to provide technical expertise in court and is an authority on the subject of supplementary protection certificates – as is medical biochemistry PhD Mikael Henriksson. Clients with ambitions or interests across the Atlantic are in safe hands with Urban Lind and Sören Giver. Lind leads the firm’s specialist US patent law group; while Giver’s knowledge of the US market is matched by deep familiarity with EPO Board of Appeal case law. Information technology, mechanics and physics are the domains of Julia Mannesson, who has a flair for patent drafting, freedom to operate and infringement and validity issues.
Bergenstrahle & Partners AB
The astute team at boutique Bergenstrahle & Partners boasts comprehensive technical know-how, spanning everything from engineering to life sciences, electronics and digital media. Clients seeking protection of crown-jewel innovations appreciate its commercially focused portfolio management, sound strategic insight and skilled support in disputes. The trusted partner of a host of major clients, Lars Estreen is a useful name for the contact book.
BRANN AB
A dedicated IP law firm steeped in patent expertise, BRANN focuses on adding value for innovative clients through the shrewd protection and exploitation of intellectual property. Its practitioners – all of whom are qualified European patent attorneys – boast a wealth of academic and industry experience, and are proficient users of the latest technical tools. IAM Patent 1000 regular Barry Franks “has a real talent for explaining complicated issues in an easy-to-digest fashion and a genuine interest in clients’ products. He is a very diplomatic and sincere person, with a passionate approach to his work that is infectious for colleagues”. A life sciences ace with an unwavering business focus, Annika Kilander has a broad patent practice which covers drafting, prosecution due diligence, infringement analyses and validity assessments. “The experts at Fenix Legal are doing a brilliant job. Their reports and feedback are exceptionally clear, quick and of a high quality.” Clients continue to lavish praise upon this “technically updated, fast, informative and service-minded” one-stop shop, which shines especially brightly on emerging technology and pharmaceutical briefs. The set is assisting ACHIM Biotherapeutics with the worldwide patenting of its microbiota-based treatments and has advised Quantum Pharmaceuticals – in cooperation with the Bhutan government – on the international protection of its anaerobic micro-ecological systems for treatment of neurological disorders. Deeply involved in both of these matters is CEO and head of the patent and design department Maria Zamkova. “An outstanding expert in IP protection and development”, Zamkova “is always 100% updated on the status of every case and has the spirit of an entrepreneur, constantly providing useful, business-focused guidance”.
Groth & Co
Scandinavia’s oldest boutique draws on over 140 years of experience to advance clients’ interests through cogent strategic counsel and astute exploitation of intellectual assets. With its two Swedish offices supported by a further four outposts across Europe and China, and the capacity to serve patrons in an impressive 16 languages, it can help companies of all stripes to tap effectively into global markets. Managing partner and head of patents Mathias Loqvist is a key contact.
Kransell & Wennborg AB
Judicious recruitment has helped Kransell & Wennborg to maintain the upward trajectory that saw it enter the IAM Patent 1000 listings for the first time last year. Providing an all-round IP offering that keeps patents at its heart, the specialist set’s “highly skilled professionals are really on top of things; it is definitely on the rise”. With a commanding domestic presence supplemented by an extensive international network of alliances, it proves a solid choice for rights holders in need of multi-jurisdictional protection. Rolf Fritzon is a useful name for interested parties.
Mannheimer Swartling
From its base within one of the Nordic region’s largest business law firms, the IP department at Mannheimer Swartling is ideally placed to tackle hard-hitting litigation and help clients to realise maximum value from their rights. A formidable presence in the pharmaceutical sphere, it has recently acted for industry heavyweights such as Pfizer, Novartis and LEO Pharma in pan-European invalidity actions. Taking centre stage on these briefs, Per Josefson “has an excellent track record” in litigation and is also an accomplished broker of high-value IP deals. IAM Patent 1000 debutant Oscar Björkman Possne works closely alongside Josefson on a host of matters; he also advised Canon on its recommended public cash offer for Axis Akitebolag and Shire on the acquisition of Swedish biotech firm Premacure.
Noréns Patentbyra AB
Noréns’ compact squad of highly qualified patent attorneys has forged close long-term relationships with clients by devising effective, tailored strategies to safeguard innovations both at home and abroad. A new entry in the IAM Patent 1000 listings this year, this mid-sized operation also wins praise for the first-rate technical support it has provided in complex disputes. With master’s degrees in both engineering physics and business and administration, managing partner Johan Örtenblad is a standout operator with a laser business focus.
Roschier
A cornerstone of the IP scene in neighbouring Finland, Roschier continues to make positive inroads into the Swedish market. Its creative, dynamic and proactive team can effortlessly dispatch any patent mandate going across the technical spectrum. More esoteric issues such as inventor compensation disputes are also handled with aplomb: it lately represented energy utility Skellefteå Kraft in one such claim concerning several patent families. Renaissance man Erik Ficks fronts the IP, brand protection, marketing and public procurement practices. He shines brightly on medical technology, energy and mechanics briefs; his recent assistance of powered wheelchair manufacturer Permobil with both litigation and global licensing strategy highlights his aptitude across the contentious/non-contentious divide.
Sandart&Partners Advokatbyrå KB
“Sandart&Partners is a leader. Its lawyers have a humble, open-minded, fact-based and grounded legal approach”, which is appreciated by peers and clients alike, who enthusiastically vouch for its top-tier litigation offering. Meanwhile, the strength of the firm’s practices in market and competition, regulatory and corporate law ensure that its patent counsel is never less than 360 degree. First among equals is Peter Sande: “His remarkable intelligence and ability to grasp complicated juridical situations as well as detailed and complex technical concepts make him able both to quickly identify and understand the important issues of a case and to find alternative and inventive approaches. Peter’s positive attitude, humour and open personality make him a joy to work with.” “A talented communicator who is highly accessible and knowledgeable”, the seasoned Dag Sandart has long been one of the country’s leading IP lights.
Setterwalls Advokatbyrå AB
Full-service Setterwalls casts an imposing shadow on the Swedish IP landscape. The rapidly expanding workload of its highly regarded patent team has prompted a flurry of new hires to help execute on complex multi-jurisdictional disputes and deals within lightning-fast turnaround times. Life sciences is a bastion of strength, thanks largely to the efforts of Lennart Arvidson. A “highly skilled lawyer with a great business mind and superb understanding of technology”, Arvidson is the counsel of choice for global pharmaceutical giants such as Actavis, whom he recently represented in a dispute with Eli Lilly which raised questions about the doctrine of equivalents. Fellow life sciences hotshot Martin Levinsohn heads the IP department and counts the successful lifting of preliminary injunctions against client Sandoz’s products in a protracted battle with AstraZeneca among his recent highlights. Working alongside Levinsohn on this case was Per Lidman, a former corporate counsel who draws on a wealth of experience from both sides of the fence to help technology-rich rights holders find novel ways to exploit their intellectual property. New IAM Patent 1000 entry Magnus Dahlman has had a hand in much of the firm’s recent success: “He presents well, is clear in his arguments, has very sound judgement and shows plenty of enthusiasm for the law.”
Ström & Gulliksson AB
Ström & Gulliksson’s aim to compete on quality is backed up by a stellar application grant rate; the set is also making more frequent appearances in supporting roles on contentious mandates and in EPO oppositions and appeals. “A solid and robust partner” for firms engaged in litigation, Rikard Roos also “has a knack for finding the strongest patent strategies early in the product development process. His communication is always very clear, fast and productive. This, together with his broad technical knowledge and deep experience, makes him a very valuable partner.” Stockholm office chief Christian Arkelius “is efficient and meticulous. He is proactive, cost efficient, delivers on time and is street smart in an ever-evolving business environment". Focusing mainly on infringement, validity and freedom-to-operate opinions, Björn Andersson “is a terrier who just keeps going and going for clients”; he is a trusted ally of telecoms giant DORO AB on all things patents.
Synch Advokat AB
Technologically savvy law firm Synch has eschewed the traditional approach to intellectual property since entering the market in 2014. Clients benefit from transparent pricing, a blended delivery model that streamlines services into integrated packages and comprehensive, customised digital solution WeSynch. The set’s technical expertise, legal nous and regulatory experience make it a go-to for IP-heavy transactional mandates, particularly in the life sciences and start-up arenas. One of four co-founders, Sara Sparring is an IP polyglot with 15 years’ experience in private practice; she recently assisted healthcare investment leader Versant Ventures with its €46 million acquisition of Aprea AB – the largest-ever investment in a private Scandinavian biotechnology company. A former legal adviser at the Swedish Patent Office and a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution-accredited mediator, David Leffler approaches cutting-edge cases from novel angles. Clients do not hesitate to recommend Valea for its elite prosecution services. From five Swedish locations, it can assemble the perfect team to address any non-contentious mandate, no matter how arcane the subject matter. The set has redoubtable strength in the IT and mechanics sectors, and is a growing presence in life sciences, too. Founding partner and director of intellectual property Andrew Hammond is a regular presence in The Hague and Munich; he knows what it takes to secure the right results before the EPO Opposition Divisions and Boards of Appeal. Innovators are in safe hands with Nordic titan Zacco. Close collaboration between 25 offices across the region ensures it can keep all plates spinning for both local and overseas clients; it is a particular favourite of players in the United States and Asia. Its high-quality core patent offering has been bolstered by significant investments in information security and innovation technology. Life sciences buff Jörgen Linde’s broad practice spans day-to-day prosecution, due diligence and freedom-to-operate investigations, as well as litigation support. Michael Byström is a go-to for clients seeking guidance on supplementary protection certificates and has been a key cog in the development of the firm’s North American interests; while Gothenburg IP manager Peter Ekwall making his IAM Patent 1000 debut this year – blazes a trail on chemical engineering briefs.

Luminaries

Ulf Dahlgren - Advokatfirman Vinge KB

Individuals: transactions

Oscar Björkman Possne - Mannheimer Swartling
Erik Ficks - Roschier
Per Josefson - Mannheimer Swartling
David Leffler - Synch Advokat AB
Per Lidman - Setterwalls Advokatbyrå AB
Dag Sandart - Sandart&Partners Advokatbyrå KB
Sara Sparring - Synch Advokat AB

Individuals: prosecution

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Barry Franks - BRANN AB
Andrew Hammond - Valea AB
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Inga-Lill Andersson - Awapatent AB
Björn E Andersson - Ström & Gulliksson AB
Christian Arkelius - Ström & Gulliksson AB
Sören Giver - Awapatent AB
Mikael Henriksson - Awapatent AB
Annika Kilander - BRANN AB
Urban Lind - Awapatent AB
Julia Mannesson - Awapatent AB
Niklas Mattsson - Awapatent AB
Johan Örtenblad - Noréns Patentbyra AB
Peder Oxhammar - Baker McKenzie Advokatbyrå
Rikard Roos - Ström & Gulliksson AB
Maria Zamkova - Fenix Legal KB

Individuals: litigation

Lennart Arvidson - Setterwalls Advokatbyrå AB
Håkan Borgenhäll - Advokatfirman Vinge KB
Dag Sandart - Sandart&Partners Advokatbyrå KB
Peter Sande - Sandart&Partners Advokatbyrå KB
Per Josefson - Mannheimer Swartling
Jonas Westerberg - Advokatfirman Lindahl
Magnus Dahlman - Setterwalls Advokatbyrå AB
Erik Ficks - Roschier
Peter Kenamets - Awapatent AB
Martin Levinsohn - Setterwalls Advokatbyrå AB
Per Lidman - Setterwalls Advokatbyrå AB
Mattias Malmstedt - Advokatbyrån Gulliksson
Martin Tranälv - Awapatent AB
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