Sweden – innovation leader of the EU and a global hotbed of innovation 

2 July, 2020

The European innovation scoreboard has been released and Sweden continues to be the EU innovation leader. 
– Sweden has a long history of strong innovation power, a result of our ability to transform, develop and modernize our industry. Also, we see that there is a great understanding of using patents to reap strategic and competitive advantages as well as handling potential legal hurdles and disputes, says
Rikard Roos, Managing Partner and European Patent Attorney at Ström & Gulliksson. 

The European innovation scoreboard provides a comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU countries, other European countries, and regional neighbours. The 2020 edition of the innovation scoreboard further highlights that the EU’s innovation performance continues to increase at a steady pace, with growing convergence between EU countries. As the EU innovation leader Sweden is followed by Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands. At a global level, the EU has surpassed the United States for the second time and continues to have a performance lead over the United States, China, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, and India. 

Sweden has also gained recognition by the The World Intellectual Property Organisation which has identified Sweden as a global hotbed of innovation. A key driver is in digital technology with heavy investments in artificial intelligence (AI).

–  As a firm working with clients in all technology areas we have seen how businesses and inventors within all sectors have become increasingly aware of their IP rights. In order to protect and defend the value they hold they realize the importance to work closely with a patent firm with experience and substantial knowledge of Swedish, European and international patent law. Given the transformation and digitalisation there are many opportunities and new ways of creating commercial value. In Sweden you find a varied and exciting combination of a traditional manufacturing industry, brave start-ups and courageous entrepreneurs – and successful combinations and collaborations between these, says Rikard Roos.

As a result of the pandemic spread of SARS-CoV-2 Ström & Gulliksson earlier this year decided to take measures to help and protect the innovative society.

– We have specifically been focusing on getting companies particularly exposed to the effects of SARS-CoV-2 through this tunnel of problematic times. We believe that the rate of innovation must be maintained, even during a pandemic that paralyzes parts of society and the world. It has been gratifying to see how innovative companies in Sweden have gathered their powers and skills and undoubtedly continued to invest in development and innovation, says Erik Bolmsjö, Partner and European Patent Attorney.   

S&G – listed as one of Europe´s Leading Patent Law Firms by Financial Times

Besides retaining the position as one of the leading patent law firms in Sweden and selected as one of a small number of recommended firms at the European Patent Office by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM), Ström & Gulliksson has also recently been listed by Financial Times as one of Europe’s Leading Patent Law Firms 2020.

– Recognitions like this prove that our competence and work is noticed. We are increasing our presence on the international market and our offer is very attractive not only for European clients, but also for companies outside Europe. Our convenient location near European authorities, institutions and courts is a definite advantage besides our service in providing our clients with a comprehensive range of services for European patents including filing and prosecution, validation, and oppositions and appeals, says Erik Bolmsjö.

Ström & Gulliksson is ranked as one of the leading patent firms by various independent ranking institutes. Read about our awards