Types of protection

Patent: In order for an invention to be patentable, it must be new, involve an inventive step, and be capable of industrial application. A patent in Sweden is valid for 20 years from the date of filing.1

Design Registration: Differing from a patent, a design registration protects a product's appearance, but not its function. A design registration is valid for a maximum of 25 years from the date of filing.2

Convention and treaty membership

Sweden became a member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty in May 1978 and is also a signatory of numerous treaties and conventions including, but not limited to the following:

  • Paris Convention
  • Budapest Treaty
  • World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Patent Law Treaty2

International, National and Regional applications

For information regarding how to file international, regional or national patent applications in each country, we welcome you to contact us.


1 https://www.prv.se/en/patents/applying-for-a-patent/before-the-application/conditions-for-a-patent/

2 https://www.prv.se/en/designs/why-design-protection/

2 https://www.wipo.int/wipolex/en/profile.jsp?code=SE