We are an international patent authority with a focus on global issues. Here are some of the organizations we cooperate with.
We work in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) regarding technical standards for data exchange, classification systems and publication. PRV represents Sweden in a number of working groups, engaged in long-term international development work within trademarks, designs and patents. We also run international training programmes in cooperation with WIPO.
The European Patent Organisation (EPO) is an intergovernmental organization representing a cooperation between several of the European states. It was founded on the basis of an international convention signed in Munich in 1973. The European Patent Office headquarters are in Munich and it also has offices in Berlin, The Hague and Vienna.
EPO's task is to examine and grant so-called European patents, which through one application are then valid in all the member states designated. (However, a European patent is not automatically valid across the EU. Such an “EU patent”, or a community patent, has been proposed by the EU Commission but not yet implemented.)
Within the EU, PRV contributes with expertise in legislative work at the Council of the European Union and the EU Commission. As an EU member state, Sweden is a partner in the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) in Alicante. We are represented at several levels in OHIM through regular board meetings, as well as legal and technical joint working groups. A national expert from PRV has also been working at OHIM since 2006.
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PRV is involved in the EU project Innovaccess.eu. The project aims to give small and medium enterprises (SMEs) the knowledge and tools they need to make the best use of intellectual property rights. It develops services based on the needs of the SMEs, which can be used in their work with intellectual property rights.
Over twenty patent and trademark authorities participate in the project, as well as research and innovation organizations with extensive experience of intellectual property.
You can read more about the project in the left menu.
There is a tradition of Nordic cooperation which among other things aims at harmonizing legislation regarding the protection of industrial property.
International training and development
PRV works with training at international level. That involves training within all areas of intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, designs, copyright and more) and the transfer of Swedish knowledge to developing countries and countries in transition. A large proportion are programmes aimed at getting countries to adjust their legislation, administration and maintenance of rights to meet international agreements, in a way that suits their conditions.
Further, PRV provides international experts and hosts study visits from abroad. PRV also helps to run international projects and coordinates development activities with the European Patent Organisation (EPO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
These activities are normally financed by sources outside of PRV, such as Sida, WIPO, EPO or the EU.