Unauthorized use - infringement

If someone uses your invention, design, trademark, or copyright without permission, the person is infringing. You must also make sure not to infringe on the rights of others

You apply for a patent for your invention, protection of your trademark or your design at PRV. If your application is approved, you will receive a registered exclusive right.

Copyright occurs when the work is created, such as when a text is written or a computer program is encoded. You do not apply for that.

Prevent unauthorized use

Often, infringements occur due to ignorance. Start by contacting the person responsible and tell them that you have the exclusive right.

If someone knowingly commits infringement, you can report the crime in order to bring charges.

Different types of infringements

Patent infringement 

Using someone else's patented invention without permission is a patent infringement, according to the Swedish Patents Act. Nor is it permitted to encourage someone else to use your invention.

An example: A business sells products that do not directly infringe patents. On the other hand, it is clear that the products should be used in conjunction with a patented invention.

The Swedish Patents Act on the Riksdag website (external website)

Trademark infringement

If a trademark is protected for a merchandise or service, no one may use it for other similar merchandise and services. If you do this, you are committing trademark infringement, according to the Trademarks Act.

It is also trademark infringement if a new trademark damages a trademark that has been known for a long time.

The Trademarks Act on the Riksdag website (external website)

Design infringement

The Design Protection Act states that if a product's design is protected, no one else may use it or a design that is very similar, without permission. If you do that, you commit pattern infringement, also referred to as design infringement.

The Design Protection Act on the Riksdag website (external website)

Copyright infringement

The creator of a work has the right to make decisions on it and how it is used, it is in the Act on Copyright in Literary and Artistic Works. If someone uses a work without permission, it's a copyright infringement.

If two people create similar works at the same time and independently, it is not copyright infringement.