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Do Swedish patent licence agreements last for the life of a patent unless otherwise specified?
  • Sweden
  • 09 November 2020

The Patent and Market Court of Appeal recently provided guidance on the term of patent licences in cases where the licence agreement is silent on that point. Patent proprietors that wish to have the opportunity to terminate a licence agreement governed by Swedish law without cause, or to have a shorter term than for the life of the patent, must be careful to include language to that effect in the contract.

Joint handling of patent infringement claims and contractual claims in Swedish IP courts
  • Sweden
  • 21 September 2020

In the Swedish legal system, the specialist IP courts handle patent infringement claims, while the general courts handle contractual claims. But such different claims can be combined and handled jointly by the specialist courts under certain circumstances. In a recent case, the Supreme Court clarified under which circumstances patent claims and such civil claims can be combined and handled jointly.

Objective necessity to rebox in parallel trade and implementation of EU Falsified Medicines Regulation
  • Sweden
  • 14 September 2020

In a recent case, the Patent and Market Court (PMC) elaborated on the concept of objective necessity to rebox medicinal products subject to parallel distribution in light of the implementation of the EU Falsified Medicines Regulation. The PMC's decision is a significant victory for originators, as it confirms that relabelling is still the main rule in Sweden and that reboxing remains the exception and requires evidentiary support of objective necessity by the parallel trader.

Dynamic blocking injunction against ISPs
  • Sweden
  • 27 July 2020

In a groundbreaking case for copyright holders and internet service providers in Sweden, the Patent and Market Court of Appeal recently declared, for the first time, that dynamic blocking injunctions are in line with Swedish legislation. Unlike regular static blocking injunctions that cover only a specific infringement by a specific infringer, dynamic blocking injunctions also cover other infringements and possibly those by other infringers.

Supreme Court rules on balancing of copyright and fundamental rights
  • Sweden
  • 06 April 2020

A landmark Supreme Court judgment has closed the book on the widely known 'iron pipe scandal'. The court confirmed that fundamental rights such as freedom of the press, no matter how fundamental, do not justify the use of copyrighted materials outside the scope of the existing exceptions and limitations as set out in the Copyright Act and the EU InfoSoc Directive.


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