Authorised patent attorney

Last updated:2017-12-01

A patent attorney works with representing companies in patent law matters.

In order to become an authorised patent attorney you must have

  • a suitable theoretical degree and work experience
  • you must have taken an approved test of knowledge for authorisation
  • you must work as a patent attorney 
  • you must be honest and suitable for work as a patent attorney.

Test of knowledge

In order to be able to apply for authorisation you must first pass the Swedish Patent Attorneys Board's (Patentombudsnämnden) test of knowledge for authorisation. You enter your name for the test by filling in and sending in the form below.

The test of knowledge is comprised of a technical partial test and a partial test concerning specific Swedish legal skills within the patent law field. The Swedish Patent Attorneys Board can grant dispensation for the technical partial test in case the applicant has passed the European Qualifying Examination (EQE). In such case only an approved Swedish legal partial test is required.

In order to take the test of knowledge you must have

  • passed at least a master's degree in accordance with the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance (högskoleförordningen) in technology or social science subject as a main area for the course of education or with approved results having undergone some other corresponding education, or passed a bachelor's degree in accordance with the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance with law as the main area for the course of education.
  • In addition to this you must have work experience as an assistant in patent law matters for at least four years.

The authorisation is valid until further notice, as long as the you are working with patent law matters and fulfils the ethical requirements that are placed.

Registration and supervision

The Swedish Patent Attorneys Board maintains a register of authorised patent attorneys and is responsible for supervision.

Origin: Swedish Patent Attorneys Board

How to apply

Application fee and annual fee

When we have received your application we will send an invoice for the application fee of SEK 1,000. Once it has been paid we will begin processing the matter. You must also pay an annual fee of SEK 2,600.

 

The fee for the legal and respectively the technical test of knowledge is SEK 6,000 each.

 

When you apply for authorisation you must send along proof of the following:

  • Passed approved test for authorisation.
  • Details of education and professional activity, e.g. copy of degree and work certificate
  • Birth certificate or corresponding document from another country within the European Economic.
  • Area (EEA), if the person is not registered as a resident in Sweden.

If you are not registered as a resident in Sweden, then you must also send in:

  • Certificate of no previous bankruptcy (konkursfrihetsbevis) or corresponding document from another country within the European Economic Area (EEA).
  • Certificate of freedom from trade prohibition  (bevis om frihet från näringsförbud) or corresponding document from another country within the European Economic Area (EEA).

If you are registered as a patent attorney abroad:

  • Fill in the foreign authority or organisation and registration number. You can only be registered within the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

You will find more information at the website of the Swedish Patent attorneys webbsite

Contact information

Organisation
Patentombudsnämnden
Phone
+46 771-670670
Address
Box 46, 851 02 SUNDSVALL
Web
www.patentombudsnamnden.se

Responsible: Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth

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