Our services are focused on patent matters
We create new patent rights for our clients. This includes drafting of patent applications, preferably in direct interaction with inventors and patent departments, as well as filing and further prosecution through patent offices worldwide.
Our commitment extends beyond the borders of Sweden. Our services include filing and prosecution of Swedish, European and international (PCT) patent applications. We also handle national completion of PCT applications and validation of European patents. We act directly against the Swedish Patent Office PRV, the European Patent Office EPO, and the PCT authorities, and we utilize our international network for processing globally.
When drafting patent applications, we also perform preparatory searches and analyses to assess patentability and to optimize patent protection.
The management of patent rights involves a considerable amount of administrative processing, including communication with patent offices and agents worldwide. Neij & Lindberg strives to adapt the administrative process to client requests, for instance with regard to different clients’ level of interest in participation in the process, and to streamline correspondence and minimize the number of decision points.
Consultation around IPR and innovation processes
Proper handling of patent rights stems from an understanding of how to best make use of each invention. Neij & Lindberg can assist with the development of processes and strategies tailored to the specific needs of our clients, with regard to innovation and business goals.
Neij & Lindberg has a wealth of work experience from patent departments at both small and large companies. Based on the needs of our clients, we can propose different models for establishing internal IP processes, e.g., for achieving cost-effective management of the IP business, increasing IP awareness, efficient harvesting of new ideas, and building and managing a patent portfolio that supports the business goals.
Whenever there is a need to quickly establish a patent portfolio in a given business field we can lead creative sessions with patent brainstorming directed to finding and refining patentable ideas that fulfill needs or solve problems relevant to the specific business field.
Neij & Lindberg also has substantive experience from training in the field of IPR. We can tailor training packages targeting different fields, such as innovation management, basic intellectual property rights, or more advanced patent law.
Risk assessments and patent litigation
A dispute rarely occurs suddenly, and a lawsuit is generally preceded by a long period of investigations and negotiations. In such a situation, we assist our clients with analysis of patent rights, as well as during court proceedings.
We can assist our clients with analysis of their patent portfolio to detect infringement cases, with claim chart writing, and with implementation of processes for proactively adapting or adding to registered patent rights pending a dispute. In the opposite situation, we assist our clients with analysis of a counterpart’s patents to identify flaws and weaknesses, for example in preparation of license negotiations or court proceedings.
We are authorized to represent in opposition cases before the Swedish and European patent offices, both in the defense of our clients’ rights and against competitors’ patents.
We also provide assistance as patent experts in court proceedings. Disputes are generally a bad thing, and we assist our clients with searches, risk analysis and advice during the development process with regard to freedom to operate, to avoid patent infringement and costly court processes.