Ström & Gulliksson is a top-tier European patent firm, offering end-to-end patent management, including searches, strategic advice, filing and prosecution, validation, opposition and appeal, and litigation. Staying focused on their client’s business model, they create Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) that carry real commercial value, leveraging money spent.
”Though patent protection is our core business, our business mindedness makes us able to see beyond the patent application and take a holistic approach from the perspective of our client’s business model, which is our top priority,” says Rikard Roos, Senior Partner, CEO and European Patent Attorney at Ström & Gulliksson.
They currently employ 50 people of which 22 are consultants and their vision is to offer services of the highest quality. Their strategy is to grow organically, carefully evaluating the merits and competencies of candidate attorneys before they hire them.
”We’re headquartered in Malmö and have offices in Helsingborg, Lund, Stockholm and Gothenburg. Our ambition is to grow in Gothenburg in the upcoming years. Here, our office is located at the Sahlgrenska Science Park, close to many life science start-ups and SMEs. One example is Immunicum, a small company developing therapeutic cancer vaccines, for whom we’ve built the patent portfolio,” he adds.
In legal processes, clients of Ström & Gulliksson can benefit from the patent firm’s long-standing cooperation with Gulliksson law firm. ”The lawyers at Gulliksson are specialised in IPR and together we successfully counsel clients in national and international patent litigations,” Magnus Berglund, Partner and European Patent Attorney at Ström & Gulliksson, comments.
One of Ström & Gulliksson’s strengths is their extensive experience of major litigations. ”We’ve been involved in litigations to an extent quite unique among Swedish patent firms,” Magnus Berglund continues.
These experiences also benefit smaller companies, since the attorneys who counsel in the major litigations are the same attorneys who give advice to the firm’s smaller clients.
”Since joining Ström & Gulliksson, I’ve learned that we truly know what it’s like throughout the journey and can help small companies to forecast what may happen, making them better prepared to face future challenges. Even if they’re small now, most of them want to become big enough for someone to want to license or even infringe their patents to some extent,” David Henricson Briggs, graduate from Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship, and today patent consultant at Ström & Gulliksson, comments.
Another strong asset of Ström & Gulliksson is their cost-effective business intelligence tool ‘WatchOut’, which gives the clients insight into the whereabouts of their competitors.
”We set up a live watch, based on their business model, which gives the client an overview of the current situation, covering market trends and potential threats from competing rights. Then we analyse the results most relevant to the client’s business. This is perfectly in line with our focus on our client’s business models,” Rikard Roos adds.
To conclude, Ström & Gulliksson offers true end-to-end patent management. One clear example of this is Vigmed, who produce safety covers for hypodermic needles that, once activated, automatically prevent needlestick injuries among healthcare workers. The work for Vigmed does not stop with the creation of their patent portfolio, but also involves assisting in getting Vigmed financing, representation in their Board, etc. in collaboration with Gulliksson law firm,” Rikard Roos explains.