Swedish firms seek patents in record numbers

Swedish companies set a new record last year for the number of international patent applications.

With 3,533 requests, Sweden came in tenth place worldwide, according to Dagens Nyheter.

“What’s interesting with this report is that we broke the old record which was set during the IT-boom,” said Fabian Edlund, a consultant with the company Awapatent, which compiled the figures.

Telecoms giant Ericsson tops the list of Swedish companies with 597 international patent applications.

The world’s most prolific company when it comes to patent applications is the Japanese electronics giant Matsushita.