ICC’s Intellectual Property Committee

ICC Sweden’s Committee on Intellectual Property Rights currently consists of about 30 members.
In the Committee on Intellectual Property Rights, representatives of Swedish ICC members participate
as leading experts
and experts in intellectual property rights. Twice a year, the committee’s members
are called to a meeting. 
In addition to the agenda for the Commission meeting, current Swedish issues
of interest to the
members are also discussed, and an opportunity is given to hear initiated speakers
within current issues.

ICC Sweden is represented in the Commission for Intellectual Property Rights and in related working
groups by
members of the Swedish Committee for Intellectual Property Rights. During the committee’s
two meetings per year
, the Swedish position is prepared on various issues that are dealt with by the
Commission and associated
working groups. Furthermore, it is also the ICC’s committee that is
responsible for arranging seminars and 
disseminating knowledge about intellectual property rights.

The main task of the ICC is to promote investment opportunities and international
trade, as well as to help companies meet the challenges and opportunities that they face
with globalization. We work in different ways to simplify international trade and
cross- border investments. One factor contributing to the promotion of international trade is the
protection of intellectual property rights. Furthermore, the protection of intellectual property rights is
considered to encourage the 
development of knowledge-based industries and to generate a favorable
climate for foreign 
direct investment and technology transfer.


ICC points out in a new discussion paper (see the link to the right of this page) how regulations
for how companies may use their brands and logos affect competition in
consumers ‘buying choices, companies’ investments in innovation and quality, global trade and the
value of the assets for the companies. The ICC urges decision makers to carefully consider
regulatory intervention based on global agreements on how to regulate intellectual property rights
and whether the benefits of new legislative measures actually exceed the negative impact of an
intervention. In the first place, less intervention and less costly measures should be considered
to achieve the purpose of the regulation, ie measures that do not risk or at least as little as
Possibly, the companies’ ability to use their brands as a
means of communication affects the market.

There are many examples of regulations that, for example for health or safety purposes, restrict
companies’ opportunities to freely dispose of a brand. The ICC does not question that in some cases
there may 
be purposes that justify restrictions on the companies’ use of their rights. The most
noteworthy is plain packaging for cigarettes, which means that cigarette packages must be completely
brand-neutral in their design. Without making any valuation of such regulation in this
or other individual cases or the underlying purpose of restricting the rights of companies, the
ICC wishes to clarify, however, that an intervention in the rights of the companies should be done on the
basis of an approach such as can 
first be achieved without intervention in the intellectual property
law system.
The ICC therefore urges
decision makers to carefully consider the intellectual property rights and
other consequences of different regulations in
their analysis and to thoroughly analyze whether the measures
are necessary, proportionate and in what 
way the purpose can be achieved on the basis of taking measures
that cause as little intervention in
intellectual property rights as possible.

The ICC has the following advice and requests for decision makers:

  1. Be clear about what the regulation should achieve, consider which measure is most effective and
    base decisions on a scientific basis.
  2. Ensure transparency and stakeholder involvement in the decision-making process.
  3. Analyze the impact on all stakeholders, try to minimize market distortions and stimulate
    investment and innovation.
  4. Use accepted regulations and standards as well as gained experience.

Kommitténs ledamöter

Ordförande: Thomas Lindqvist - Hammarskiöld & Co

Linn Alfredsson Hannes Snellman
Malin Allard Advokatfirman Cederquist
Stojan Arnerstål Institutet för immaterial-, marknadsföring- och konkurrensrätt
Marcus Ateva Advokatfirman MarLaw AB
Robin Berzelius AWAPATENT AB
Eva Blum Advokatfirman Vinge KB
Christopher Büller Advokatfirma DLA Piper Sweden KB
Karin Cederlund Sandart & Partners Advokatbyrå
Bengt Domeij Uppsala Universitet
Bodil Ehlers Kastell Advokatbyrå AB
Jan Fager JM Fager juridik & marknadsföring
Anette Henrysson Advokatfirman Vinge KB
Ivan Hjertman IP Interface AB
Åsa Johansson Philip Morris AB
Per Josefson Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå
David Leffler Synch Advokat
Richard Lewinson Tetra Laval
Henrik Lindström Ramberg Advokater
Christer Löfgren BrandNews och PatentEye
Katarina Nilsson Stora Enso
Per Jonas Nordell Stockholms universitet
Erik Sandgren Gernandt & Danielsson
Lena Seratelius Advokatfirman ReklamJuridik i Sverige AB
Stina Sjögren Paulsson Scania
Matilda Stenman Philip Morris AB
Sophia Spala Setterwalls Advokatbyrå
Fredrik Ståhl Time Advokatbyrå KB
Carl Wendt Noréns AB
Karin Westerberg Sandart & Partners Advokatbyrå
Stefan Widmark Kastell Advokatbyrå
Henrik Wistam Advokatfirman Lindahl KB
Sanna Wolk Uppsala Universitet
Emil Ödling DLA Piper