Markmatters.com / Knijff Trademark Attorneys is attending the annual ECTA Conference in Stockholm this week (Say hi when you run in to us!). Sweden is a beautiful country and Stockholm an amazing city. The country is not only keen on design, it is also home of some of the bigger brands of the world: IKEA, H&M, Volvo and Absolut Vodka.
As a tribute to the country and city hosting ECTA this year, some IP facts:
Swedish inventor Håkan Lans invented the computer mouse in the 1970’s, but, unfortunately, never applied for a patent.
The world’s first pacemaker was produced by Swedish company Elema-Schönander AB in October 1958.
Anders Celsius invented the temperature scale.
Volvo was founded in Gothenburg in 1927 and is now one of biggest car brands in the world. The brand is all about safety.
H&M, founded in 1947, has a simple business idea: offer fashion and quality at the best prices. And the formula is a success. The company now employs almost 68.000 co-workers and has 1.700 stores in 33 countries.