Earlier this month, AmCham Sweden briefed a Congressional Delegation (also known as a CODEL) from the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary on the current state of play of intellectual property rights in Sweden.
During the briefing, we emphasized that Sweden is a great location for American foreign direct investment and exports. In particular, we mentioned that the Global Innovation Index 2015 ranked Sweden number three. And that, once again last month, Sweden ranked as the most innovative European Union member state according to the European Innovation Scoreboard published by the European Commission.
We also referenced Sweden's historically strong protection of intellectual property rights. In addition, we highlighted the fact that the Patent and Market Court will open on September 1. This is a new court system for cases involving intellectual property rights, as well as marketing and competition matters.
Notwithstanding these protections, work remains with respect to curbing illegal downloading and streaming of copyrighted content. In light of this, we noted the progress being made through the engagement of the United States Embassy, the Rights Alliance, and AmCham Sweden to address these critical issues.