»Groth & Co, Scandinavia’s oldest IP law firm, was founded by Lorenz Albrecht Theodor Groth in 1869.«
Groth & Co, Scandinavia’s oldest IP law firm, was founded by Lorenz Albrecht Theodor Groth in 1869. When L. A. Groth established himself in Stockholm, he offered to “assist inventors with the registration of patents” but also assist them to exploit their patents and to sell their products. The time was well chosen as it coincided with what is now known as Sweden’s industrial breakthrough. By 1875, Groth & Co accounted for more than a third of the 226 Swedish patents granted that year.
L. A. Groth was appointed as the Swedish government’s representative at the patents congress during the World Exhibition in Vienna in 1873, and in return he became a Knight of the Order of Vasa. He was also the government’s representative at the patent congress in Paris in 1878. He took an active role in the international work concerned with industrial protection, which resulted in the Paris Convention of 1883.
After a few years, L. A. Groth emigrated to England and the company was transferred to the engineer Carl O. Annell. Some years later the rock engineer and inventor John Edberg joined the company. He became one of the founders of the Swedish Association of Patent Attorneys in 1884.
Following a series of ownership changes over the years, the agency is today owned by members of Groth & Co’s management team and some of the agency’s consultants. The current Managing Director is Mats Lundberg.