Richard Wessman

  • Stockholm
  • Languages:
    Swedish, English


Richard Wessman offers a wealth of experience assisting clients with a variety of intellectual property and market law issues from trade mark management to litigation. Chambers & Partners 2023

Richard Wessman is a phenomenal and vastly experienced advocate who is simply excellent on all counts”. WTR 1000, 2023

Richard Wessman advances in the rankings following recognition for his excellent practice that covers both trade mark management and litigation. Clients praise Richard Wessman for being "very creative and also incredibly intelligent. He thinks of things from different angles." Chambers & Partners 2022

‘Richard Wessman is likely the most experienced and knowledgeable lawyer in his field in Sweden. Would not use anyone else in litigation.’

‘Richard Wessman is the leading expert in Sweden on trade mark law. He is an outstanding litigator, legal thinker as well as an excellent communicator. He is our go to person for all high-end and complex IP legal matters and a joy to work with.’

‘Richard Wessman, partner and head of IP at Vinge, has assisted us in several trade mark and unfair competition matters. Wessman combines a practical and business oriented approach with a sharp analytical mind. He is an experienced litigator and also extremely knowledgeable in these areas, as the author of the commentary to the Swedish Trade Marks Act. We hold him as a clear number one in Sweden in trade mark and unfair competition matters and are very happy with the advice he has provided.’

‘Richard Wessman – extremely knowledgeable within his field (IP/Marketing), very client oriented/friendly and responsive and always willing to find solutions if we need assistance. Legal 500 2022

Richard Wessman is a great asset to have on your side when things get difficult. His background as an esteemed professor and educator is a real strength and you can always count on him for dynamic and creative solutions in the trickiest of cases. - WTR 1000 2021

Richard Wessman is rated for his notable experience of trade mark management and litigation. One client praises his IP expertise, adding that he is "very friendly, calm, extremely responsive and service-minded." Chambers & Partners 2021 

Richard Wessman “gives each case abundant care and attention”. “Richard has a brilliant mind, he is a scholar and a thinker who puts together superb arguments. His theoretical skills are excellent, as is his grasp of commercial realities.” WTR 1000 2020

Richard Wessman is ranked as Trade mark star by IP Stars 2020 

‘Richard Wessmann is extremely knowledgable with good availability. A great litigator.‘ - Legal 500 2020

The "extremely impressive and knowledgeable" Richard Wessman offers strong expertise in trade mark disputes. He continues to provide particular experience representing clients from the food and beverage sector. - Chambers & Partners 2020

Interviewees acknowledge Richard Wessman's expertise in trade mark and marketing law and describe him as "very knowledgeable and skilled."  - Chambers & Partners 2018

The "excellent" Richard Wessman gains recognition from sources for his knowledge of trade marks. He handles both contentious and non-contentious mandates. - Chambers & Partners 2016

Richard Wessman is a familiar market name for trade mark matters including litigation and damage claims. He is additionally regarded as "an excellent academic." - Chambers & Partners 2015

Richard Wessman a respected academic and litigator. WTR 1000, 2014


Practice Areas


  • LL.D


  • Advisor, von lode advokat, 2009-2013
  • Advisor, MAQS Law Firm, 2006-2009
  • Lecturer, Uppsala University, Faculty of Law, 2004-2006
  • Lecturer, Stockholm University, Faculty of Law, 2003

Other qualifications

  • Lectured in intellectual property law, contract law and torts at the universities of Stockholm and Uppsala.



Mandate May 27, 2016

Vinge advised Tele 2 in the largest competition damages case in Sweden

Stockholm District Court delivered its judgment today in the largest competition damages case in Swe…


Vinge retains top ranking
News February 17, 2023

Vinge retains top ranking

The annual results of Chambers & Partners’ global ranking have now been made public and we are delig…

WTR 1000 - Vinge receives Swedish top ranking
News February 13, 2023

WTR 1000 - Vinge receives Swedish top ranking

Vinge has been awarded the “Top firm in Sweden” in this year’s World Trademark Review. The award is…

Vinge is awarded “The Top Firm in Sweden” in WTR 1000’s latest ranking
News February 18, 2021

Vinge is awarded “The Top Firm in Sweden” in WTR 1000’s latest ranking

Vinge receives the highest ranking in the World Trademark Review list of the year’s rankings. The fi…

Vinge receives prestigious IP award
News March 08, 2019

Vinge receives prestigious IP award

On Thursday, 7 March 2019, Vinge received the prestigious award - Sweden Trade Mark Contentious Firm…

Vinge awarded prestigious IP awards
News January 29, 2019

Vinge awarded prestigious IP awards

Vinge’s IP practice group has won two awards at the IAM/WTR Global IP Awards. Vinge was awarded both…

New partners to Stockholm's office
Press Release July 03, 2018

New partners to Stockholm's office

Three new partners have been elected at Vinge’s Stockholm office with effect from 1 January 2019.

Vinge top-ranked
News June 28, 2018

Vinge top-ranked

IAM Patent 1000 recently released its rankings for 2018 and Vinge is top-ranked within the categorie…

Vinge is awarded Sweden IP Firm of the Year
News March 10, 2017

Vinge is awarded Sweden IP Firm of the Year

On Thursday Vinge was for the second time in four years awarded the prestigious award Sweden IP Firm…

New top ranking for Vinge´s IP practice
News August 04, 2014

New top ranking for Vinge´s IP practice

Legal Media Group has published rankings within trademark law where Vinge share first position with…

Vinge wins IP Firm of the Year Award
News March 19, 2014

Vinge wins IP Firm of the Year Award

At an awards ceremony in London yesterday, Vinge was awarded the industry’s top prize and declared “…


Article December 02, 2002

Det varumärkesrättsliga kravet på särskiljningsförmåga

NIR 2002 s. 16
Article December 01, 2000

EG-domstolens gradering av varumärkesrättens omfång

NIR 2000 s. 640
Article December 01, 1998

Förväxlingsläran under förändring

NIR 1998 s. 486
Article December 01, 1993

Kodakdoktrinen under förändring

NIR 1993 s. 2002


Book April 03, 2019

Immaterialrättens strukturNorstedts Juridik, 2019

Book December 11, 2013

Varumärkeslagen - en kommentar Norstedts Juridik, 2013 - sättning i oktober

Book December 01, 2005

Immateriella gränsfall, rättsfallssamling med kommentarer Norstedts Juridik, 2005

Book December 01, 2003

The biobank, the market and the law Uppsala Universitets Förlag, 2003

Book December 01, 2003

Immaterial- och marknadsrätt, rättsfallssamling med kommentarer Norstedts Juridik, 2003

Book December 02, 2002

Varumärkeskonflikter Norstedts Juridik, ak avh, 2002