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Borenius’ IP practice provides ‘outstanding value for money’ and is representing the Absolut Company in a trade mark dispute. IP litigation expert Ben Rapinoja acted for ratiopharm in a revocation action against two European patents owned by Icos and heads the team alongside Lasse Laaksonen.

Castrén & Snellman successfully represented the automobile wheel design company BBS in a trade mark infringement claim. Practice head Sakari Salonen, alongside TMT lawyer Pia Ek, provides ongoing IP advice to Google, including trade mark enforcement, copyright and marketing matters. Spotify, Takeda Pharmaceuticals and OP Financial Group are other clients.

Roschier is ‘the gold standard for IP litigation’. The ‘exceptional’ practice acted as sole IP counsel to Nokia on its acquisition of Withings. In another highlight, practice head Rainer Hilli is acting for Deutsche Telekom in a colour trade mark dispute with DNA. Mikko Manner and patent litigation specialist Johanna Lilja are key contacts.

Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)’s IP practice provides an ‘outstanding’ service and represented Julius Sämann against Jiffel Entertainment in an infringement action concerning the Wunder-Baum trade mark. Tuukka Airaksinen recently joined from Krogerus. Former practice head Hanna-Maija Elo and Kukka Tommila joined Properta Attorneys Ltd.

The team at Hannes Snellman advised Vitec Software Group on the IP issues connected to its acquisition of software company Futursoft. The ‘knowledgeable and dedicated’ practice head Panu Siitonen assisted Microsoft with a domain name dispute. Other clients include Sanoma Group, Accenture and Kone.

Avance Attorneys Ltd is advising Next Games on the licensing of mobile games and software. Junior partners Topi Siniketo and Elina Saviharju head the team and Mikko Alkio is defending GoParking against an allegation of trade mark infringement.

With extensive expertise in patent litigation, the ‘very strong boutique firmBackström & Co represented a major pharmaceutical company in a patent infringement dispute. The ‘reliable, very knowledgeable and proactivePetri Eskola heads the team.

The ‘excellent’ practice at Bird & Bird, led by Ella Mikkola, represented Monster Energy in several trade mark disputes. The team is also experienced in advising on pharmaceutical patents and unfair trade cases.

John-Henrik Spåre and Markus Oksanen head the practice at DLA Piper, which has experience in contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Clients include Verifone, Solteq and Samlink. The well-regarded Timo Ruikka is a key contact for copyright and digital media matters.

The ‘motivated’ team at Dittmar & Indreniusthinks ahead’ and provides ‘fast responses’. It is advising a major German automotive client on anti-counterfeiting in Finland and is representing Weir in a cross-border patent dispute. Colgate-Palmolive, Burberry and McDonald’s are other clients. Henrik af ursin joined Merilampi Attorneys Ltd as a partner in November 2018.

HPP Attorneys has experience in assisting with the creation, registration and exploitation of IP rights. Kari-Matti Lehti is a key contact for non-contentious matters and Klaus Nyblin is noted for IP disputes, particularly within the pharmaceutical industry.

Inventio Attorneys acts for Lentoparkki in the defence of its trade mark rights against competitors. Practice head Topi Lusenius, Pekka Takki and senior associate Henri Kaikkonen are key contacts. Marja Tommila joined Properta Attorneys Ltd.

The ‘excellent’ team at Krogerus is acting for DNA in a dispute concerning its alleged infringement of Deutsche Telekom’s colour trade mark. Senior associates Sarita Schroder and Kalle Hynönen head the practice following Tuukka Airaksinen’s departure to Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland).

Lexia Attorneys Ltd is representing fast food brand Kotipizza in various IP protection disputes. Markus Myhrberg is head of the team, which includes newly hired counsel Susanna Sariola and Iikka Sainio. Sony Music Entertainment and MTV are clients.

Procopé & Hornborg handles copyright and trade mark matters, both contentious and advisory. The practice, which includes Jusse Rissanen, Lotta Uusitalo and senior associate Hanna Nylund, specialises in the media, entertainment and technology sectors.

The IP team at Attorneys-at-law Trust. Ltd works with the firm’s busy M&A practice and advised Affecto on the IP aspects of its acquisition of BigDataPump. Jan Lindberg heads the practice, which was also instructed by eCraft on the acquisition of Microsoft AX from Solteq.

Waselius & Wist defended Hardware Group Finland in a dispute regarding an alleged trade mark infringement of the shape of a key. Practice head Bernt Juthström is the main contact and is recommended for trade secrets matters.

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Legal Developments in Finland for Intellectual property

  • The evolving IP management landscape

    Finland is a substantially greater source of innovation than the small size of its population might indicate. Finnish companies and research and development (R&D) centres are actively involved in top R&D in several fields. According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2007, Finland has one of the highest R&D spends as a percentage of gross domestic product. As a direct result, the number of patent applications and patents granted is among the highest in the world per capita (see Figure 1). Furthermore, according to several recent studies Finland is among the top countries in the world in the field of patenting activity.
    - Attorneys at law Borenius Ltd

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