Intellectual property in Finland
Borenius' 'customer-oriented' team is particularly experienced in the life sciences sector; it recently defended Orifarm in a trade mark infringement dispute relating to the repackaging of pharmaceutical products and successfully represented new client Insud Pharma in a preliminary injunction dispute with Merck Sharp & Dohme. Ben Rapinoja, Åsa Krook, and 'excellent IP professional' Lasse Laaksonen jointly head the practice, which is 'focused on providing solutions'. Other key clients include Pernod Ricard, LänsiAuto, and Vaisala.
Recent highlights for Castrén & Snellman include successfully representing BBS in a trade mark dispute with a Finnish hubcap manufacturer and advising Crocs on its IP enforcement and customs seizure matters. Other key clients include Merck, Google, Alma Media and BMW. Sakari Salonen heads up the practice, while European trade mark and design attorney Nina Mikander is recommended for IP prosecution matters and Hanna Paloheimo is noted for her expertise in the life sciences sector.
Rainer Hilli heads Roschier's 'proactive and involved practice', which recently represented Deutsche Telekom as claimant in a dispute against DNA pertaining to the infringement of a colour trade mark. Niklas Östman is noted for his 'in-depth knowledge and skill' and recently represented CrossFit in a Market Court dispute relating to trademark infringements and cancellation. Mikko Manner is also recommended and specialises in patent, copyright, and trade secret matters.
Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)'s IP team is jointly led by Petteri Häkkänen and Tiina Ashorn and has significant experience in trade mark disputes. Tuukka Airaksinen, who joined from Krogerus in 2017, recently acted for Lassila & Tikanoja on its IP matters; the team also successfully defended F-Safety in a design rights dispute relating to the production of Angry Birds footwear.
The 'efficient and business-minded' team at Hannes Snellman recently advised Scandic Hotels on the IP aspects of its acquisition of Restel's hotel portfolio, including trade mark and domain name issues. Practice head Panu Siitonen is 'very thorough' and advised Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac, and pharmaceutical law specialist Juli Mansnérus is recommended for her work with life sciences clients.
Krogerus' IP team has 'cutting-edge experience' and is 'always on top of new developments'. The firm is representing DNA in a multi-jurisdictional dispute with Deutsche Telekom regarding a colour trade mark, and managing a portion of Neste's trade mark portfolio. Newly promoted partner Kalle Hynönen leads the practice following the departure of Sarita Schröder to Hannes Snellman in 2018.
Dottir Attorneys Ltd.
Kari-Matti Lehti leads the group at HPP Attorneys, while Klaus Nyblin is a key name for matters in the life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors. Clients include CGI Suomi and Sympa, and the team also represented CSH Group in two trade mark disputes before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).