Intellectual property in Finland

Borenius

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 RapinojaÅsa Krook, and 'excellent IP professionalLasse Laaksonen jointly head the practice, which is 'focused on providing solutions'. Other key clients include Pernod Ricard, LänsiAuto, and Vaisala.

Castrén & Snellman

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.

Roschier

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)

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.

Hannes Snellman

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.

Avance Attorneys Ltd

Avance Attorneys Ltd's recent work includes advising Streamr Network on software licensing issues; the group also counts Pfizer's Finnish subsidiary and Next Games as key clients. Newly promoted partner Topi Siniketo and senior associate Elina Saviharju jointly head up the practice.

Backström & Co

Boutique firm Backström & Co specialises in patent litigation and recently assisted a large pharmaceutical company with obtaining a preliminary injunction to protect its products. Managing partner Petri Eskola leads the practice, which also includes Markus Lampinen.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird's practice is led by Ella Mikkola and acts for many international clients including Monster Energy. The team handles the full spectrum of IP issues with particular experience in trade mark disputes.

Dittmar & Indrenius

At Dittmar & IndreniusKai Erlund leads the practice following the departure of Henrik af Ursin to Merilampi Attorneys Ltd in 2018. Key clients include Burberry and Tommy Hilfiger; the group assisted the latter with the development and execution of IP enforcement strategies.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper counts Solteq, Verifone Finland and Samlink as key clients and recently advised Lehtipiste on post-transactional trade mark issues. The practice is jointly headed by John-Henrik Spåre and Markus Oksanen; senior counsel Timo Ruikka is also a name to note.

Inventio Attorneys

Topi Lusenius leads the department at Inventio Attorneys, which also fields senior associate Henri Kaikkonen. In a recent highlight, the group advised ReceiptHero on trade mark issues related to its establishment.

Krogerus

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.

Waselius & Wist

Waselius & Wist recently defended Hardware Group Finland in a dispute with Abloy relating to the shape of a house key; other clients include Samsung Electronics Nordic. Bernt Juthström leads the practice and has particular experience in trade secret matters.

Dottir Attorneys Ltd.

Dottir Attorneys Ltd. advised Flow festival on all IP matters, including trade mark prosecutions and other IP disputes. Johanna Rantanen and managing partner Antti Innanen jointly lead the practice.

HPP Attorneys

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).

Lexia Attorneys Ltd

Lexia Attorneys Ltd recently assisted HMD Global with obtaining a global licence for the usage of an operating system on its mobile phones and also counts MTV and Kotipizza as key clients. Markus Myhrberg leads the department.

Procopé & Hornborg

Senior associate Anna Liinamaa heads up the team at Procopé & Hornborg, which has particular expertise in trade mark matters and licensing agreements.

Properta Attorneys Ltd

The group at Properta Attorneys Ltd excels in trade mark work; Hanna-Maija Elo and Kukka Tommila successfully represented Rimowa in a 3D trade mark infringement dispute. Other work includes representing MySoda in a domain name dispute.

Attorneys-at-law Trust. Ltd

Jan Lindberg leads the department at Attorneys-at-law Trust. Ltd, which recently assisted fintech company Mash Group with several non-contentious IP issues and licensing agreements. Supponor and eCraft are also clients.