Backström & Co Attorneys has achieved a solid position as a front-ranking law firm and has particularly gained recognition as an expert in intellectual property. The firm has a reputation for providing trustworthy legal expertise to its numerous domestic and foreign clients.
The firm is highly well-known for its skill and experience in matters of patent and especially of patent contentious, trademark, copyright and litigation, as well as domain names, licensing, contractual issues and utility models. The firm provides related legal services in all fields of technology and trade and co-operates with leading patent offices and experts.
Backström & Co has been named in several international publications as one of Finland's leading firms in its special field. In recent international surveys, Backström & Co has been described as having “wealth of experience in contentious matters” and being “best known for its IP practice.”
The firm represents a great number of large international multinationals as well as small and middle sized companies in litigations and other legal matters. Backström & Co has also long-term experience in managing clients’ cases in general and special courts as well as in arbitration.
In addition, Backström & Co provides services in IP related regulatory matters, and issues related to trade secrets, product liability advertising and consumer protection, confidentiality, franchising and merchandising, privacy and data protection..
Backström & Co and its lawyers are members of several national and international organizations such as IBA, AIPPI, INTA and ECTA.
Papula-Nevinpat was founded in Finland more than 40 years ago by Patent Councelor Antti Papula. Today we serve hundreds of clients from startups to global Fortune 500 companies in Finland and around the world, including the US and China. This makes us one of the largest patent, trademark and design agencies in Finland. Our head office is in Helsinki, with branch offices in Lappeenranta, Tampere and Pori.
We also have a strong foothold in Eurasia, as the first foreign IP company to set up an office in Russia more than 20 years ago, and we continue to be the biggest foreign presence there. We offer IP services in all of the former Soviet Union states (including the Eurasian region): Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
We annually file over 700 patent applications with the Russian Patent Office (Rospatent) and over 200 with the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO).
In 2012, Papula-Nevinpat opened an office in Munich, in a move to deepen our European patent expertise through closer proximity to the European Patent Office.
With representation in both Europe and Eurasia, we are able to provide our clients a cost-effective way of protecting their industrial property rights abroad.
Our experts have a profound understanding of various technical fields, industrial branches, and jurisdictions to protect your rights efficiently and reliably. Backed by our long experience in international systems and practices we make sure your rights are properly protected.
Berggren is full-service European IP law firm headquartered in Helsinki, Finland. The firm has about 80 professionals, including 30+ qualified European patent attorneys, 20 EU trademark and design attorneys, 20 IP management and commercialization specialists and more than 50 paralegal and IP specialists.
For more than 80 years Berggren has helped businesses achieve success by assisting them with their intellectual property rights. Berggren provides professional IP services throughout the entire IP life cycle, from initial creation to protection and enforcement, using AI and other state-of-the-art digital services for IP management and client communication. Berggren´s legal team provides professional advice on any aspect of intellectual property, as well as unfair competition, advertising and marketing, commercial agreements, IT law and data protection. Berggren also assist clients in monetizing their IP assets through an in-house IP brokerage service. Thus, unlike many IP firms in Europe, Berggren includes professionals, paralegals and IP specialists working on all aspects of intellectual property. This structure allows for the formation of specialized teams for various activities, including, for example, in emerging and dynamic legal areas such as Data Protection, Artificial Intelligence, Medtech and 3D printing.
Client success is the primary focus of the firm and we regularly ask for client feedback on our performance through various surveys, including the well-recognized Net Promoter Score (“NPS”) used by many companies and law firms around the world. The historical average score for law firms is between plus 25 and 30. In 2019, Berggren achieved an NPS score of plus 60, which is considered extremely high for entities providing legal services.
In addition, Berggren not only assists clients with their innovation-related activities but the firm itself is innovative having created a proprietary IP management tool called Greip which has recently been spun off from the firm. The Greip tool is now sold to companies and other IP firms.
Berggren services also include an IP brokerage team which is headed by a licensing professional who brings to the firm years of experience from having worked as a director of global licensing at a large Finnish telecommunications company.
For more specific information on the organizational structure of the firm, please refer to our response to Question 4 in this section where we provide more information on our main practice areas.
Laine IP Oy offers proficient and no-nonsense service in all IPR areas. Our services include preparation and prosecution of European patents, Finnish patents and U.S. patents. In addition, we provide prosecution of European and Finnish trademarks as well as IP consulting and in-house services.
Founded in 1979, Laine IP Oy currently employs over 25 patent and trademark attorneys and agents, with locations in Helsinki and Tampere. Our constant commitment to excellent representation and customer service has resulted in deep, long-lasting client relationships.
Our company values are Reliability, Personal Service, Efficiency, Competitiveness and Flexibility. Concentrating on clear and precise communication, our goal is to filter out the noise of prosecution and concentrate on helping our clients achieve a favorable result. Our hands-on approach to IPR protection comprises proactively providing expertise in the relevant technology area and continuously developing a wider understanding of the business position of each one of our clients, small or large.
Patents Our European practice is especially strong including experienced European Patent Attorneys in all fields of technology. In addition, our in-house U.S. Patent Agents provide representation and patent prosecution services before the USPTO, direct from Helsinki, Finland.
Several of our patent attorneys frequently appear at oral proceedings before opposition and appeal boards and assist clients in litigations. For example, we have successfully assisted our multinational client in a plurality of complex patent infringement court proceedings at Finnish courts in the area of pharmaceutics and chemical technology. We represent clients directly before the EPO, USPTO, and the Finnish, Swedish, German and Austrian Offices in the following technology areas:
Chemistry and bioscience Headed by Mr. Christoffer Sundman, the chemistry and bio team provides services in relation to inventions in the fields of, e.g., organic and inorganic chemistry, polymer technology, process engineering, paper and pulp manufacturing, mining technology, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, biotechnology, microbiology, and enzyme technology.
ICT and Electronics Mr. Jussi Jaatinen leads our ICT and Electronics team. The team members possess significant experience in drafting and prosecuting inventions relating for instance to: communications systems, automation technology, embedded electronics, as well as IoT, user interfaces, 3d-printing, and consumer electronics.
Mechanics Mr. Tatu Ahlskog is in charge of our Mechanics team, which specializes in mechanical inventions such as logistics equipment, drive trains, manufacturing, vibration control, construction and optics, as well as marine technology and material handling.
Trademarks and Designs Led by Mr. Tom-Erik Hagelberg, our trademarks team offers personal and flexible service with years of experience and enthusiasm. Our services include trademark & design protection and prosecution both in Finland and internationally, trademark oppositions, infringement issues as well as IP related contracts.
We represent clients directly before the EUIPO, WIPO, the Finnish Trademarks Office, the Finnish Market Court, and the Finnish Supreme Administrative Court.
Other IPR services We provide searches, clearances, analysis & opinions, including novelty searches, FTO analyses and patent landscape analyses. We also provide in-house consulting and training on IPR matters, such as advice on IPR strategy and IPR portfolio management.