Finland

IP STARS Reviews

Patent
Backström & Co

Backström & Co is recommended for IP disputes, particularly in the pharmaceutical sector. Petri Eskola is now the leading light in the firm. Eskola is supported by a team of junior lawyers and fellow partner Markus Lampinen.

Berggren

Berggren has a strong team of patent specialists for patent protection and portfolio management work in technical fields such as chemistry, pharmaceutical, ICT and software. Pirta Tiiro, Sakari Varila, Marjut Lattu-Hietamies and Antti Kokko are notable senior European patent attorneys in the firm. In August 2019, the firm hired two new patent agents: Jarno Mikkonen, who holds a PhD in neuroscience, and Kirsi Virkki, who has a background in chemistry.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird's IP team in Finland is experienced in advising clients in the life sciences and TMT sectors. The team is led by Ella Mikkola, who is supported by commercial lawyer Kimmo Reina and junior lawyers such as Mikko Nurmisto. Mikkola was featured in Managing IP's Top 250 Women in IP (2019) publication. Maija Puustinen left the firm for in-house role at Dispelix.

Boco IP

Boco IP is among the best in Finland for patent filing and prosecution work. The firm has expertise in a range of technical fields including chemistry, IT and engineering. Chemistry and pharmaceutical specialist Karri Leskinen leads the patent practice. Anu Keinänen and Christian Westerholm are also notable European patent attorneys in the firm while Pamela Lönnqvist is one of its experienced lawyers for disputes and IP-related agreements.

Borenius

Borenius is highly recommended for patent disputes. The firm is respected by commentators because of its expertise and achievements in life sciences and pharmaceutical patent disputes. Its IP department is led by Ben Rapinoja. He is supported by fellow partners Åsa Krook and Lasse Laaksonen. Rapinoja and Laaksonen are the key partners for patent disputes and related transactions. Krook, who specialises in soft IP, is one of the IP stars featured in Managing IP's Top 250 Women in IP (2019) publication. The partners have a team of associates including Saara Lapiolahti and Markus von Schrowe. Veteran IP litigator Seppo Kemppinen is also available as counsel. The team won Managing IP's Firm of the Year (2019) award for contentious IP work in Finland.

Castrén & Snellman

Commercial law firm Castrén & Snellman is recommended for patent disputes and IP-related transactions. Sakari Salonen is in charge of the IP department. Salonen is an all-round IP specialist who is experienced in disputes strategy and transactions while Hanna Paloheimo is highly recommended for life sciences patent work. Paloheimo and Salonen are supported by a team of junior IP lawyers including Kim Parviainen, Piia Raappana and Hilma-Karoliina Markkanen.

Espatent

Patent attorney firm Espatent is experienced in dealing with a number of technical fields, most notably chemistry, mechanics and ICT. Sanna Kalliola is the firm's managing partner. Other key patent attorneys in the firm are Sampsa Söderholm, Sam Lamberg and Tuomo Timonen. Lamberg and Timonen are also recognised for their interest in patent litigation.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland has a team to handle contentious and non-contentious IP work. IP protection and portfolio management services, including for patents, are provided through its subsidiary Heinonen & Co, which is led by soft IP lawyer Petteri Häkkänen. European patent attorney Juhani Kupiainen is leads the patent practice. Commercial lawyer Juha Taipale has left the firm.

Hannes Snellman

Hannes Snellman is recommended for IP disputes and transactions. Panu Siitonen leads its IP department. Siitonen is supported by partners such as Jesper Nevalainen, who specialises in technology transactions, and a team of associates including Erkko Korhonen and Juli Mansnérus. Stockholm-based IP lawyer Christopher Tehrani, who was recognised as a rising star in 2018, is no longer with the firm. The firm represents companies in sectors such as life sciences and ICT.

Kolster

Kolster is a long-established IP firm in Finland. It has patent attorneys covering technical fields such as biotechnology, computer technology, mechanics and chemistry. Tapio Äkräs is the director of patents at the firm. Some of the experienced European patent attorneys in the firm are Stefan Holmström, Sami Aromaa, Marjut Honkasalo and Ari Parta. The firm also has a small team of lawyers for disputes and IP-related transactions. In 2018, it hired former VTT legal counsel Hannes Kankaanpää and European patent attorneys Kati Leinonen and Krister Karlsson. Former legal director Miia Hirvonen and head of biotech and chemistry practice Heidi Adler have left the firm.

Roschier

Roschier is a reliable name for patent litigation and IP transactions in Finland. Head of IP Rainer Hilli is the leading patent litigator in the firm. In patent disputes, Hilli is supported by partners Niklas Östman, Mikko Manner and Johanna Lilja. Manner was appointed to the role of managing partner in June 2019. Lilja also has a data protection practice. The partners have an experienced team of IP associates including rising stars Johanna Flythström and Juhani Sinkkonen. M&A specialist Jan-Anders Wik is one of the lawyers in the firm with experience in IP-related transactions.

Trade mark
Berggren

Berggren is one of the leading IP firms in Finland for trade mark protection and portfolio management work. Its trade mark team is made up of lawyers and European trade mark attorneys, a set up which allows the firm to also offer trade mark dispute and commercialisation services. Tarja Tchernych, Paula Sailas, Hannu Halmetoja and Jukka Palm are among the experienced trade mark practitioners in the firm. Lawyer Kaisa Fahllund is head of contracts.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird's IP department in Helsinki is led by IP star Ella Mikkola. Mikko Nurmisto supports Mikkola on trade mark protection and enforcement instructions. The team also advises on copyright and related rights.

Boco IP

Boco IP is recommended for trade mark registration and portfolio management work. Partner Karri Leskinen is the managing director. Other notable partners for trade marks include Peter Åkerlund, Elina Heikkilä and Laura Roselius.

Borenius

Borenius is Managing IP's Firm of the Year (2019) for IP disputes. The firm is also recommended for trade mark protection, copyright and IP transactions. Lasse Laaksonen and Åsa Krook are the key contacts for trade mark instructions. Trade mark case studies show the team advised companies such as Pernod Ricard.

Castrén & Snellman

Castrén & Snellman's IP team is experienced in dealing with trade mark protection and disputes. The team is also recommended for copyright and IP-related transactions. The firm's IP team has grown and acquired a solid reputation in IP thanks to its diligent leader Sakari Salonen. Other notable trade mark practitioners in the team are Nina Mikander and Hanna Paloheimo.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland is highly recommended for trade mark work. The firm's subsidiary Heinonen & Co focuses on trade mark protection and portfolio management. Petteri Häkkänen and Tuukka Airaksinen are leaders in its trade mark practice. Another notable junior trade mark practitioner is Kati Rantala.

Hannes Snellman

Hannes Snellman is recommended for contentious and non-contentious soft IP matters. Partners Panu Siitonen and Jesper Nevalainen lead its IP practice.

HH Partners
HH Partners is recognised in the field of trade marks. IP practice leader Esa Korkeamäki specialises in trade mark and marketing law. Korkeamäki is supported by technology partner Martin von Willebrand, who also advises on copyright and IP-related transactions.
Kolster

Kolster is one of the well-established IP firms in the country. The firm is headquartered in Helsinki, with branch offices in locations such as Turku, Tampere and Oulu. Timo Helosuo leads the firm. Former head of trade mark and legal Miia Hirvonen left the firm in March 2019. Trade mark case studies show the firm represented companies such as Schaeffler Technologies. The firm won Managing IP's Firm of the Year (2019) award for IP prosecution work.

Papula-Nevinpat
Papula-Nevinpat specialises in IP registration and portfolio management work. Its network of offices allows it to service IP owners in Finland and across Eurasia. European trade mark attorney Heidi Mikkola is head of the trade mark protection department. Mikkola is supported by experienced trade mark attorneys such as Riikka Palmos and Jussi Mikkola.
Properta Attorneys
Properta Attorneys has gone from strength to strength in IP within a short space of time. The firm is recommended for trade mark protection and disputes work. Hanna-Maija Elo and Kukka Tommila are the leading trade mark practitioners in the firm. The partners are supported by a team of junior lawyers such as Emilia Lasanen.
Roschier

Roschier is a leading law firm in Finland for contentious and non-contentious soft IP work. Its IP practice is led by Rainer Hill. Other notable trade mark practitioners include Mikael Segercrantz, Johanna Lilja, Mikko Manner and Markku Tuominen. Tuominen is noted for his experience in brand protection work, while Niklas Östman is recommended for IP-related transactions. Lilja's legal practice also covers IT. Contentious soft IP case studies show the team represented companies such as Deutsch Telekom.