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I want to protect my invention or brand

When you want to protect your invention or brand, we are here for you. We will tell you how you can identify inventions and brands in your company and leverage your unique expertise. In addition, we explain how the ideas that result from product development can be successfully commercialized into a concrete competitive advantage.

Why should an invention or brand be protected?

IP or IPR, intellectual property rights, can sound complicated. The uninitiated may raise their hands at this point: IP sounds too difficult and awkward.

This is a familiar situation for our experts, as there are still many companies that are not in charge of their intangible assets. Fears out, a good expert can talk about intellectual property rights understandably. When there is no information, it is easier to say “no”. But is the easiest way the most sensible? For a long-term business strategy, burying your head in the sand can be dangerous. For example, patent protection must, as a general rule, be sought before an invention becomes public. After release, the game may have already been lost and it may not be possible to obtain patent protection.

If your company has not considered IP issues, it might be a good idea to stop at this point to consider why this important corporate asset is not on the agenda of corporate management. What are the risks if IP matters are not managed in a controlled manner? Perhaps so far, luck has avoided problems, but in the future, do we dare to take risks and be unaware of the movements of competitors and the rights already protected by others?

Do you take a risk, or do you protect your IP?

Controlled IP-protection with a Boco IP specialist

If your company has not considered IP issues, it might be a good idea to stop at this point to consider why this important corporate asset is not on the agenda of corporate management. What are the risks if IP issues are not managed in a controlled manner? Perhaps so far, the problems have been avoided with luck, but will we dare to take risks in the future and be unaware of the movements of competitors and the existing protections of others? Is your own invisible capital still being left unprotected? The company does not have to wrestle with these questions alone, as it is good to make informed decisions based on an assessment made with expertise.

IP-Protection is not expensive

Indeed, intellectual property rights should be seen as an investment rather than a mere cost item. What is the relationship of IP to other investments in the company? It is probably a relatively small amount of money - especially if you look at the price of intellectual property on a monthly basis. If you invest large sums in marketing your brand, are you willing to take the risk of not owning your own brand and therefore end up in a trademark dispute? Disputes can only become costly. Thoughtful and expertly managed protection is effective in preventing disputes. Knowledge of the competitive field and the existing protections of other players will help to avoid unintentional infringements. When you know what you’re doing, at least you don’t accidentally step on anyone’s toes. At its best, well-maintained intellectual property can also make money, as licensing has increased significantly. In the case of corporate or technology acquisitions, intellectual property rights also have a monetary value. When applying for funding, technology and brand protections are often a prerequisite for funding.

IP strategy and comprehensive IP-protection

Have you clarified your own situation regarding the different forms of protection? Has a technology mapping been carried out? Do brands matter in business? What about design - is it an important part of the product? Different forms of protection can be incorporated into a company’s considered IP strategy. For example, a patent is a prohibition in nature that prevents others from using a protected solution. In addition, it is public. What if someone else comes up with the same solution and protects it? In this case, it may become an obstacle to one's own activities. In IP matters, it is important to make informed decisions. In some cases, the most effective strategy is to leave something unprotected and keep the solution a trade secret. However, the decision must be based on a considered strategy, in which case the relevant contractual matters must also be in order. Boco IP helps you choose the right forms of protection and build strong IP protection.

It is possible prevent copying

If your own product or brand is not protected, it is practically very difficult, if not impossible, to prevent them from being copied. Without trademark or design protection, a company is often unarmed in the fight against copiers - both in China and elsewhere. The IP world has become more and more open to Finnish companies in recent years. Corporate management understands that IP is not just a matter for big gamblers.

The process and content of trademark/patent protection are described as follows

Idea
You present your ideas to us.
Evaluation
Boco IP evaluates the idea.
Application
Boco IP prepares the application and submits it to the agency.
Trademark / Patent
The trademark/patent is registered and your IP is protected.

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Jonna Sahlin profiilikuva
Jonna Sahlin
European Patent Attorney, Chairman of the board, Partner
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Boco IP - Marja-Liisa Autti profiilikuva
Marja Liisa Autti
European Patent Attorney, Partner
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Boco IP - Nina Virolaisen profiilikuva
Nina Virolainen
European Patent Attorney
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Peter Åkerlund
IP Lawyer, Partner
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Sini-Maaria Mikkilä profiilikuva
Sini-Maaria Mikkilä
European Patent Attorney
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Boco IP - Elina Heikkilä profiilikuva
Elina Heikkilä
IP-Lawyer, Member of the Board, Partner
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Jaana Hämäläinen profiilikuva
Jaana Hämäläinen
European Patent Attorney, Partner
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Boco IP Jenni Aho profiilikuva
Jenni Aho
IP Specialist, administration and formalities
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Jonna Sahlin profiilikuva

Jonna Sahlin

European Patent Attorney, Chairman of the board, Partner

I am happy to advise and assist in various matters related to intellectual property rights and strategy, especially in the fields of chemistry, process technology, medicine, and diagnostics. I like problem solving and interaction with customers and colleagues, and I think the best results are usually achieved when the cooperation works smoothly. I handle patenting of inventions both in Finland and internationally, and in addition to prosecution of applications, I, among other things, also draft oppositions, freedom-to-operate analyses, and statements on the interpretation of patents.

I have been employed by Boco IP since 1998 and, after various tasks over the years,  I nowadays mostly work with patent matters. Since 2017, I have represented Finland as a council member of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi) and as a Finnish member of the epi's Professional Conduct Committee (PCC).

Education
M.Sc. (chemistry, food technology, polymer technology)
Languages
Swedish, Finnish, English, German
Activities
Expert member of the Market Court Expert member, European Patent Institute (board member 2017-2023), Finnish Patent Attorneys Association (SPAY, chairman 2010-2013), active in co-operation with Nordic patent attorneys in the field of chemistry, AIPPI, FICPI, UNION, Finnish Association of Industrial Law (STY) and Finnish Chemists Society (SKS), swimming, running, downhill skiing, gardening
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Boco IP - Marja-Liisa Autti profiilikuva

Marja Liisa Autti

European Patent Attorney, Partner

I mainly deal with patenting in the fields of information technology, electronics and radio technology. The invention of many of the patent applications I have handled has been implemented as a computer program or software, but I am also no stranger to mechanical devices. In many cases, the inventions are combinations of devices and their control or processing of signals obtained therefrom. My job includes drafting patent applications, preparing office action reports and office action responses, handling opposition matters as well as performing novelty searches and technology mappings. I work as an authorized patent attorney, authorized by the Finnish Patent and Registration Office PRH. Prior to my career as a patent attorney, I gained 15 years of experience in patenting, IPR strategy and patent portfolio management in telecommunications field, as well as previous experience in research and development in the telecommunications and electronics industry. I have been employed by Boco IP since 2014.

Education
M.Sc. (electrical engineering: applied electronics, metrology, bioelectronics)
Languages
Finnish, English, Swedish
Activities
Orienteering, trail running, swimrun, geocaching, piano, gardening, genealogy
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Boco IP - Nina Virolaisen profiilikuva

Nina Virolainen

European Patent Attorney

I assist and advise our clients in protection of inventions in the fields of chemistry and biochemistry including diagnostics, molecular biology, microbiology, immunochemistry and process chemistry. My area of expertise is also the protection of biotechnology, bioenergy and cleantech processes and solutions. In addition, I assist our clients with employee’s inventions, competitor tracking, freedom to operate assessments and novelty searches.

I have worked in the patent industry since 2017. Before that, I have several years of R&D experience in developing and implementing innovative biotechnology and environmental technology solutions, both as a university researcher and at a startup company. I got interested in the IPR industry after being an inventor in patent applications myself, so I have multifaceted experience in turning research into protected inventions that add value to their owner. The best part of my job is getting a glimpse into pioneering research in many different fields!

Education
PhD (Environmental Biotechnology), M.Sc.
Languages
Finnish, English, Swedish, German
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Peter Åkerlund

IP Lawyer, Partner

I have a legal background and authorized to represent clients at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the Finnish Patent Office, and at Finnish courts. I help clients to create strategies for the protection of brands, designs and other intangible assets. I conduct risk analysis' related to the use and registration of trademarks, and handle trademark registration and design protection worldwide. I also advise on contractual matters related to Intellectual Property and act as clients' representative in negotiations, and deal with trademark and design infringements, prosecute trademark oppositions and trademark and design cancellation procedures, and handle disputes related to domains. I have worked at Boco IP since 1999.

Education
LL.M., Master of Laws trained on the bench
Languages
Swedish, Finnish, English
Activities
The Association of Finnish Patent Attorneys, the Finnish Anti-Counterfeiting Group, IPR University Center Association, the Finnish Marketing Association MARK (several confidential posts in the above-mentioned organizations over the years), INTA, the Finnish Association for Industrial Property Rights, Juridiska Föreningen i Finland, literature, art, economy
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Sini-Maaria Mikkilä profiilikuva

Sini-Maaria Mikkilä

European Patent Attorney

I am happy to help with all kinds of IP matters, and especially with technical inventions, their protection by patents and utility models in Europe and internationally, and with matters related to defending IP rights, such as oppositions, appeals and infringement matters. I have worked as a patent attorney since 2008 and during the time I have helped to protect and defend a wide variety of inventions, but I am most experienced in protecting inventions related to machines and equipment and hydraulic, electrical and software control of thereof, as well as components and geometries. I am also interested in hydraulics, measurements, automatic detection, and different types of sensor applications as well as user interfaces and energy technology applications.

I really like the versatility of patent attorney's work. In addition to patent prosecution, I am happy to advise clients on IP issues, such as planning IP and protection strategies, and employment invention matters. I find it interesting to analyse similarities and differences between solutions, and I like preparing expert opinions related to scope of protection and suspected patent infringement cases, for example. I also conduct novelty and technology searches. It is also important for me to increase IP awareness and, therefore, I also like to organize IP trainings and IP workshops.

I would like to encourage you to contact me especially if you work within an industry like industrial machinery or equipment, mobile machinery, automotive industry, mining, consumer products, paper and forestry, public services, freight and logistics, health technology, measuring equipment and technology, renewable energy, or telecommunications. However, please feel free to contact me in any other IP matters, as I am always happy to help you to find the best expert on any matter, whether it is me or someone else.

I started at Boco IP in 2021 opening our Tampere office, but I help clients all over Finland and abroad, in Finnish, English and Swedish. Besides IPR matters, I also have an extensive experience in developing and deploying processes and information system tools.

Education
M.Sc. (Automation Technology)
Languages
Finnish, English, Swedish, German, Russian
Activities
European Patent Institute (member), Finnish Patent Attorneys Association (member), FICPI ​​(member) Crafts and creative writing
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Boco IP - Elina Heikkilä profiilikuva

Elina Heikkilä

IP-Lawyer, Member of the Board, Partner

I work primarily with trademarks and designs. I have years of global experience in IP protection proceedings, opposition, infringement and cancellation proceedings. I conduct availability and risk analyses, contractual matters, and IP strategy planning. Every IP-workday is fascinating! My previous work experience is from the Supreme Administrative Court, the Finnish Patent Office, and from a patent agency. I am authorized to represent clients at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) and Finnish courts. I have worked at Boco since 2011.

Education
LL.M.
Languages
Finnish, English, Swedish, French
Activities
The Association of Finnish Patent Attorneys, The Finnish Association for Industrial Property Rights, International Trademark Association, The Finnish Anti-Counterfeiting Group, exercise, sailing, reading, antique, design
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Jaana Hämäläinen profiilikuva

Jaana Hämäläinen

European Patent Attorney, Partner

I handle the patenting of inventions related to biotechnology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and chemistry nationally and internationally. My technology expertise includes e.g. therapeutic and diagnostic methods, drugs and food. I also manage the protection of plant-related inventions and the application for plant variety rights. I am a European Patent Attorney and a Registered Patent Attorney in Finland. In addition to the prosecution of patent applications I conduct freedom-to-operate analyses, novelty searches, provide statements, and, if necessary, act as a technical expert in patent litigations and act as a lecturer.

My clients include start-ups, research institutes, small and medium-sized enterprises and large companies.

After my master’s degree in biotechnology, I completed my PhD at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. I also did postgraduate studies at Cornell University in the USA and the University of Helsinki. My background in working as a researcher in different universities and research environments has helped me understand the different stages of research and development.

I have enjoyed being at Boco IP since 2000.

Education
Ph.D. (plant pathology), M.Sc. (biotechnology, chemistry)
Languages
Finnish, Swedish, English, German
Activities
Expert member of the Market Court. Professional memberships: Finnish Patent Attorneys Association, AIPPI, European Patent Institute, Finnish Industrial Property Association, Finnish Chemists' Association. Jogging, Skiing, Reading, History and Genealogy.
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Boco IP Jenni Aho profiilikuva

Jenni Aho

IP Specialist, administration and formalities

I work in the IT, mechanics and electrical group. I assist patent attorneys in all matters related to patent processing and handle external communications with clients and authorities. I previously worked in the patent field in 2002–2008. I have been by Boco IP since 2013.

Education
BBA
Languages
Finnish, English, Swedish
Activities
Outdoor activities in the wild
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Peter Åkerlund
IP Lawyer, Partner
+358 9 6866 8413
peter.akerlund@bocoip.com
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Christian Westerholm
European Patent Attorney, Partner
+358 9 6866 8469
christian.westerholm@bocoip.com
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Karri Leskinen
Managing Director, Partner
+358 40 067 7931
karri.leskinen@bocoip.com
Boco IP - Elina Heikkilä profiilikuva
Elina Heikkilä
IP-Lawyer, Member of the Board, Partner
+358 9 6866 8415
elina.heikkila@bocoip.com
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Laura Roselius
IP Lawyer, Partner
+358 40 738 4475
laura.roselius@bocoip.com
Jonna Sahlin profiilikuva
Jonna Sahlin
European Patent Attorney, Chairman of the board, Partner
+358 40 536 1037
jonna.sahlin@bocoip.com
Boco IP - Jerry Härkönen profiilikuva
Jerry Härkönen
IP Advisor
+358 40 538 7223
jerry.harkonen@bocoip.com