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Patents

A granted patent gives the owner the right to prohibit competitors from using the patented invention commercially in the country where the patent was granted.

Patents can protect technical solutions, such as products, devices and methods that are new and inventive. A granted patent gives the owner the right to prohibit competitors from using the patented invention commercially in the country where the patent was granted. Commercial use includes manufacturing, importing or selling a patented product or using a patented method.

The patenting process begins with a discussion between the inventor and the patent attorney. It is important to include as much information as possible in the application because nothing can be added after the application has been filed. But information which should be kept secret can be left out.

Kick-off meeting
The inventor (s) and the patent attorney go through the invention in a kick-off meeting.
Drafting the application
The patent attorney prepares a patent application proposal and reviews it with the applicant. Typically, the process of preparing a patent application involves 1-3 rounds of commenting and editing.
Prosecuting the application
Once the patent draft is complete, it is filed with the Patent Office. After the Patent Office examines the application, the patent attorney assists them in discussing the merits of the invention with the patent Office.
Granting the patent and renewals
If the Patent Office agrees that the claims are new and inventive, the Patent Office grants a patent for the invention defined in the claims. Maintenance fees have to be paid to keep the patent in force. The patent right expires 20 years after the grant. It expires earlier if maintenance fees are not paid.

Pricing examples

Simple patent application

3750 €
Typical patent application

5000 €
Complex patent application

6250 €

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Mari Nieminen

IP Legal Trainee

I work in the IP Legal Trainee position, where I assist in the processing and application of European, domestic, and international trademarks and designs. I have a strong international education and work background, having lived in China, Malaysia, and Estonia. I have received most of my education abroad and in 2022 I graduated (Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)) from Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia. I can serve customers fluently in Finnish and English.

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LL.B
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Finnish, English, Chinese and Spanish
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Golf, design, Chinese
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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
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Outdoor activities in the wild
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Saoussen Merdes

Trainee Patent Attorney

I have over 15 years of experience in research and education. Prior to joining Boco IP, I carried out research in the fields of solar energy and nanotechnology at Tokyo University of Science, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and the Freie Universität Berlin. I recently also worked as a Senior Scientist in a Finnish nanotechnology company. I joined the Physics & Electricity team of Boco IP in 2021. I advise our clients on matters related to patenting nano and semiconductor technologies.

Education
M.Sc. (semiconductor physics), PhD (electrical engineering)
Languages
English, French, Arabic, German, Japanese, Swedish and Finnish
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Nina Virolainen

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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Hanna Hausalo

Office Assistant

I work as a part-time Office Assistant while studying at university. My responsibilities include a variety of organizational and administrative tasks. I have been working at Boco IP since 2020.

Education
Studies in musicology
Languages
Finnish, English, Swedish
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Anu Keinänen

European Patent Attorney, Partner

I am a physicist and therefore work on inventions in many different areas of technology. However, most of my assignments relate to information, micro- and nanotechnology. This role provides a great opportunity to work with technically creative people, and I see inventors as stars of their companies. In addition to patenting, I provide a service that enables companies to outsource employment invention processes so that mandatory obligations are met, and patenting supports company's businesses. In dispute cases, I have sat in both sides of the table, and have a specific interest in essential patents. I have been employed by Boco IP since 2011.

Education
M.Sc. (physics)
Languages
Finnish, Swedish, English, German
Activities
Expert member of the Market Court, The Association of Finnish Patent Attorneys (Chairman 2022-), Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle, European Patent Institute, Licensing Executives Society.
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Jutta Schauman

IP Specialist, administration and formalities

I help with trademark and design matters and also assist our IP lawyers in the IP Legal team. I have been employed by Boco IP since 2011.

Education
M.Pol.Sc.
Languages
Swedish, Finnish, English, Spanish
Activities
Ice hockey, reading, exercise with family
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Anita Lehtonen

Office Manager

I perform a wide range of administrative tasks in the office. I take care of the operation and procurement of the office, communication with various service providers and the organization of various events.

My task is to enable our experts to have a smooth and comfortable everyday life in many ways. In addition, I manage the purchase ledger and assist in financial administration. I am also involved in occupational safety and health and on the board of the personnel fund. I have been employed by Boco since 2017.

Education
BBA, HSO
Languages
Finnish, English, Swedish
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Marja Liisa Autti
Patent Attorney, Partner
+ 358 9 6866 8495
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Thomas Carlsson
European Patent Attorney, Partner
+358 9 6866 8461
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European Patent Attorney, Partner
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European Patent Attorney
+358 50 591 0234
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European Patent Attorney, Chairman of the board, Partner
+358 40 536 1037
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European Patent Attorney, Partner
+ 358 9 6866 8439
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+358 40 556 9190
lisbeth.soderman@bocoip.com
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+358 9 6866 8469
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