IPR and Technology

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
– Steve Jobs

The importance of intellectual property rights, i.e. IPR rights, in business operations is widely discussed – and not without reason. The building of successful brands and products requires companies to understand the value of their know-how and intellectual capital and to plan and implement the measures needed for protecting them carefully.

Alfa has expertise based on a long-term experience in legal matters concerning patents, utility models, design rights, trademarks, business names, unfair competition, business secrets and copyright. We have been extensively involved both in drafting contracts and in settling disputes in the IPR field.

We draft for our clients, for example, technology co-operation agreements, licence agreements, confidentiality agreements, manufacturing agreements, consultation agreements and software agreements. As regards such agreements, it is typically necessary to consider which party shall have the title to the industrial property rights or copyrights in question.

We have over 20 years’ experience of handling disputes in the field of intellectual property rights. We deal with infringement and invalidation proceedings related to, for example, patents, utility models, design rights, trademarks and business names.  We assist our clients in commercial law disputes, such as disputes related to misleading marketing, defamation of a competitor, or other unfair practices in commercial activity. Our knowledge in the IPR field also essentially comprises the criminal law aspects in the protection of business secrets.

The fact that the Market Court was made responsible for all court proceedings in IPR disputes in autumn 2013 brought considerable changes to the handling of disputes. The legal proceedings were amended so that now infringement and invalidation actions, injunction applications and any related claims for damages will be handled at the Market Court without the right of appeal to the Court of Appeal. As a result, various claims can be combined and handled within the same legal proceedings, which makes obtaining legal protection faster and more efficient.

When handling assignments in the field of intellectual property law, we work in close co-operation with Tampereen Patenttitoimisto Oy and Kolster Oy Ab, which are specialised in patent and trademark issues.