We have now four EPAs, who have the right to represent clients before the UPC!
According to IAM, the 2023 IAM Patent 1000 is based on an extensive research process. Individual practitioners qualify for a listing in the 2023 IAM Patent 1000 when they receive sufficient positive feedback from peers and clients with knowledge of their practice and the market within which they operate.
We have an open U.S. Patent Agent Trainee position in our dynamic U.S. Team – apply now!
Under decision G 1/92 an invention has become known if a person skilled in the art is able to analyse and reproduce the invention without undue burden on the basis of the prior disclosures. However, the interpretation of these requirements is ambiguous which has led to different outcomes. The referral G 1/23 asks for clarification on three issues, in particular with respect to chemical compositions, in order to unify practices.
What are the differencies between direct vs. induced infringement of a US Patent? Find out:
We’re thrilled to announce that for the second consecutive year, our company has been listed in the Financial Times’ “Europe’s Leading Patent Law Firms” rankings for 2023!
Unified Patent Court (UPC) started its operation today on June 1, 2023.
What kind of formalities are you dealing with when filing a patent or trademark application? Learn more:
European Patent Attorney, U.S. Patent agent Toimi Teelahti has been elected Chairman of the Board of Laine IP. Laine IP thanks the previous Board for its work and wishes the new Board good luck.
We’re hiring – are you the one? We are searching for a patent attorney or EPA to join our our chemistry or ICT teams. For further details read more:
Financial support for the protection of IP to small and medium-sized enterprises available as of April 26th 2023 through the EUIPO’s SME Fund. Read more:
In the next part of our series IPR easily we will learn about terms relating to application. What does embodiment mean? Or preamble? What’s the difference between dependent and independent claim? Find out:
The USPTO will switch to eGrants on 18 April 2023 i.e. granted patents will be in electronic form, with a new digital USPTO seal and a digital signature of the USPTO Director. Read more:
At the EPO, inventive step can, within certain limits, also in the future be proven by evidence that is not in the application as filed or in a pre-published document.
The new, Europe-wide patent paralegal examination is a proof of knowledge gained by long experience and hard studying. Eija Kurvinen passed the exam among the first ones. Read more:
Three European Patent Attorneys of Laine IP, Mirja Matilainen, Jarkko Tiilikainen and Kaisa Suominen now have the right to represent clients before the new Unified Patent Court (UPC), which will start functioning on 1.6.2023.
In the third part of our series “IPR easily” you’ll learn about terms relating to time. What is a priority? What do you do if your application is deemed withdrawn? Find out here.
In the next part of our series IPR easily you’ll learn about the people in the field. What’s the difference between applicant and proprietor? What does an appellant do?
We are pleased to announce that our trademark group has been praised in the latest edition of WTR 1000: “The group is esteemed for its “swift, practical and solution-oriented” approach, with seasoned attorneys Tom-Erik Hagelberg and Joose Kilpimaa keeping a long-list of illustrious patrons and taking the lead on some of the firm’s largest portfolios.… Read more »
We are pleased to announce that Mark Scott has been appointed as the new Manager of the US IP Team, effective 01 February 2023.
Oath, TM, priority, power of attorney… Do you feel dizzy when reading about intellectual property rights (IPR)? Our new series “IPR made easy” comes to rescue! It is also so concise that you will not feel dizzy.
Happy New Year to all! In 2023, Laine IP’s US Team expects its 500th US Patent amongst its offerings of US IP Legal Services.
We thank all our clients for the past year and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2023!
Effective December 3, 2022, U.S. trademark applicants will have now have a 3-month period vs. the current 6-month period to respond to the majority of pre-registration U.S. Office Actions. Post-registration deadlines will be similarly reduced to 3 months starting October 7, 2023.
Our expert Liisa Sarnes Salokoski has been recognized as a Rising Star in Managing IP’s 2022 study.
This year’s Nordic NIR meeting gathered 160 IP professionals from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden in Oslo on 28 to 30 August 2022. Climate change had been selected as the overall theme of the conference.
The basic requirement for patenting is that the invention at hand is novel. Novelty is determined by comparing the features of the invention to prior solutions from which the invention must differ.
The 2022 edition of the IAM Patent 1000 (guide) has been published. We are pleased to share that Laine IP received a Silver ranking and excellent reviews in the Prosecution category. In addition, our European patent attorneys Jarkko Tiilikainen, Hanna Laurén, and Christoffer Sundman and our U.S. attorney, Mark Scott, were individually named as Recommended… Read more »
Laine IP Oy has been listed among the best patent law firms by Financial Times in the Europe’s Leading Patent Law Firms 2022 ranking. Financial Times is one of the most distighuished and widely circulated busniess newspapers in the world.
A patentable invention needs to be novel, which is why it cannot be made available to the public before filing a patent application. A wide range of actions are considered publication, so the safest measure is to keep the invention completely in secrecy until a patent application has been filed.
The applicant must have the right to the invention in case the applicant is another entity than the inventor. Otherwise the application is not validly filed.
Our thoughts are with the Ukrainian people in their suffering and grief, and we support the work of Save the Children in Ukraine.
The Provisional Application Period entered into force on 19th January 2022 and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) was born as an international organisation.
Applying for the innovation voucher was opened after the Christmas break on 17 January 2022. At the same time, the funding policy was renewed.
Is the purpose of the invention described in a patent application actually achieved, and how is the likelihood of achieving said purpose evaluated?
The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO decided in the case G1/21 that during a general emergency not allowing parties to travel, it is permissible to hold oral proceedings with videoconference, even without the consent of all parties.
We thank all our clients for the past year and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2022!
Will evidence as proof of technical effect be allowed in the future if it has been submitted after the filing date?
Toimi Teelahti, Liisa Sarnes and Jouni-Tapio Laaksonen are our new EPA’s. Preparing for the challenging European Qualifying Examination ultimately benefits our clients.
Getting a marketing authorization for a pharmaceutical may take up a considerable amount of the patent term. Supplementary Protection Certificate gives companies a chance to get some of this time back as extended protection time.
Independent claims define the scope of an invention in its broadest form, whereas dependent claims facilitate modification of a patent application during its prosecution.
The right to priority gives the applicant 12 months from the filing of a parent application to make decisions on whether to file further applications internationally.
Laine IP Oy has taken on the responsibility to update the best known handbook of the IPR field for Finland, the “Manual for the Handling of Applications for Patents, Designs and Trade Marks Throughout the World”.
The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office determines the legal basis for prohibition of double patenting in its decision G 4/19.
Laine IP has again been recognized with the highest ranking in its category as a Tier 1 Patent Prosecution firm in Finland, and also has been recognized as a Recommended Trade Mark Prosecution firm in Finland.
The seminar is aimed at European and non-European students, IP attorneys and lawyers. It covers protection of various industrial property rights in Europe, but also for example court practices and the effect of EU legislation on IP.
No worries, it might still be possible by taking advantage of the so-called grace period, just contact your IPR partner.
If you or your company have concerned or foresee a threat of potential litigation from a US patent owner, there are presently three (3) primary avenues to challenge the validity of the US patent outside of a Federal courtroom and within the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
You may now also apply for revocation of a Finnish trade name (company name) at the Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) through an administrative procedure. This has been made possible as of 1 May 2021. Previously revocation has been possible only at the Market Court.
Our experts, European Patent Attorneys Teemu Kiviniemi and Kaisa Suominen, write about divisional application by answering the most frequently asked questions.
Laine IP’s trademark practice has been recognized in the top-tier of the 2021 edition of World Trademark Review 1000 with the following remarks…
We are pleased to announce that our firm was the representative of record for our clients on: 134 granted European (EPO) patents; 77 issued US patents; and 73 granted Finnish patents in 2020.
In November we published a brief article about EPO’s new practices relating to oral proceedings. Some changes came into effect with the new year, namely with respect to Boards of Appeal and hearing of witnesses.
When discussing the could-would method, what is meant is usually an alternative method for determining whether a new solution is inventive, to be used instead of the European problem-solution approach. This could-would determination is, however, possible to utilize also as part of the problem-solution approach.
Defining the objective technical problem is probably the most important part of the problem-solution approach, which is commonly used particularly in Europe to determine whether a new invention has inventive step.
Our client Optitune Oy has signed an important distribution agreement with the German company Merck to bring functional hard coatings for foldable OLED Displays to the market.
“A person of average skill in the art” is a well-known term in the field of patenting. This term is used to define an imaginary person, whose level of knowledge is utilized in comparisons in different contexts, to define the common level of knowledge in a specific technical field.
In order to be inventive, an invention should not be obvious to a person skilled in the art. The term “obvious” is, in turn, typically defined by evaluating whether a particular development is to be seen as a part of the expected progress of the relevant technology, or whether it could be considered unexpected.
Since April 2020 all oral proceedings in examination have been held, and will continue to be held, by videoconference unless the applicant provides serious reasons why the proceedings should be held at the EPO premises.
We are happy to announce the launching of our webpages in Swedish. Please check the pages for useful information not only on our company but also on IP rights, based a series of articles prepared by our experts.
Our aim at Laine IP Oy Legal services is to act in a timely manner and even proactively to provide the best service options to our clients. Our legal team actively serves its clients in IPR -related contract matters. In addition, our legal services cover a wide range of dispute resolution services.
No need this year to gather travel documents and travel for a minimum of 15 hours from Helsinki across five time zones to Hangzhou in China. AIPPI World Congress 2020 has been held entirely online and for members of AIPPI, free of charge.
Business Essentials for Scientists (BES) (2 ECTS) is a course aimed at doctoral students at University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. After the course the doctoral student has a basic understanding of business development and commercialisation in the academia.
Laine IP Oy (Laine IP) has had an internal U.S. Team, located in Helsinki, to handle U.S. patent and trademark prosecution since 2010. The close collaboration of the U.S. Team with our other experts is a key component in securing the strongest global Intellectual Property (IP) rights for its clients.
Since 2011, prioritized examination has been available for U.S. patent applications via the Track One pilot program. Now, the newly announced Fast-Track Appeals program provides the opportunity to request …
Laine IP has again been recognized with the highest ranking in its category as a Tier 1 Patent Prosecution firm in Finland, and also has been recognized as a Recommended Trade Mark Prosecution firm in Finland.
Thanks to the enzyme developed and patented by Fazer, also people with a sensitive stomach can now enjoy soft wheat bread.
Nolla’s hand sanitizer foam has previously been confirmed to kill the five antibiotic-resistant superbacteria defined by the WHO.
Woodio is one of the winners of the Fennia Prize – as part of the Fennia Prize 20 -series. In addition, the Finnish Patent and Registration Office has awarded them the IPR Excellence Award for commendable protection of intellectual property rights.
The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO held that the non-patentability of essentially biological processes for the production of plants or animals also extends to plant or animal products that are exclusively obtained by means of an essentially biological process.
In response to the current coronavirus situation, Patent Offices worldwide are allowing deadlines to be extended. At Laine IP, our policy is to handle any deadlines without using coronavirus extensions. Therefore, we intend to only rely on such extensions when requested to do so.
To help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, we will not be conducting face-to-face meetings during the emergency period. A large part of our staff is working remotely in order to ensure the safety of our customers and staff as well as the continuity of our operations in all circumstances. We wish everyone good health during this unusual situation.
Woodio is definitely one of the number one names in Finnish design and innovation at the moment. Their wood-based bathroom furniture transforms the look of the traditional white porcelain bathrooms into interesting interior design spaces.
The UK left the European Union on 1st February. What does that actually mean? Are any actions needed to secure your IP rights?
Laine IP Oy (formerly Seppo Laine Oy) secured eighty (80) U.S. Utility Patents for its clients in 2019, which ranked #1 in Finland and #1 in the Nordic region. Laine IP Oy’s U.S. Team, with all members of the group in its Helsinki office, can ensure smooth, efficient, and effective U.S. prosecution.
Our official company name is Laine IP Ltd as of 24.1.2020. Our addresses, phone numbers and other contact information work as is.
NaviGate is Finland’s biggest maritime event where the marine industry, shipping companies and maritime logistics meet. Also Laine IP is participating in the expo.
Our offices are closed on Friday December 6, 2019. We wish you all Happy Holidays.
New subsection has been added to the EPO Guidelines on obviousness in the field of biotechnology. The new Guidelines apply as from 1 November 2019.
European Trademark and Design Attorney Anne Laukkasuo and Patent Engineer Leena Marquis will attend SLUSH and be happy to discuss IP issues with you.
Mark is part of our Chemistry team and our internal U.S. team, which also specializes in computer-related, electronics, and mechanical inventions, as well as designs and trademarks.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has again updated the Patent Eligibility Guidance directed to Office personnel, specifying how patent claims are to be treated under 35 U.S.C §101.
In Europe, only inventions with technical character is considered patentable. This entails that only inventions relating to technology may be protected by patents.
Helsinki IP Summit will be held during the upcoming week at Hotel Paasitorni, Helsinki. The Summit will be the largest IPR event in Finland this year and is directed towards IPR professionals, corporate leaders, startups and anyone interested in IPR.
The question to which T0694 / 16 gives the answer is, whether individualized (or personal) medical use can be patented in the EPO.
Our expert, European Trademark and Design Attorney, IP Lawyer,Tom-Erik Hagelberg, will talk about use of trademarks and design rights: How a Finnish company successfully used its IP to defend its commercial interests.
Our expert, European Patent Attorney Christoffer Sundman, will talk about “Protecting your invention” on Thursday October 17, 2019.
Our experts, European Patent Attorney Hanna Laurén and US Patent Attorney Mark W. Scott are attending the open forum and will be happy to discuss IP issues with you.
Helsinki IP Summit speakers are top experts, including LAINE IP’s European Patent Attorney Jari Nieminen. He will speak on Thursday, October 24, on “5G and IPR”.
AIPPI World Congress will be held this year in London in mid-September. You can meet our expert, European Patent Attorney Christopher Devine on site at Queen Elizabeth II Center and Central Hall Westminster, September 15-18, 2019.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are often said to be the backbone of the European economy. However, a large proportion of their contribution to growth and new job creation is in fact generated by a small fraction of SMEs, which may be referred to as high-growth firms (HGFs).
Important news for Finnish-based companies and individuals – effective 03 August 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will require all foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants, and parties to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings to be represented by an attorney who is licensed to practice law in the United States. The current rules… Read more »
The reform of the Finnish Trademarks Act has reached the final steps as the new Act has been ratified by the President of Finland on 26 April 2019. The aim of the reform is to get a clear, consistent and modern Act that enables a completely digital trademark process. The most relevant amendments …
ChemBio is the biggest meeting place for experts in the chemical and bio fields with over 4000 attendants and over 140 exhibitors. The event has a lot of interesting program and seminars on current topics. …
When drafting patent applications, the choice of wording, particularly that of the claims, is always highly important. With the correct wording, you can avoid trouble relating to the relevant patent law. …
Laine IP is very happy to announce our newest US team member: Mr. Mark W. Scott. Mr. Scott is a US Patent Attorney with 16+ years of experience assisting clients in defending, procuring, and asserting intellectual property rights. …
In 2018, the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) received 21,286 patent applications from abroad. This means a significant increase of about seven percent compared with the previous year. …
Seppo Laine Oy has unveiled its new brand names, which are patent agency LAINE and the internationally operating LAINE Intellectual Property. Complementing our refreshed visual style, the new brand names will be an integral part of all our communications. …
Viime vuosina, kun on tiedetty, että UPC-sopimus tulee (mitä todennäköisimmin) astumaan voimaan ”lähiaikoina”, on ollut paljon keskustelua uuden järjestelmän mahdollisista eduista ja riskeistä.
We have collaborated with Seppo Laine Oy for a long time now, and we know that they have the top expertise in this field of technology. I also greatly value their strategic approach; it’s not only about protecting technology, but most of all about developing our future business.”
Significant new sections on important topics such as unity and inventions relating to mental acts, mathematical methods, computer implemented inventions and artificial intelligence have been introduced to the EPO Guidelines for Examination.
As we previously announced, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has now formally granted Patent Number 10,000,000. The utility patent in question is titled “Coherent LADAR using intra-pixel quadrature detection” and it was invented by Joseph Marron and assigned to Raytheon. The patent was filed on March 10, 2015 and published as an application… Read more »
At the University of Helsinki, Professor Ilkka Kilpeläinen is leading research into new types of solvents that enable the manufacturing of textiles from pulp, while making it possible to replace the plastics in cleaning products with biodegradeable microbeads. The latest application is the ability to glue wood – without glue.
After years of hard work, Finnish company Nordic Koivu has succeeded in turning a unique natural material – birch sap – into an export product with global potential. The company’s production of birch sap is set to multiply over the next few years. Based in Tohmajärvi, Northern Carelia, Nordic Koivu Oy is working hard to boost the… Read more »