Name: Petri Eskola
Law firm: Backström & Co
Petri Eskola is a partner at Backström & Co and
has been dealing with intellectual property rights
since 1993. In 1998 he began practising in contentious IP matters.
He has represented clients in the life sciences, pharmaceuticals,
medical devices, electronics, telecommunications, refinery and
transportation industries. Eskola is a member of INTA and AIPPI.
He trained at the bench in 1997 and became a member of the
Finnish Bar in 2001.
Name: Johansson Folke
Law firm: Papula-Nevinpat
Position: Director of patent
Johansson Folke is the director of the patent
department at Papula-Nevinpat and is a partner at the firm. He
has experience in patent applications, strategy work, licensing,
portfolios, and handling inventions. Folke joined Papula Nevinpat
in 2010 and in that time has had a number of oral hearings before
the European Patent office as well as drafting and prosecuting
patent applications and participating in patent litigations. He
often represents clients in the electronics, telecommunications,
materials, designs, optoelectronics, and mobile phone industries.
Name: Petteri Häkkänen
Law firm: Eversheds
Petteri Häkkänen is a partner at Eversheds’
Helsinki office, where he handles intellectual
property matters. He specialises in legal proceedings concerning
industrial rights, as well as the preceding conflict management
investigations and protection strategies. He mainly handles
complex trademark and patent infringement cases. He also
handles cases of conflict relating to business secrets or unfair
business practices. Häkkänen represents Finnish and global
companies in all matters concerning industrial rights.
Name: Tuukka Airaksinen
Law firm: Independent practitioner
Tuukka Airaksinen is an independent practitioner partner at
Eversheds Sutherland and focuses his practice on managing
international trademark portfolios, prosecuting applications, as
well as advising clients on trademark strategies. He also advises
on domain name disputes and strategies. He worked as an
examiner at the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market
and has served as a domain name dispute panellist for WIPO’s
Arbitration and Mediation Center. He is a member of the Finnish
Bar Association, INTA, and the International Bar Association.
Name: Tapio Äkräs
Law firm: Kolster
Position: Director of patents
Tapio Äkräs is the director of patents and a member of the executive
management at Kolster. Äkräs focuses his practice on protecting
innovation and patents. He specialises in telecommunications,
wireless communications, network services, electronics, power
electronics, optics, integrated circuits, and control and measuring
technology. Äkräs has previously prosecuted opposition, appeals
and related oral proceedings at the European Patent Office.
Additionally, he is a member of the Association of Finnish Patent
Attorneys, Finnish Association for Industrial Property Rights and
Finnish AIPPI group.
Name: Peter Backström
Law firm: Backström & Co
Peter Backström graduated from the University of Helsinki in
1969 and became a member of the Finnish Bar in 1973. He has
experience in all areas of intellectual property but specialises in
arbitration, litigation, licensing, and damages. He is a member of
AIPPI, the International Bar Association, and ECTA. He is fluent in
Swedish, German, and English.
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