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Delivering a tailored service that meets its clients’ legal and business needs, Boco IP takes full advantage of more than 95 years of experience in intellectual property. The firm is home to approximately 30 attorneys and IP specialists with profound expertise in a broad range of technical fields. Managing director and head of chemistry, Karri Leskinen is favoured among those in the fields of pharmaceuticals, food and processing industries, and polymer technologies. Chairman of the board Jonna Sahlin provides secure IP protection strategies paired with commercial sensibilities for a roster of prestige clients in the chemistry-related sectors. Patrons admire Sahlin for her ability to break down complex technical matters in a clear and concise manner before the Finnish and European patent offices. Boasting profound knowledge in the life sciences, Jaana Hämäläinen is enlisted by those in biotechnology, chemistry and plant biology-related sectors to handle matters domestically and internationally. On the mechanics front are Sini-Maaria Mikkilä and Christian Westerholm. Fluent in five languages, Mikkilä provides comprehensive protection of inventions related to automation technology, both locally and internationally, while Westerholm handles opposition proceedings before the Finnish and European patent offices on behalf of those in the mechanical engineering field. Drawing on two decades of IP experience, Marja Liisa Autti is called on by players in the computer-implemented inventions and the medical appliances spaces. With a background in applied electronics and bioelectronics, she has mastered the ability to translate complex technical matters into digestible advice. Also instilling confidence is physicist Anu Keinänen, a go-to practitioner for those in IT, micro- and nanotechnology. Keinänen has a keen understanding of the needs and visions of inventors, which she utilises to draft commercially sensitive applications. Thomas Carlsson and Tomi Salter make their debut in the guide this year. A specialist in small devices and complex systems ranging from microtechnology to electrochemistry, Carlsson has applied his expertise to write a book on best patent drafting practices. Salter’s extensive technical background in mechanical and industrial engineering, as well as his product development and industrial management experience, proves vital for clientele in a wide range of industries, including mining, manufacturing and marine technology.
Established in 1928, Boco IP is an award-winning, internationally operating IP firm that has offered confidential, personal and flexible service for 95 years.
The firm employs approximately 35 attorneys and IP specialists with deep technological expertise across a diverse range of technical fields. Clients include companies working in medicine, the chemical industry, information and communications technology and the metal, mining and paper industries. Boco IP’s clients have regular contact with an attorney at the firm who understands both the technical aspects of the clients’ inventions and the commercial aspects of their businesses.
The firm provides a comprehensive range of IP services designed to support every aspect of its clients’ businesses, from drawing up IP strategies to assisting in capturing innovation, protecting technologies or brands, defending existing IP rights and educating the client’s organisation.
As one of the longest-established IP firms in the Nordic countries, Boco IP has a long tradition of international collaboration and has created an extensive and trusted international network of patent attorneys.
The firm’s innovative atmosphere and care for its personnel have been key factors in its success. A good reputation as an employer continues to attract new experts to the team. Boco IP has been certified as a good workplace this year by the Great Place to Work Institute in Finland.
The firm’s core values influence its daily work:
People-oriented – our work involves close contact with people; we genuinely care about our customers and their individual needs. The same of course also holds true for our own personnel. We are open and our operation is based on the respect of each person as an individual.
Reliable – reliability is the cornerstone of all our activities. To us, reliability means commitment to our customers and ethical operation in all circumstances. We have longstanding relationships with many of our customers and we have been operating in the IP field for over 90 years.
Versatility – Boco IP is a versatile expert in the IP field. Our extensive experience has provided us with a profound insight into the field. We also invest in the continuous training of our personnel.
Customer-focused – all of our operations are based on our clients’ needs; listening to the customer is the starting point for everything we do. We actively communicate with our customers and are also capable of great flexibility as the need arises.
Boco IP has a wide range of technological expertise in the following sectors and industries:
biochemistry and biotech
energy (eg, wind and solar)
oil and gas
pulp and paper
recycling and waste management
Our trademark professionals’ solid know-how of the EU trademark system, among others, enables us to offer assistance and services for trademark matters in the European Union. As professional representatives before the European Intellectual Property Office, we can assist with the prosecution of all EU trademark applications, as well as with oppositions, renewals and other EU trademark matters.
We assist our customers with both threatening and active IP rights disputes in Finland and other countries. We have longstanding and thorough experience in IP litigation and all related matters.
Boco IP offers other types of legal services, such as due diligence and licensing. We also help our customers with cooperation agreements and subcontracting agreements. In addition, we assist our customers with company and technology acquisitions using our technical and legal know-how.