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Silver - Firms: prosecution

One of the most prominent patent attorney firms in Finland, Papula-Nevinpat is consistently highlighted by peers for the depth of its expertise, the efficiency with which it works and the robust technical support it provides in litigation proceedings. At the helm, managing director Markku Simmelvuo combines over two decades of experience and a finely cultivated international network to deftly navigate Eurasian patent offices. He also contributes widely to the development of Finnish IP practice through his activity in several industry associations. “For prosecution and technical support in litigation, especially in the telecommunications industry, Folke Johansson and Matti Brax are the absolute go-to. They are incredibly smart, customer-oriented and dive deep into the details and propose excellent and out-of-the-box solutions as a result.” ICT and software instructions are executed with finesse by ex-Nokia patent attorney Tomi Konkonen, “whose work quality is consistently top-notch”. “The first choice for pharmaceuticals, Satu Lehesranta is simply brilliant. She excels at explaining complex technical matters in a way that is easy for lawyers to understand and is super pleasant to work with. Overall, a true leader in the field.” Joining them in the guide this year is Linda Norrgård, “a superb patent attorney and rising star on the market”. A chemistry and process technology expert, she ably assists her patrons across all patenting stages.

Firm Profile

Papula-Nevinpat was founded in Finland in 1975. Today we serve hundreds of clients, from start-ups to global Fortune 500 companies in Finland and around the world, including the United States and China. This makes us one of the largest trademark, design and patent agencies in Finland. Our head office is in Helsinki, with branch offices in Lappeenranta, Tampere and Pori.

We protect and defend our clients’ patent, utility model, trademark and design rights globally. Our high-energy, high-performing team of more than 150 IP experts has a profound understanding of various technical fields, industrial branches and jurisdictions to protect your rights efficiently and reliably. Backed by our extensive experience in international systems and practices, we make sure your rights are properly protected.

We also have a strong foothold in Eurasia, as the first foreign IP company to set up an office in Russia close to 30 years ago, and we continue to be the biggest foreign presence there. We represent our clients directly in Finland, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, as well as before the European Patent Office, the Eurasian Patent Office and the European Union Intellectual Property Office.

We also have a reliable network of attorneys to protect your rights even outside our scope of direct representation. With representation in both Europe and Eurasia, we are able to provide our clients a cost-effective way of protecting their industrial property rights abroad.

Our history

Papula-Nevinpat was founded by Antti Papula (1943-2005) in Helsinki in 1975.

At the time, Mr Papula saw the IP sector beginning to change and the need for IP services to get ready for growth. With determination he began to build up a new company that would address this, as well as put customer interest and success centre stage.

It is from this determination and founding principles that our company values of today have grown. They shape how we do business with our customers and how we work with each other. At Papula-Nevinpat, our values are about trust and a positive working atmosphere; about personal development in our work and ourselves; about being brave and creating services that stand out in the market; and, as our founder first envisioned, about putting customer benefit as the polestar for all that we do.

Our memberships

Our participation in organisational activities, conferences and training events provides a platform for positive influence in the changing IP field. It also keeps us up to speed with industry developments as they occur. Papula-Nevinpat is also frequently approached to host seminars, speak and publish articles on IP issues, particularly related to Russia and Eurasia where we have leading expertise.


For Papula-Nevinpat, corporate responsibility means that we do our business in a professional, honest and ethical way every day. Our core corporate responsibility consists of responsible business, environmental responsibility and responsibility towards our personnel and overall social participation.

We constantly develop and continue to include corporate responsibility in our daily business and our company’s services.

Practice areas

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Automation
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Computational engineering
  • Construction engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Electronics
  • Energy technology
  • Food technology
  • IT and software
  • Material science
  • Measuring technology
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Medical engineering
  • Mineral processing and metallurgy
  • Mobile communications
  • Nanotechnology
  • Optics
  • Physics
  • Power electronics
  • Power systems
  • Process engineering
  • Radio technology
  • Semiconductors 
  • Telecommunications and information, communication and technology
  • Wood processing
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