Sini-Maaria Mikkila

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“For high-level and demanding patent instructions, Boco IP is the absolute go-to”, enthuses one patron. The firm has had another banner year: it has seen an uptick in EPO matters, particularly from international clients; moved over to a new case-management platform which allows its IP experts to spend more valuable face-to-face time with clients; and onboarded several new practitioners to an already deep bench. The team’s technical versatility is a major plus point and is reflected in the listings this year with the inclusion of chemists Karri Leskinen and Jonna Sahlin; life sciences ace Jaana Hämäläinen; mechanics experts Christian Westerholm and Sini-Maaria Mikkilä; and computer-implemented inventions specialists Marja Liisa Autti and Anu Keinänen. “The most complex and super technical matters are entrusted to Karri”, comments one source. “You can undoubtedly rely on him to deliver work of the highest quality and the cooperation is guaranteed to be smooth too.” Operating in a similar vein, Sahlin is appreciated by patrons for her ability to communicate clearly, explain complex technical arguments to judges in a way that is easy to understand, and provide commercially insightful analyses that are vital to those looking to mitigate risk. Biochemist Hämäläinen really gets to grips with the technology behind an invention and looks to build a great rapport with inventors, and as a result she brings great value to the patents she drafts. For those looking to overcome seemingly insurmountable oppositions hurdles, Westerholm is a wise choice, while industrial machinery expert Mikkilä is a big-picture thinker with a great eye for detail and a tremendous knowledge of patenting processes across multiple jurisdictions. As a former senior IP manager at Nokia, Autti has an intimate understanding of the telecommunications industry and knows the best way forward in research and development (R&D) settings. “Extremely diligent and insightful, Keinänen proves to be exceptionally talented at drafting applications due to her ability to cooperate well with inventors, understand the invention at its core, and formulate claims precisely and clearly.”

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