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Patent, trademark, copyright, design, trade secret, you name it, we take care of it. Our clients value our advice and suggested solutions that serve their business now and in the long run. “I love working with them because they always have very practical advice. I was impressed with the team at both senior and junior levels”, says one of our clients (Chambers Europe). It is as simple as that. We love IP, and that is the reason why we provide excellent advice and results to our clients.
Hannes Snellman's cross-border Intellectual Property practice is one of the leading practices in the Nordic market. Our business-oriented IP team has vast experience in all aspects of intellectual property covering copyright, patents and utility models, designs, trademarks and domain names, as well as trade secrets. We deliver efficient and pragmatic execution of assignments in matters ranging from trademark filings to the most demanding and complex IP-related agreements and disputes.
The importance of intellectual property is inevitably increasing. With our clients’ business in focus, we assist in transforming intellectual capital in the form of an idea into an intellectual property right in order to secure intellectual property assets. Having the privilege to co-operate with several leading firms in their fields, we have gained an extensive experience and understanding in several sectors, such as Life Sciences, food and beverage, fashion, retail, software, telecommunications, the automotive industry, industrial equipment and solutions, media, entertainment, and sports.
As intellectual property is often the most valuable asset, and in order to maximise the value and goodwill of intellectual property in the era of digitalisation, it is important to have a clear vision and strategy. Our IP Commercial team provides our clients with strategic IP advice on how to protect, manage, market, license, and commercialise their intellectual property, as well as how to monetise said key assets in transactions and at every stage of their life cycle. Our IP Litigation team frequently acts as an IP sounding board to assess the issue at hand and to create tactics and strategies on how to resolve the issue. Furthermore, in a digitalised world, our clients need global strategic assistance and advice. In order to provide our clients with international and seamless high-quality legal services, we have created excellent relationships with leading law firms throughout the globe to ensure that such services are available at once wherever needed.
Our clients' intellectual property is what matters to us. Our IP Litigation team understands the need to retain the freedom to operate and obtain the best possible outcome under the circumstances of each case. In order to achieve the business goals of our clients, our seasoned and business-oriented litigators suggest litigation and settlement strategies that may consist, for example, of obtaining a fast interim injunction or other relief, settlement negotiations to resolve the case out of court and before trial, or creative but thorough tactics for litigation or arbitration.
In each case, we form a dedicated team of experts to correspond to the type and extent of the case and work closely with our Technology, Dispute Resolution, and Competition & Procurement practices. We represent our clients in Finnish and Swedish authorities and courts as well as in the European Union Intellectual Property Office and the Court of Justice of the European Union. With regard to arbitration, we represent our clients in international arbitration institutes, such as the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, in addition to Finnish and Swedish arbitration institutes.
We are prepared for the upcoming Unified Patent Court, and our firm is one of the few Nordic firms that are ready to cover both the Finnish local division and the regional division set up by Sweden and the Baltic Countries. We intensively follow the developments of the new unitary patent system and are ready to advise our clients in their preparation for the new regime.
Our IP Litigation team frequently acts, for example in:
We advise our clients in all kinds of matters relating to life sciences, including groundbreaking and complex regulatory assignments that require an innovative approach and a broad knowledge of the Life Sciences sector. Our cross-border team regularly assists clients in contractual arrangements that are on the forefront of the current practice in the Nordic Countries and that require close co-operation with the public procurement experts of our Competition and Procurement practice.
Both national and international clients routinely turn to us for advice in relation to intellectual property enforcement actions, compliance issues, as well as disputes regarding ethical codes of conduct, both within the pharmaceutical sector and in relation to medical devices and technologies.
Our team advises on several different types of contractual matters, such as R&D, licensing, clinical trials, and different kinds of co-operation models. Our IP Litigation team assists and represents our life sciences clients in disputes and our Marketing, Media, and Online Business team advises clients on marketing, regulatory, and product liability issues.
Our specialists have a hard time understanding why all lawyers are not into media and marketing law – it is so much fun! Advising on legal issues relating to marketing campaigns on- and offline, sales promotions and consumer competitions, as well as on various matters relating to social media, online and traditional media, and the related contractual and regulatory issues, is a part of our everyday business. We also handle consumer complaints and provide regulatory advice relating to marketing and consumer law. We assist our clients in proceedings with the local authorities and, if needed, participate in proceedings before the local courts.
We analyse the situation and, where necessary, take measures against unfair business practices by our clients' competitors and assist our clients in questions relating to packaging and labelling requirements, customer data, environmental and health claims, as well as product liability and recalls.
Sitowise (buyer), Bitcomp Oy (target)
Counsel to Sitowise in its acquisition of Bitcomp Oy
Value not public
Counsel to Sitowise
MEKO (buyer), Koivunen (target)
Counsel to MEKO in its acquisition of Koivunen, the provider of automotive spare parts and related services.
EUR 122 Million
Counsel to MEKO
Ahlström Capital BV and Nidoco AB (buyers), Ahlstrom-Munksjö (seller), Decor Solutions business area (target)
The buying consortium comprising Ahlström Capital BV and Nidoco AB, in the investment in the majority share of Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Decor Solutions business area.
Value not public
Counsel to the buying consortium (Ahlström Capital BV and Nidoco AB)
Kingdom of Sweden (Seller), Metria AB (Target), Sikri Holding AS (Buyer)
Counsel to the Kingdom of Sweden in the sale of Metria AB to Sikri Holding AS
Value not public
Counsel to the Kingdom of Sweden
Paulig Group (seller), Valio (buyer), Gold&Green brand, intellectual property and R&D function (target)
The divestment of Paulig’s Gold&Green brand, intellectual property and R&D function to Valio
Value not public
Counsel to Paulig Group
Lassila & Tikanoja plc (JV shareholder), Neova Oy (JV shareholder), L&T Biowatti Oy (joint venture company)
Counsel to Lassila & Tikanoja plc, a service company that is putting the circular economy into practice, in creating a joint venture with Neova Oy consolidating the parties’ energy wood businesses in Finland and Estonia. The joint venture’s turnover is approximately EUR 100 million and it employs approximately 100 employees.
Legal counsel to L&T plc
Enersense International Oyj, Megatuuli Oy
Enersense International Oyj, a provider of zero-emission energy solutions, has signed an agreement on acquiring shares of the onshore wind farm developer Megatuuli Oy.
EUR 18.5 million
Counsel to Enersense International
Virala Acquisition Company Plc, Purmo Group Ltd
Virala Acquisition Company Plc's merger with Purmo Group Ltd.
EUR 685 million
Counsel to Virala Acquisition Company Plc
PPG Industries, Inc. (Bidder), Tikkurila Oyj (Target)
Recommended public cash tender offer for all of the shares in Tikkurila by PPG Industries, Inc.
EUR 1.5 billion
Counsel to Tikkurila Oyj
Telia Finland (Seller) and AddSecure (Buyer)
Telia Finland’s divestment of Telia Alerta business to AddSecure
Value not public
Counsel to Seller/Telia Finland
TrønderEnergi AS, Scandinavian Biogas
The Norwegian energy company TrønderEnergi has become the largest shareholder in Scandinavian Biogas, a leading producer of biogas in the Nordics.
Value not public
Swedsih counsel to TrønderEnergi AS
SGS, SYNLAB’s Analytics & Services division
SGS to buy SYNLAB's Analytics & Services division
EUR 550 million
Swedish and Finnish Counsel to SGS
Sanoma Media Finland Oy (Seller), Schibsted (buyer), Oikotie Ltd (target)
The sale of Sanoma’s online classifieds business Oikotie to Schibsted
EUR 185 million
Counsel to Sanoma Group
Riikka Rannikko, Jesper Nevalainen, Mikko Huimala, Agda Vähä-Piikkö, Jenni Heurlin, Anton Pirinen
Smartly.io Solutions Oy and its owners, Providence Equity Partners
Counsel to Smartly.io and its owners in the sale of a majority stake to Providence Equity Partners
EUR 200 million
Counsel to Smartly.io Solutions Oy and its owners
Nordic Packaging and Container Holdings (Seller), Mondi Group (Buyer), Powerflute Group Holdings Oy (Target)
Nordic Packaging and Container Holdings' sale of Powerflute Group Holdings Oy to a division of Mondi Group
Enterprise value of EUR 365 million
Counsel to Nordic Packaging and Container Holdings (NPAC Holdings)
Oriola Oyj and Kesko Oyj
A 50/50 percent joint venture to establish a chain of health, beauty and wellbeing stores across Finland, with the plan to expand the business to include pharmaceuticals if the legislation is amended
Value not public
Counsel to Oriola
Hartwall Capital Oy Ab (Buyer), SUEZ Suomi Oy (Target)
Hartwall Capital Oy Ab's acquisition of SUEZ Suomi Oy, comprising the Finnish operations of SUEZ Group
Value not public
Counsel to Hartwall Capital Oy Ab
Biotie Therapies Corp.
Public offering and listing of Biotie Therapies Corp.’s shares on the NASDAQ Global Select Market New York
Approx. EUR 83 million
Counsel to Biotie Therapies Corp.
Mondi Group (Buyer), Walki Group (Seller)
Mondi Group's acquisition of Walki Group's extrusion coating plants located in Pietarsaari, Finland and Wroclaw, Poland
EUR 60 million
Counsel to Mondi AG
Counsel to Sentica’s portfolio company Trust Kapital, a company specializing in receivables lifecycle management and financing, in its acquisition of Enfo Zender, Enfo Oyj’s information logistics subsidiary.
Counsel to a Finnish industrial company on its multinational ERP project including several plants in Finland and roll outs in several other countries.
Counsel to a Finnish company on a dispute relating to the termination of a project agreement against an IT service provider. The dispute was settled on terms favourable to the client.
Counsel to a multinational IT company on a dispute relating to the supply of an IT system. A highly favourable outcome was obtained for the client, as the adverse party accepted liability exceeding the limitation of its liability under the contract.
Counsel to a Finnish company on a dispute regarding licence fees in connection with the outsourcing of the company’s IT department. The dispute was settled on terms favourable to the client.
Counsel to Recipharm in the divestment of the rights to its potassium iodide product ThyroSafe, except for the US territory, to SERB SA.
Counsel to Finnish and foreign computer game companies in various disputes relating to an international licensing agreement.
Counsel to a well-known Finnish movie director in a widely published dispute regarding intellectual property rights to a motion picture.
Counsel to a Finnish sports federation in a high-value dispute against a foreign party over a broadcasting agreement.
Counsel to a leading Finnish sports stadium company in a dispute concerning the services at the stadium.
Counsel to a foreign top level ice hockey club in an international debt collection case relating to player agreements.
Counsel to a leading Finnish skiing equipment manufacturer and a sponsor in a dispute against another sponsor concerning athletes’ image rights.
Counsel to a Finnish top-ranking basketball club in a dispute regarding termination of a foreign player’s employment agreement.
Counsel to a major Nordic fitness centre chain in a dispute regarding personal injury.
Counsel to a Finnish professional football club in cases concerning a stadium project, league license and youth academy.
Counsel to a Finnish sports federation in a dispute concerning an agreement on World Championships.
Counsel to a foreign Olympic gold medallist and World Cup winner in a dispute regarding the termination of a sponsorship agreement.
Counsel to a Finnish biotech start-up in drafting an agreement on research and development collaboration on research and development collaboration with a major Finnish university.
Counsel to a global pharmaceutical company in drafting and negotiating a clinical trial agreement, including advice concerning informed concent documents and collecting and storage of personal data as well as transfer of patient-related personal data outside the EU/EEA area.
Counsel to a subsidiary of an international pharmaceutical company in a dispute concerning marketing of prescription medicines.
Counsel to a leading global biotechnology company manufacturing and supplying biologically derived medications in a public procurement case against a hospital district. A positive outcome was reached without court proceedings and within the regulations governing public procurement.
Counsel to a global pharmaceutical company in a dispute at the Helsinki Administrative Court concerning several marketing authorisations issued by the Finnish National Agency for Medicines to a competitor.
Counsel to one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies in contesting the non-reimbursement decision of the Finnish Pharmaceutical Pricing Board pertaining to a key product of the company. After the appeal was lodged in the Finnish Supreme Administrative Court, the Board granted reimbursement status on the basis of a new reimbursement application submitted by the company.
Counsel to a multinational pharmaceutical company in its demerger to two seperate entities
Counsel to Intellectual Ventures, a leading invention capital company with one of the world’s largest and fastest growing invention portfolios, in creating Benemilk Oy, an R&D and IP joint venture with Raisio plc, a Finnish plant-based nutrition corporation, around Raisio’s cattle feed supplement invention.
Counsel to Novartis Finland Oy in a patent dispute before the Market Court.
Counsel to a Finnish company in a dispute over the IP rights to a software. We succeeded in obtaining an injunction ordering the counterparty under penalty of a fine to refrain from making claims of ownership to third parties either directly or indirectly.
Counsel to a leading multinational software company against another major corporation operating in the same branch of industry in a major trademark dispute pending simultaneously before venues in various countries. We secured our client’s position by winning the injunction proceedings, after which the dispute was settled.
Counsel to a Finnish financial institution in a trademark dispute regarding colour. The adverse party’s claim regarding interim injunction was rejected and the case was settled on terms favorable to our client.
Counsel to leading playground manufacturer in an alleged trademark infringement and unfair business practices dispute. The case was successfully settled out of court.
Counsel to a leading Finnish broadcasting and media company against another one in a dispute concerning suspected infringement of copyrights to photographs.
Counsel to Marimekko Corporation in a trademark and copyright litigation regarding counterfeits before the District Court of Ylivieska-Raahe. The seller of counterfeits was sentenced to fines and pay damages to Marimekko.
Counsel to Valmet Corporation in a patent dispute. The case was successfully settled out of court.
Counsel to a Finnish public company in arbitration regarding a complex contractual software application licensing dispute. The arbitral award was rendered on terms favorable to our client.
Counsel to a Finnish public procurement entity in their procurement of ICT systems and software from several service providers accompanied by related support and maintenance agreements.
Counsel to a multinational corporation in their purchase of an ICT business from a Finnish multinational corporation.
Counsel to a multinational IT company in a dispute relating to the supply of an IT system. A highly favourable outcome was obtained for the client as the adverse party accepted liability exceeding the limitation of its liability under the contract.
Counsel to a multinational network corporation in their establishment of a joint venture with a Finnish multinational corporation
Counsel to a Finnish industrial company in their multi-national ERP project including several plants in Finland and roll outs in several other countries.
Counsel to a Finnish financial institution in their major outsourcing arrangement of certain electric payment processes to a foreign service provider.
Counsel to an industrial company in their full scale IT outsourcing arrangement with a service provider.
Counsel to a multinational insurance company in their system delivery project and hosting services arrangement with a service provider.
Counsel to Bridgepoint in the acquisition of cinema operator Nordic Cinema from Ratos and Bonnier.
Counsel to Uponor in establishing an Intelligent Water Sensing Technology JV with Belkin International in the U.S. and Europe.
Counsel to a Finnish leading equipment manufacturer and service provider in a project to update their contract portfolio regarding cloud services and software applications.
Counsel to several companies concerning their becoming marketing campaigns and promotions, including sweepstakes, competitions and lotteries. These preliminary examinations have helped our customers to avoid interference by the Finnish consumer authorities.
Counsel to software and hardware manufacturers in several cases in the Consumer Dispute Board and the Consumer Office. The authorities have approved our replies and clarifications and the consumer complaints have been dismissed.
Counsel to a Finnish company in a damages litigation regarding the application of the Unfair Business Practices Act in a case where the defendant – a major retail chain – had copied a retail trade system for its own use. The dispute was successfully settled out of court.
Counsel to a Finnish telecommunications company in several Market Court proceedings concerning comparative advertising by a competitor which our client considered contrary to fair business practices. The Market Court approved our applications, finding the measures the competitor from continuing them.
Counsel to a Finnish company in Market Court proceedings initiated by a competitor, who accused our client of untrue allegations and unfair business practices. The Market Court ruled in favour of our client, finding the competitor’s allegations unsubstantiated.
Counsel to a Finnish bank in Market Court proceedings concerning certain marketing measures taken by a competitor which our client considered contrary to fair business practices. The Market Court approved our application, finding the measures the competitor from continuing them.
Counsel to Microsoft Corporation in a domain name dispute before the Market Court regarding domain name onedrive.fi. The case was settled on terms favorable to our client and the disputed domain name was transferred to our client.
Counsel to a Finnish public company in a domain name dispute before the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center. The case was settled on terms favorable to our client and the disputed domain name was transferred to our client.
Counsel to a Finnish public company in an unfair business practices dispute before the Market Court. The adverse party’s claim regarding interim injunction was rejected and the case was settled on terms favorable to our client.
Counsel to a director of a motion picture in an application to prohibit the distribution of the movie which violated the director’s IP rights. The case was settled soon after the application was submitted.