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Laine IP welcomes our three new European Patent Attorneys

Laine IP welcomes our three new European Patent Attorneys

Toimi Teelahti, Liisa Sarnes and Jouni-Tapio Laaksonen are our new EPA’s. Preparing for the challenging European Qualifying Examination ultimately benefits our clients.

News | 26.10.2021

SPC | Supplementary Protection Certificate

SPC | Supplementary Protection Certificate

Getting a marketing authorization for a pharmaceutical may take up a considerable amount of the patent term. Supplementary Protection Certificate gives companies a chance to get some of this time back as extended protection time.

News | 19.10.2021

Scope of claims

Scope of claims

Independent claims define the scope of an invention in its broadest form, whereas dependent claims facilitate modification of a patent application during its prosecution.

News | 14.10.2021

Right to Priority – Patent Applicant has a Year to Make Decisions

Right to Priority – Patent Applicant has a Year to Make Decisions

The right to priority gives the applicant 12 months from the filing of a parent application to make decisions on whether to file further applications internationally.

News | 14.9.2021

Utility model

Utility model

Utility model gives protection for a simple invention fast for a maximum of 10 years.

News | 31.8.2021

Laine IP Oy is responsible for updating the “Brown Book”

Laine IP Oy is responsible for updating the “Brown Book”

Laine IP Oy has taken on the responsibility to update the best known handbook of the IPR field for Finland, the “Manual for the Handling of Applications for Patents, Designs and Trade Marks Throughout the World”.

News | 3.8.2021

G4/19 – the EPC contains basis for the prohibition of double patenting

G4/19 – the EPC contains basis for the prohibition of double patenting

The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office determines the legal basis for prohibition of double patenting in its decision G 4/19.

News | 29.6.2021

MIP STARS 2021 | Laine IP as a Tier 1 Patent Prosecution firm in Finland

MIP STARS 2021 | Laine IP as a Tier 1 Patent Prosecution firm in Finland

Laine IP has again been recognized with the highest ranking in its category as a Tier 1 Patent Prosecution firm in Finland, and also has been recognized as a Recommended Trade Mark Prosecution firm in Finland.

News | 23.6.2021

Ceipi Summer School on IP in Europe

Ceipi Summer School on IP in Europe

The seminar is aimed at European and non-European students, IP attorneys and lawyers. It covers protection of various industrial property rights in Europe, but also for example court practices and the effect of EU legislation on IP.

News | 21.6.2021

Grace period | Did you forget to apply for protection of the results of your R&D?

Grace period | Did you forget to apply for protection of the results of your R&D?

No worries, it might still be possible by taking advantage of the so-called grace period, just contact your IPR partner.

News | 17.6.2021

Methods for Challenging U.S. Granted Patents

Methods for Challenging U.S. Granted Patents

If you or your company have concerned or foresee a threat of potential litigation from a US patent owner, there are presently three (3) primary avenues to challenge the validity of the US patent outside of a Federal courtroom and within the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

News | 24.5.2021

Revocation of a Finnish trade name through an administrative procedure at PRH

Revocation of a Finnish trade name through an administrative procedure at PRH

You may now also apply for revocation of a Finnish trade name (company name) at the Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) through an administrative procedure. This has been made possible as of 1 May 2021. Previously revocation has been possible only at the Market Court.

News | 5.5.2021

Divisional Application | Questions & Answers

Divisional Application | Questions & Answers

Our experts, European Patent Attorneys Teemu Kiviniemi and Kaisa Suominen, write about divisional application by answering the most frequently asked questions.

News | 24.3.2021

WTR 1000 rankings for 2021 published: Laine IP in the top-tiers with Tom-Erik Hagelberg as recommended expert

WTR 1000 rankings for 2021 published: Laine IP in the top-tiers with Tom-Erik Hagelberg as recommended expert

Laine IP’s trademark practice has been recognized in the top-tier of the 2021 edition of World Trademark Review 1000 with the following remarks…

News | 16.2.2021

Laine IP Oy’s clients’ had a strong year in 2020 in obtaining patents

Laine IP Oy’s clients’ had a strong year in 2020 in obtaining patents

We are pleased to announce that our firm was the representative of record for our clients on: 134 granted European (EPO) patents; 77 issued US patents; and 73 granted Finnish patents in 2020.

News | 22.1.2021

Update | Oral proceedings at the EPO

Update | Oral proceedings at the EPO

In November we published a brief article about EPO’s new practices relating to oral proceedings. Some changes came into effect with the new year, namely with respect to Boards of Appeal and hearing of witnesses.

News | 20.1.2021

Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

News | 18.12.2020

The could-would method as part of the problem-solution approach

The could-would method as part of the problem-solution approach

When discussing the could-would method, what is meant is usually an alternative method for determining whether a new solution is inventive, to be used instead of the European problem-solution approach. This could-would determination is, however, possible to utilize also as part of the problem-solution approach.

News | 14.12.2020

Difficulties in the determination of the objective technical problem

Difficulties in the determination of the objective technical problem

Defining the objective technical problem is probably the most important part of the problem-solution approach, which is commonly used particularly in Europe to determine whether a new invention has inventive step.

News | 7.12.2020

Optitune and Merck sign Agreement on Foldable OLED Displays

Optitune and Merck sign Agreement on Foldable OLED Displays

Our client Optitune Oy has signed an important distribution agreement with the German company Merck to bring functional hard coatings for foldable OLED Displays to the market.

News | 4.12.2020

Person skilled in the art

Person skilled in the art

“A person of average skill in the art” is a well-known term in the field of patenting. This term is used to define an imaginary person, whose level of knowledge is utilized in comparisons in different contexts, to define the common level of knowledge in a specific technical field.

News | 30.11.2020

The problem-solution approach in determining inventive step

The problem-solution approach in determining inventive step

In order to be inventive, an invention should not be obvious to a person skilled in the art. The term “obvious” is, in turn, typically defined by evaluating whether a particular development is to be seen as a part of the expected progress of the relevant technology, or whether it could be considered unexpected.

News | 23.11.2020

Oral proceedings at the EPO

Oral proceedings at the EPO

Since April 2020 all oral proceedings in examination have been held, and will continue to be held, by videoconference unless the applicant provides serious reasons why the proceedings should be held at the EPO premises.

News | 19.11.2020

U.S. Patent Trainee Program for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Patent Trainee Program for U.S. Citizens

As a U.S. Patent Trainee you would be joining our US Team with the goal of becoming a registered U.S. Patent Agent. A Patent Agent assists innovative companies in obtaining protection for their inventions around the world.

Jobs News | 10.11.2020

Laine IP Oy – IP also in Swedish

Laine IP Oy – IP also in Swedish

We are happy to announce the launching of our webpages in Swedish. Please check the pages for useful information not only on our company but also on IP rights, based a series of articles prepared by our experts.

News | 6.11.2020

Laine IP Legal services

Laine IP Legal services

Our aim at Laine IP Oy Legal services is to act in a timely manner and even proactively to provide the best service options to our clients. Our legal team actively serves its clients in IPR -related contract matters. In addition, our legal services cover a wide range of dispute resolution services.

News | 20.10.2020

AIPPI World Congress 2020 – What’s different?

AIPPI World Congress 2020 – What’s different?

No need this year to gather travel documents and travel for a minimum of 15 hours from Helsinki across five time zones to Hangzhou in China. AIPPI World Congress 2020 has been held entirely online and for members of AIPPI, free of charge.

News | 14.10.2020

Business Essentials for Scientists (BES) 5.-22.10.2020 in Turku – our expert lecturing

Business Essentials for Scientists (BES) 5.-22.10.2020 in Turku – our expert lecturing

Business Essentials for Scientists (BES) (2 ECTS) is a course aimed at doctoral students at University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. After the course the doctoral student has a basic understanding of business development and commercialisation in the academia.

News | 10.9.2020

Laine IP Leverages Collaboration to Enhance U.S. Prosecution

Laine IP Leverages Collaboration to Enhance U.S. Prosecution

Laine IP Oy (Laine IP) has had an internal U.S. Team, located in Helsinki, to handle U.S. patent and trademark prosecution since 2010. The close collaboration of the U.S. Team with our other experts is a key component in securing the strongest global Intellectual Property (IP) rights for its clients.

News | 1.9.2020

Speeding up US Patent Prosecution; Track One and Fast Track Appeal

Speeding up US Patent Prosecution; Track One and Fast Track Appeal

Since 2011, prioritized examination has been available for U.S. patent applications via the Track One pilot program.  Now, the newly announced Fast-Track Appeals program provides the opportunity to request …

News | 2.7.2020

Global IP STARS 2020 IP ranking listings have now been published!

Global IP STARS 2020 IP ranking listings have now been published!

Laine IP has again been recognized with the highest ranking in its category as a Tier 1 Patent Prosecution firm in Finland, and also has been recognized as a Recommended Trade Mark Prosecution firm in Finland.

News | 24.6.2020

“Vatsaystävällinen Pehmeä”, developed by our client Fazer, is now available at grocery stores

“Vatsaystävällinen Pehmeä”, developed by our client Fazer, is now available at grocery stores

Thanks to the enzyme developed and patented by Fazer, also people with a sensitive stomach can now enjoy soft wheat bread.

News | 15.6.2020

Our client’s, Nolla Antimicrobial’s, hand sanitizer foam is also effective against coronaviruses

Our client’s, Nolla Antimicrobial’s, hand sanitizer foam is also effective against coronaviruses

Nolla’s hand sanitizer foam has previously been confirmed to kill the five antibiotic-resistant superbacteria defined by the WHO.

News | 25.5.2020

Our client, Woodio, received recognition for their design and IPR work

Our client, Woodio, received recognition for their design and IPR work

Woodio is one of the winners of the Fennia Prize – as part of the Fennia Prize 20 -series. In addition, the Finnish Patent and Registration Office has awarded them the IPR Excellence Award for commendable protection of intellectual property rights.

News | 25.5.2020

G 3/19 – Plants and animals exclusively obtained by essentially biological processes are no longer patentable

G 3/19 – Plants and animals exclusively obtained by essentially biological processes are no longer patentable

The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO held that the non-patentability of essentially biological processes for the production of plants or animals also extends to plant or animal products that are exclusively obtained by means of an essentially biological process.

News | 19.5.2020

Patent Offices extending deadlines due to coronavirus

Patent Offices extending deadlines due to coronavirus

In response to the current coronavirus situation, Patent Offices worldwide are allowing deadlines to be extended. At Laine IP, our policy is to handle any deadlines without using coronavirus extensions. Therefore, we intend to only rely on such extensions when requested to do so.

News | 9.4.2020

Laine IP operating remotely during the COVID-19 emergency

Laine IP operating remotely during the COVID-19 emergency

To help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, we will not be conducting face-to-face meetings during the emergency period. A large part of our staff is working remotely in order to ensure the safety of our customers and staff as well as the continuity of our operations in all circumstances. We wish everyone good health during this unusual situation.

News | 19.3.2020

Woodio’s unique bathrooms

Woodio’s unique bathrooms

Woodio is definitely one of the number one names in Finnish design and innovation at the moment. Their wood-based bathroom furniture transforms the look of the traditional white porcelain bathrooms into interesting interior design spaces.

News | 4.3.2020

Brexit – it’s a deal!

Brexit – it’s a deal!

The UK left the European Union on 1st February. What does that actually mean? Are any actions needed to secure your IP rights?

News | 13.2.2020

Laine IP Oy included in Worldwide Listing of Top Patent Firms for Securing U.S. Patents!

Laine IP Oy included in Worldwide Listing of Top Patent Firms for Securing U.S. Patents!

Laine IP Oy (formerly Seppo Laine Oy) secured eighty (80) U.S. Utility Patents for its clients in 2019, which ranked #1 in Finland and #1 in the Nordic region. Laine IP Oy’s U.S. Team, with all members of the group in its Helsinki office, can ensure smooth, efficient, and effective U.S. prosecution.

News | 27.1.2020

We are now officially Laine IP Oy

We are now officially Laine IP Oy

Our official company name is Laine IP Ltd as of 24.1.2020. Our addresses, phone numbers and other contact information work as is.

News | 27.1.2020

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2020!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2020!

News | 20.12.2019

Navigate – Nordic maritime expo in Turku on 22-23 January 2020

Navigate – Nordic maritime expo in Turku on 22-23 January 2020

NaviGate is Finland’s biggest maritime event where the marine industry, shipping companies and maritime logistics meet. Also Laine IP is participating in the expo.

News | 12.12.2019

Finland’s Independence Day 6 December

Finland’s Independence Day 6 December

Our offices are closed on Friday December 6, 2019. We wish you all Happy Holidays.

News | 5.12.2019

“Reasonable expectation of success” is not to be confused with the “hope to succeed”

“Reasonable expectation of success” is not to be confused with the “hope to succeed”

New subsection has been added to the EPO Guidelines on obviousness in the field of biotechnology. The new Guidelines apply as from 1 November 2019.

News | 14.11.2019

SLUSH 2019: November 21-22 – Our Experts on Site

SLUSH 2019: November 21-22 – Our Experts on Site

European Trademark and Design Attorney Anne Laukkasuo and Patent Engineer Leena Marquis will attend SLUSH and be happy to discuss IP issues with you.

News | 13.11.2019

Mark W. Scott featured in NW Lawyer magazine

Mark W. Scott featured in NW Lawyer magazine

Mark is part of our Chemistry team and our internal U.S. team, which also specializes in computer-related, electronics, and mechanical inventions, as well as designs and trademarks.

News | 12.11.2019

USPTO issues updated October 2019 eligibility guidance

USPTO issues updated October 2019 eligibility guidance

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has again updated the Patent Eligibility Guidance directed to Office personnel, specifying how patent claims are to be treated under 35 U.S.C §101.

News | 24.10.2019

Patentability of computer simulation methods in Europe

Patentability of computer simulation methods in Europe

In Europe, only inventions with technical character is considered patentable. This entails that only inventions relating to technology may be protected by patents.

News | 16.10.2019

Meet us at Helsinki IP Summit October 23-24, 2019

Meet us at Helsinki IP Summit October 23-24, 2019

Helsinki IP Summit will be held during the upcoming week at Hotel Paasitorni, Helsinki. The Summit will be the largest IPR event in Finland this year and is directed towards IPR professionals, corporate leaders, startups and anyone interested in IPR.

News | 16.10.2019

EPO decision T0694/16 relating to personalized medicine

EPO decision T0694/16 relating to personalized medicine

The question to which T0694 / 16 gives the answer is, whether individualized (or personal) medical use can be patented in the EPO.

News | 14.10.2019

Intellectual Property (IP) Conference for SMEs – our expert one of the speakers

Intellectual Property (IP) Conference for SMEs – our expert one of the speakers

Our expert, European Trademark and Design Attorney, IP Lawyer,Tom-Erik Hagelberg, will talk about use of trademarks and design rights: How a Finnish company successfully used its IP to defend its commercial interests.

News | 11.10.2019

Business Essentials for Scientists (BES) 8.-24.10.2019 in Turku – our expert lecturing

Business Essentials for Scientists (BES) 8.-24.10.2019 in Turku – our expert lecturing

Our expert, European Patent Attorney Christoffer Sundman, will talk about “Protecting your invention” on Thursday October 17, 2019.

News | 10.10.2019

FICPI 18th OPEN FORUM – our expert on site

FICPI 18th OPEN FORUM – our expert on site

Our experts, European Patent Attorney Hanna Laurén and US Patent Attorney Mark W. Scott are attending the open forum and will be happy to discuss IP issues with you.

News | 30.9.2019

LAINE IP participates in the Helsinki IP Summit, 23 – 24 October 2019

LAINE IP participates in the Helsinki IP Summit, 23 – 24 October 2019

Helsinki IP Summit speakers are top experts, including LAINE IP’s European Patent Attorney Jari Nieminen. He will speak on Thursday, October 24, on “5G and IPR”.

News | 17.9.2019

AIPPI World Congress – our expert Christopher Devine on site

AIPPI World Congress – our expert Christopher Devine on site

AIPPI World Congress will be held this year in London in mid-September. You can meet our expert, European Patent Attorney Christopher Devine on site at Queen Elizabeth II Center and Central Hall Westminster, September 15-18, 2019.

News | 13.9.2019

IPR activity indicates the growth potential of SMEs

IPR activity indicates the growth potential of SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are often said to be the backbone of the European economy. However, a large proportion of their contribution to growth and new job creation is in fact generated by a small fraction of SMEs, which may be referred to as high-growth firms (HGFs).

News | 22.8.2019

USPTO announces foreign-domiciled trademark applicants and registrants must have a U.S.-licensed attorney

USPTO announces foreign-domiciled trademark applicants and registrants must have a U.S.-licensed attorney

Important news for Finnish-based companies and individuals – effective 03 August 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will require all foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants, and parties to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings to be represented by an attorney who is licensed to practice law in the United States. The current rules… Read more »

News | 10.7.2019

The New Finnish Trademarks Act will enter into force on 1 May 2019

The New Finnish Trademarks Act will enter into force on 1 May 2019

The reform of the Finnish Trademarks Act has reached the final steps as the new Act has been ratified by the President of Finland on 26 April 2019. The aim of the reform is to get a clear, consistent and modern Act that enables a completely digital trademark process. The most relevant amendments …

News | 29.4.2019

ChemBio 2019

ChemBio 2019

ChemBio is the biggest meeting place for experts in the chemical and bio fields with over 4000 attendants and over 140 exhibitors. The event has a lot of interesting program and seminars on current topics. …

News | 11.4.2019

Choice of claim wording, and its impact on patentability

Choice of claim wording, and its impact on patentability

When drafting patent applications, the choice of wording, particularly that of the claims, is always highly important. With the correct wording, you can avoid trouble relating to the relevant patent law. …

News | 9.4.2019

US Patent Attorney Mark W. Scott

US Patent Attorney Mark W. Scott

Laine IP is very happy to announce our newest US team member: Mr. Mark W. Scott. Mr. Scott is a US Patent Attorney with 16+ years of experience assisting clients in defending, procuring, and asserting intellectual property rights. …

News | 17.3.2019

Number of patent and trademark applications filed by foreign applicants increasing in Germany

Number of patent and trademark applications filed by foreign applicants increasing in Germany

In 2018, the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) received 21,286 patent applications from abroad. This means a significant increase of about seven percent compared with the previous year. …

News | 15.3.2019

We have updated our brand

We have updated our brand

Seppo Laine Oy has unveiled its new brand names, which are patent agency LAINE and the internationally operating LAINE Intellectual Property. Complementing our refreshed visual style, the new brand names will be an integral part of all our communications. …

News | 5.3.2019

UPC-sopimuksen vaikutus patentointistrategiaan (In Finnish)

UPC-sopimuksen vaikutus patentointistrategiaan (In Finnish)

Viime vuosina, kun on tiedetty, että UPC-sopimus tulee (mitä todennäköisimmin) astumaan voimaan ”lähiaikoina”, on ollut paljon keskustelua uuden järjestelmän mahdollisista eduista ja riskeistä.

News | 11.12.2018

Paptic takes aim at obsoleting plastic bags

Paptic takes aim at obsoleting plastic bags

We have collaborated with Seppo Laine Oy for a long time now, and we know that they have the top expertise in this field of technology. I also greatly value their strategic approach; it’s not only about protecting technology, but most of all about developing our future business.”

Customer stories | 29.11.2018

Changes in the EPO Guidelines for Examination

Changes in the EPO Guidelines for Examination

Significant new sections on important topics such as unity and inventions relating to mental acts, mathematical methods, computer implemented inventions and artificial intelligence have been introduced to the EPO Guidelines for Examination.

News | 22.10.2018

USPTO grants 10,000,000th patent to Raytheon

USPTO grants 10,000,000th patent to Raytheon

As we previously announced, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has now formally granted Patent Number 10,000,000. The utility patent in question is titled “Coherent LADAR using intra-pixel quadrature detection” and it was invented by Joseph Marron and assigned to Raytheon. The patent was filed on March 10, 2015 and published as an application… Read more »

News | 21.6.2018

Groundbreaking invention finds multiple applications

Groundbreaking invention finds multiple applications

At the University of Helsinki, Professor Ilkka Kilpeläinen is leading research into new types of solvents that enable the manufacturing of textiles from pulp, while making it possible to replace the plastics in cleaning products with biodegradeable microbeads. The latest application is the ability to glue wood – without glue.

Customer stories | 14.12.2017

International demand for birch sap growing fast

International demand for birch sap growing fast

After years of hard work, Finnish company Nordic Koivu has succeeded in turning a unique natural material – birch sap – into an export product with global potential. The company’s production of birch sap is set to multiply over the next few years. Based in Tohmajärvi, Northern Carelia, Nordic Koivu Oy is working hard to boost the… Read more »

Customer stories | 20.9.2017