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Waselius & Wist | Finland | 15 Sep 2021

Free speech: how to handle harmful employee comments on social media

In the age of social media, employers are not safe from the backlash against controversial posts made by employees on their personal accounts. Nevertheless, the employee loyalty obligation stipulates that the employee must avoid anything that could substantially harm the employer's business operations. Providing clear guidance for online conduct can protect both parties from potential disputes.
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Waselius & Wist | Finland | 14 Jul 2021

Working Hours Act: doing time for overtime

In Finland, non-compliance with the working time regulations may be punishable under the Working Hours Act. Constant overtime work that exceeds statutory limits may also constitute a breach of the employer's occupational health and safety obligations, potentially resulting in a more severe criminal liability for managers.
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Berggren Oy | Denmark, Finland, Iceland, etc. | 12 Jul 2021

Nordic countries dominate EIS again

The Nordic countries have long enjoyed a reputation for being among the most business friendly locations for innovation-oriented enterprises. The recently released European Commission's 2021 Innovation Scoreboard, which ranks countries based on factors such as their information technologies and intellectual assets, reflects the innovative culture and the effective support provided by the......
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Berggren Oy | Finland | 24 May 2021

Administrative revocation proceedings now available for unused company names

It is now possible to seek revocation of an unused company name from the Finnish Patent and Registration Office. The new administrative revocation process introduces a less expensive and presumably faster alternative to civil proceedings in the Market Court. The new administrative proceedings also provide a means for seeking partial revocation with respect to a part of the registered business......
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Waselius & Wist | Finland | 12 May 2021

Can work survive without collective agreements?

Collective agreements have become a natural part of the Finnish working life and almost 90% of all Finnish employees are covered by such an agreement. However, the tide is shifting, with major employer federations withdrawing from negotiation tables. This raises the question of how employment relationships are organised in sectors that are not directly affected by existing collective agreements.
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Berggren Oy | Finland | 10 May 2021

PUMA trademark dispute over RUMA turns 'ugly': Supreme Administrative Court weighs in

In a recent case, the Supreme Administrative Court held that there was a likelihood of confusion between an earlier figurative mark, PUMA, and the contested trademark RUMA. The Finnish Patent and Registration Office and the Market Court had previously reached a contrary conclusion. Although the owner of the PUMA trademarks had presented no evidence for the reputation of the marks in Finland,......
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Berggren Oy | Finland | 12 Apr 2021

IP litigation and alternative dispute resolution options

In Finland, the validity of IP rights (except copyrights) is examined by the Finnish Patent and Trademark Office. The question of whether one party has infringed another party's valid IP rights may be addressed through litigation. A specialised IP court may be a good choice in certain circumstances. However, various alternative dispute resolution mechanisms are also available, depending on......
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Berggren Oy | Finland | 5 Apr 2021

Patent licensing – interview

​​​In this podcast, Berggren partners Mariella Massaro and Robert Alderson interview Sonja London, licensing executive at Nokia, visiting lecturer at Aalto University, Finland, and past president of the Licensing Executives Society Scandinavia. Sonja discusses the importance of building commercialisation strategies, processes and data systems to increase efficiency in managing licensing......
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Waselius & Wist | Finland | 24 Mar 2021

Will Finland ever ratify the Cape Town Convention?

Despite the Ministry of Justice's long-term project to ratify the Cape Town Convention, it has published no developments on the matter in more than a decade. Because the Cape Town Convention remains unratified and the aircraft mortgage and register legislation outdated and deficient, valuable aircraft parts (eg, engines) cannot be separately registered in the aircraft register. Therefore, the......
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Waselius & Wist | Finland | 17 Mar 2021

New rules concerning non-compete obligations in employment contracts

Under the Employment Contracts Act, employers and employees may agree on non-compete obligations only in limited circumstances. However, in practice, the criteria are vague and non-compete obligations have been used more commonly than what was originally intended. The reform of the Employment Contracts Act aims to change this situation and ensure that employers carefully consider when to......
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