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Berggren is full-service European IP law firm headquartered in Helsinki, Finland. The firm has about 80 professionals, including 30+ qualified…
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Berggren Oy | European Union | 6 Dec 2022

Breaking News: 2-Month Delay to Start of UPC, but EPO Transitional Measures Unaffected

The Unified Patent Court announced on Monday, 5 December 2022, that start of the new Unitary Patent system will be delayed from 1 April 2023 until 1…
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Berggren Oy | European Union | 1 Nov 2022

Designs in European Union

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Berggren Oy | European Union, Finland, Unified Patent Court | 17 Oct 2022

European unitary patents make it more important than ever for Finnish companies to actively engage with patent system

🕑 4 minutes The new unitary patent system will have serious consequences for Finnish companies' freedom to operate both in Finland and abroad. As the unitary patent system rolls out, there will be many more foreign-owned patents in force in Finland than there have been until now, highlighting the need for Finnish companies to take more care in ensuring their freedom to operate as well as......
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Berggren Oy | Finland | 19 Sep 2022

Employee inventions in Finland – claims and disputes concerning employee inventions

The Employee Invention Committee is a statutory committee that may issue opinions on matters concerning the application of the Act on the Right in Employee Inventions. The competent court in Finland for employee invention-related matters is the Market Court, which acts as a specialised court in IP matters. This article, the fifth in a series on employee invention issues, focuses on claims and......
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Berggren Oy | Finland | 12 Sep 2022

Employee inventions in Finland – invention remuneration

Employee inventions are subject to the Act on the Right in Employee Inventions in Finland. As the concept of reasonable remuneration is somewhat vague under the Act and the Employee Inventions Regulation, it is important to establish remuneration policies applicable to all employees to avoid court proceedings and to ensure transparency and equal treatment of employees. This article, the......
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Berggren Oy | Finland | 5 Sep 2022

Employee inventions in Finland – employers' rights and obligations

Employee inventions are subject to the Act on the Right in Employee Inventions in Finland. The Act is quite pro-inventor and secures the inventors' rights under an employment relationship. Although the Act does set employee inventors the obligation to notify their employer of inventions and provide detailed information about them, there are more stringent obligations on the employers' side....
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Berggren Oy | Finland | 29 Aug 2022

Employee inventions in Finland – inventors' rights and obligations

Employee inventions are subject to the Act on the Right in Employee Inventions in Finland. This article, the second in a series on employee invention issues, focuses on employee inventors' rights and obligations in Finland. To ensure clarity, especially in terms of crucial time limits and to ensure that rights are being properly transferred and assigned to the employer, proper invention......
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Berggren Oy | Finland | 22 Aug 2022

Employee inventions in Finland: ensuring proper transfer and assignment of IP rights to employers

According to article 4 of the Act on the Right in Employee Inventions in Finland, the rights to an invention belong to the inventor, even when the invention has ensued in the course of the inventor's employment relationship. However, the employer is entitled to acquire the rights to the invention in certain circumstances. This article, part of series on issues relating to employee inventions,......
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Berggren Oy | Finland, United Kingdom, USA | 20 Jun 2022

Depp v Heard: Thoughts on defamation law in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Nordics

The weeks-long civil trial between Hollywood actor Johnny Depp and actress Amber Heard recently concluded, resulting in an American jury reaching a…
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Berggren Oy | European Union | 15 Apr 2022

Remaining Important Revisions to 2022 EPO Guidelines: Final Entry in Berggren´s Weekly Guidelines Update Series

In this seventh and final article of our 2022 weekly series addressing updates to the European Patent Office’s (“EPO”) Guidelines for Examination…
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