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Heinonen & Co advises Enersense International Plc in IP matters, November 2020

Heinonen & Co acts as legal advisor for the zero-emission energy solutions provider Enersense International Plc by providing consultation and assistance in matters related to intellectual property rights and their protection as well as brand protection.

Enersense International Plc is strongly involved in supporting the current energy revolution and creating a zero-emission society. The pro forma turnover of the Enersense-Empower group was approximately EUR 213 million in 2019. Enersense’s brand and its personnel's ability to reform the ways of working and to utilise digital technology are known especially in large industrial construction projects in Finland and internationally in about 40 countries. The company employs a total of approximately 2400 people. In addition to Finland, Enersense’s business covers, among others, the Nordic countries, the Baltic countries, Germany, France and Great Britain.

Heinonen advised VMP Plc as it changed its name and brand to Eezy Plc, December 2019

Heinonen & Co assisted VMP Plc when its company name was changed to Eezy Plc and their brand from VMP to EEZY. The matter is significant because it included, inter alia, planning of name and brand protection schedule supporting the company’s strategic decisions, demanding brand clearance investigation and protection of the new brand, as well as an extensive brand and company name change for a publicly listed company with a complex organizational structure while also taking into account cross-border issues and name changes in its subsidiaries. Eezy Plc is a Finnish HR services company, established in 1988, with a comprehensive offering of staffing, recruiting and organizational development, and self-employment services. Due to its diverse services, Eezy Plc is a significant actor in the Finnish labour market. Approximately 30,000 people are employed through Eezy Plc every year.

Finelc Oy - Switched mode converters and method for converting energy, November 2019

Finelc Oy is our patent prosecution client, for example, in the field of power electronics for portable devices. The inventions are targeted at switched mode converters that have extremely high efficiencies in the conversion of electric power to suitable form for specific devices, meaning that power conversion losses are consequently extremely low. This is thus an environment-friendly solution due to the electricity saved. The solution is ecological and contributes for its part extensively to saving the climate through widespread use by an international population. We have advised Finelc in building an internationally significant portfolio of granted patents for the protection of the inventions in numerous countries, using patents as business promotion elements in an ongoing process.

We advised POP Pankki in the acquisition of a new core banking system and the sale of Samlink’s shares, January 2019 

We acted as the POP Pankki group’s legal advisor in its acquisition of a new core banking system and the related sale of the Samlink shareholding. The T24 software by Temenos was selected as the new system. The US-based company Cognizant, which is one of the world’s leading digital service providers, will purchase Samlink’s shares and is responsible for the system delivery.

The system delivery contract was signed on 23 January 2019. As a part of the arrangement, Cognizant will purchase 100 per cent of Samlink's shares. The share transaction still requires the approval of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland and a review by the Financial Supervisory Authorities of Finland and Sweden.

The parties involved in the overall arrangement, POP Pankki, Oma Säästöpankki and the the Savings Banks Group, are implementing this modernisation of their core banking systems in cooperation, with the aim of efficiently improving their digital services. 

The system project supports POP Pankki’s strategic aim of responding to the major changes in the financial sector as well as to customer expectations by developing its services and customer experiences through digitalisation.

We are in close co-operation with the KARSA Oy as a patent agent in advising and assisting in their IPR-matters, October 2018

We are in close co-operation with the KARSA Oy as a patent agent in advising and assisting in their IPR-matters and protecting their innovation in the field of aviation safety, for example, a practical application of their unique scientific ion detection techniques. In techniques invented by KARSA, samples are collected for a mass spectrometry analysis by their unique devices so that even ELVOCs (Extremely Low Volatile Organic Compounds) can be detected. Concentrations even to one part per quadrillion can be revealed, concerning practically any substances down to trace level or beyond, so that illicit substances are caught, irrespectively weather they were containing explosives, gaseous species, narcotics, or any other substances that may be harmful to individual or crowds.

Eversheds Sutherland advises the Natural Resources Institute Finland in its patent prosecution matters, October 2018

Natural Resources Institute Finland is a public body established by law in 1.1.2015 for the sustainable use of natural resource. The Institute operates under the ministry of Agriculture and Forest. We advise the Natural Resources Institute Finland in its patent prosecution matters, including, inter alia, drafting and prosecuting patent applications, communicating with patent office as well as preparing patentability reports, in the area of various technologies.

Eversheds Sutherland advises the Natural Resources Institute Finland in its patent prosecution matters, October 2018

Natural Resources Institute Finland is a public body established by law in 1.1.2015 for the sustainable use of natural resource. The Institute operates under the ministry of Agriculture and Forest. We advise the Natural Resources Institute Finland in its patent prosecution matters, including, inter alia, drafting and prosecuting patent applications, communicating with patent office as well as preparing patentability reports, in the area of various technologies.

Urho Tuominen Oy’s trademark matters and opposition proceedings against  trademark application UTU of the University of Turku, October 2018

We represent Urho Tuominen Oy in the Company’s trademark matters (their trademark portfolio is in our care). We also advised Urho Tuominen Oy in opposition proceedings against the Community trademark UTU of the University of Turku and defended thus Urho Tuominen’s earlier exclusive right to the symbol UTU.  The matter was resolved amicably in a manner satisfactory to both parties.

We assist Engemma Oy in IPR and licensing matters, September 2018

We are in close co-operation with the Engemma Oy, as a patent agent in advising and assisting in their IPR-matters and protecting their jewelry evaluation and recognition techniques with an on-line certification facility. The Engemma-techniques scans the jewelry items so that the unique features of the jewels can be associated to the identity of a piece of jewelry being certified on-line, independently on the global position of the party requesting the certification. In addition to the patent prosecution matters, we have advised Engemma Oy in various legal aspects and especially in matters related to IPR and licensing. Engemma Oy is a Finnish start up-company specializing in jewelry characterization and certification on-line.

Heinonen & Co advises Icare Finland Oy in its IPR prosecution matters, September 2018

Heinonen & Co advises the Finnish health technology company Icare Finland Oy, a subsidiary of Revenio Group Corporation, in intellectual property matters and especially in the patent prosecution matters. Icare Finland Oy is an advanced health technology company based in Vantaa, Finland. Company is a part of Revenio Group Corporation, a public company listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange. Icare Finland Oy develops, manufactures and sells Icare® tonometer, which has obtained worldwide official clearances (CE, US FDA, CFDA etc.) and tens of thousands of satisfied users in over 75 countries.

Eversheds Sutherland advises Icare Finland Oy in its IPR enforcement matters, September 2018

Eversheds Sutherland advises the Finnish health technology company Icare Finland Oy, a subsidiary of the publicly listed company Revenio Group Corporation, in intellectual property matters and especially in the enforcement of its IPRs globally against infringers and counterfeiters. Icare Finland Oy is an advanced health technology company based in Vantaa, Finland.

We successfully represented Asoasunnot Uusimaa Oy in a trade name dispute, May 2018

We successfully represented Asoasunnot Uusimaa Oy in the Market Court in a trade name dispute against Asuntosäätiön Asumisoikeus Oy. Counterparty claimed that the auxiliary trade name “Yrjö ja Hanna ASO-Kodit” infringed their auxiliary trade name “Asokodit”. The Market Court dismissed Asuntosäätiön Asumisoikeus Oy’s claims and confirmed that Asoasunnot Uusimaa Oy’s auxiliary trade name registration “Yrjö ja Hanna ASO-Kodit” is not cancelled and the use of expression “Yrjö ja Hanna ASO-kodit” (either in verbal form or as a logo) doesn’t infringe Asuntosäätiön Asumisoikeus Oy’s auxiliary trade name. The Market Court considered that the expression “asokoti” and its plural “asokodit” are terms regarding occupancy apartments and can be seen even as generic terms.

Heinonen has assisted Cryotech Nordic in building patent and trademark portfolios, November 2017

CRYOTECH NORDIC A.S. (CTN) has head quarters in Estonia, and R&D unit in Finland (Cryotech Finland Oy Ltd). CTN (www.cryotechnordic.com) is a market leader in the field of Cryotechnology and non-surgical aesthetic equipment. CTN's Cryocabin innovation allows for the whole body treatment at sub-zero temperatures. Heinonen has assisted CTN in building their patent and trademark portfolio (three patent families and several trademarks), and especially in protecting the company's Cryocabin-related core technology in Finland. Cryocabin-technology related Finnish patent No. 126899 (FLUID CIRCULATION SYSTEM FOR A CRYOCABIN ARRANGEMENT AND RELATED CRYOCABIN ARRANGEMENT) has been obtained in 2017. Patent applications in Europe and the USA are pending.

Heinonen & Co has successfully assisted in protecting Goodwiller’s core technology in Finland and Europe, November 2017

Goodwiller is a Finnish start-up company which has developed an easy-to-use, reliable and disposable test strip for detecting blood alcohol content from saliva (the ratio of alcohol in saliva to the blood alcohol content is 1:1). The test strip developed by Goodwiller functions on the so-called ON-OFF principle and shows whether a person is fit to drive. The test includes a built-in control zone which shows the user that the strip is in working order. Heinonen & Co have advised in compiling a patent and trademark portfolio relating to Goodwiller's test strip invention and have also successfully assisted in protecting Goodwiller’s core technology in Finland and Europe. Goodwiller's test strip was granted the FI126484 and EP2881471 patents in 2017 (Disposable test strip device for analyte detection in body liquid sample).

Heinonen & Co have advised Neurotar Oy in protecting the core technology relating to the apparatus by US and European patents, November 2017

Neurotar Oy is a Helsinki-based company specialising in in vivo brain imaging. The Mobile HomeCage® examination apparatus developed and manufactured by Neurotar has been sold globally. The apparatus makes possible microscopic imaging of the brain of a living and freely moving small animal, such as a mouse. Heinonen & Co have advised in protecting the core technology relating to the apparatus by US and European patents (Mobile platform arrangement) in 2013 (US8485133) and 2015 (EP2712500).

Heinonen has successfully advised Luteiden Torjunta Helle Oy in the protection of new inventions related to IoT technology and bed bug control, the brand and the core industrial design, October 2017

Luteiden Torjunta Helle Oy is a company which applies solely heat treatment as its pest control method against bed bugs. Luteiden Torjunta Helle has also developed a monitoring device for bed bug pest control, which enables IoT devices to network with each other and real-time remote monitoring of various locations. Heinonen has been advising the company on their intellectual property rights, including matters related to researching and obtaining patents, trademarks and design rights ever since the early days of the company.

Eversheds Sutherland successfully represented L-Fashion Group Oy in a domain name dispute, October 2017

Eversheds Sutherland successfully represented L-Fashion Group Oy in international Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings. A private party had registered and used the domain name rukkaforhandler.com in bad faith and in a manner which was liable to mislead consumers and make the domain name be confused with L-Fashion Group Oy’s official webstores and pages. The domain name had been registered through a Chinese registrar. In the decision handed down by the WIPO panel, the domain name was ordered to be transferred to L-Fashion Group Oy.

Heinonen helped protect Salusfin Oy’s essential IoT technology with patents, October 2017

Heinonen advised Salusfin Oy in determining the patentability of Salusfin Oy’s core technology. We have also been responsible for patenting Salusfin’s core technology related to home automation/IoT/geofencing. For example, a broad US patent has already been granted – particularly swiftly.

Heinonen has long taken care of Sensire’s IPR matters, October 2017

Heinonen has long been engaged in co-operation with the Finnish high technology company Sensire Ltd. Sensire Ltd. designs and implements solutions for temperature controlled logistics, and Heinonen has been taking care of all of their IP ever since 2007. Sensire’s technology, products and services are related especially to IoT, which involves a great deal of patentability and freedom to operate analysis as well as protection measures especially from the point of view of patents.

Eversheds Sutherland and Heinonen advised Berner Ltd., September 2017

Eversheds Sutherland and Heinonen & Co advised Berner Ltd., a family business established in 1883, in intellectual property matters and the protection of such reputed and well-known brands as Lasol, Nokian Jalkineet and LV. The story of the family enterprise Berner Ltd. started in 1883, and the product selection has since expanded from groceries to very famous international consumer and professional products. In 2016, the turnover of Berner Ltd. was EUR 314.4 million and its 546 employees were located not only in Finland but also in Sweden and the Baltic region in Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.

Eversheds Sutherland and Heinonen & Co advised Olvi Plc, September 2017

Eversheds Sutherland and Heinonen & Co advised the Finnish brewery and beverage company Olvi Plc in intellectual property matters and the protection of such reputed and well-known brands as OLVI, FIZZ, SANDELS and KEVYT OLO. Olvi Plc was established in 1878, and its turnover was approximately EUR 321.5 million in 2016. 
Olvi Plc has produced its beverages in Iisalmi ever since 1878. The company nowadays operates locally in Finland, Belarus and the Baltic countries.

Eversheds Attorneys Ltd.represented DT Trade Oy in a trademark dispute against Abloy Oy, June 2017

Eversheds Attorneys Ltd. successfully represented DT Trade Oy in the Market Court in a trademark dispute against Abloy Oy. In June 2017 the Supreme Court decided not to grant Abloy Oy leave to appeal, thus the decision made by the Market Court remains final.

The dispute was based on Abloy Oy’s patent and trademark rights. After Abloy Oy’s patent for the Exec locking system expired in March 2013, Abloy Oy no longer had the exclusive right to manufacturing keys compatible with Exec locks. In September 2013, DT Trade Oy introduced its own OVIA key, which was compatible with Abloy Oy’s Exec locking system.
Abloy Oy claimed that DT Trade Oy’s OVIA keys infringe Abloy Oy’s 3D trademarks for Exec keys. Abloy Oy also claimed that DT Trade Oy’s marketing stating that OVIA keys are compatible with Abloy Oy’s Exec locks infringed Abloy Oy’s word trademarks ABLOY and EXEC.

The Market Court dismissed Abloy Oy’s claims and confirmed that DT Trade Oy’s OVIA keys are sufficiently different from Abloy Oy’s trademarks and, thus, do not infringe Abloy Oy’s 3D trademarks. The Market Court also confirmed that the references to compatibility with Exec locks in DT Trade Oy’s marketing did not violate trademark law but, on the contrary, were necessary for both retailers and consumers.

Located in Lahti, DT Trade Oy produces OVIA keys, which are compatible with Abloy Oy’s Exec locking system. OVIA keys are sold by over 100 retailers, and the number is constantly growing.

We advised Sasta Oy in a matter concerning alleged trademark infringement. May 2017

We advised Sasta Oy, a Finnish company established in 1969, in a matter concerning alleged trademark infringement. A German company MO Streetwear GmbH had sent a cease and desist letter alleging that our client was infringing their rights to a trademark MO. The matter was resolved amicably. Sasta Oy is a leading expert on hunting and hiking wear.

We successfully represented and advised our client Oscare Medical Oy, May 2017

We successfully represented and advised our client Oscare Medical Oy, which is Finnish health technology company manufacturing and selling e.g. handheld device for osteoporosis screening in several European and Middle-Eastern markets, against a newly incorporated UK-company Oscare Medical Ltd, which had registered an identical company name. The matter was resolved with the opposing party terminating its business name and signing an undertaking to respect the rights of our client. The matter involved complex cross-border enforcement of IPR rights.

We advised Gutsy Animations in negotiations concerning the production of new Moomin TV-series, February 2017

We were advising Gutsy Animations Oy in complex negotiations concerning the production of new animated Moomin TV-series. The Moomins were created by internationally known author and illustrator Tove Jansson and nowadays Moomin Characters holds the official Moomin copyrights and Bulls Presstjänst is the partner in licensing. In all, nine books, five picture books and 73 comic strips stories were published between 1945 - 1993 with the addition of numerous television series, films and even a theme park Moomin World. 

Heinonen & Co has advised Posti since the 1990s, October 2016

Heinonen & Co advises Posti Group Corporation, which provides postal, logistics and e-commerce services, and Posti Oy, which has provided universal postal services in Finland for several decades, in questions related to intellectual property rights. Posti Group Corporation and its subsidiary Posti Ltd and their predecessors have provided postal services and other related services and goods to Finnish consumers throughout their history spanning nearly 400 years. The companies and their trademarks have also become well known in Finland as a result of the very long-lasting and consistent use of commercial signs. Posti operates in a total of nine countries, managing the flow of commerce and everyday life with the help of 22 000 professionals.

Eversheds successfully represented Julius Sämann Ltd., the holder of WUNDER-BAUM trademarks, in the Market Court in a trademark dispute concerning the infringement of WUNDER-BAUM trademarks, June 2016

We successfully represented Julius Sämann Ltd. in the Market Court, prohibiting the respondents from infringing Julius Sämann Ltd.´s WUNDER-BAUM trademarks.

The Market Court confirmed that the WUNDER-BAUM word mark and the Tree-shaped figurative trademarks are well-known trademarks in Finland and that the respondents’ tree-shaped products and figures together with the name WUNDERBOY were confusingly similar to WUNDER-BAUM trademarks and, thus, infringed WUNDER-BAUM trademarks.

Eversheds' subsidiary Heinonen & Co successfully represented Halva Ltd. with their 3D trademark registration matters in the Supreme Administrative Court, July 2016

Eversheds’ subsidiary law firm, specialized in the protection of intellectual property, Heinonen & Co Oy successfully represented the traditional sweet producer, Halva Ltd., in registering the 3D trademark for the “lakumatto” (“liquorice mat”) product in the Supreme Administrative Court. “Lakumatto” has been produced since 1951 and it is one of the company’s first licorice products. The appearance of the “lakumatto” trademark is very well known amongst the Finnish target audience.

The Finnish Patent and Registration Office and the Market Court held that the “lakumatto” trademark was not ‘distinctive’ enough as required by the trademark legislation, and therefore could not be registered. However, the Supreme Administrative Court held that the trademark could be labelled as distinctive due to the market research and the decades of association between the product and the trademark. The matter was returned to the Finnish Patent and Registration Office in order to proceed with the trademark registration. 3D trademarks remain to be rare and there is only a little applicable case law in relation to them in Finland, which makes this Supreme Administrative Court decision particularly significant.

Eversheds advised the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in the Finland emoji project, July 2016

Eversheds advised the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland in adding Finland-themed emojis in the emoji selection of the Unicode Standard.

The Unicode Standard determines the way test is presented in software and in standards, and it is used by leading companies in the industry, such as Apple, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and countless of other operators. Accordingly, Unicode is used in several different operating systems, all web browsers and numerous other products. Emojis are becoming an increasingly popular new means of digital communication which enables more efficient expression of emotions in electronic messages.

Tapping into the popular and modern means of digital communication, the Finland emoji project of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs has been a success. The project has also been very widely noted internationally. The Finland emojis have met an extremely positive welcome in general, and the acceptance of some of them as official emojis would increase their use even more. Finland emojis can be downloaded from the Ministry's ThisisFINLAND page, the Google Play Store and the App Store. The Finland emoji project is part of country branding work aiming at systematically developing and increasing the recognition of Finland abroad.

Eversheds advised Baltic Sea Action Group in domain name matter, June 2016

Eversheds Attorneys Ltd. assisted the Baltic Sea Action Group foundation (BSAG), focusing and specialising in restoring and safeguarding the Baltic Sea’s ecological balance, in the acquisition of the domain name bsag.org. The domain name bsag.org had been registered several years ago, and its ownership had changed a few times afterwards. We conducted negotiations with the owner of the domain name of the time on behalf of the Baltic Sea Action Group, enabling the inexpensive acquisition of the domain name bsag.org. The use of the domain name bsag.org will complement and contribute to the foundation’s operation and enable even more efficient increasing of awareness and dissemination of information related to the protection of the Baltic Sea.

We at Eversheds also find the non-profit Baltic Sea Action Group’s goals of protecting the Baltic Sea and the environment especially important, which is why we worked on a completely pro bono basis.

The Baltic Sea Action Group, officially called the Foundation for a Living Baltic Sea, is an independent, non-profit foundation founded in 2008. The foundation aims to support and promote environmental and social well-being as well as promote and preserve Finnish cultural heritage. The foundation’s role is also to create joints efforts to save the Baltic Sea. The foundation takes initiative and brings together different operators in several separate and parallel concrete projects with the aim of protecting the Baltic Sea. The Baltic Sea Action Group is an independent foundation, and it directs private sector know-how and resources to diverse measures taken all over the Baltic Sea region. The foundation’s “Baltic Sea Commitment Maker” logo is also known among those working in the field of environmental protection and protection of the Baltic Sea in all countries of the region.

Eversheds successfully represented F-Safety Oy in Market Court in design right dispute concerning Kuomiokoski Oy’s KUOMA winter boots, May 2016

Eversheds Attorneys Ltd. successfully represented the footwear wholesaler F-Safety Oy in a design right dispute in the Market Court.

Kuomiokoski Oy claimed that the children’s ANGRY BIRDS winter boots that F-Safety Oy has had manufactured infringe the design rights of Kuomiokoski Oy’s KUOMA footwear, demanding F-Safety Oy and its distributors to stop the infringement. F-Safety brought an action for a ‘negative declaration’ in the Market Court in order to clarify that its ANGRY BIRDS footwear does not infringe Kuomiokoski’s design rights.

The Market Court found that an informed user’s overall impression of the ANGRY BIRDS boots is different from that of the designs of Kuomiokoski Oy’s KUOMA boots. In doing so, the Market Court confirmed in accordance with Section 41(2) of the Finnish Registered Designs Act that the KUOMA design registrations of Kuomiokoski Oy did not form an obstacle to F-Safety Oy’s business activities and obligated Kuomiokoski Oy to pay F-Safety Oy’s legal and party costs in their entirety.

IP-Agency Finland Ltd, December 2015

Eversheds Attorneys Ltd. successfully represented the importing company IP-Agency Finland Oy and its several Finnish distributors against Wellmen Oy in a dispute concerning the infringement and cancellation of a design right. Wellmen Oy claimed that certain sporting articles infringe their registered design right and demanded the importer and distributors of corresponding products to cease infringing the rights.

The District Court of Helsinki found that Wellmen Oy’s design right had, in practice, been applied for the appearance of a product already manufactured by a Taiwanese factory without any own intellectual contribution. Only the trademark SELÄTIN had been added to the existing product. Thus, the design had not been created as Wellmen Oy claimed or as referred to in Finnish Registered Designs Act.

This being the case, the District Court of Helsinki cancelled Wellmen Oy’s design registration on the basis of the lack of novelty and individual character. The case outlines the legal interpretation of to what extent a previous design has to have become public in order for it to constitute an obstacle to a later registration of the design. The decision is final.

Eversheds successfully represented Osaühing Aldar Eesti in a trademark dispute, ALKO ./. SuPerAlko, December 2015

Eversheds Attorneys successfully represented Osaühing Aldar Eesti in a dispute concerning an alleged trademark infringement against Alko Oy. Alko Oy claimed that Osaühing Aldar Eesti’s SuPerAlko trademark infringes Alko Oy’s ALKO trademarks and trade name.

The District Court of Helsinki confirmed that Alko had lost its right to prohibit Osaühing Aldar Eesti from using its commercial signs including the word “alko”. Furthermore, the District Court confirmed that Osaühing Aldar Eesti’s trademark SuPerAlko is known among its Finnish target group.

Osaühing Aldar Eesti is a famous Estonian company which operates dozens of grocery and liquor stores all over Estonia. The company owns, for example, the Sadama Turg market hall as well as the SuPerAlko stores.

Eversheds Attorneys Ltd. successfully represented DT Trade Oy in the Market Court in a trademark dispute against Abloy Oy, June 2015

Eversheds Attorneys Ltd. successfully represented DT Trade Oy in the Market Court in a trademark dispute against Abloy Oy. The dispute was based on Abloy Oy's patent and trademark rights. After Abloy Oy’s patent for the Exec locking system expired in March 2013, Abloy Oy no longer had the exclusive right to manufacturing keys compatible with Exec locks. In September 2013, DT Trade Oy introduced its own OVIA key, which was compatible with Abloy Oy’s Exec locking system.

Abloy Oy has protected the appearance of its Exec key with trademark registrations. In addition, Abloy Oy is the holder of the word trademarks ABLOY and EXEC. 

Abloy Oy claimed that DT Trade Oy’s OVIA keys infringe Abloy Oy’s 3D trademarks. Abloy Oy also claimed that DT Trade Oy’s marketing stating that OVIA keys are compatible with Abloy Oy’s Exec locks infringed Abloy Oy's word trademarks. The Market Court dismissed Abloy Oy’s claims and confirmed that DT Trade Oy’s OVIA keys are sufficiently different from Abloy Oy’s trademarks and, thus, do not infringe Abloy Oy's 3D trademarks. The Market Court also confirmed that the references to compatibility with Exec locks in DT Trade Oy’s marketing did not violate trademark law but, on the contrary, were necessary for both retailers and consumers.

Moreover, during the procedure the Market Court dismissed two applications for preliminary injunction filed by Abloy Oy and obligated Abloy Oy to pay DT Trade Oy’s legal costs.

Located in Lahti, DT Trade Oy produces OVIA keys, which are compatible with Abloy Oy’s Exec locking system. OVIA keys are sold by over 100 retailers, and the number is constantly growing.

We successfully represented Rapala VMC Oyj in a dispute concerning exploitation of the goodwill, March 2015

We successfully represented Rapala VMC Plc against Konsaku Ltd and OPM International Ltd in the Market Court, prohibiting the unfair business practice of the opponents. The Market Court confirmed that the opponents had unfairly exploited the goodwill associated with Rapala VMC Plc and its known RAPALA UR-ice drills and that the opponents had misleadingly advertised its products, which were confusingly similar to Rapala VMC Plc’s products.

Arla Oy, invalidation of trademark registration VOIMARIINI, 2015

JB Eversheds has successfully represented Arla Oy against Valio Oy in a dispute concerning the invalidation of Valio Oy’s trademark registration for VOIMARIINI due to the non-use of the mark. In 2012, the Helsinki District Court found the trademark VOIMARIINI invalid since the trademark had not been used and there was no proper reason for its non-use. The Helsinki Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Helsinki District Court with its decision made in 2013. Valio Oy applied for leave to appeal, and in early 2015, the Supreme Court decided not to grant the leave to appeal. The decision of the Helsinki Court of Appeal will thus remain final. The parties have engaged in multiple disputes in various courts over their respective trademarks INGMARIINI, OIVARIINI and VOIMARIINI during the past decade.

JB Eversheds successfully represented Julius Tallberg Corporation and Julius Real Estate Corporation in a dispute concerning an infringement of a trade name, November 2014

JB Eversheds successfully represented the Julius Tallberg Corporation and Julius Tallberg-Kiinteistöt Plc against Oy Tallberg & Co in a dispute concerning an infringement of a trade name at the Helsinki Court of Appeal. In the oral appeal proceedings, the adverse party admitted the claim leading to full victory by the client reaffirming the decision of the Helsinki District Court.

The well-known The Tallberg Group has provided real estate investment, industrial wholesale and long-term equity investment services to Finnish industrial and commercial companies for 130 years.

JB Eversheds advises Vepsäläinen, since 2013

Attorneys JB Eversheds Ltd advises Vepsäläinen Ltd in matters concerning e.g. intellectual property rights, franchising, e-commerce and data protection.

Vepsäläinen which was founded in 1956 is a design furniture shop chain which operates nation-wide with over 20 stores in Finland. Vepsäläinen sells numerous well-known Finnish and European furniture brands.

JB Eversheds advises Robert’s Coffee, since 2012

Attorneys JB Eversheds Ltd advises Robert’s Coffee in matters concerning e.g. franchising and con-tract law.

Founded in 1987 Robert’s Coffee is a Finnish coffee roaster and café chain which has coffee shop in Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Turkey and Japan.

Fiskars Home, brand protection and defence, since 2003

We, together with our subsidiary Heinonen & Co, represent Fiskars Home in the brand protection and defence of the reputed IITTALA, ARABIA and HACKMAN trademarks.

JB Eversheds advises McDonalds, since the 1990s

Attorneys JB Eversheds Ltd advises McDonalds in matters concerning e.g. intellectual property rights and marketing law.

McDonalds is a one of the world’s largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants which operates in over 100 different countries worldwide.

JB Eversheds advises Kiinteistömaailma Oy

Attorneys JB Eversheds Ltd advises the real estate agency chain Kiinteistömaailma Oy in matters concerning e.g. intellectual property rights, franchising and data protection as well as real estate and construction law.

Kiinteistömaailma is a real estate agency chain operating nationwide with over 800 real estate professionals working in approximately 120 real estate agencies around Finland. 

JB Eversheds successfully represented Bunge Finland Oy

JB Eversheds successfully represented Bunge Finland Oy in disputes concerning the use of its trademark KEIJURIINI and the invalidation of Valio Oy´s trademark registration for RIINI in the Market Court. Bunge Finland Oy, a subsidiary of one of the world´s leading agribusiness and food companies Bunge Ltd, specialises in the margarine industry.

Technology provider, trade of intellectual property rights and licence arrangements, 2013

We assisted a Finnish technology provider in selling abroad the intellectual property rights of the technology of one of its main areas of business and associated licence arrangements.

Actor in construction industry, contracts concerning technological licences, ex-works delivery, software licences, 2013

We assisted a Finnish, internationally operating actor in the construction industry in matters concerning the arrangement of technological licences as well as ex-works delivery contracts and software licence contracts.

Technology provider, contracts related to arranging intellectual property rights, 2013

We assisted a Finnish technology provider in matters related to contracts governing the distribution of rights.

Industrial actor, outsourcing technological activities, 2013

We assisted a Finnish industrial actor in outsourcing a central technological function and all the related extensive service contracts.

Building product manufacturer, outsourcing ICT services, 2013

We assisted an international building product manufacturer in outsourcing their ICT services.

Orderer in wholesale business, cancelling IT service agreement and transferring services, 2013

We assisted an orderer in the wholesale business in negotiations concerning cancelling an IT service agreement, compensating for caused damages and transferring the services to a new provider.

Patent infringement dispute, 2013

We successfully represented our client in a patent infringement dispute. The patents-in-suit concerned technology in the wood processing and paper industry. The case was decided in the Court of Appeal in favour of our client and both the infringement claim and the claim for damages of several millions of euro were rejected.

Industrial actor, maintenance contract, 2013

We represented an internationally operating industrial actor in negotiating a maintenance contract related to its ERP system.

Importer, chain of hypermarkets and leading non-food retailer, design infringement and cancellation of design rights, 2013

We represent an importer, a chain of hypermarkets, and a leading non-food retailer in the Helsinki District Court over claimed design infringement and cancellation of design rights pertaining to sporting goods.

Beverage manufacturer and importer, 2013

We successfully represented a Finnish beverage manufacturer and importer at the Market Court in a case concerning alleged slavish imitation and parasitism of its pan-Nordic competitor’s smoothie product package.

Bakery company, trademark dispute, 2013

We represent a leading bakery company in a trademark dispute.

Global medical company, trademark cancellation, 2013

We represent a global medical company in the Helsinki District Court in a trademark cancellation case.

Agribusiness and food company, trademark dispute, 2013

We represent a leading agribusiness and food company against Valio Oy in a trademark dispute.

Consumer goods corporation, trademark dispute, 2013

We successfully represented a multinational consumer goods corporation as a lead counsel in a trademark dispute concerning laundry detergent in Latvia.

Several commercial and non-commercial actors, landmark dispute, 2013

We represent several commercial and non-commercial actors, including Martela Oyj and Vepsäläinen Oy, in a landmark dispute concerning the sale and marketing of design furniture replicas. The case involves questions of copyright, marketing and free movement of goods within the European Union and it has been widely noted in the Finnish press.

Itella Plc, trademark dispute, 2013

Our subsidiary Heinonen & Co successfully represented Itella Plc, the successor of the Finnish National Post Office, in a pan-European trademark dispute against Deutche Post AG in relation to the registration and use of the POST element in trademarks.

Estate of Jean Sibelius, brand protection and commercialization matters, 2013

We represent the Estate of Jean Sibelius in the worldwide brand protection and commercialization of the JEAN SIBELIUS trademark.

VTT, 2013

We successfully represented the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland’s interests in the pre-trial discovery phase of the lawsuit pending between Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC and Gevo, Inc. in the United States.

Adidas AG, trademark infringement, 2013

Juridia Bützow successfully represented adidas AG in a dispute concerning the infringement of its reputed ”three stripes” trademark against the Finnish importer of the WEST COAST shoe models with “four stripes”. Interlocutory injunction was granted in 2009 and the trademark infringement and injunction were granted by the Helsinki District Court in 2010 concerning part of the shoe models in the case in question. In 2012, the Helsinki Court of Appeal confirmed that all the shoe models in the case infringed adidas’ trademark rights and the appeal court also raised the amounts of ordered compensation and damages. The Supreme Court did not grant a leave to appeal to the importer.

Good Technology, patent infringement dispute, 2013

We successfully represented the US-based technology company Good Technology (previously Visto Corporation), the leader in secure enterprise mobility solutions, in Good Technology’s multi-jurisdictional patent infringement dispute against Danish company Excitor A/S. The patents-in-suit concerned the synchronisation of data in mobile devices. The case was successfully settled, and Excitor A/S agreed to a cash payment and a royalty-bearing license to certain of Good’s fundamental patents.

Arla Ingman Oy Ab, invalidation of trademark registration, 2013

Juridia Bützow successfully represented Arla Ingman Oy Ab against Valio Oy in the Helsinki Court of Appeal in a matter concerning the invalidation of Valio Oy’s trademark registration for VOIMARIINI due to the non-use of the mark. The Helsinki Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Helsinki District Court, according to which the trademark VOIMARIINI had not been used and there was no proper reason for its non-use. The parties have engaged in multiple disputes in various courts over their respective trademarks INGMARIINI and VOIMARIINI during the last decade.

Tallberg Group, trademark and company name dispute, 2013

Juridia Bützow successfully represented the Julius Tallberg Corporation and Julius Tallberg-Kiinteistöt Oyj against Oy Tallberg & Co at the Helsinki District Court in a dispute concerning the infringement of the trademark and company name rights to the name TALLBERG, which the Tallberg Group has been using for 130 years. The District Court ruled that the name TALLBERG has become established as the name of the services provided by the Tallberg Group and that Oy Tallberg & Co had infringed on the company name and trademark rights held by the Tallberg Group. Oy Tallberg & Co’s company name was revoked, and it was obligated to pay compensation to the Tallberg Group for the rights infringement in addition to being obligated to compensate the Tallberg Group for its legal costs.

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., infringement of Community design, 2012

We represented Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. in the Helsinki District Court in a dispute concerning the infringement of a Community design. The Finnish customs seized approximately 3,000 games consoles that were in transit to Russia. The legal issue to be resolved was whether the consoles could be considered to infringe Sony Computer’s Community design rights to the appearance of the famous PSP games console when the goods were only in transit through Finland.

Actor in service sector, dispute over system delivery project, 2012

We assisted a Finnish actor in the service sector in an extensive dispute concerning a system delivery project against a multinational provider of software and services. An amicable solution in the interest of the client was reached.

ICT service company, customer contracts, 2012

We revised and updated all the customer contracts of the main business sector of a reputed Finnish ICT service provider.

Procter & Gamble, good business practices and misleading advertising, 2012

We successfully represented Procter & Gamble, a multinational consumer goods corporation headquartered in the USA with over 80 billion dollars in revenue worldwide, in two different disputes in the Market Court concerning good business practices and misleading advertising. The cases concerned misleading and denigrating marketing claims used in connection with the marketing of diapers.

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Petteri Häkkänen, Partner

Tiina Ashorn, Partner