Tapio Äkräs

Tapio Äkräs

Associate Partner
Director, Patents
MSc, European Patent Attorney
+358 20 1370588

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“Protect the things that make you stand out from competition.”

As Director of Patents, Tapio Äkräs is responsible for patent operations, quality and process development at Kolster. He is a member of the Executive Management team.

Tapio has worked at Kolster since 1985. He has over 30 years of experience on the protection of innovations, defence of IP rights and patent disputes from hundreds of patent families and thousands of handled patent applications. Tapio is a recognised and trusted expert in hi-tech innovations. He understands the process to identify the core issue to be protected in complex innovations, condense it in a patent application and successfully obtain protection both in Finland and globally. Tapio has the answers for any questions related to patents.

IP expertise

  • All patenting issues, including
  • Patenting process from drafting the patent application to its granting and opposition matters
  • Patenting of technically challenging inventions
  • IP counselling and strategy: protection alternatives, courses of action, optimisation
  • Expert opinions on the scope of protection of patents
  • IP risk management, patent infringement evaluations
  • Cancelling competitor patents
  • IPR Due Diligence in corporate acquisitions
  • IP workshops and IP training

Technical expertise

  • Various hi-tech products in general
  • Electronics, power electronics, electrical engineering, RF and microwave technology, antennae
  • Information technology, software, digital data transmission and networks, Internet Protocol, firewalls
  • Cloud services, mobile applications, user interfaces
  • Communications systems, wireless networks, WiFi, IoT, RFID
  • Automation and control systems, process equipment, process routes, control room solutions
  • Integrated circuits and their production methods, hybrid circuits, sensor technology, MEMS, optics
  • Measuring technology
  • Medical technology

Client industries

  • Research and R&D institutions, universities
  • Telecommunications industry
  • Electronics industry
  • Automation and process control system suppliers
  • Process equipment industry
  • Measuring instruments
  • Electrical industry
  • Software industry
  • Network industry
  • Semiconductor industry
  • Medical instruments
  • Consumer goods

IP sector memberships

  • Association of Finnish Patent Attorneys
  • Finnish Association of Industrial Property Rights
  • Finnish AIPPI Group (Member of the Board 2009-2014)
  • epi - Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office