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Recognition for Kolster: Jani Kaulo and Tapio Äkräs ranked as IP Leaders 2021 in Finland


World Trademark Review and World IP Review published their anticipated annual handbooks of the world’s leading IP industry professionals. Special mentions were given to Kolster Partner Jani Kaulo and Partner and Director Tapio Äkräs for expertise in anti-counterfeiting and patenting, respectively.

World IP Review (WIPR) has chosen Kolster’s Partner and Director Tapio Äkräs and Partner Jani Kaulo among IP Leaders 2021 in Finland. The WIPR Leaders annual handbook ranks over 1,700 outstanding lawyers across patent, trademark, and copyright practices, who have shaped and influenced other and future IP practitioners.

 Furthermore, World Trademark Review (WTR) published the results of its annual WTR 1000 study of the world’s leading trademark industry professionals from over 80 countries. Jani Kaulo was individually commended by brand owners for his fight against counterfeiting and his expertise in crafting strategies for brands looking for growth in Asia.

 ”This recognition signifies brand owners’ trust in our abilities to defend their IP rights and operate in the current business environment, where trademark infringements are increasingly often executed, detected and fought online”, Jani Kaulo says.

 Services such as Kolster Market Watch and Customs Surveillance are highly esteemed by the brand owners, as a third of Forbes 100 brands have turned to Kolster with their trademark needs. One notable case won with Kaulo’s expertise is Schaeffler Technologies’ fight against the counterfeits trade. Since 2011, the case made its way up to the Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union, leading to a preliminary ruling significant to all national courts of EU member states.

”The ruling by the CJEU represents a significant victory for the European social order as a whole. The Union-wide ruling helps us in the fight against counterfeits trade and the organised crime and terrorism behind it.”

Kolster continues to be one of the world's leading IP experts in both enforcement and litigation and prosecution and strategy in Finland for the third year in a row.

 According to the WTR 1000 handbook,”One of the most venerable IP sets in Finland, Kolster is perfectly placed to cater to patrons with overseas interests; for example, dedicated Russia and China desks act as a gateway for rights holders keen to expand and set up new ventures or protect their rights on a wider stage.

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Jani Kaulo
Partner, European Trademark and Design Attorney, Licensed Legal Counsel
+358 40 637 5442

Tapio Äkräs
Partner, Director, Patents, European Patent Attorney
+358 20 137 0588