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Team Lead
“Always a fresh perspective!”
Sami Aromaa has worked with Kolster as an IP expert since 2004. He has broad expertise in the IP sector and is highly specialised in the patenting of applications in the fields of wireless data transmission, sensors and software inventions. This know-how is supplemented by experience in industrial automation and mechanical engineering inventions. Working as a patent attorney with inventions in different technical fields is enriching and opens new perspectives. As business models are often very diverse, wide-ranging experience gives an excellent foundation to providing better service for clients.



Team Lead
“IP is at the heart of the Board Discussion – most of the company value is created by innovations and brand”
Timo Helosuo, MSc (Econ.), MBA, has a notable international career of over 25 years with technology companies and multinational companies. He held an executive position at Nokia in the US and Finland, where his duties included the introduction of new products on the global consumer goods market and the active development of the mobile game ecosystem. Timo has worked as director of  management consultant services at the multinational consulting, technology and outsourcing services provider Accenture. Timo is actively involved in issues related to business between Europe and China. He is the representative for Finland at the EU–China Business Association EUCBA, Chairman of the  Finland–China Trade Association, and an active advisor for both European and Chinese companies and authorities in IP issues. Timo is a strong believer that innovations and their utilisation can benefit both individuals and the wider society. “Through creativity and innovations, we can solve the problems of today and build a better tomorrow.” In 2014, Timo was awarded the Fellowship of the British Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). Timo believes that most innovations are a result of interactions between people. Family and children are an important part of his life. Timo’s free time is often spent in shared family activities. Professional Memberships INTA Leadership Development Committee Finland–China Trade Association EU–China Business Association EUCBA The Strategic Management Society of Finland Directors’ Institute Finland DIF



Team Lead
“I want to help our clients build and utilise IP as an integral part of their business operations.”
Juhana Hietala is the Head of Sales and Marketing at Kolster and responsible for developing sales and customer service operations to meet future needs with more precision. He is a member of the Executive Management team. Juhana has multifaceted knowledge of the business activities of various types and sizes of customer service and consumer product companies, ranging from start-ups to large companies. Before joining Kolster in spring 2017, he has been heavily involved in several startup companies in the internet and games sector, accelerating the companies’ business along an international growth path. Juhana has years of experience in sales and marketing, business development, product management and using digitalisation in business and customer service development in particular. He is well-versed in the market entry strategies, internationalisation funding and partner networks of companies.



Team Lead
“Do not place the bar for patentability too high ? your competitor may pa-tent that which you left unprotected.”
Stefan Holmström has worked with patents since 1992. He is well-versed in the patenting of mechanical products and devices and equipment utilising automation. He has also worked with the pro-tection of inventions related to communications engineering, and has extensive experience in various patent evaluations, competitor monitoring, infringement statements, claim processes and court proceedings concerning patent rights.



Team Lead
“Everything starts with the needs of the client’s business.”
Ossi Huhtanen joined Kolster and the IP sector in 1994. He has accumulated experience and expertise in the searches, investigation and protection processes and oppositions and infringements related to a variety of applications in the fields of electrical and mechanical engineering. He also has diverse experience in the development of the IP processes of clients, such as IP strategies and practices and IP training. Ossi is a European Patent Attorney and he holds a MSc. in Electical Engineering.



Team Lead
“To me, the lawyer should be a sparring partner and an active developer of the client’s business, not someone who simply points out risks and throws around legal jargon.”
Sanna Häikiö provides assistance to our clients especially in the commercialisation and licensing of technologies and on issues of contract and corporate law. Sanna has an excellent eye for consulting companies on publicly financed research projects, e.g. by the EU or Tekes, and broad experience in the sale and licensing of technologies to international customers. Before joining Kolster, Sanna worked as Senior Legal Counsel at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. At VTT, her duties included a wide range of various tasks related to joint international research and its related assignments. Sanna has experience in negotiating demanding overall contracts and coordinating IP strategies. Sanna also has experience in spin-off companies, so she is familiar with the specific needs of both large and small technology companies. In addition to legal commissions, Sanna is a lecturer in IP and legal matters.



Team Lead
”A good IP strategy includes systematic creation of intellectual property rights as well as evaluating the competition and IP risks.”
Krister Karlsson has extensive technology expertise in the fields of organic chemistry, biochemistry and chemical processes, in-depth IP strategy know-how, as well as experience in IP disputes from the Market Court in Finland. Krister is experienced in evaluating IP activities as a whole and integrating the IP strategy into part of the business strategy. During his career, Krister has worked as a university researcher, patent attorney with Kolster (2005 to 2010), as well as an in-house patent attorney and IPR Manager in the oil refining industry. Before returning to Kolster in November 2018, he worked for three years as a technically qualified judge at the Market Court − in practice as a patent specialist in all appeal and dispute cases concerning patents and utility models in Finland. Krister’s experience in international dispute resolution in industry, and experience in a Finnish IP court have contributed to gaining insight on how and in which situations it is worthwhile to appeal against the decisions of the patent offices of Finland, Europe, or the United States, and what it takes to be successful in patent disputes.



Team Lead
"Our firm has always looked towards the future."
Kolster Oy Ab has been a family business since its establishment in 1874. Kim Kolster, who represents the fifth generation of the family, has been on the company's management team since 2007 and has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors since spring 2016. He has taken on the challenge of steering the company towards handover to the next generations. Internationality, continuity and acting as a pioneer in the IP industry have always formed the cornerstones of Kolster's operations – and will continue to do so.



Team Lead
“I am intrigued by the thought that a Finnish family-owned company can act as a global forerunner of the IP sector – and do it in a human-oriented way.”
From October 2020, Salla Lamberg leads Kolster's Global Paralegal Services. The international paralegal team provides IP expert services at all phases of the IPR process: from filing new applications, monitoring and management of application processes and related formalities to the granting and registration of IP rights. Salla joined Kolster in 2018 to advance and lead Kolster Business Program in active cooperation with the business units. This development work continues. Kolster has a number of ongoing and planned development projects, which relate to developing business operations and new services, customer relationship management, international growth, as well as utilising new technologies and digitalisation as part of the everyday work. Salla makes the potential of digitalisation a part of everyday life as well as concretises it, and develops new methods of operation, business culture and new business for Kolster. Salla has over 15 years of experience in project management and processes, systems, and business operations development in international companies such as Nokia and Outotec. Salla has also taken part in developing digital training services of the international MIF education organisation. As the business unit director, she was responsible for the open enrollment programs portfolio, and building business partnerships with leading education organisations. Salla has an international engineering degree in telecommunications as well as eMBA degree. Studies in technology and economics combined with industrial experience provides Salla with comprehensive insight from various viewpoints into how to develop business operations and organisations.



Team Lead
“Over the years, I have developed a good understanding of what kind of patent is commercially valuable.”
Kati Leinonen is an experienced patent professional who has been working on invention evaluation, patenting and licensing for ten years. Kati joined Kolster as a patent attorney in September 2018 after serving as a Senior IP Specialist with Nokia’s Patent Unit, where she specialised in managing the company's patent portfolio, supporting and growing the patent licensing business, and the quality control of new patent applications. She spent the early years of her career in the product development of mobile phone operating systems. Since 2008, she has worked in various IP roles, as both a patent engineer and IP specialist. In addition, she has experience of working as a patent engineer for the gaming company, Rovio. Kati has broad-ranging expertise in patenting, from identifying inventions and managing the patenting process to the defence and licensing of patents. She has plenty of experience in cooperating with licensing and litigation attorneys, which has provided Kati with a valuable perspective on the drafting of patent applications and assessing what kinds of patents provide a good basis for pursuing a licensing business.



Team Lead
“A prosperous Finland needs new inventions!”
Ari Parta has protected technical solutions since 1997. He has broad technical expertise in electrical engineering components, particularly power electronics applications, electric motor control and lighting engineering. Ari is also familiar with the mechanical structures of electrical components and lighting solutions. In addition to applications for protection, Ari is experienced in opposition and appeal cases both in Finland and the EPO. Ari is proficient in scope of protection analyses and infringement statements.



Team Lead
“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.



“It felt great to return to Kolster to work in a community of experienced professionals. Together we can offer our customers the best possible expertise.”
  Marika Aartio has worked in the IP sector and in Kolster from 2002 to 2016 and returned to strengthen our team in autumn 2021. She has solid and versatile experience in administrative tasks in national, European and international patent applications from the initiation of applications to the granting of patents. Marika is also familiar with the processes of trademark applications.  
  All process stages of Finnish, national, European and international patent applications Country-specific practices and requirements in patent applications European patent validations Processes of trademark applications  


“Communicating with clients, handling diverse work tasks and learning about innovations in the field keeps me sharp and motivated.”
Raili Ahokas has worked as an patent assistant since 1985. She has extensive experience in the formalities and administration of all stages of the patenting process. She is primarily responsible for the initiation and processing of EP and PCT applications and holds the sector’s latest information on their formalities. Raili also manages the international application process for national applications. Ask Raili for advice on all matters related to the formalities of patent applications.
Finnish, national, EP and PCT application processes Country-specific practices and requirements in patent applications EP validations Transfers of rights in EP and PCT patent applications


“Expertise through experience.”
Harri Antila has almost 30 years of experience as a patent agent. As a result of his long and varied experience in the IP sector and extensive technical proficiency, Harri is able to provide his clients with cost-efficient and knowledgeable service that takes into account the business strategy viewpoint. Harri has excellent insight to the IP issues faced by startup companies and SMEs and can help protect their special know-how in ways that best serve their business goals in international operations. Harri is the founder of Kolster’s Oulu unit, which was established in 1990. Over the course of his career, he has acted as a sparring partner in IP matters for hundreds of companies in Northern Finland.
Patents and utility models Novelty and patentability searches, assessments of freedom to operate (FTO) Patenting process from identifying the invention to preparing the patent application and patent granting Oppositions Competitor monitoring Organising employee invention matters Expert opinions on the scope of protection of patents Patent infringement evaluations IP strategy and consulting Specialised in US, EP, CN and RU patenting Design rights Funding of innovation projects (incl. Innovation voucher)
Mechanical engineering and equipment technology Construction engineering Measuring technology, RF technology, electronics, automation technology Environmental technology Medical technology
epi – Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office Association of Finnish Patent Attorneys
Automotive Communications and media Consumer goods Energy Oil & gas Paper and forest industry Freight and logistics Health care High tech Industrial equipment Software Natural resources Pharmaceuticals & medical products Electric measurement technology Utilities / cleantech Telecommunications
Client comment: ”For Pertti, a meeting of a few hours is enough to deliver a ready proposal. Other agencies might want to develop everything and then present some totally indecipherable document. I don’t know anyone with a better grasp on things than him.”
Pertti Brockman has experience in the patent sector since 1993. He is specialised in telecommunications, software and electronics. He has drafted some 450 patent applications in a variety of technical fields, such as wired and wireless telecommunications and their related terminal devices and network infrastructure, as well as software inventions and Internet applications. His expertise also includes radio interfaces, user interfaces, antennas, network analysers, medical applications, sensors, measurement systems, the Internet of things and mechanical engineering. He handles applications in several countries and patent offices, including Finland, the EPO, the US, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Canada, Russia, South Africa and India. Before his career in the IP sector, Pertti worked as a research engineer in the telecommunications industry, focusing on telecommunications systems and digital radio links. His research produced two patent families.
Patenting process from drafting the patent application to its granting and opposition matters Novelty and preliminary searches Employee inventions: evaluation of invention reports Identifying inventions and “sparring” Guidance on international protection Expert opinions on the scope of protection of patents IP strategy and consulting
Telecommunications and information technology Software, user interfaces Electronics, electrical engineering, measuring technology
epi – Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office Association of Finnish Patent Attorneys
Communications and media Consumer goods Financial services ICT Life sciences Media and entertainment Paper and forest industry Health care High tech Industrial equipment Pharmaceuticals & medical products Telecommunications
“Think globally and act locally."
Xianglan Cui joined Kolster in 2021. She organizes and coordinates office administration and procedures, in order to ensure organizational effectiveness and safety. She is functioning the China Office through a range of administrative, financial, and support marketing work. 



”Let’s work together to find the solutions!"
Gudrun Dromberg is a business-driven, practical and solution-oriented human resources professional with long experience in both operative and strategic personnel manager duties. Gudrun Dromberg has worked with Kolster in various duties since 1998 and has been involved in influencing a variety of change processes. Ask Gudrun about: HR processes Recruitment Development of expertise Employment matters Occupational health and welfare Would you like a front-row seat to the IP sector and see the future of innovations and brands? If you are interested in developing as an IP sector professional, send us your free format application. We are always on the lookout for the best IP sector talents to join our team, and your competence profile may very well match our needs. You can send your open application to address rekry@kolster.fi.



“The interesting part of my work is the multi-stage patenting process that requires one to be always up to speed with the changing rules of the EPO.”
Merja Ekström has over 20 years of experience in handling European patent applications from their initiation to granting and in the validation of granted patents. She is also well-versed in novelty searches and time limits of patent applications filed directly to national offices. Merja is currently expanding her field to PCT applications. Right now, she works with the electrical engineering unit.
European patent applications European patent validations Transfers of rights in European patent applications Novelty searches Initiation of international patent applications


"I love the varied work in Patent Law − there is always something new to learn."
Bettina Exner has over 20 years of experience in handling administrative tasks for national, European and international patent applications from their initiation to granting, and in the validation of European granted patents. Before joining Kolster's patent team and our Munich office in summer 2020, Bettina worked for different German patent law firms and in the biotechnological industry. Her working languages ​​are German and English.
European patent applications and validations International patent applications Trademark applications IP portfolio management tools Communication with clients and international patent agents Administrative tasks


“My motto is: Provide the kind of service you would yourself want to receive.”
Monica Gräsbeck has experience in the IP sector since 2000. She has worked as an IP assistant for patents and has trained herself as an IP professional with extensive knowledge of the sector. Monica is highly proficient in managing patenting processes. Ask Monica for advice on all process stages and special requirements of patent applications filed in Finland. Monica is fluent in Swedish, Finnish and English.
Filing patent applications to the Finnish patent office European patents Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPC) International PCT patent applications Domestic PCT patent applications Utility model applications Translation coordination


"Be insightful in what clients need and why."
Bobby Gui Junjie has joined Kolster with new Shanghai office established in 2021 as the Business Development Manager. In his role he will focus on IPR market to provide services and business development activities to increase the brand awareness among Kolster’s Partner Network and map the business opportunities based on growth plan in China. Bobby has more than 10 years’ sales & account management experiences by working within different industries to handle B2B client business needs with long term relationship building. He’s with dynamic personality while being an excellent team player as well. Bobby is passionate with IPR market and his goal is to be an innovative, creative and interactive business developer with insightful perspective to understand what clients want and why along with providing holistic solutions and build strong partnership relationship between Kolster and the clients. During his free time, he likes to travel or attend social benefit activities. He always believes: “When you travel far enough, you will meet yourself”



“Trademarks are close to my heart.”
Trademarks have been an inseparable part of Barbro Heikkinen's work since 1990. She is part of the trademark team and manages a wide range of trademark assistant tasks. Assignments related to the management of trademark registrations form a central part of her duties. Barbro is fluent in Swedish, Finnish and English.
Correspondence with domestic and international clients, trademark offices and international partners Reporting and invoicing Preliminary evaluation of trademarks Trademark watch Management of trademark registrations: renewals, changes of owner, transfers, licences, rights of lien.


“SaaS and cloud solutions are an opportunity, not a threat.”
Jan Henriksson has worked with Kolster since 1997. He manages ICT functions and is responsible for coordinating ICT infrastructure in line with modern requirements as well as ensuring that personnel have access to up-to-date tools. Jani has broad expertise in the architecture of Microsoft Windows Server. He completed his first Microsoft certificate test in 2000. Jani also has extensive knowledge of network, data security and application matters. His daily activities involve issues related to TCP/IP, SaaS, Active Directory, Java, Objective-C and DNS. After his economics studies, Jani expanded his knowledge of the industry at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Helsinki. His long experience with corporate networks is supplemented by working with retro computers in his free time, a hobby that he has enjoyed for 30 years.



”In my work, I’m fascinated by variety, having a range of challenging tasks, and developing them.”
Ann Homström's long career in the IP sector began in 1991. She has served as an IP specialist and been in charge of IP processes – particularly during the official action and granting stage and in the payment of annual fees – on a global basis. Ask Ann for practical advice on issues such as various deadlines during the official action and granting phases.
Finnish and national patent application processes Monitoring and payment of patent applications and annual fees


“The best aspect of my work is the introduction of new elements to my expertise. I enjoy having my brain tickled from time to time with various inventions. The epiphany of understanding something with direct value to the client is one of the most rewarding aspects of my work.”
Marjut Honkasalo has wide-ranging experience in the IP sector since 1996. Her strongest areas of expertise include the protection of various telecommunications and software solutions. She also has experience from working as an in-house IP resource. Before her career as a patent attorney, Marjut worked with various product development duties in a company specialising in construction materials and expanded her expertise with full-time studies in telecommunications and software at the Helsinki University of Technology. Marjut follows the practices of various patent offices actively and seeks to influence the development of practices at the European Patent Office in her role as an epi delegate with the European Patent Practice Committee and the committee on special issues concerning software patenting. Marjut is also prepared for the introduction of the Unified Patent Court by completing a degree on patent court proceedings at Université Strasbourg III, which grants her the qualification to function as a representative at the Unified Patent Court.
Patenting process from drafting the patent application to its granting and opposition matters Evaluations of inventions Assessments of freedom to operate Expert opinions on the scope of protection of patents Patent infringement evaluations IP strategy and consulting Restoration of rights Presentations on patenting practices, particularly software patents
Telecommunications Information technology Mobile services Software-based solutions Construction engineering
Association of Finnish Patent Attorneys FICPI – International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys, Executive Committee Delegate for Finland Finnish Association of Industrial Property Rights epi – Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office: epi delegate, member of European Patent Praxis and ICT committees
Automotive Communications and media Consumer goods Financial services ICT Media and entertainment Public services High tech Industrial equipment Software Telecommunications
”The best reward for my work is a satisfied client.”
Riitta Huttunen has worked in the IP sector with the industry and agencies since 2002. She has wide-ranging experience in domestic and foreign patenting processes. Riitta is currently responsible for the initiation and processing of domestic and national patent and utility model applications within the electrical engineering unit. In addition, she manages the entire application process of certain clients in cooperation with agents. Communication with clients and international agents is an important part of her work.
Finnish, national, EP and PCT application processes Country-specific practices and requirements in patent applications


"I want to be involved in building good partnerships."
Jaana Jalovaara's main tasks in the sales and marketing team involve coordinating, maintaining and developing our international IP partner network to better serve our work with customers. Since its establishment in 1874, Kolster has built a unique and international network of partners. We want to maintain, renew and develop this network by deepening those partnerships, in particular, that provide the best added value for our customers. Jaana joined Kolster in 2009. She has previously been in charge of internal office support services, office supply and equipment purchases, and a range of service contracts for premises.



“A positive service attitude goes a long way.”
Paula Juntunen has had a long career in the IP sector since 1988. She has worked as an IP assistant for both patents and designs and has trained herself as an IP professional with extensive knowledge of the sector. Paula handles domestic and foreign patent and utility model applications through all stages of their processing from initiation to the granting of the patent. She also has experience in managing design rights. Ask Paula for advice on all matters related to formalities in patent applications.
All process stages of domestic patent and utility model applications Country-specific practices and requirements in patent applications Finnish patent and utility model applications Transfers of rights All process stages of domestic and European design applications Country-specific practices and requirements in designs


“My task is to make your life easy in the IP world.”
Kristiina Kaislisto has extensive experience in protecting and defending corporate brands since 1991. She has participated in a variety of activities and worked on many more, both in Finland and worldwide. Her long and diverse experience and understanding is a valuable asset in the management, development and utilisation of trademark portfolios. Ask Kristiina anything on the specialised topics related to trademarks, designs or the development of IP strategies. Kristiina has vast experience in the management of large-scale TM portfolios. Her specialisations also include international trademark systems, particularly EUTM and WIPO.
Protection of IP rights and their utilisation in business operations IPR Audit Consulting on the selection of business identifiers, searches and statements Trademark and design right applications Trademark oppositions, monitoring, annulment actions, appeals IP risk management, competitor monitoring Coordination and management of international trademark processes IPR In-house training

Association of Finnish Patent Attorneys Finnish Association of Industrial Property Rights FICPI – International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys
Automotive Biotechnology Chemistry Communications and media Consumer goods Energy Financial services ICT Life sciences Media and entertainment Oil & gas Paper and forest industry Public services Freight and logistics Health care High tech Industrial equipment Metals & mining Software Natural resources Pharmaceuticals & medical products Electric measurement technology Utilities / cleantech Telecommunications
“IP is worth using as means of business and not just for risk management ? IP is merchandise just like any other asset.”
The special know-how of Hannes Kankaanpää is related to software and the associated intellectual property rights, open source licensing, commercialising and licensing IP in many industry sectors, as well as IP valuation. In addition to licensing agreements, he has extensive experience in R&D, subcontracting, and data protection agreements, as well as public procurement. Hannes joined Kolster in October, 2018. Previously, he worked for over ten years as Senior IPR Officer and Legal Counsel at the IPR Management unit of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, where he was responsible for VTT’s software and software related IPR portfolio ? in particular software licensing, definition of IP policy, commercial negotiations, and pricing.
Software and the associated intellectual property rights Open source licenses Commercialising and licensing of IPRs R&D cooperation and the related legal issues Agreements IP valuation IP strategies Public procurement Employee inventions Data protection (GDPR) IP infringements, unfair competition

Finnish IT Law Association
Automotive Biotechnology Chemistry Communications and media Consumer goods Energy Financial services ICT Life sciences Media and entertainment Oil & gas Paper and forest industry Public services Freight and logistics Health care High tech Industrial equipment Software Natural resources Pharmaceuticals & medical products Electric measurement technology
“Towards a competitive edge.”
Heikki Karjalainen is an authorised patent attorney, who also works with the sales and marketing support, as well as coordination of patent validations. As a patent attorney since 1998, Heikki has been drawing up applications for the application areas of electronics and telecommunications. Familiar areas include service applications, multi-operator environments and positioning systems in the telecommunications sector. He has also protected innovations in the furniture sector and shipbuilding industry. Heikki has experience of evaluating patent validity and scope of protection, as well as providing infringement statements. He has also been an active lecturer on basic patent courses and subjects such as determining the strength and value of patents.
IP process optimisation: protection alternatives, courses of action and costs Employee inventions: evaluation of invention reports Patenting process: from drafting the patent application to its granting and opposition matters Intensive training tailored for businesses and communities Novelty and preliminary searches Ensuring freedom to operate Valuation of inventions and liens Judging for invention competitions and hackathons Commercialisation of inventions Sparring on sales and marketing
Electronics, circuit design, design of customised ASIC circuits Digital technology Space technology Communications engineering
Association of Finnish Patent Attorneys
ICT
“There is chemistry everywhere. I want to harness my expertise particularly for the protection and commercialisation of sustainable development, circular economy and cleantech innovations.”
Christoffer Karlsson has a broad experience in the protection and strategic evaluation of inventions from both chemical and mechanical areas of application as well as in resolving patent disputes. In his MSc studies he specialised in organic chemistry, and has been working with patenting and IPR development since 2002, both in industry and IP expert firms. During his long career as a patent attorney, Christoffer has successfully protected a wide range of innovations in the many areas of application in the pharmaceutical, food, chemical, paper, construction and cleantech industries. He can be described as a chemist who is equally familiar with organic and inorganic chemistry, but also technical equipment, systems and mechanical inventions. Sustainability, cleantech and the circular economy are areas of technology that are particularly close to him, and require a high level of expertise in the chemical sector. In addition to the drafting of patent applications, Christoffer has extensive experience in various expert opinions, such as freedom to operate, patent infringement, scope of protection analysis as well as opposition and appeal proceedings. He has also assisted litigators in patent disputes in the District Court and the Court of Appeal as a patent attorney. Prior to joining Kolster in November 2019, Karlsson worked in Sweden for a year and a half as a chief IP officer of a company that develops biofuels. Before that, he served as a patent attorney, partner, deputy managing director and board member at a Finnish IP expert firm for over sixteen years.
Analysing and evaluating of inventions, novelty searches Patenting process from drafting the patent or utility model application to its granting in Finland, Europe and international markets Opposition and appeal proceedings Assisting litigators in patent disputes Patent infringement and scope of protection analysis, expert opinions Competitor monitoring and freedom to operate surveys IP strategies and IP portfolio management Supplementary protection certificates for medicinal products (SCP) Employee inventions
Organic and inorganic chemistry Sustainable development, cleantech, circular economy Medicinal chemistry Food chemistry DNA sequences Mechanics Paper pulp manufacturing equipment and systems Biofuels

Chemistry Energy Life sciences Oil & gas Paper and forest industry Health care High tech Natural resources Pharmaceuticals & medical products Utilities / cleantech
“No matter the industry, Karppinen will turn it into an application!”
Arto Karppinen has worked as a patent agent since 1995. He has truly diverse expertise in the field, and his specialities include optics, electronics and optoelectronics. In addition to solutions for optical instruments, Arto is the person to turn to on the structures and materials of optical and optoelectrical semiconductor components and their technical applications. Thanks to his wide range of expertise, Arto also has extensive understanding of measuring technology, including paper and paper mass measurements in the paper industry, physiological measurements and distance measuring. In addition to optical measurements, he is experienced with microwave technology and acoustic measurements. Arto is also well-versed in communications technology, the testing of electronic devices, digital image processing and technological solutions related to superconductors and cryogenic temperatures. Arto also understands mechanical engineering.
Patent and utility model application processes globally from their drafting to the granting of the patent Oppositions and appeals Various surveys related to e.g. novelty searches and the freedom to operate Assessments and statements on scope of protection and infringements IP consulting
Optics Electronics Process engineering Communications engineering Measuring technology
epi – Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office Association of Finnish Patent Attorneys
Communications and media Consumer goods ICT Life sciences Paper and forest industry Freight and logistics Health care High tech Industrial equipment Electric measurement technology Utilities / cleantech Telecommunications
"Well-managed financial processes are part of business quality."
Senior Business Controller Minna Kauppinen coordinates Kolster's financial operations. In addition, she is responsible for accounting, financial planning and monitoring processes, and the related systems and tools. Her responsibilities also include the financial management of Kolster Group's international business. Minna has extensive experience in financial management roles in a variety of operating environments and organisations.



“Multi-talented and well-versed in the complexities of trademark management, with a client industry background.”
Hilkka Kerminen has worked in the IP sector since 1990. Over the course of her long career, she has gained strong practical know-how and expertise in handling a wide range of issues related to the registration, changing and renewal of trademarks throughout their life cycle. She is well-versed in EU trademarks, the international trademarks registration system, and country-specific practices. Her expertise also extends to domain names and their related international practices. Hilkka has had ten years of experience as an industrial property right assistant at an international food industry company before she joined Kolster as a trademark specialist in 1999.
Assisting in the selection of business identifiers (trademarks and domain names) All stage of the process for national trademark applications, EUTM applications, and trademarks applied from the international registration system. Product/service classifications in cooperation with clients; official actions and responses; oppositions Cost optimisation and forecasting for trademark applications Extensive knowledge of country-specific practices and requirements

Finnish Association of Industrial Property Rights
Automotive Biotechnology Chemistry Communications and media Consumer goods Energy Financial services ICT Life sciences Media and entertainment Oil & gas Paper and forest industry Public services Freight and logistics Health care High tech Industrial equipment Metals & mining Software Natural resources Pharmaceuticals & medical products Electric measurement technology Utilities / cleantech Telecommunications
“I strive to find new uses for inventions in order to obtain the broadest possible scope of protection for patents. This also makes it easier to commercialize the results of product development.”
Tapio Kinnunen’s strongest technological expertise involves various kinds of applications and innovations related to the Industrial Internet of Things, as well as industrial digitalization in general. Telecommunications and software engineering, cyber security, artificial intelligence, blockchain, virtual and augmented reality, time series databases, cloud and edge computing, as well as automation systems are familiar areas of technology to him through the IPR protection of new innovations, products and services.    Tapio has become a qualified patent professional by working as an in-house patent engineer in a global industrial company and by passing the Finnish patent attorney examination. Before joining Kolster in October 2019, he worked with product development and patenting in the electrical and automation industry. His experience in the protection decisions, IPR strategies and IPR portfolio management in a global industrial company has given him the ability to view patenting from the business perspective, when working with his clients. 
Technology protection: patents, utility models Application processes in Finland and abroad: office actions, responses Counselling: protection alternatives, courses of action, optimization Competitor monitoring, reports on freedom to operate Evaluation of inventions, novelty searches Patenting strategies, IPR portfolio management Employee invention processes Working as an in-house IPR expert
Communications engineering Software engineering Industrial Internet of Things Artificial intelligence Blockchain Virtual and augmented reality Databases Cybersecurity Automation systems Production environments Material physics Microelectronics Electromagnetics Embedded systems
Finnish Association for Corporate Patent Agents
Communications and media Financial services ICT High tech Industrial equipment Software Natural resources Electric measurement technology Telecommunications
"I ensure that the customer’s patent commissions are handled on time."
Minna Koivisto has worked as an IP assistant involved with patents since 2001 and has trained herself as a patents professional with extensive knowledge of the sector. Minna independently manages several patent process stages and is responsible for ensuring, for example, that all of the formalities are in good order when submitting applications to the patent office, or responding to its decisions or oppositions by competitors. Her daily work includes correspondence with domestic and foreign customers and agents, invoicing and the monitoring of deadlines.
All process stages of Finnish patent and utility model applications National and EP patent applications, the entire handling process


"It's great to be part of Kolster's expert team."
Marjo Korkeamäki has worked as an IP Assistant with Kolster since 1999. She manages all stages of the EP application process from the initiation of an application to the granting and validation of the patent. Marjo’s work also involves managing Finnish patent and utility model applications, as well as international patent applications.
European patent applications European patent validations International patent applications Initiation of Finnish patent and utility model applications Transfers of rights in European and international patent applications


“Leverage innovations and brands!”
Juha Kukkonen, LL.M., works as IPR Business Development Specialist in Kolster's Sales and Marketing team since October 2020. In his role he focuses on acquiring new customers, improving the commercialisation of intellectual property rights in SMEs, and strengthening Kolster’s customer service, especially in southwestern Finland. Juha graduated from the University of Turku in spring 2020. His advanced studies focused on trademarks, their similarity assessment in registrations and commercial markets, and the economic impact of trademarks in the EU internal market. In addition to his studies, he has extensive experience in sales and customer service roles dating back to 2011. He has also handled assignments related to corporate law and contracts. Juha wants to be a customer-oriented and straight-talking lawyer, IPR expert, and salesperson, who listens to the customers' needs and strives to find the best solutions and IPR experts for them from Kolster's extensive pool of experts. His interests lie in solving customer problems, developing the IPR-related aspects of business, and improving the commercialisation of IPR assets through contracts and licensing. He sees a lot of opportunities for SMEs in the commercial exploitation of trademarks. Juha’s goal is to help companies protect their innovations and then commercially leverage them. In addition, he is keen to take responsibility for preventing any "IPR loss" along on the way. "If an IPR portfolio has accumulated trademarks or other IP rights that no longer benefit one's own business, then licensing can be a good tool for business development. When resources are used efficiently, it is possible for a company to develop new innovations.”



”An analytical problem-solver with the experience and will to develop procedures.”
Johanna Kurjenmäki has worked with patents in the IP sector since 2002, and has experience from both an industrial operator and agency. She is familiar with patenting processes and their management internationally, from the invention report stage to procedures following the patent granting. Johanna also performs database searches and studies using both commercial and national patent databases. She has experience in the development of internal routines in patenting processes as well as in the implementation and management of IP information systems.
All stages of patent applications internationally Database searches, including status, patent family, name and class, competitor monitoring


"Intellectual property rights are an elegant combination of technological development with legal protection and economic value in business."
Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen specialises in electrical and mechanical applications in various industries. He has over 10 years of experience in IPR in electrical and telecommunication companies in Finland and the Netherlands. Before moving to Kolster in 2009, Veli-Matti had been working for nearly 10 years as a European patent and European trademark and design attorney in the patent and trademark sector. He has wide-ranging expertise in both technology and IPR. He also has extensive experience in patent disputes, court proceedings concerning patent rights and licence negotiations.
Patenting process from drafting the patent application to its granting and opposition matters Novelty searches, assessments of freedom to operate Patent disputes, patent court proceedings, licence negotiations IP strategy workshops & IP training, IP consulting
Electrical engineering, automation technology Mechanical engineering Communications engineering
epi – Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office Association of Finnish Patent Attorneys Finnish Association for Corporate Patent Agents Finnish Association of Industrial Property Rights
Automotive Consumer goods Energy Oil & gas Paper and forest industry Freight and logistics Health care High tech Industrial equipment Electric measurement technology Utilities / cleantech Telecommunications
“I always try to find the most effective way of working for both us and our customers! It is essential to provide clear options for customers, so that they can make decisions that are best suited for them.”
Service Team Manager Nina Laurila heads the Direct filing service team of Kolster's Global Paralegal Services from November 2020. Nina is an authorised Trademark and Design Attorney in Finland and a European Trademark and Design Attorney. She has worked both in industrial companies that own intellectual property rights and in patent and trademark firms during her career since 1989. This provides a good starting point for identifying the IPR needs of different companies and being able to provide them with the right types of services. Nina's mission is to develop the Direct filing operations and Kolster's paralegal services, which will lead to improvements also in our customers' business operations. Nina has experience in large international projects, both as a project leader and as a member. Prior to joining Kolster, she held an IP Counsel position at an international industrial group, where she was responsible for, among other things, the company's trademarks together with her German colleague. An example of a significant IPR portfolio management project was the transfer of approximately 30,000 patents within the group in the name of another group company in approximately 65 different countries – in cooperation with Kolster. Nina, who returned to Kolster and our Global Paralegal Services unit from an industrial group, has worked at Kolster on trademarks for the first eleven years of her career, and over the years, she has also become very familiar with patents and designs. A long career in intellectual property rights has brought strong professional expertise, and in addition to her work, Nina has also supplemented her business administration studies with studies in law. She has also acted as a member of the IPR Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and in the Trademark Contact Committee of the Finnish Patent and Registration Office Register (PRH). Nina likes to question old practices and enjoys developing new, more effective practices. Nina is inspired by the development of new services and truly listening to customers. “My professionalism is definitely an advantage, but my passion for process development also brings an added element to this. It is also important to have the courage to express views that the customer is not able to receive from other sources. Instead of vague responses, customers deserve concrete advice and alternative operating models. Our task is to act as an expert for the customer and provide answers when the customer needs them, or to even identify the customer's needs before the customer. I hope our team will convey to our customers the feeling that nothing is impossible for us!”
Trademark registrations and application management throughout the process Design right registrations and application management throughout the process Management of patent and utility model applications throughout the process Patent validations in Finland and abroad IP rights transfer and maintenance, IPR portfolio management Development of IPR processes IPR databases such as Patrawin, Dennemeyer, CPA Memotech, Anaqua


“Patent Pending – two words to keep your competitors in check. Applications are best filed as early as possible!”
As a patent attorney, Ville Lehtonen has gained strong and diverse experience in the protection of inventions in the fields of electric power engineering, power electronics, electronics and communications engineering both in Finland and abroad. He has prepared patent applications particularly for various solutions related to electric power production and the distribution and transmission of electricity, electric drives, wireless and wired communication network solutions and software and online applications. His strength is versatile and broad expertise in electrical engineering that combines excellent command of the fields of electric power engineering, electronics and communications engineering.
Technology protection: patents, utility models Application process management in Finland and internationally Novelty searches, patentability assessment Oppositions Expert opinions
Electric power engineering Power electronics Electronics Communications engineering
Association of Finnish Patent Attorneys
Automotive Consumer goods Energy Oil & gas Paper and forest industry Freight and logistics Health care High tech Industrial equipment Electric measurement technology Utilities / cleantech Telecommunications
"The icing on the cake of each day is the thanks given by the customer for fast work well done."
Lenita Lindroos has extensive experience of protecting intangible assets and patents, design rights and trademarks. She handles many phases of the application process independently and is responsible, for example, for ensuring that all formal and administrative requirements associated with applications are in place. Her main task is registering changes of IP right holders with various patent offices. Lenita has long experience as an in-house IP resource at customer companies, particularly in ensuring that the customer's patent portfolio is up to date.
IP rights transfers (patents, design rights, trademarks) Patent application process: national patents, European patents, international PCT applications Domestic and foreign design applications and registrations Cost estimates (patents, design rights) Rights maintenance & annual fee-related issues


“A good patent application is worth the investment. It is too late to improve the protection once an opposition or dispute is already pending.”
Antti Maaranen has experience in the IP sector since 2001. His core specialities include the protection of solutions related to electrical device assemblies and electrical networks. In addition to patents related to converters, electric machines and the physical composition of electrical installation equipment, Antti has protected solutions related to electrical device assemblies and the management and monitoring of electrical networks, as well as inventions related to the cooling and moisture management of electrical device assemblies. He also has experience in innovations in electricity production, from solar and wind power to traditional condensing and back-pressure power plants. What is common for many protected inventions in electrical engineering is the improvement of energy efficiency. Over the years, Antti has also protected innovations related to, for example, security printing, packaging and plastic moulding technology, as well as various mechanical devices and structures.
Patenting process from drafting the patent application to its granting and opposition matters Expert opinions on the scope of protection of patents Patent infringement evaluations
Electrical engineering Mechanical engineering
epi – Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office Association of Finnish Patent Attorneys
Automotive Consumer goods Energy Oil & gas Paper and forest industry Freight and logistics Health care High tech Industrial equipment Electric measurement technology Utilities / cleantech
“Trademarks are a fascinating and diverse field.”
Anette Mansour has experience in the IP sector since 1980. She has worked as an IP assistant in a wide range of matters related to trademark applications, preliminary searches, renewals and changes as well as anti-counterfeiting cases. She is trained through her work as an IP sector professional with extensive competence. She is particularly well-equipped to advise on matters related to Finnish trademarks and anti-counterfeiting.
All stages of the application process for trademarks in Finland and EU trademark applications Assisting IP lawyers in official actions, responses, oppositions, appeals, infringements and court proceedings related to trademarks Applications for action by national and EU customs authorities and extension requests Assisting IP lawyers in counterfeit infringements and customs surveillance cooperation


“I enjoy problem-solving.”
Rami Mansour is a technical solutions specialist and problem-solver. His main task area is the functionality of Kolster’s enterprise resource planning system (ERP) in order to ensure the uninterrupted handling of client commissions. He actively takes part in various IT development projects and in ensuring the functionality of interface boundaries between different software. Rami finds the solutions to technical problems with our IT tools and software interfaces. He also enjoys problem-solving on his free time in escape rooms.



"Independent work and problem solving are the best aspects of my job. A satisfied customer is the alpha and omega of what I do."
Minna Mikkola works in the chemistry unit, managing patent processing issues with a focus on the official action and acceptance phases. She is also well-versed in novelty searches and the time limits of foreign patent applications. Minna is deepening her expertise in PCT application processes. Her duties include monitoring deadlines, liaising with foreign patent agencies and offices, as well as reporting, invoicing and customer service. She has been with Kolster since 1997.
Application process management in Finland and other countries: official actions, approval, oppositions Novelty searches in national offices


“Important R&D projects deserve a sound IPR foundation.”
Simon Mügge has a strong patent expertise from the German IPR field as well as extensive specialized expertise in protecting innovations related to life sciences and chemistry innovations since 2007. Simon has extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting applications before the European Patent Office (EPO) and the German Patent and Trademark Office. In addition, he has special knowledge and experience in post-grant opposition and appeal proceedings. He has successfully represented his clients in both defensive and offensive roles in these challenging patent disputes and IP infringement cases between competing companies. Through his patent attorney career, Simon has broadly protected innovations in many applications in the life sciences and organic and inorganic chemistry. His patent clients include a wide range of start-ups and SMEs, as well as global corporations, universities and research institutes. He is well aware of the different IPR needs and strategies of the scientific world and companies of all sizes. The chemical, pharmaceutical, bio fuel, food and animal feed, detergent and cosmetics industries are examples of familiar client industries. Simon holds a doctorate in biochemistry from Bielefeld University, specializing in immunology. He has a strong scientific background and twelve years of experience as a patent attorney in Germany before transferring to Kolster in November 2019. Simon Mügge was awarded the Managing IP ‘Rising Star’ award in 2018 and 2019.
Analysing and evaluating of inventions, novelty searches Patenting process from drafting the patent application to its granting in Europe, German and international markets IP-strategies and patent lifecycle management, expert analyses on the scope of protection of patents, prior art assessments Opposition and appeal procedures in European patent office (EPO) and the German Patent and Trademark Office Monitoring competitors, freedom to operate analyses, patent landscapes IP conflict management, patent infringements and infringement statements, nullity actions Employee inventions
Life sciences, biotech, biochemistry Pharmaceuticals Vaccines, therapeutic antibodies, antibiotics Immunology, oncology, neurology Therapeutic and non-therapeutic methods Bio-catalyzed processes, fermentation processes Genetics, proteomics, transgenic plants, stem cells Analytic, diagnostic, and screening processes Probiotics Enzymes (food, detergents, bio-fuel production) Food chemistry, animal nutrition Customer care products, cosmetics Green technology Nanotechnology
epi – Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office Chamber of German Patent Attorneys (Patentanwaltskammer) FICPI – International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys
Biotechnology Chemistry Consumer goods Life sciences Public services Health care High tech Natural resources Pharmaceuticals & medical products Utilities / cleantech
“It is an honour to take on the responsibility for protecting important inventions – expensive product development must not be wasted.”
Erika Niemelä M.Sc. (Tech.) is a medical technology expert with a strongly interdisciplinary background. Her degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Oulu included studies in electrical engineering and information technology, physics, medicine, computer science, bioinformatics, and biology. Erika has also studied process engineering, mathematics, and chemical engineering at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Erika's particular areas of expertise include software development, signal processing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence methods. Prior to beginning her patenting career at Kolster in October 2020, Erika worked as a software engineer and machine learning systems developer in the product development team of a medical technology and software company. During this time, the start-up developed, patented, and launched to the global market a medical device software library. This technology can be used in EEG and patient monitor devices to interpret the electroencephalogram of intensive care patients and enhance treatment. Erika was also involved as an inventor in one of the further development innovations related to signal processing. In addition, she has experience in software testing for tablet computers and other electrical engineering tasks relating to electronics, and RFID devices. Erika is fascinated by the idea of ​​being involved in protecting and thus enabling innovations that improve the world and people's lives, in particular, to enter the global market. “I hope to be able to protect inventions in a wide range of industries and leverage my own strengths."
Technology protection: patents, utility models Application process management in Finland and internationally: official actions, responses
Medical technology Health sciences, wellbeing technology Information technology and software Signal processing Machine learning, artificial intelligence Physics Electrical engineering, electronics Process engineering Chemistry, biotechnology

Biotechnology Chemistry Communications and media ICT Life sciences Health care High tech Software Natural resources Electric measurement technology
“Be sure to contact the patent agent well in advance!” Asking is free of charge.”
Strategic IP counselling has been an integral part of the client commissions handled by Håkan Niemi since 1993. He is particularly well-versed in the protection of mechanical and product engineering inventions in a wide range of industries. Håkan also has strong experience in searches and assessments to ensure your company’s freedom to operate and investigate your competitors’ activities in order to stay a step ahead.  Håkan is an active IP trainer at both companies and educational institutions. He is the founder of Kolster’s branch offices at Vaasa (est. 1993) and Seinäjoki (est. 2006) and a key sparring partner in IP issues for companies in the Ostrobothnia and Southern Ostrobothnia regions.
Patenting process from drafting the patent application to its granting and opposition matters in Finland and abroad Counselling: protection alternatives, courses of action, optimisation General counselling on design rights and trademark protection issues Employee inventions: evaluation of invention reports, processing of employee inventions Expert opinions on the scope of protection of patents, scope of protection analyses, prior art assessments Novelty searches, patentability assessment Patent infringement evaluations, infringement statements IP competitor monitoring, assessments of freedom to operate (FTO) Competitor monitoring: oppositions, appeals, annulments IP strategy and consulting IP training
Construction management and economics, construction engineering Mechanical and product engineering applications Mechanical and electromechanical innovations
epi – Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office Association of Finnish Patent Attorneys Finnish Association of Industrial Property Rights FICPI – International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys
Automotive Consumer goods Paper and forest industry Public services High tech Metals & mining
"Another day when coming to work was a great idea! That’s what I say to myself almost every day, upon learning something new. The IP industry is fascinating, with hardly two days being the same."
Lotta Nyberg has had a long career in the IP sector, since 1986. She has worked as an IP assistant on trademarks and patents, and has trained herself as an IP professional with extensive knowledge of the sector. Lotta has comprehensive expertise on application processes associated with the various phases of Finnish patent applications and the validation, or bringing into force, of European patents (EP). Lotta's responsibilities have focused on EP validations since 2000.
Domestic patents and utility models filed with the Finnish office Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPC) applications filed with the Finnish Office Validation of European patents in Finland Formalities related to application processes


“In my work, I am fascinated by the fast pace of design protection, direct customer contacts, and the opportunity for a vantage point to the protection of new designs.”
Eva-Maria Packalén has experience in the IP sector since 1989. She has worked as an IP assistant for both patents, trademarks and designs, and has trained herself as an IP professional with extensive knowledge of the sector. Eva-Maria has wide-ranging skills in application processes and an excellent understanding of how various forms of protection compliment each other in diverse targets of application in the protection of innovations and new designs. Since 2013, the focus of her responsibilities has been on the protection of designs. Ask Eva-Maria for practical advice on all issues related the protection of designs, in particular.
All stages of the process for national design applications, community design applications, and designs applied from the international registration system Preliminary evaluation of designs, cost optimisation of design applications Country-specific practices and requirements for designs: photographs and illustrations Transfers of rights Assisting IP lawyers in infringement and opposition matters related to designs


“Diverse work tasks in the protection of the latest innovations are exciting, and I am able to constantly learn and develop my expertise. With the support of an efficient team, communication with clients as well as international agents and patent offices is fluent and effective.”
Päivi Pessala has worked in the IP sector and with Kolster between 1987–1996 in Helsinki and in Tampere since 2001. She has vast experience with IP issues in all process stages of domestic and foreign patent and utility model applications, from the initial research and application stages to official actions and responses and finally to the registration of protection and the management of rights. A versatile education in the field has deepened her extensive knowledge of the protection of technological innovations.
All process stages of patent and utility model applications in Finland and other countries Country-specific practices and requirements in applications Assisting patent agents in research, infringement and opposition matters in applications and registrations


“In the IP sector, I am able to combine my knowledge of technology and law to the benefit of the clients.”
Sini Petsalo assists our clients in all kinds of IP issues, especially related to patenting, trademarks, contracts, commercialisation of technology and licensing. Sini is also our local contact person in Kuopio, channelling Kolster’s entire supply of services to Eastern Finland. Before Kolster Sini worked in the legal field e.g. in district and administrative courts, and in the technical field e.g. at Fortum Oyj for nearly ten years.
Patenting process from drafting a patent application to grant, also opposition and infringement issues Searches (patents, trademarks) Trademark application process, oppositions, revocations, invalidations Contracts and IP commercialisation Legal proceedings Work against counterfeits and co-operation in customs surveillance issues
Energy and process technology Power plant and combustion technology Energy efficiency, process modelling Renewable energy sources Environmental technology Electric power engineering

Automotive Biotechnology Consumer goods Energy ICT Life sciences Media and entertainment Paper and forest industry Freight and logistics Health care High tech Industrial equipment Natural resources Electric measurement technology Utilities / cleantech
“Close cooperation with the client is the be-all and end-all.”
Kirsi-Marja Pitkänen began working at Kolster in 1989. Her specialisation is polymer chemistry. In this field, her patent commissions typically deal with oil industry products such as compositions of plastics, lubricants or fuels. She is also familiar with applications in the food and paper industries. Before her career as a patent agent, Kirsi-Marja Pitkänen put her chemistry studies to practical use at a position with a Swiss pharmaceutical company producing paper chemicals.
Patenting process from drafting the patent application to its granting and opposition matters in Finland and internationally: patents, oppositions, appeals, utility models Counselling: protection alternatives, courses of action, optimisation Employee inventions: evaluation of invention reports, processing of employee inventions Expert opinions on the scope of protection of patents, scope of protection analyses, prior art assessments Patent infringement evaluations, infringement statements IP strategy and consulting IP expert opinions to financers
Polymer chemistry Organic and inorganic chemistry Analytical chemistry Nanomaterials
epi – Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office Association of Finnish Patent Attorneys Finnish Association of Industrial Property Rights Finnish AIPPI Group – International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property
Chemistry Life sciences Oil & gas Paper and forest industry High tech Natural resources Pharmaceuticals & medical products
”Providing properly scaled services for businesses is particularly close to my heart; Finnish patent attorneys are conducting their own ‘campaign’ on behalf of Finnish industry around the world."
Timo Pykälä has had the privilege of working with some fine Finnish software and telecommunications companies and inventions for almost the last 30 years. He has a wealth of expertise in patenting inventions related to mobile phone networks and various software. As a patent attorney for Kolster since 1996, Timo has drawn up around 300 first filing patent applications, which have led to about 800 patents all over the world. In addition, as a specialist he has analysed around a hundred patents, assessing their validity, compliance with standards, patent infringements, licensing, and other business-relevant issues. Timo also has extensive experience of codes of conduct for employee inventions and their legal application, as well as IP due diligence statements and IP training. In 2000, Timo was the first Finn to pass the European Patent Office’s EQE Patent Attorney Exam. He passed all parts of the exam in the one attempt, setting the bar high for the patent attorneys who come after him. Timo’s reading tip for anyone interested in drawing up patent claims: John L. Landis: Mechanics of Patent Claim Drafting.
Patentability assessment Preparation and maintenance of a patent application up to the granting of a patent Designing a patenting strategy Scope of protection of patents Handling patent opposition IP due diligence All other duties of professional patent attorneys, such as analyses, statements, and training
Software engineering Wireless networks and terminals Network analysers Interfaces Medical data processing and the related hardware Heart rate monitors, sports watches Systems providing various services Sports applications Remote controls Antivirus software Electromechanical locks Online games Hunting dog tracking devices Video coding Indoor positioning Bank automation Ship control systems Cooling systems All kinds of other devices and systems that contain software, as well as simple mechanics
epi – Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office Association of Finnish Patent Attorneys
Communications and media Consumer goods Financial services ICT Life sciences Media and entertainment Public services Freight and logistics Health care High tech Software Pharmaceuticals & medical products Utilities / cleantech Telecommunications
"Protecting innovations is powerful storytelling"
M.Sc. (Materials Technology) Antti Pörhönen’s expertise include megallurgy, machine design, manufacturing processes of metals, metal processing and 3D printing, of which he has gained knowledge from his studies as well at work. In addition to his degree from Tampere University of Technology, Antti has completed studies at the Politecnico di Torino in Italy. Before joining the IPR-business and Kolster in May 2021, Antti worked with mechanical design of industrial electric motors as well as in research and development of 3D-printing processes for metals. He has also had the opportunity to experience the importance of IPR from an inventor’s point of view, which contributed to spark his interest in the field. In addition to the engineering work, different IPR support tasks had been a part of Antti’s responsibilities. “It has been fascinating to discover how important a role IPR issues can play in a company's business, even from the point of view of demonstrating the technological competence of the company.”  
Technology protection: patents, utility models Application process management in Finland and internationally: official actions, responses
Materials Technology Mechanical Engineering Metallurgy Production Technology 3D Printing

Consumer goods High tech Industrial equipment Electric measurement technology
“I have a strong calling for patent attorney work.”
Maaria Rantala, M.Sc. (Tech.), is an applied mathematician who has studied engineering physics, acoustics, sound processing and especially inverse mathematics, which is used, for example, to study soil, the atmosphere, celestial bodies and the human body. She also has extensive postgraduate studies at the University of Helsinki in mathematical modelling, digital image processing and machine learning. Prior to joining Kolster as Patent Agent in August 2020, Maaria worked as an R&D Scientist at a globally operating industrial company specialising in medical imaging for approximately 17 years. She is a research and product development professional with extensive experience in solving inverse problems, image processing and programming mathematical algorithms for use in technology. She has been involved in the development of new technologies and equipment innovations in medical imaging, including X-ray imaging. These are widely utilised in various industries and application areas, such as health care, materials research, quality control and security. Maaria has been fascinated by the patent industry since her student days, and she has studied the patent field alongside her work. She is included as an inventor in one granted patent. She has carried out many patent surveys and analysed patents that have already been granted from the perspective of freedom to operate and potential patent infringements. At Kolster, Maaria focuses on protecting our customers’ innovations extensively in the application areas of ICT and electrical engineering. “I speak the engineer language of product development, which is an advantage in patent work. I have learned to understand the difference between product development and patent protection perspectives, and I strive to bring these two perspectives together in a fruitful way.”
Technology protection: patents, utility models Application process management in Finland and internationally: official actions, responses Counselling: protection alternatives, courses of action and optimisation Patent analysis from the perspective of freedom to operate and IP infringements
Medical imaging Industrial imaging (quality control) Digital image processing Software engineering Artificial intelligence (AI) Acoustics and sound processing Digital signal processing Voice recognition

ICT Life sciences Media and entertainment Health care High tech Software Electric measurement technology
The rapidly changing patent regulations ensure constant on-the-job learning, and I am delighted to be able to instantly apply new teachings to practical work with clients.”
Minna Rantanen has worked with Kolster since 1998 and is specialised in foreign patent and utility model applications. Over the years, she has gained extensive experience in country-specific application practices. Ask Minna for advice on the time limits and formalities for applications filed outside Finland.
Initiation of foreign patent and utility model applications and country-specific practices


“In addition to the Tampere and Pirkanmaa regions, I travel flexibly within Central Finland and Savonia for client meetings.”
Reijo Rantanen has experience in the IP sector since 1999. His areas of expertise include, in particular, solutions related to wood and paper processing technology and energy production and distribution, as well as various automation equipment and systems, automatic control engineering and measuring technology, lifting equipment, transportation and logistics solutions and rock drilling equipment. Before joining Kolster, Reijo had several years of experience as a researcher and project manager with a research unit of an international electric power and automation technology company.
Patenting process from drafting the patent application to its granting in Finland and internationally Oppositions and appeals related to patents Novelty and preliminary searches and assessments of freedom to operate Expert opinions on the scope of protection of patents Patent infringement evaluations IP strategy Counselling and consulting
Electrical and mechanical engineering, automation technology Wood and paper processing technology Energy and electricity distribution technology Transportation technology and logistics Automatic control engineering, signal processing, automation
epi – Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office
Automotive Consumer goods Energy Paper and forest industry Public services Freight and logistics High tech Industrial equipment Electric measurement technology Utilities / cleantech
”The best reward for my work is a thankful client and a solved problem.”
During her long career since 1995, Tua Rehnberg has worked with a wide range of tasks related to patents. She has most experience in managing all stages of foreign patent applications, from official action, acceptance and granting to their maintenance, i.e. the management of yearly patent fees. She is also well-versed in managing the processes for European patent application from their initiation to granting and national validations, as well as the entire process for Finnish patent applications. Currently, her work focuses on the yearly fees of patent and design registration renewals. Tua will also advise on all matters related to the granting of patents and the management of patents and design registrations.
Finnish patent and utility model applications Acceptance and granting of foreign patent applications Yearly fees of patent applications and patents Design renewals and yearly fees Transfers of rights


"Long experience of industry helps patent attorneys to evaluate and protect inventions from the business perspective."
Pekka Ristikaarto's areas of expertise include various electromechanical solutions such as electronics product enclosures, cooling elements, cabling and connectors, and electronics manufacturing technology. Prior to joining the patent sector and Kolster in 2017, Pekka worked for around 15 years in international product development and maintenance projects in telecommunications. His duties included planning and consulting on the electromechanics of base-station products, and various project management tasks. Pekka has also served as a part-time tutor in technology in a University of Applied Sciences.
Technology protection: patents, utility models Application process management in Finland and internationally Counselling: protection alternatives, courses of action, optimisation Training
Mechanical engineering Industrial engineering Electronics; electromechanical solutions Electrical engineering

Automotive Consumer goods Energy Life sciences Oil & gas Freight and logistics Health care High tech Industrial equipment Metals & mining Software Pharmaceuticals & medical products Utilities / cleantech
"I want to clear my task list as quickly as possible."
Roni Robot has been training at Kolster since May 2018 his assignments. Roni's first task is to make delivery of incoming emails to Kolster to corresponding recipients as quick and efficient as possible.  Roni is very committed employee and with his permission he is working (almost) 24 hours every day  of the year. Roni is helping Kolster's customers also over the weekends and during holiday seasons.  Responsibilities incoming email classification and delivery to corresponding parties  invoice automation learning phase: wordcount and analysis of email attachments



“How can companies get more out of their innovations? It is interesting to evaluate patenting as part of a bigger picture, from a business perspective.”
Lassi Saarela, M.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering), joined Kolster’s team of patent attorneys in October 2020. His expertise includes machine design and manufacturing technologies, from conventional methods such as casting and CNC machining to the latest production technologies. New technologies such as 3D printing and laser cutting are Lassi’s areas of expertise and special interest. He also has a basic knowledge of programming, CAD design and the utilisation of 5G networks and the industrial internet (IoT) in the manufacturing industry. Besides technical expertise, Lassi has studies in production economics and, through it, the ability and interest to evaluate patenting as part of a bigger picture, from a business perspective. "I have a broad interest in new technologies and the evolving world – including how patents can be used to make a profit. I want to take an active role in this development in collaboration with clients.” Before his career with patents, Lassi has work experience in the industry alongside his studies over a period of eight years. He has worked in various positions in production, plant engineering maintenance and in production planning in the leading paint company in the Nordics. He has gained a good overall understanding of an industrial company’s production processes. In patent expertise, the bar is set high. Lassi is inquisitive and keen on learning new. Through his athletic hobbies, he is a competitive nature who wants to excel at his work. Lassi also has a skill few Finns possess: besides English, the standard working language of patent attorneys, he speaks fluent Polish. Thanks to his family background, he is well-versed in the culture of Central Europe and also speaks German.
Technology protection: patents, utility models Application process management in Finland and internationally: official actions, responses
Mechanical engineering Production technologies Production economics Internet of things (IoT) in the manufacturing industry

Automotive Consumer goods Public services High tech Industrial equipment Electric measurement technology
“I enjoy the diverse nature of my work.”
Tarja Saarikko has had a long career in the IP sector since 1988. She has worked with patents in IP assistant duties. Tarja has previously managed tasks related to the annual fees of patents and patent applications and assignments related to the granting stage of patents. Since 2012, her area of responsibility has included EPFI validations and their essential translation coordination. Tarja’s duties also include the filing of patent and utility model applications and PCT and SPC applications to the Finnish office.
EPFI validations Translation coordination Filing national patent and utility model applications, PCT and SPC applications to the Finnish office Annual fees


“I enjoy the diverse range of tasks and the fact that no two workdays are identical.”
Anne Salejärvi joined Kolster in 1991 and has had a long career in the IP sector with patent cases. She manages tasks related to Finnish, European and international patent applications. Anne also has prior experience in foreign patent applications. Anne works in the ICT/Mechanical unit.
International patent applications European patent applications European patent validations Initiation of Finnish patent and utility model applications Transfers of rights in European and international patent applications


“I find it fascinating how the IP sector challenges to a constant reorientation of your way of thinking.”
Minna Seppänen joined Kolster as a patent attorney in 2001. She is specialised in the patent protection of chemical industrial processes and telecommunications technology applications. Through assignments in the drafting and continued hearing of patent applications, Minna has gained understanding of a wide range of fields, such as petroleum refining, water treatment and metallurgy. In the ICT sector, her areas of expertise include network services, software-based solutions and mobile and wireless network technologies. She has handled patent applications in the application areas of information technology, mechanical engineering and bioinformatics, and performed various preliminary searches related to patenting. Before her career as a patent attorney, Minna has experience in research work, quality management systems and software development.
Patenting process from drafting the patent application to its granting and opposition matters. Technology protection: patents, utility models Application process management in Finland and internationally: official actions, responses Assessments of freedom to operate Counselling: protection alternatives, courses of action, optimisation Employee inventions: evaluation of invention reports IP consulting
Chemical technology, polymer technology, engineering chemistry Process engineering and materials technology Information technology, computer networks, embedded systems Telecommunications and mobile technology Bioinformatics
epi – Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office Association of Finnish Patent Attorneys
Biotechnology Chemistry Life sciences Oil & gas Paper and forest industry Health care Natural resources Utilities / cleantech
“Think globally and act locally."
Rachel Shen joined Kolster in 2018. She organizes and coordinates office administration and procedures, in order to ensure organizational effectiveness and safety. She is functioning the China Office through a range of administrative, financial, legal and also support marketing work.  She has extensive industrial experience across Banking, Financial Leasing, Asset Securitization, Intellectual Property and other legal businesses. She graduated from law school and received a law degree. Before joining Kolster China office as its first local employee in China, Rachel has worked in a state-owned bank and other financial institutions. On the basis of her job, she gained high professionalism toward transactions with complicated commercial and legal structures. The work experiences in Banking sector had equipped her with knowledge and skills to practice in other financial sectors. Rachel is well versed in the legal, regulatory and commercial environment relevant to Intellectual Property businesses in China. Her sensitivity to the culture differences relevant to cross-border business transactions involving Chinese parties makes her with unique understandings in pursuit of businesses in Chinese market.



"Swept up by the patenting maelstrom for almost 20 years."
Päivi Siltanen's career in the world of patents began in 2002, so she is familiar with a wide variety of patentable inventions from a range of distinctive customer industries. Päivi  takes care of all stages of the patenting process, from filing applications with the office to the granting of the patent. Much of her work involves communicating with customers and partners globally.
National and EP patent applications throughout the handling process Official action phase of European patenting


"Working fast and globally, with the customer’s interest at heart."
Marianna Sorsa has been working as an IP Assistant in the patent sector since 1999, which has provided her with a solid and versatile expertise of both domestic and foreign application processes. She has purposefully further strengthened her expertise, especially in the filing of national applications at patent offices in different countries and in special country-specific features. Her qualifications also support her international duties: Marianna has an M.A. degree and majored in German.
National patent and utility model applications The PCT and EP systems Filing patent applications Filing official action responses Due date monitoring Communication with clients and international agents


"I’m completely enthralled by the IP sector. Even after years of working in this field, you still feel there’s so much more to learn. In short, it’s challenging and fascinating!"
Kaisu Spets-Vainio has worked in the patent sector since 1995 as an IP assistant, and for many years also as Assistant Supervisor. She has solid and versatile experience of patent formalities and the issues involved in patent applications in general. Kaisu is well acquainted with all the phases of the application process, from filing the application all the way to application acceptance and the granting of the patent.
Patents and utility models Tasks related to the patenting process in Finland and abroad; filing of patent applications, reporting official actions, filing official action responses, tasks related to the acceptance phase, sending instructions to international agents The EP and PCT systems Deadline reminders Administrative tasks; reporting, electronic filing, invoicing Communication with clients and international agencies


"This job allows me to be at the very source of information, at the heart of customer relationships.”
As her main task, Päivi Suda is in charge of customer information, customer relationship management and new customer acquisition processes associated with our Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. She is also the main user and the public face of our IPR Control service for customers. Contact Päivi Suda if you want to update your business or contact information in our databases, or hear more about our free-of-charge IPR Control portal for the real-time management of your IP portfolio. Päivi joined Kolster in 2002. She served for several years as a patent assistant before moving to sales, marketing and customer support.
Main user of IPR Control Handling of Finnish patent applications European patent validations in Finland


"Nobody should be left to struggle with international challenges on their own. Can I help your business to expand into new markets?”
Kolster Russia Desk™ and Lidia Tuulas help our Finnish customers to expand into Russia and other CIS countries, where the language, culture and local practices pose additional challenges to efficient IP management. It is common knowledge that the road to successful business between Europe and Russia is paved with good personal relationships and communication. Kolster Russia Desk™ and Lidia also help growth-seeking Russian and CIS companies to enter the European market, protect their innovations and find new business opportunities and partnerships. Lidia has strong experience of bringing potential business partners together around the negotiating table. If necessary, she can also act as an interpreter in negotiations and meetings. Lidia's working languages include Russian and Finnish. Just get in touch! Lidia is also a financial management professional with extensive experience. At Kolster, she is responsible for key areas such as accounting and ledger, and is involved in developing financial management processes.



"In my role as a patent agent, I also wish to create better relationships between Finnish and Chinese companies."
Julia Urbanec is highly proficient in technology especially when it comes to materials science and processing, metals forming, and steels manufacturing technology. Before entering the patent sector and Kolster in January 2019, Julia worked as a researcher and PhD student at Aalto University. In her research and further studies, she familiarised herself with metallurgy, process modelling, and, in particular, mechanical properties, heat treatment, and testing of low-alloyed steels. Part of her materials science and engineering studies she has completed in the USA, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Julia also has work experience in product development in the steel industry, where one of her major projects was getting to know the patents relating to wear-resistant steel from the point of view of competitor monitoring and focusing the product development of the company. Julia was born in China and is thus well versed in Chinese. She came to Finland with her family at the early age of six.  If need be, she can also act as an interpreter for Finnish or Chinese companies that wish to protect their inventions in China or Europe and to start new business operations. At Kolster, Julia focuses on the protection of inventions both by our domestic and foreign clients in the various application areas of mechanics, in particular.
Technology protection: patents, utility models Application process management in Finland and internationally: official actions, responses
Materials science Materials processing and synthesis Mechanical properties of steel and manufacturing technology Heat treatment Metals forming

Automotive Consumer goods Oil & gas Paper and forest industry Public services Freight and logistics Health care High tech Industrial equipment
"In the IP sector, you come across something new almost every day, even after years of working in this field. Variety is the spice of life."
Terhi Uusi-Vähälä has been working in the patent business since 1995, her longest stretch being in the IP team of an international industrial company both in IP Administrator and IP Specialist roles. She has solid and extensive experience not only in patent formalities but also patentability searches, invention reports, matters relating to employee inventions, the issues involved in patent applications in general and trademarks.
Patents and utility models (and trademarks) Filing of FI, EP and PCT applications Tasks related to the patenting process in Finland and abroad (incl. EP, PCT, US and other countries); filing of patent applications and official action responses, tasks related to the acceptance phase Administrative tasks; reporting, electronic filing, invoicing Communication with clients and international agencies


”In my work, I enjoy learning about and exploring the latest inventions of very varied clients and analysing them from the perspective of patenting.”
Joni Vehmas has worked in the IP sector since November 2016, when he joined Kolster as patent agent. He has since amassed experience in drafting patent applications and managing application processes, particularly in relation to telecommunications technology and software inventions. Before joining Kolster, Joni worked as a post doc researcher at the Department of Radio Science and Technology at Aalto University, where he studied radio wave propagation in various urban environments. Joni holds an M.Sc (Eng.) in electrical engineering from Aalto University with a major in radio science and minoring in electromagnetics, and a D.Sc (Tech.) in radio science, also from Aalto University.
Technology protection: patents, utility models Application process management in Finland and other countries: official actions, responses Counselling: protection alternatives, courses of action, optimisation
Radio engineering Communications engineering Electromagnetism applications Optics applications Electronics

Automotive Communications and media Consumer goods ICT Media and entertainment Public services Health care High tech Industrial equipment Software Electric measurement technology Telecommunications
“It is interesting and motivating to follow the Client’s product development from a very early stage and provide advice from an IP perspective with personal and practical experience.”
Sinikka Veittola has diverse experience in the IP sector since 1998. She is specialised in materials technology and its related commissions regarding protection or various analyses. Sinikka also provides advice on business subsidies related to IPR. In addition to her career in the patent sector, Sinikka has experience in research and product development and entrepreneurship in an SME.
Novelty searches, patentability assessment Technology investigation, assessment of technical level Technology protection: counselling on protection alternatives and courses of action for patents and utility models, drafting applications, application process management in Finland and internationally Competitor monitoring: protections, protection activity Scope of protection analyses, ensuring the freedom to operate Competitor monitoring: oppositions, appeals, annulments
Materials technology Mechanical engineering

Chemistry Consumer goods Paper and forest industry Public services Health care High tech Natural resources Pharmaceuticals & medical products Utilities / cleantech
“The IP sector rewards with continuous learning and by posing new challenges to solve.”
Nina Virolainen joined Kolster in early 2017 as a patent agent specialising in chemistry and biotechnology. She became familiar with IP protection due to being involved in several patents as the inventor during her research career, and was so intrigued by the field that she moved to working with patenting full-time. Prior to her career as a patent agent, Nina has had years of experience in R&D in the development and implementation of innovative solutions and processes in biotechnology and environmental technology and in project management, both as a university researcher and in a startup. Her core area of expertise is the protection of processes and solutions in the fields bioenergy, cleantech and the biotechnological applications of microbes.
Patenting process from drafting the patent application to its granting Novelty searches and preliminary evaluations, assessments of freedom to operate Employee inventions: evaluation of invention reports
Biotechnology, environmental biotechnology and molecular biology Bioenergy and cleantech Microbiology, genetically modified microbes and microbial technology applications Biochemistry, cell biology and protein chemistry In vitro diagnostics, assay technology and immunochemistry Process technology and hydrometallurgy
Finnish Association for Corporate Patent Agents
Biotechnology Chemistry Energy Life sciences Health care High tech Natural resources Pharmaceuticals & medical products Utilities / cleantech
"Let's protect together the results of your technical development."
Ilkka has wide experience from various technical fields as an patent agent since 2001. His core competence fields are mechanical products, processing of minerals, paper machinery and hoist products. In addition to extensive experience as a patent agent he has also background in product development and production of indicators as well as customer delivery projects relating to machinery.  
Patent and utility application process management Novelty searches, patentability assessment Technology investigation, assessment of technical level Competitor monitoring: oppositions, appeals, annulments Infringement statements, scope of protection analyses and court proceedings
Mechanical engineering Automation technology Paper machinery Construction engineering  

Consumer goods Energy Life sciences Paper and forest industry Freight and logistics Health care Industrial equipment Metals & mining
”Over the course of my career, I have seen methods develop from typewriters and envelopes to electronic processes.”
Tina Winqvist has had a long career in the IP sector since 1987. Her duties include the filing of and all formalities related to patent and utility model applications, SPC applications and EPFI validations to the Finnish patent office. Her tasks also include managing databases, monitoring time limits, correspondence, reporting and invoicing. Tina is fluent in Swedish, Finnish and English.
Domestic patent and utility model applications to the Finnish office SPC applications EPFI validations Formalities


”Can I help to localise your company’s brand in China – or from China to Europe?”
Zhangping Wu helps our European clients in the Chinese market, where the language, culture and conventions present an additional challenge to managing IP issues efficiently. Zhangping can communicate directly with Chinese partners and make matters proceed more quickly and smoothly. She has helped our European corporate customers, particularly in areas such as the localisation of trademark and domain names on the Chinese markets, and has performed a range of IP analyses of Chinese-language trademark registers and other sources of information. On the other hand, she has also helped our Chinese corporate customers with brand localisation in Europe. When necessary, she can also serve as an interpreter. Her working languages are basically Chinese and English, but she also speaks Finnish.  Zhangping has work experience from Beijing-based companies in technology industries. In Finland Zhangping has been working with sales and promotion of international brands for several years. At Kolster since 2015, Zhangping has augmented her brand skills to include IP matters.



“ Visualization is the first step.”
Vera Zhang is a Business Development Manager for Kolster China Ltd responsible for understanding IPR market in China, expanding and enriching partnership network with local IP and law firms, brand building and development analytics and strategy making etc to enable #1 position in EPO n EUIPO filings from China by Kolster. Vera has experience on marketing and public relations from foreign invested start-up, Chinese business consultancy and IP firm. At Kolster her goal is to utilize her passion, skills and experience to combine,  all possible  resources to visualize and realize personal, company and client progress and growth.



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