Jani Kaulo

Jani Kaulo

”Jani has a solution to any problem – his rich experience, effective communication and practical advice set him apart from other attorneys”. World Trademark Review 1000 (2020)

Jani Kaulo specialises in the protection, enforcement and commercialisation of trademarks. He manages global trademark portfolios of major companies and represents clients of all sizes in trademark prosecution in the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and Finnish Patent and Registration Office. Jani also acts as a litigator in the Finnish and European Union courts representing clients in trademark related cases. He assists companies in creating global brand protection strategies and drafts trademark related agreements.

Among clients, Jani is endorsed for being responsible, reliable, practical and efficient in protecting clients’ interests. “If there is any possible solution to a branding issue, Jani Kaulo will find it”, says one client. “He is one of the most professional and responsible colleagues I have worked with,” enthuses another client. “Jani always replies to emails and keeps you informed, it really makes you feel secure. Creative and analytical, he is also very practical and efficient”, describes a third one. Jani has been ranked as a leading trademark professional in Finland by World Trademark Review 1000 since 2016.

Jani is a regular speaker in IP related seminars and events. He is also popular expert commentator in brand protection related matters in media and has written several articles in different publications in the field of IP. Jani joined the firm in 2012. He became an associate partner in 2017 and a partner in 2018.

Jani serves as a supervisory board member and International Trade Committee member at ECTA (European Communities Trademark Association).

Jani graduated in the law faculty of University of Turku (LLM in 2004) and he holds MBA degree from University of Bolton (2012). Before joining Kolster, Jani worked as a lawyer in Castrén & Snellman, Attorneys Ltd. (2004-2007), Heinonen & Co, Attorneys-at-law Ltd. (2007-2008) and Attorneys-at law Juridia Ltd. (2008-2009).

Major references

  • Representing Schaeffler Technologies GmbH & Co. Kg. Ina successfully in an anti-counterfeiting and trademark infringement litigation in the Supreme Court of Finland (KKO:2020:72) – 28.9.2020
  • Representing Schaeffler Technologies GmbH & Co. Kg. Ina successfully in an anti-counterfeiting and trademark infringement litigation in a case preliminary ruling from the Court of Justice of European Union (C-772/18) – 30.4.2020
  • Managing the brand portfolio of China’s largest producer of sanitary products in the European Union – since 2020
  • Assisting Saga Furs plc in trademark license agreement negotiations with North American Fur Auction – November 2019
  • Managing the global brand portfolio and IP enforcement of a Finnish manufacturer of dairy products Juustoportti – since 2018
  • Managing the global brand portfolio and IP enforcement of international Hockey Club Helsingin Jokerit – since 2017
  • Representing successfully a German and a British automotive makers in trademark infringement litigation in the Market Court - 3.11.2016
  • Representing Sanrio Company Ltd. successfully in an anti-counterfeiting and trademark infringement litigation in the District Court of Helsinki – 11.10.2016
  • Representing Schaeffler Technologies GmbH & Co. Kg. in an anti-counterfeiting and trademark infringement litigation in the Court of Appeal of Helsinki – 23.3.2016
  • Representing Schaeffler Technologies GmbH & Co. Kg. successfully in an anti-counterfeiting and trademark infringement litigation in the District Court of Helsinki – 22.6.2015
  • Advising the public organization for innovation funding and trade, travel and investment promotion in Finland in global brand protection – since 2014
  • Managing the global brand portfolio and IP enforcement of Saga Furs plc – since 2013
  • Representing 200+ global brand-owners in customs actions in Finland – since 2012
  • Managing Toyota’s IP enforcement actions in Finland - since 2012

IP expertise

  • Preliminary evaluation of trademarks
  • Competitor monitoring: trademark oppositions, cancellations and invalidations
  • Infringement statements and scope of protection analyses related to trademarks
  • Trademark application process management in Finland and internationally: official actions, responses
  • IPR Due Diligence in corporate acquisitions
  • IPR audits and recommendations for actions
  • Brand protection strategies
  • IPR In-house expert services in client companies (e.g. 1 day per week)
  • IP ancillary agreements
  • Legal terms and agreements for e-commerce and online services
  • Court proceedings in disputes (infringements, oppositions, cancellations, invalidations)
  • Dispute settlement negotiations
  • Management of global trademark portfolios
  • Anti-counterfeiting and customs surveillance
  • IP training
  • Kolster China Desk™ services

Client industries

  • Automotive
  • Communications and media
  • Consumer goods
  • Financial services
  • ICT
  • Media and entertainment
  • Public services
  • Health care
  • Industrial equipment
  • Software
  • Pharmaceuticals & medical products
  • Utilities / cleantech
  • Telecommunications
  • Fashion
  • Food and beverages
  • Education export

IPR sector memberships

  • Association of Finnish Patent Attorneys
  • FICPI – International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys
  • Finland – South East Asia Business Association, Chairman
  • ECTA – European Communities Trade Mark Association, Supervisory Board Member, International Trade Committee member
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