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Tapio Kinnunen

“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 areas of technological expertise are software-based innovations. These include, among others, telecommunications technology, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, industrial internet, and automation systems. These technology areas are familiar to him for the 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

Technical Expertise

  • Communications engineering
  • Software engineering
  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Databases
  • Cybersecurity
  • Automation systems
  • Production environments

Client Industries

  • Communications and media
  • Financial services
  • ICT
  • High tech
  • Industrial equipment
  • Software
  • Natural resources
  • Electric measurement technology
  • Telecommunications