Håkan Niemi

Håkan Niemi

“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.

IP expertise

  • 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

Technical expertise

  • Construction management and economics, construction engineering
  • Mechanical and product engineering applications
  • Mechanical and electromechanical innovations

Client industries

  • Automotive
  • Consumer goods
  • Paper and forest industry
  • Public services
  • High tech
  • Metals & mining

IPR sector memberships

  • 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
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