Anti-counterfeiting is the main concern for brand owners in Finland, as the jurisdiction continues to be used as a thoroughfare to the rest of Europe for counterfeit goods coming from Russia. However, most trademark practices in Finland are experienced in dealing with this problem and can thus put robust anti-counterfeiting measures in place. Practitioners also report a trend towards litigation as clients become increasingly protective of their marks following the global economic downturn. The line between trademark agencies and law firms continues to blur; many law firms now have in-house filing practices and several trademark agencies have begun to handle trademark disputes, with considerable success. Consequently, these two types of practice are listed alongside each other in the rankings.
Tukka Airaksinen is building up the trademark practice at Krogerus following his arrival in March 2011, “making leaps and bounds in his bid to create a first-class department”. In a practice mainly comprising trademark registrations and litigation, he is presently acting for Rautaruukki in a multi-jurisdictional dispute against Ruukki Group regarding the RUUKKI geographical indication.