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Noora Haapaniemi - November 29, 2016 at 1:06 PM

Problems relating to the implementation of pharmaceutical patents are being trashed out in Europe

In recent years, many large pharmaceutical companies’ top selling patents have expired, as the patent’s twenty-year life cycle has come to an end. Once the patent protection expires, generic versions of the medicine can be produced, which allows other companies to enter the market. The production of generic medicines strengthens competition in pharma field.

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Topics: ict, technology and ipr, healthcare and wellbeing

Arto Lindfors - November 9, 2016 at 4:24 PM

Blockchain unchained

Have you ever wondered how a complex chain of contracts is behind a seemingly simple online purchase? Your money does not go directly to the seller after pressing the ‘pay’ button; there are a number of entities in between, usually banks, credit card companies or other intermediaries. Both you and the seller must have a contract with the bank or credit card company in order for the transaction to be successful. These middlemen are known as ‘trusted third parties’. They are used because the transaction partners do not trust each other.

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Topics: ict, digitalization

Arto Lindfors - August 24, 2016 at 2:20 PM

Agile software development – agile contract?

Agile software development has been a popular presentation topic in software industry seminars in recent years. Agile software development refers to a model in which the project is not started by establishing a detailed and exact description of the outcome, but rather focuses on delivering software that adequately meets customer requirements through interactive collaboration between the customer and the supplier.

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Sami Savisalo - June 9, 2016 at 3:54 PM

Ten rules of thumb on intellectual property rights for early- and growth-stage companies

An increasingly important part of the wealth of young and growing companies is something else than tangible, material assets. Compared to such traditional material, these so-called intangible – that is, immaterial – assets such as software, mobile games or recipe development in the food industry offer an opportunity for business scalability. This, in turn, allows companies a quick and profitable growth. These kinds of companies are often aiming for an exit and require equity funding from external investors to accelerate their growth. At the same time, fast-growing companies are also attractive targets for buyers and investors, and frequently end up as purchase and investment targets because of this.

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Kristjan Aruoja - June 3, 2016 at 10:02 AM

3 Points to consider before storing data in the cloud

Traditionally speaking, it is rather easy to establish the roles with regard to responsibility in controlling and processing data. The distinction between a controller and a processor as well as determining their tasks in most of the situations is generally graspable. However, this might not be the case in the cloud where understanding the responsibilities can be complex and challenging. It might be unclear who has the obligation to protect data in the cloud and this may lead to an unwanted situation where nobody is fully accountable in the event of a breach of rules.

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