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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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Henna Salo - November 24, 2016 at 3:43 PM

Game companies and intellectual property rights, part II: copyright protection of video games

After a gaming company has ensured that it really owns all the intellectual property rights associated with the game, it should be aware of how the game is protected by these rights. The most important and common form of protection for video games is copyright that a work automatically receives at its creation.  Copyright is similar to physical property rights and means the author’s exclusive right to decide how the work is used. Copyright protects the author’s earning potential through economic rights such as the right to make the work available to the public, i.e., display the work publicly or reproduce the work. Copyright also provides moral rights that protect the author and the value of the work, which means, for example, that making of copyrighted works available to the public in connection with or in the form of something offensive is not allowed. In addition to compensation and liability for damages, the consequences of copyright infringement may include criminal penalties.

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Topics: gaming, technology and ipr

Lasse Lievonen - October 19, 2016 at 1:36 PM

Comment: EU copyright law in turbulence – will a lawyer decide your taste in music in the future?

The European Commission proposed significant changes to EU copyright law on Wednesday 14 September after several years of discussions. The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said in his speech on Wednesday that the aim is to update copyright law so that it is fit for the digital age.

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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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