International law firm Bird & Bird appoints Henri Kaikkonen as a partner and head of the Intellectual Property practice in Helsinki.
Henri is an experienced and well-known Finnish IP lawyer with a particular focus on contentious IP matters and brand protection work. With over 10 years of experience, Henri has worked with some of the most prestigious Finnish and international brands advising clients on disputes regarding trademark, patent and copyright infringement, trade secrets, domains, counterfeits, ownership of IP, marketing, consumer protection, unfair business practices, licensing, and IT projects. Henri also specialises in brand protection, opposition proceedings, co-existence agreements, clearance searches, and other work concerning planning and enforcement of intellectual property rights strategies.
Henri also has experience advising on numerous M&A related IP licensing or acquisition arrangements, negotiating several technology transfer agreements, and consulting in multi-party R&D projects aimed to create novel intellectual capital. Outside IP law, Henri has also provided counsel to various tech-related businesses in their contractual matters.
Jori Taipale, head of the Nordic region and Mikko Ahonen, managing partner of the Helsinki office at Bird & Bird comment: “Henri’s appointment as head of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice in Helsinki will further strengthen our offering to provide our clients with expert guidance on some of the most complex IP matters. His extensive experience and knowledge in IP law will not only reinforce the capabilities of our IP practice in Helsinki, but also across the firm’s network.”
Christian Harmsen and Morag Macdonald, co-heads of the international Intellectual Property practice at Bird & Bird add: “We’re excited to welcome Henri to Bird & Bird. His broad experience in our core areas of IP law and focus on technology will bring an added layer of strength to an already excellent team in Finland. We look forward to working with him on the continued development of our offering both in Finland and internationally.”
Henri says: “Only a handful of IP lawyers have a genuine opportunity to leverage the competence and reputation of a global IP and technology leader like Bird & Bird. I’m very much looking forward to bringing my experience to the table and developing Bird & Bird’s Finnish IP practice.”