Henrik af Ursin

Counsel
Head of Intellectual Property

Henrik af Ursin

Counsel
Head of Intellectual Property

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One of the best lawyers in the country for IP enforcement work.

The Legal 500 2017, Intellectual Property

An outstanding commercial outlook.

The Legal 500 2016, Intellectual property

He is a top-notch lawyer. He is very client-conscious, very responsive and his legal work is very good.

Chambers Global & Europe 2017, Intellectual Property

He has a high level of knowledge in trade mark matters and produces very high-quality work.

Chambers Global & Europe 2018, Intellectual Property

“A rising star”, Henrik af Ursin is praised by his peers for his impressive deal-making abilities. He deftly channels the IP talents of M&A outlet Dittmar & Indrenius.

IAM Patent 1000 2018, Individuals: transactions

“A rising star”, Henrik af Ursin is praised by his peers for his impressive deal-making abilities. He deftly channels the IP talents of M&A outlet Dittmar & Indrenius.

IAM Patent 1000 2018

Very enthusiastic and he has a broad view of matters. He is able to present the very best solution for us.

Chambers Global & Europe 2017, Intellectual Property
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Focus on identification, acquisition and enforcement of intellectual property.

Henrik af Ursin is known for his client-centric approach and excellent track record in all aspects of intellectual property work. He often advises clients in IP intensive transactions.

He is the former Chairman of the Finnish Anti-Counterfeiting Group FACG, Board Member of the IPR University Center Association and a Parallel Imports Committee Member at the International Trademark Association. He is also a European Trademark Attorney and a domain name dispute panelist for the National Arbitration Forum and the Arbitration Center for .eu disputes.

Prior to joining Dittmar & Indrenius, he worked at two leading IP law firms and a patent and trademarks firm.

Education

University of Turku (LL.M, 2000)

Stockholm University (LL.M, 2002)

Lund University (1998)

Admitted to the Finnish Bar Association.

Languages

Finnish, English, Swedish and German

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Blockchain Does Not Block Change
18 Jun 2018 Blockchain technology and its applications will change the world of transactions and with it, the world of intellectual property. The technology was previously known mainly in the context of cryptocurrency, but now multiple industries are exploring its potential applications. The possibilities the technology offers are nearly endless and because of its broad applicability, it will almost certainly have an impact on several business sectors. Below we discuss the application of blockchain technology to transparent supply chains and intellectual property registration and enforcement. What's So Special About It? Blockchain is more than just the platform for the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, with which it is often wrongly confused with as being synonymous. Blockchain's emergence in 2008 as the Bitcoin's enabler was only the beginning and the past two or three years have brought the technology to the limelight especially because its properties make it a near-perfect disruptor to all business fields which use intermediaries to handle transactions between individuals, businesses and even machines. It has been proven time and again that trust is a delicate commodity, and without it transactions have a short shelf life. As there is inherent distrust between parties in transactions, blockchain's game changer feature is the way it changes the way we trust others. With blockchain, transactions can be secured without any of the traditional institutions that we have grown used to as intermediaries and that paves the way for blockchain to change the very nature of how transactions are executed. Due to its immutable nature, blockchain can also be used to change the way we look at supply chain integrity, IP registrations and enforcement of IP. "As there is inherent distrust between parties in transactions, blockchain's game changer feature is the way it changes the way we trust others." Supply Chain Integrity The importance being able to ensure supply chain integrity is paramount to all companies dealing with branded or otherwise exclusive goods. Blockchain is an excellent tool in bringing transparency into the process, and when you combine it with such technologies as the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart contracts, magic happens. Exhibit A of this claim are the companies that already tap into the blockchain for supply chain transparency, such as Provenance, which offers a digital passport for a product's authenticity and origin, Everledger which is used for uploading the characteristics, history and ownership of diamonds to the blockchain and Modum, which offers a monitoring solution for pharmaceuticals and their temperature during transportation. These are initiatives which, at least to the level of trust exhibited by these services, have not been possible in the pre-blockchain era. IP Registration The contents of IP registration are traditionally defined by documentation, (trademark information, patent records, ownership details). By virtue of its nature, there are applications for the blockchain technology in the recording and verification of different components of such documentation, such as ownership, identity, contents, transaction history, etc. The blockchain technology could be used by the IP offices to aid in the registration and granting of IP rights, e.g. to be used instead of the traditional databases with information on registered trademarks, designs and patents. Changing the recording system to be based on blockchain would increase the registrations' value and trustworthiness and create additional regulatory opportunities to build from these newfound possibilities. The European Union Intellectual Property Office EUIPO has understood the possibilities blockchain offers and is developing their readiness to use blockchain to record and enforce IP rights. EUIPO has engaged blockchain experts, national IP offices and right holder representatives in the development of blockchain applications. IP Enforcement The blockchain technology has a definite potential to completely revolutionize IP enforcement and anti-counterfeiting. If the right holder is able to convey to the authorities, especially the customs, a message that authentic products contain an easily readable feature proving that the product is authentic, it would greatly enhance the potential for unauthorized products to be caught by the authorities. Technology related interactive tags is not new, but the previous solutions such as QR codes, NFC and RFID tags were much more prone to copying and other misuse than blockchain-related technology. Counterfeiters and dealers in grey market goods would be unable to alter the information contained in the blockchain. First Wave A growing number of companies are riding the early developer wave and have started offering blockchain related IP services. Such companies include Bernstein Technologies, which secures IP assets and innovation processes, Kyna, which automates the transaction of patents, Ujo, a platform which allows musicians to automatically license their works through Ethereum and Blockai, which helps artists to register their copyrighted work. Several of the IP related blockchain developer companies are still on startup stage, but we are certain to see the amount of blockchain powered IP services to increase in the near future. Friend or Foe? For blockchain to become more than pie in the sky, there is a lot of work to be done with technological issues. Most of all there is work to be done with legislators, so that the technology is not seen as an enemy of the state, but rather as its ally. However, not all states are reluctant to start implementing blockchain technology to their administrative functions. The Estonian government has been using a Keyless Signature Infrastructure (KSI) technology to allow Estonian citizens to verify the integrity of their records in government databases, helping Estonia to launch digital services such as e-Tax, and reducing the state's administrative burden in the process. "Blockchain has all the characteristics of being a game changer in the networked information economy." Endless Possibilities Blockchain has all the characteristics of being a game changer in the networked information economy. Dozens of countries are investing heavily on its applications, with China leading the pack with 56 % of all patent applications globally coming from Chinese companies. Because of its enormous potential, a lot of venture capital funding is available for its development. A wide range of regulatory responses, as well as international standards and open source development programs already in place, open doors for the widespread use of the blockchain technology. It is already used in e.g. peer-to-peer lending, currency exchange, proof of authorship, data storage, securities trading and clearing. Time will tell how blockchain will change the game in these and in many other fields – especially those with outdated systems in place.  
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New Perspectives on Assets and Services in the Era of Technology Revolution
2 Dec 2016 Today's companies are faced with limitless possibilities and massive challenges in developing their businesses to survive in the years to come. Digitalization, cloud services, Internet of Things, social media, inventive mobile solutions and novel applications are driving a myriad of successful and revolutionary businesses in all industry verticals. To meet the clients' evolving needs in the unchartered waters of the technology revolution, it is a must-win for legal advisors to embrace technology themselves and develop an in-depth understanding of what the clients are actually going through. The ownership of traditional physical assets such as equipment, facilities and real property are quickly becoming less and less important. Smart use of assets like business data, customer databases, innovations and other intangible property has become the real lifeline of businesses.A wide spectrum of disruptive technologies is challenging not only the traditional business models but also the legitimacy of the established legal and regulatory framework. The new global business models do not always recognize or respect the legal boundaries of the local territories and legislators in different jurisdictions are trying to keep up the pace in this constant change with varying results. Intangible Assets as Game Changers On November 1, 2016 we hosted a D&I Seminar on "New Digital Innovations in the Era of Technology Revolution". We had a full house of corporate legal counsels present from the largest Finnish listed companies, all eager to participate in the discussion with our men in black, the three heads of our uniquely integrated Technology, Data Protection and Intellectual Property practice groups. Our team on stage brought forward their insights on customer data and data protection aspects, technology-affiliated contracts, trade secrets and IPR issues relating to the new digital business models that end up on the corporate counsels' desks. In addition, Kai Holkeri of D&I's Tax & Structuring practice participated through offering analysis on e.g. the choices to be made regarding ideal location of the client's data assets as a part of a holistic intangible asset portfolio. A solid and well-thought-out corporate structure is an invaluable business asset in itself, while it also protects against costly international tax disputes. Thinking ahead, a successful risk-mitigating opportunity approach requires one to step out of any and all legal silos and look at the matter at hand with a comprehensive, multidisciplinary legal mindset. "It's all about our clients' ideas and our ability to offer holistic solutions withstanding the test of time." - Jukka Lång Key Insights presented at the seminar: 1Data has considerable economic value. Plan and structure your organization's agreements and processes so that you can maximize its value. Make data a part of your plan in corporate restructuring. 2Trust in contracts can be grounded on a reliable third party or on a trusted transparent system. Technology maturity and introduction of new systems should be evaluated carefully. 3Digitalization changes the way agreements are drafted and their structures. Lawyers should be ready for the changes and they should understand how they affect the business environment. 4Prepare yourself for disruption. By investing in the protection, management and defence of your intangible assets you have an advantage in the inevitable changes to your firm's operational environment. 5Take advantage of the increasing compliance obligations as tools to drive your business goals.  

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