XR – Is there a space in this world for Patents?

In the field of Extended Reality, is there space for Patents?  Andrew Hartley and Christian Balcer of FBCC member Marks & Clerk answer this question in their latest article featured on VR AR Pioneers:

Patents are registered IP rights, which provide legal protection for inventions. Whether you use them for the active protection or promotion of your technology, to raise funding, or to plan your exit strategy, patents represent a commercial tool which compliment your business’ goals and targets.

There are thousands of different patent applications out there for XR technology, covering the ever-popular fields of medical devices, data processing and e-commerce, through to education and beyond. This makes specialist XR patent attorneys, those who are well versed in the intricacies of both the opportunities and pitfalls associated with the ever-evolving landscape of this sector, key.

As a pioneer in this field, if you have some concepts that you believe are key to your commercial success, discuss with a patent attorney before you live to regret it. The quicker you do this, the more likely it is that you will be able to secure the rights to your innovations and beat the competition to it.

Read more of the initiative from VR AR Pioneers.

FBCC Member Finnmark Ltd expands with new hires and is moving to larger premises this year

(Jake Newport and Max Newport)

FBCC Member Finnmark Ltd are known in the industry for their uncompromising dedication to quality and authenticity when it comes to the sale of sauna equipment and bespoke installations. The growing company, which was founded in 2016, is based in County Durham’s Enterprise City.

Their aim is to educate people on how to use sauna properly, show people how to get the most from the experience and actively publicise the wide range of health benefits associated with frequent sauna use. In fact, they’ve just gone live with a new section in their stories called Sauna Health Benefits. You can read more by clicking here

Jake Newport (left in the photo) is the Managing Director of Finnmark Sauna. He recalls the early days and how a gap in the market made up his mind to set up the company. He said, “I was first inspired by Finnish sauna after working out in Finland as a sales agent for high-quality sauna brands such as Narvi. I then fell in love with the real experience but whilst trying to sell equipment into the UK trade market it became clear that my contacts weren’t overly interested in the highest of quality and durable equipment available. Quickly realising I couldn’t sell into trade, and with very little money to my name, I built a web shop and started retailing the equipment to the public.

When I was selling to trade I didn’t meet one company in the UK who’d been to Finland, were interested in finding out about the full experience, or built anything near to how they are built over there. Unfortunately, it means a lot of people’s experience of sauna in the UK is when they visit a health club. Many of those cheap, modular designs are not properly ventilated, they don’t have the right insulation or vapour sealing and they have a hidden heater with no stones.”

He added, “The Finns regularly go in for over forty minutes, have a cold plunge or shower and repeat the process over the course of several hours. The experience offers a number of health benefits, gives you a big endorphin high and aids sleep. I was confident there was a gap in the market and within the first month, we made our first big sale of £2000. At that point, I started implementing digital marketing tactics my competitors weren’t doing which secured lots of early sales and funded the initial growth of the business.”

In the early days, Finnmark sauna had a few difficulties with organising design work and, at around the same time, Jake’s brother Max recently graduated as a designer and was working in high-end hi-fi. Max took a look at the design material the company was paying for and mentioned he could do a much better job so he was brought into the business. The quality of his innovative design work proved to be a real springboard. It meant that in the three years of growing Finnmark as a bespoke installation company turnover tripled year on year and they very quickly became a £300,000 turnover business.

Early on, the company was fortunate enough to get good breaks doing some high-quality installations. The quality of the equipment, materials and design was exactly what clients wanted and they’ve now filled an order book until summer 2020. Finnmark has installed for TV personalities, producers, sportspeople and celebrities. Jake enthused, “After impressing such clients and the architects and interior designers working alongside us on the projects, there’s been an upward spiral effect because people really see that we care about the quality and longevity of what we do. Many of them have been to Finland, tried the real deal and that’s what they want  in their homes.”

The company has taken on more employees and is moving to larger premises in the county with that risk being mitigated a little by some help by the County Durham Growth Fund and a government-backed NEL loan.

Jake finished, “We’ve been fortunate enough to employ some really experienced people in their field and we’ve been able to do so by being progressive in the way we work. We offer flexi time, and a masseuse comes in on a Friday. If you want people at the top of their game you need to invest in them and show them the value of their worth. The North East has some of the best tradespeople in the world. There’s good availability of quality and reliable people and the area has a great heritage of manufacturing and workmanship. It’s also a very cost-effective place to have the business and the support from the people of Durham has been great. I try to give back at youth business events at the university and local schools where I see lots of potential and enthusiasm for business in the area.”

 

For more information, check out their website by clicking here!

FBCC Patron Borenius to Open a Representative Office in London

FBCC Patron Borenius is opening a new representative office in the City of London. Read more on their press release below.

We are thrilled to announce that we are opening a new representative office in the City of London on 13 January 2020, which makes us the only large Finnish law firm to have an office in London. This unique opportunity enables us to provide more comprehensive and global services to our clients in addition to New York and St. Petersburg as it brings us up to five offices in four different countries.

“We see London as the key feeder market for us outside of Finland as about 50% of our revenue in any given year is sourced from abroad. Many of our good legal, banking and investor sector clients conduct their Nordic business out of London. Similarly, our current presence in New York and my own work experience from London and New York have demonstrated to us how intertwined the London and New York markets are. The key is being relevant to your clients in today’s international legal markets. We think that this is best achieved through cooperation with the other leading independent firms around the world”, says Juha Koponen, the Partner in charge of our London representative office.

Our London representative office will be located at Paternoster House, 65 St Paul’s Churchyard. This convenient location right in the heart of the City of London enables us to host client visits and meetings close to where many of our clients are located.

“We opened our New York representative office in 2012. That has been a great success and our decision to open a representative office in London builds on this experience. Timing-wise, we are entering London at an interesting moment as we are sure that many of our Finnish clients continue to have Brexit related questions. We look forward to working on those matters with English qualified law firms”, concludes Casper Herler, Managing Partner.

Global Recognition in Support of Opening our Representative Office in London

We are the 2019 winners of both the “Best Nordic Law Firm Award” awarded by The Lawyer European Awards and the “Most Innovative Finnish Law Firm Award” awarded by the IFLR Europe Awards. These prestigious awards were granted to us based on our strategic vision and cross-border capabilities together with our consistent excellence in the delivery of legal services both in the Nordics and in New York.

In addition, we are consistently ranked as a top tier firm in Finland by all leading legal directories, such as Chambers and Partners (Global and Europe), IFLR1000 and The Legal 500.

Law Firm of the Year The Nordics

“This is a small firm punching at premium level globally through a very focused engagement with the top-level firms and clients in London, New York and beyond.”
– The Lawyer European Awards 2019

Most Innovative Firm of the Year Finland

“This firm is able to drive and execute the most innovative and complex cross-border deals on the Finnish market.”
– IFLR Europe Awards 2019

 

For additional information, read more on Borenius’ website by clicking here!

FBCC patron Goodwille is recruiting an office assistant

 

FBCC Patron Goodwille is recruiting an Office Assistant who thrives on providing great customer service to join their Front of House team in London.

Goodwille provides essential business services to overseas companies looking to enter, grow or scale in the UK. These services include Corporate Legal, Finance, Human Resources, Payroll & Virtual Offices.

Find out more about the position here.

FBCC Welcomes a new corporate member Marks & Clerk

The Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce is delighted to introduce you to our new corporate member: Marks & Clerk! Marks & Clerk has long been recognised as one of the leading intellectual property firms across the globe, with eight offices across the UK and a further nine in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific.

The firm offers a comprehensive range of intellectual property services – covering patents, trade marks, designs and copyright. This includes obtaining protection worldwide, portfolio management, strategic and commercial advice, contract – drafting and negotiation, enforcement, due diligence and litigation.

 

In addition, we offer a wider range of services, complimentary to our mainstream services including IP valuations as well as product and design consultancy services. You can also access the extensive international network and intellectual property connections that we work closely with around the world to receive an integrated world-wide service.

New Trainee at the FBCC

The FBCC welcomes a new addition to the team for the Spring 2020 period. Please welcome Lotta!

Lotta just finished her Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Aalto University School of Business. Before coming to London, she completed her exchange period in Glasgow, Scotland. During her semester in Scotland, Lotta noticed possibilities for Finnish companies to enter to the UK market and thus her goal is to learn more about Finnish companies’ international growth. She is looking forward to developing her networking skills and learning more about event management. Lotta is very excited to attend all the upcoming events and work for the FBCC!

 

FBCC Member Surrey Translation Bureau goes for a rebrand

Surrey-based translation agency and FBCC member Surrey Translation Bureau, have launched a new website and rebranded, reflecting a rethink of their core values and message.

The new website features a much sleeker user interface, which the company hopes will streamline visitors’ experience and increase overall engagement. The rebrand is both striking and simple and echoes STB’s professional growth and the experience that it has garnered over the years. The company has significantly more depth now than it did at its inception in 1984 and the signature shade of purple has been adjusted to reflect this.

“As a business, we want our customers to have a smooth journey, from the quotation stage right through until the project is completed. The new website has been designed with the same objective in mind. I am confident our upgraded website will offer our users a more enhanced experience with clearly defined content, a simple layout and, overall, a professional outlook.” says Marya Jabeen, Marketing Manager at STB.

STB’s new website will be updated regularly with all the latest industry news and resources.

About Surrey Translation Bureau

Surrey Translation Bureau (STB) is a multi-award winning independent language service provider with over 35 years of experience and a diverse range of clients across most verticals, including the manufacturing, legal, medical and scientific sectors. STB provides high-quality, specialised translations into most world languages.

With a skilled and experienced team of native linguists, STB can translate a wide range of source material across most formats, including legal documents, training material, product packaging and user manuals.

STB is independently certified to European standard ISO17100:2015, which sets out the requirements for the provision of quality services by translation service providers. It also holds BS EN ISO 9001:2015 certification for customer satisfaction and quality management.

Please do head over to their website to check out their new look.

 

 

Goodbye from FBCC Autumn 2019 trainee Maria

Sadly, my traineeship at the FBCC is coming to an end and I’ll be heading back to Helsinki to work on my master’s thesis and will continue working within the B2B events field. Before I go, I’d like to reflect a little bit on my experience here at the chamber.

The six months at the chamber passed incredibly fast, yet I learned a lot in that short period. Firstly, I gained practical experience from digital marketing, bookkeeping, event production and many different software during this period. This skill set will prepare me for any role within marketing, events and project management. Secondly and perhaps even more importantly, the traineeship has improved my soft skills. As the trainees represent the chamber in a variety of events, I’ve gotten to develop my confidence in speaking to different kinds of people. Also, working in a small team of three enables you to take ownership of your own projects but also to think like a start-up; each team member does a little bit of everything and if you run into a problem – Google and your colleagues will help! I would recommend this traineeship to anyone who wants to develop their skills extremely fast whilst having a blast.

I’d like to sincerely thank all the members and friends of the FBCC for these months and for making my experience in London so unforgettable. It’s these invaluable contacts that make the chamber so fantastic – in today’s digital world these face-to-face contacts and the meaningful relationships we form are vital. I believe that the chamber can continue bringing significant value to its members especially through this aspect.

Finally, I’d like to express my gratitude to our lovely general manager Emma and my fantastic colleague Jade. Emma trusts the trainees’ vision and is always willing to help and give you more responsibility in aspects you want to develop in. My fellow trainee Jade always made me laugh and really uplifted our team with her optimism.

Now it is time to welcome our new trainees for Spring 2020 and I know they will do an excellent job. I’m sure I will be back in London sooner or later – meanwhile, let’s stay connected in LinkedIn!

Happy Holidays from the FBCC Team

The FBCC Offices will be closed for the Holidays from 23rd December until 2nd January. We wish you a lovely and peaceful Christmas and all the best for the new year and decade!

Chairman’s Holiday Greeting 2019

Dear Members and Friends of the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce,
 
2019 has been a very active year for the Chamber with 26 events for the Members and several in-house modernisation projects. The Chamber’s network today extends to more than 1300 business contacts with event participant numbers increasing by over 20% in 2019. The number of members has overall remained stable with very positive growth in the Young Professional membership category. The cooperation with the Chamber’s Partners, including the Finnish Embassy, has remained strong and being a member of Team Finland has provided the Chamber with an excellent platform to contribute towards the common Finnish-British good. Also the cooperation with the other Nordic Chambers of Commerce has worked very well and is likely to increase in the future. The Chamber’s financial basis remains solid and with a capable team, headed by General Manager Emma Jalonen, and very active and supportive Board we are well positioned and in good shape to enter 2020.

Having said that, 2020 is likely to be a unique time period for our Members and Friends. The very recent General Election results may , or may not, bring clarity to the Brexit situation which is looming or inspiring us, depending on your viewpoint. In any case, after several years of uncertainty a higher degree of commercial operating environment stability and certainty would be welcome. If constructive and well considered action to support our Members on Brexit issues is required, the Chamber is ready and willing to do just that.

Despite the Brexit uncertainty, many things still remain certain. For instance London is London – Brexit or not. The Capital is and continues to grow as one of the world’s main ICT hubs which offers great opportunities for Finnish companies operating in this sector. The same applies for Finnish Wellbeing companies which continue to attract the London-based urban population. Also the United Kingdom, with its 60 million plus inhabitants, will undoubtedly remain an important export and import market for Finland. Companies in the Finnish Forestry, Engineering, Financial Services, Transportation sectors and many others in various industries will continue to operate in the UK. When all of this is combined with the knowledge that many commercial relationships between Finnish and British entities have lasted for centuries, I believe that we have all the reasons to think optimistically about the future.

I look forward to seeing you at FBCC’s events.

Juha-Matti Lampola
Chairman

Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce

The FBCC is an independent, non-profit organisation, recognized throughout the Finnish, British and international business communities. The Chamber offers four different membership categories: Patron, Corporate, Professional and Young Professional.