March 14, 2024 | Patrik Anthoni


IP Essentials: Introduction to IPRs

In the fiercely competitive landscape of global commerce, innovation is the currency that drives progress. For companies, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs), harnessing innovation is not just about staying ahead; it's about survival. In this era of rapid technological advancement and fast-evolving markets, safeguarding intellectual property (IP) is paramount. Intellectual property rights (IPRs) not only protect the fruits of a company’s hard labor but also amplify their competitive edge.

As IPRs are vital for maximizing the value a company can generate from their business idea, we are launching our article series, “IP Essentials”. During our series, we will explain the basics of different forms of IP, how protection can be obtained and what the benefits of having an IP portfolio are. In this first episode, we explore the additional value IP creates for companies, what different forms there are and how protection can be obtained. Stay tuned for upcoming articles on the different forms of IP and how they can be protected for the benefit of your company.


The value a company gains from legally safeguarding IPRs is significant. Firstly, companies can establish market differentiation through trademarks and branding, which play an important role in distinguishing products and services in crowded markets. Establishing a unique brand identity not only attracts customers but also cultivates brand loyalty, which in turn creates additional revenue.

Companies can also utilize patents and copyrights to create monetary value through e.g. licensing agreements, generating additional revenue streams for companies. These agreements allow businesses to monetize their intellectual assets without relinquishing ownership.

Having a portfolio of protected IP creates confidence in investors, partners, and customers of the company. It signals to stakeholders that the company is committed to innovation, quality, and long-term sustainability, thereby bolstering its reputation and market standing. In addition, IPRs serve as a deterrent against infringement and piracy, safeguarding companies from unfair competition and unauthorized use of their creations. In the event of disputes, registered IP provides companies with legal recourse and remedies, ensuring their interests are upheld.


IP encompasses a diverse array of intangible assets, each requiring tailored protection. The main forms of IP include:

Patents and Utility Models: Protect inventions and technological innovations, granting exclusive rights to their use and commercialization for a limited period.

Trademarks: Safeguard your brand names, logos, and slogans, distinguishing your product in the marketplace and prevent consumer confusion.

Copyrights: Shield original works of authorship, such as literary, artistic, and musical creations, from unauthorized reproduction or distribution.

Trade Secrets: Preserve confidential information, including formulas, processes, and strategies, which provide a competitive advantage and are not publicly disclosed.

Design Rights: Safeguard the visual appearance of products, including their shape, configuration, and ornamentation, against imitation or unauthorized use.


The importance of IPRs cannot be overstated. For SMEs, IPRs serve as catalysts for innovation, enablers of growth, and as a shield against competition. By understanding the significance of IPR protection and harnessing its potential, SMEs can navigate the complexities of the modern business landscape and fully focus on other aspects of their business operations.

The process of protecting different IPRs can be daunting both in cost and complexity. In addition to attaining capital from investors for these purposes, entrepreneurs in Finland may be eligible for different funding options provided by Business Finland such as the Innovation Voucher or Tempo.

Nordic Law assists its clients diversely in different questions regarding IPRs, including the application process for funding provided by Business Finland. If you have any questions related to the protection of your intellectual property rights, we are more than happy to assist you.