Responsibility at Papula-Nevinpat

For Papula-Nevinpat, corporate responsibility means that we do our business in a professional, honest and ethical way every day. Our core corporate responsibility consists of responsible business, environmental responsibility, and responsibility towards our personnel and overall social participation.

Responsible business

We constantly develop and continue to include corporate responsibility in our daily business and our company’s services.

We are actively involved in the organizations and associations in the industry to develop our industry and IP legislation, such as The Association of Finnish Patent Attorneys (SPAY), European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA), International Trademark Association (INTA), International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI) and Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce (FRCC).

In 2020, we took up two new pro bono activities. Firstly, at the request of the Finnish government, we conducted a Covid-19 related patent infringement analysis, and secondly signed up to INTA’s Pro Bono Clearinghouse program created to provide an opportunity to give back to the community in the field of legal expertise. This program serves low-income individuals, small to medium enterprises, and nonprofit or charitable organizations with low operating budgets, who (1) might otherwise not know where to turn; or (2) do not have access to legal assistance in the area of trademarks.

Our attorneys serve as committee volunteers in various international organizations to contribute to the advancement of the industry and raise visibility, knowledge and advancement of intellectual property rights.

In addition to the volunteer work, our attorneys write blogs and articles and give presentations to raise the knowledge of the importance of intellectual property protection among people.

We cherish and encourage our employees’ professional development. We provide constant internal and external education to our personnel. We also have an internal trainee program where our patent attorneys engage in the education of future patent attorneys by sharing their knowledge with junior colleagues and students. We also offer internships and summer jobs for students.

Environmental responsibility

We respect green values and constantly develop our business towards more environmentally friendly solutions. We contribute to a cleaner future by seeking to minimize our effect on the environment. Our head office in Helsinki is fully digitized, which means that all our case files are in digital form and no papers are archived. We also aim towards a paperless office.

We encourage our personnel to use public transportation instead of private motoring. We offer our personnel commuter benefit via public transportation in the form of a loadable travel card. We also offer our employees a possibility to telecommute from home to minimize commuting. In addition, we use waste sorting at our offices.

Social and human responsibilities

We consider our personnel as the most important resource in our business. We respect our employees and constantly develop our directorship and internal processes to offer our employees a more pleasant, more inspiring and safer working environment.

We also cherish the work-life balance in our company and understand the importance of rest and relaxation in coping with work. We have been offering our employees an extra holiday – a Papula-Nevinpat day off –  to emphasize the importance of spending time with family and other close people around you.

Papula-Nevinpat is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This means that we do not discriminate against any employee or job applicant because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, physical or mental disability, or age. All our personnel, including teams of patent and trademark attorneys, lawyers, and paralegals, include people of different nationalities, genders, religions, ages and backgrounds.

We actively take part in developing the society. We work closely with various organizations, such as universities, business incubators, research villages, business partners and venture capital organizations. We have been working on a pro bono basis with various charity organizations, for example Lastenklinikoiden Kummit ry (The Association of Friends of the University Children’s hospitals) and Rauhankone ry (Peace Machine association), especially in trademark protection.

In addition, we support start-up companies, natural persons and small entities by providing free consultation in IP matters. We donate yearly to charity causes, such as to the scholarship fund for graduate students in Tapiola High School, Espoo, the New Children’s Hospital 2017 project in Helsinki, the Good Holiday Spirit campaign, the Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters, Sylva ry, and Hope ry.