Recent Submissions

  • Karlia-Palomäki, Christina (Helsingin yliopisto, 2016)
    The framework of this research is competition law and IPRs. Competition law regulation concerning Block Exemption concerning the Transfer of Technology (TTBER) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) Articles 101 and 102 mean that companies have to take into consideration certain regulation in order to avoid the intervention of competition authorities. As the system of TTBER is based on a self-announcement system, companies may take more or less risk in their agreement praxis. The research questions were: What are the preconditions for a competition according to the new Block Exemption Regulation concerning the Transfer of Technology (TTBER)? This research question can be divided into the following sub-questions: 1) How small and medium size companies (SMEs) fulfill the criteria of permitted competition after the changes in Block Exemption Regulation concerning the Transfer of Technology? – how SMEs try to achieve market shares 2) How small and medium size companies fulfill the criteria of Block Exemption according the new regulation? These questions were scrutinized by litterature reviews, case analysis and updated materials from experts e.g. corporate lawyers and attorneys. The main results of the research were as follows: The doctrine of the misuse of a dominant position has often been a core issue in case law of European Court of Justice (ECJ) and especially the essential facilities problem. It has a chain effect to TTBER regulation. A dominant company can decide how to promote innovations. To identify the market shares it is important to find the relevant markets. The strength and knowledge of the licensee effects to the possibilities to succeed in license negotiations. A powerful company having the resources can take into account the TTBER regulation to favour its goals and take advantage of the economic condition. Often a high royalty is agreed in order to avoid claims. In R&D projects the amount of innovations is relevant in contract negotiations. In some cases companies have agreed of royalties in relation to the amount of the IPRs. SMEs grow into large companies and form joint ventures: it is not easy to evaluate how and when they fulfil the conditions of permitted competition. Technology pools are nowadays allowed, if they are not aiming to restrict competition and there are grounds for them, which are related to the technology. The arrangement is accepted, when it brings benefits to consumers.
  • Salo (os. Muurinen), Kirsti (Helsingin yliopisto, 2016)
    The history of Finnish school system has mutual interest with agricultural club established in USA in the beginning of 1900. Learning by doing was the motto for 4H-work and experiential learning was valued at school as well. The Evergreen Model of Environmental Education action plan describes the use of the outdoors as an expanded learning environment and to develop sustainability education at modern school. The model was initiated by a local 4H-association in collaboration with the local municipality and the schools. The intention according to the schools curricula and learning goals was to fulfill experiential learning out of doors and to realize a holistic vision of a sustainable learning environment. The development of the model started in 2003 with four pilot schools and by 2010 all 16 primary schools of the municipality were involved - from small village schools (32 96 students, grades 1 6) to large comprehensive schools (370 583 students, grades 1 9). Within seven years school gardens were built, active learning in nearby farms was conducted, and learning sessions were organized in the nearby forests and in special nature resorts. Research questions were: What were the reasons to start the collaboration to develop new methods and places for learning outdoors? How did the teachers experience garden activities and learning outdoors? What were hindrances and promoting factors for learning outdoors and gardening in school every day? The Evergreen Model of Environmental Education has shown positive results and could be at least partly applied in all schools. Action plans need to be developed depending on each school s own possibilities and surroundings. Schools possess limited resources and teachers need to feel starting a program and teaching outdoors is easy. Collaboration with specialists like farmers or gardeners is important while establishing outdoor education in addition to everyday school work. The size of a school was not a hindrance for outdoor learning but larger groups did require extra adults and more complex organizing efforts to have successful sessions.
  • Ritschkoff, Anne-Christine (1992)