Anna Haapanen
Senior Associate
Office: Helsinki
Primary practices
Intellectual Property, Outsourcing, TMT, Data Protection & Digitalization
Finnish, English, Swedish

Anna Haapanen is a Helsinki-based Senior Associate specialized in intellectual property, outsourcing, technology transactions as well as licensing with a particular focus on open source software. Anna advises clients on both non-contentious and contentious ICT related assignments. Her experience includes working at Roschier in both Helsinki and Stockholm. 

Anna holds LL.D. and LL.M. degrees from the University of Helsinki and has attended Stanford Law School (California) as a Visiting Senior Scholar. Anna has also a post-graduate LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School (New York) with Stone Scholar honors and M.Sc. (Econ.) degree from Hanken School of Economics. Anna is attorney admitted to the New York Bar and the Finnish Bar.

Anna has a solid mix of in-house counsel and law firm experience and has previously worked in New York at US law firm Software Freedom Law Center, Nokia (Open Source Legal) and Hantro as well as on secondments at Supercell, Accenture, Nokia and Comptel. Anna is Member of the Delegation, the highest decision making body in the Finnish Bar Association. Further, Anna is President of the International Federation of Computer Law Associations and Representative of Finland at the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw). Anna has also acted as Chairman of the Board in the Finnish IT Law Association in 2013 and 2014.

Awards & rankings
Anna Haapanen is widely recognized as a rising figure in TMT and Information Technology by international legal directories such as Chambers Europe and Who’s Who Legal. According to the international legal directories Anna has been characterized as a “rising star” receiving “glowing praise” from the respondents (Chambers Europe 2013). She is admired by clients as a lawyer who “provides high-quality documents, with a detailed understanding of IT.” (Chambers Europe 2014). Further, Anna wins plaudits for her "skilful, prompt advice," with respondents also praising her negotiation skills (Chambers Europe 2015). Anna is noted for her focused expertise on open source software. Her broader technology experience also includes outsourcing, IT and IP transactions, and licensing (Chambers Europe 2016). Anna is continuously recognised by peers for her work within IT and has recently assisted with software delivery agreement negotiations and disputes (Chambers Europe 2017).
Roschier (2007-)
Supercell /Helsinki, Visiting Lawyer (2017)
Accenture /Helsinki, Visiting Lawyer (2016)
Nokia /Espoo, Visiting Lawyer (2013)
Software Freedom Law Center /New York, Visiting Lawyer (2009-2010)
Comptel Oyj /Helsinki, Visiting Lawyer (2007)
Nokia, Assistant Legal Counsel, Java & Open Source (2005-2006)
Hantro Products, Legal Counsel (2005)
Memberships & professional appointments
Member of the Finnish Bar Association
Member of the New York State Bar Association
Member of the Delegation in the Finnish Bar Association (2017-)
International Federation of the Computer Law Associations (IFCLA), President (2018-), Board Member (2014-)
International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw), Representative of Finland, Member of the Technology Sourcing Committee (2014-)
Finnish IT Law Association, Chairman of the Board (2013,2014), Board Member, Secretary to the Board (2011, 2012)
Member of the ABA
Member of the Finnish IT Law Association
Member of the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw)
Member of the Finnish Copyright Association
Member of the Finnish Association for Industrial Property Rights (STY)
Member of the Columbia Law School Society for Law, Science and Technology (SLST)
“Free and Open Source Software Licensing and the Mystery of Licensor's Patents", Doctoral Thesis, The IPR University Center 2017
"The Wind of Freedom Blows – Scholar's Perspective to Summer in the Silicon Valley", IPR Info, The IPR University Center 5/2015
"Free and Open Source Software and the Mystery of Software Patent Licenses", The International Free and Open Source Software Law Review. Vol. 7, No 1. 2015
Finnish chapter in "Sourcing World: Jurisdictional comparisons", co-authors M. Manner and J. Sinkkonen, 2nd edition, The European Lawyer Reference, 2015
"New EU Anti-Piracy Regulation Strengthens Customs Authorities Against Counterfeits", co-author R. Riihijärvi, Bloomberg BNA World Intellectual Property Report, 2014
"IP Disputes in Intelligent Mobile", IPR Info, The IPR University Center, 3/2013
Finnish Chapter in "The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review", co-authors M. Manner and S. Laes, 5th edition, Law Business Research 2014
"FOSS in Intelligent Mobile", IPR Info, The IPR University Center 2/2012
"GPL embedded in devices. 10 most important questions for device manufacturers' consideration.", European Intellectual Property Review. EIPR 2011, Vol. 33, Issue 4, 2011
Finnish Chapter in "Medical Devices", co-author M. Segercrantz, Lex Mundi Publications, 2011
Finnish Chapter in "Data Privacy", Lex Mundi Publications, 2010
Finnish Chapter in "The International Comparative Legal Guide To: Telecommunications Laws and Regulations", co-author S. Aalto, 2nd edition, the Research and Markets Ltd., 2009
"IPR-Oppia Isossa Omenassa" ("Learning IPRs in the Big Apple"), IPR Info, The IPR University Center 5/2009
"Need for Clear Statement of General Terms in Contract Negotiations", co-author S. Aalto, International Law Office, 2007
Recent speaking engagements
"Perspectives to Fashion, Technology and Law", a presentation on fashion tech law mega trends at the conference of Intellectual Property Institute of National Taiwan University of Technology, Taipei 6 November 2018.
"Sustainable and Smart Cities", a panel speaker contributing to the discussion from the perspective of connected systems, big data and management of cybersecurity risks, Stockholm 24 October 2018.
"Disruptive technologies and cross vertical convergence – How to manage IP rights", a presentation at the conference of the International Federation of Computer Law Associations (IFCLA) in Paris, 7 June 2018
"The New Rise of Open Source Software", a presentation at the conference of International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw) in Stockholm, 20 October 2017
"Regional Intellectual Property Regimes and Global Business Networks" a presentation at the moot work shop at Columbia Law School in New York, 15 September 2017
"Open Source Licensing", chairman of a panel discussion at the Advanced IP Licensing Academy of the IPR University Center in Helsinki, 9 June 2016
University of Helsinki, LL.D. (2017)
Stanford University, California, Visiting Senior Scholar (2015)
Hanken School of Economics, M.Sc. (Econ.) (2013)
Columbia University, New York, LL.M., Stone Scholar (2009)
University of Helsinki, LL.M. (2004)