Mikko Manner
Partner, Head of Helsinki office
Office: Helsinki
Primary practices
Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Outsourcing, TMT, Data Protection & Digitalization
Languages
Finnish, English, Swedish
Profile

Mikko Manner is Head of Roschier's Helsinki office. Mikko has extensive experience in both contentious and non-contentious IP and ICT work, with an emphasis on patent, copyright and trade secrets licensing both on a standalone basis and in connection with products and services. He also has considerable experience in IP disputes.

Mikko has acted for clients representing a wide range of IP-intensive industries, such as software and services, media and entertainment and telecommunications. He also regularly advises clients on IP and technology issues in transactional and strategic contexts. In addition, Mikko has first and second chair trial experience of arbitration, mediation and litigation before the Helsinki District Court and the Helsinki Court of Appeals.

Mikko has been praised by clients as being “better than many others because he's more customer-oriented and less law-oriented” (Chambers Europe, 2012), and one client commented, in connection with the ILO Client Choice 2015, that “he provides excellent legal advice from a legal perspective, as can be expected from a partner, but he sets the mark in his commercial and solution oriented approach, which is exceptional also on a global scale.”

Previously, Mikko has worked as in-house counsel at Nokia Research Center and at Nokia Technology Platforms, with a particular focus on software development and licensing, including open source software related processes, for nearly four years altogether.

Awards & rankings
Mikko has won the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Award for Intellectual Property in Finland in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016. In addition, he has been awarded with the Best Lawyers – Lawyer of the Year 2014 award for Technology, and the Best Lawyers – Lawyer of the Year 2016 award for Information Technology in Finland. In 2010, he was awarded with the “Golden Radio Award” by RadioMedia, the Finnish Association of Commercial Radio Broadcasters, for his work on the copyright issues in the media industry. Mikko is ranked Band 1 by e.g. Chambers Europe within TMT. He is also recognized as one of the leading experts in the country within intellectual property, TMT, information technology, licensing and litigation by international legal directories such as Chambers Global, IAM Licensing 250, IAM Patent 1000, Managing IP (IP Stars), The Legal 500, Who's Who Legal and Best Lawyers. Clients enthuse Mikko as "an incredibly bright lawyer" (IAM Patent 1000, 2018): “Manner's knowledge and negotiation skills are best in class” (Chambers Europe, 2018) and "he is by far the most talented adviser I've ever come across in my whole career. He's one of these very rare people who is super-sharp and has a fantastic way with clients" (Chambers Europe, 2016).
Career
Roschier (2006-), Partner (2010-); Head of Helsinki office since 2016
Nokia, Legal Counsel, Java & Open Source (2004-2006)
Roschier Holmberg, Attorneys Ltd., Associate Lawyer (2001-2004)
Nokia Research Center /Helsinki, Visiting Lawyer (2001-2002, 2003)
IPR University Center /Helsinki, Secretary to the Board (1999-2000)
Memberships & professional appointments
Member of the Finnish Bar Association
Member of the IBA
Member of the ABA
Member of AIPPI
Member of the EuroITCounsel
Member of the Finnish Association for Industrial Property Rights (STY)
Member of the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw)
Member of the Finnish IT Law Association
Finnish IT Law Association, Board member (2006-2009)
IP Advisory Committee, Eclipse Foundation, Invited expert (2005-2006)
Publications
Finnish chapter in "Copyright Litigation: Jurisdictional comparisons" 2nd edition 2015, with T. Komppa, The European Lawyer Reference
Finnish chapter in "The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review" 5th edition 2014, with A. Haapanen and S. Laes, Law Business Research Ltd.
Finnish chapter in "Sourcing World: Jurisdictional comparisons" 2nd edition 2015, with A. Haapanen and J. Sinkkonen, The European Lawyer Reference
Education
University of Helsinki, LL.M. (2001)