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.
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)
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)
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