Ari Laakkonen

Ari Laakkonen
85 Fleet Street
+44 20 3040 8000


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Ari Laakkonen is a partner of Powell Gilbert LLP, a specialist IP law firm based in London. Dr Laakkonen has a huge breadth of experience in the IT, electronics and telecommunications sectors derived from his in-depth technical knowledge and from experience as both in-house and external legal counsel. He specialises in patent litigation – mainly in electronics, but also in other sectors. He also advises on general IP matters, including trademarks, designs and copyright.

Dr Laakkonen regularly advises on developing areas of law such as the exhaustion of IP rights and the interaction of competition law with intellectual property – for example, licensing obligations in connection with standard-essential patents. Dr Laakkonen also provides general strategic advice and advises clients on multi-jurisdictional strategy within Europe in complex technology disputes.

Dr Laakkonen is an assistant to the reporter general of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, and has published widely on all aspects of IP law. He is a member of EPLAW, AIPLA and the British Computer Society and is a chartered engineer. He has a PhD in computer science from Imperial College. In the past year he has led high-profile cases such as Vringo v ZTERovi v Virgin Media & TiVo, TCT v Ericsson and SSH v Sony, among others.

WWL says: Ari Laakkonen is “extremely experienced, diligent and proactive”, according to one impressed respondent, who goes on to name him as “the best patent litigation solicitor in London”.

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