Ella is highly acclaimed for her wide ranging expertise and superb litigation skills.
Ella is head of the intellectual property and life sciences groups in Finland.
She has gained extensive experience in intellectual property (IP) and life sciences law, including licensing, assignment, supply and distribution agreements; M&A-related IP agreements; patent, trademark and design litigation; customs seizures; and regulatory proceedings concerning pricing and reimbursement of pharmaceuticals among others.
In addition to her Finnish law degree from the University of Turku in 1995, Ella has a US master’s degree (LLM) in intellectual property law from the George Washington University Law School where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar in 1997–1998.
Apart from working at law firms since 2001, Ella has also experience as a university lecturer and researcher focusing on patenting of biotechnological inventions and as a lobbyist for the Finnish industry.
Ella has served as a member of the national Copyright Council and Employee Inventions Board. She has also participated in legislative work as a member of legislative committees reforming the Design Act and Trademark Act in Finland.
Ella is a well-known practitioner in the market and is highly acclaimed by rivals and clients. Ella has been acknowledged as one of the leading intellectual property law practitioners in Finland in the most notable international directories (Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500: EMEA and Best Lawyers).
Ella was the President (2012–2014) for the Finnish Association for Industrial Property, a leading Finnish intellectual property association with more than 500 members.
She has served as board member in other IP associations as well, including the Finnish AIPPI Group and Finnish Information Technology Law Society.
The IAM Patent 1000 (2015) says: "At the helm is life sciences doyenne Ella Mikkola. Quick-witted and perspicacious, the celebrated partner and former Fulbright scholar brings adjunct expertise in copyright and M&A to her well-rounded practice."
Chambers Europe (2015) says: “Ella Mikkola leads the firm's IP and life sciences teams. She covers patent, trademark and media-related copyright, and is praised by sources as a ‘skilful and experienced lawyer’.”
WWL says: An "accomplished" IP lawyer, particularly among generic companies
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