“Ari Laakkonen brings great knowledge
of the telecommunications industry.”

Legal 500

Ari Laakkonen, Partner, has a huge breadth of experience in the IT, electronics and telecoms sector derived from his in-depth technical knowledge from experience as both in-house and external legal counsel.













iam 1000 - Recommended Individual 2015



Ranked In - Chambers UK 2017 - Leading IndividualRanked In - Chambers Global 2016 - Leading IndividualThe Legal 500 UK - Recommended Lawyer 2015

Ari specialises in electronics patent litigation and IT disputes as well as advising on general IP matters including trade marks, designs and copyright and providing general strategic advice.


He has a broad range of experience as both in-house and outside counsel, having been Director, IPR Legal, at Nokia where his responsibilities included managing Nokia’s IP litigation in Europe including multi-jurisdictional disputes.


Ari is an Assistant to the Reporter General of AIPPI, UK and has published widely on all aspects of IP law. He is also a Member of the British Computer Society and is a Chartered Engineer.


"a great strategic thinker" who "can see all the different angles and permutations and so can lead the opposition into well-laid traps."

Chambers & Partners 2015


a “true specialist in the electronics and telecoms areas” and a “relaxed, trustworthy and generally outstanding operator”

IAM 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners 2014


Ari Lakkonen's patent practice is largely centred around the IT and electronics industries, with sources saying "he really fights on your behalf."

Chambers & Partners 2014


As far as the telecommunications industry is concerned, "there is no better patent expert" than Ari Laakkonen

IAM 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners 2013


Ari Laakkonen has a specialist interest in electronics and IT-related IP matters, playing a key role in the firm’s work…

Chambers & Partners 2012

Contact details

T +44 20 3040 8050
E ari.laakkonen@powellgilbert.com



1997 Solicitor

2013 Solicitor Advocate



BSc (Computer Science) King’s College, London
PhD (Computer Science), Imperial College, London
LLM, Bristol University
Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Bristol University

Cases include
  • InterDigital v Nokia (patents)
  • Qualcomm v Nokia (patents)
  • Philips v Sagem (patents)
  • Philips v Sendo (patents)
  • Niembro v Nokia (copyright)
  • LG v Sony (patents)
  • Rovi v Virgin Media and Tivo (patents)
  • Apple v Nokia (patents)