Ari

Laakkonen

Partner

Simply brilliant at developing winning strategies, and thorough and detail oriented when preparing a case for trial.

IAM Patent 1000

Ari

Laakkonen

Partner

Simply brilliant at developing winning strategies, and thorough and detail oriented when preparing a case for trial.

IAM Patent 1000

Profile

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

Ari specialises in patent litigation and licensing disputes, especially in the electronics and telecoms sectors.  He also advises on general IP, licensing and competition law matters including FRAND obligations, obligations to license, the quantification of damages and general strategic advice. He also advises across all other areas of IP, including design right enforcement.

He has represented clients in the UPC, UK courts as well as in opposition and appeal proceedings in the European Patent Office, and has assisted with co-ordinating actions in courts elsewhere in Europe, the US, Latin America and Asia. Advice on multi-jurisdictional strategy is a particular strength.

Key Cases: 

  • AIM Sport v Supponor (digital overlay systems)
  • DSM v Algal Omega 3 / Mara Renewables (algal omega-3 oil production)
  • CommScope v SOLiD (digital distributed antenna systems)
  • Promptu v Sky and Comcast (voice recognition systems)
  • IPCom v Lenovo (telecommunications / FRAND licensing)
  • Garmin v Navico (sonar)
  • Garmin v Philips (GPS wearable devices) 
  • PulseOn v Garmin (designs – heart rate monitors)
  • Kapitza v Remember (copyright)
  • Sony v SSH Communications (computer networks)
  • Vringo v ZTE (telecommunications / FRAND licensing)
  • TCT v Ericsson (telecommunications / FRAND licensing)
  • Rovi v Virgin Media & TiVo (electronics)
  • LG v Sony (Blu-ray technology / FRAND licensing)
  • Apple v Nokia (smartphones)
Qualifications

1997 Solicitor (England & Wales)

2013 Solicitor Advocate (England & Wales)

2016 Solicitor (Ireland)

2023 UPC Representative

Education

BSc (Computer Science), King’s College, London

PhD (Computer Science), Imperial College, London LLM,

Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Bristol University

Connections & Networks

Reporter General of AIPPI

Member of EPLAW, AIPLA, LSLA and the British Computer Society

Chartered Engineer

Awards & Recognition

IAM Patent 1000 – UK Patent Litigation (Silver Tier)

Managing IP’s IP Stars – Patent Star

Juve Patent – Recommended Individual, Patent Litigation UK

Legal 500 Key Lawyer

Who’s Who Legal – Patents

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Interests

Reading, Scuba diving, Holidays.

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Pets

Too many cats, not enough dogs

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Languages spoken

English, Finnish, French