Hannes Kankaanpää

Hannes Kankaanpää

“IP is worth using as means of business and not just for risk management ? IP is merchandise just like any other asset.”

The special know-how of Hannes Kankaanpää is related to software and the associated intellectual property rights, open source licensing, commercialising and licensing IP in many industry sectors, as well as IP valuation. In addition to licensing agreements, he has extensive experience in R&D, subcontracting, and data protection agreements, as well as public procurement.

Hannes joined Kolster in October, 2018. Previously, he worked for over ten years as Senior IPR Officer and Legal Counsel at the IPR Management unit of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, where he was responsible for VTT’s software and software related IPR portfolio ? in particular software licensing, definition of IP policy, commercial negotiations, and pricing.

IP expertise

  • Software and the associated intellectual property rights
  • Open source licenses
  • Commercialising and licensing of IPRs
  • R&D cooperation and the related legal issues
  • Agreements
  • IP valuation
  • IP strategies
  • Public procurement
  • Employee inventions
  • Data protection (GDPR)
  • IP infringements, unfair competition

Client industries

  • Automotive
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Communications and media
  • Consumer goods
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • ICT
  • Life sciences
  • Media and entertainment
  • Oil & gas
  • Paper and forest industry
  • Public services
  • Freight and logistics
  • Health care
  • High tech
  • Industrial equipment
  • Software
  • Natural resources
  • Pharmaceuticals & medical products
  • Electric measurement technology

IPR sector memberships

  • Finnish IT Law Association