Vice president, patent business, Nokia Technologies
Ilkka Rahnasto heads the patent business at Nokia Technologies, the advanced technology and licensing arm of Nokia. The patent business manages one of the industry’s broadest and strongest IP portfolios, with more than 100 licensees and annual revenues above €500 million.
From 2001 to 2010, Mr Rahnasto led the creation of Nokia’s patent licensing business. He then served as deputy chief legal officer of Nokia and head of legal and intellectual property for Nokia’s devices and services business until its sale to Microsoft in 2014, when he returned to lead the next chapter in Nokia’s patent business.
Mr Rahnasto has graduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Helsinki and an LLM from George Washington University, United States (earned on a Fulbright scholarship). His book on IP rights, external effects and antitrust law was published in 2003.