Expertise in Open Technologies at HH Partners

In its communication, HH Partners, Attorneys-at-law, now distinguishes open technologies as a specific area of expertise. The open technologies practice forms a part of the wider technology practice of HH Partners.

“For some time now, we have been receiving a clear message from our clients: it is hard to find high-quality legal expertise in questions related to open technologies, and the know-how of HH Partners in the field is highly valued,” says Martin von Willebrand, the leading partner of the open technologies and technology practices at HH Partners. “In terms of services offered, there is no actual change. In fact, by distinguishing open technologies as a distinct area of expertise, we are more clearly communicating what we have effectively been doing since 2008. At that time, after the MySQL AB assignment, a separate and permanent practice took form around open technologies. The know-how and understanding we have acquired on the methods and practices related to open technologies helps us in responding to the needs of the client swiftly and successfully.”

“As an area of expertise, open technologies relates to legal questions around open source software, open data, open interfaces, open innovation and the related co-operation models,” explains Martin von Willebrand. “The ICT industry has taken advantage of open technologies for a long time already, and their use in the field is well-established. What we are seeing now, is open technologies spreading out into almost every field of business.”

“Several of our attorneys attend to questions related to open technologies on a regular basis, and the practice is significant in terms of revenue,” notes Managing Director Markku Korvenmaa. “By adjusting our communication, we seek to better reach clients in need of legal advice related to open technologies.”

Headed by Partner Martin von Willebrand, the open technologies practice includes Partner Miika Erkkilä, Associate Henri Tanskanen, and two legal trainees. References of the practice include, for example, Validos ry (a registered Finnish association including as its members e.g. Fujitsu Finland, Tieto, Comptel, Vaisala, Sandvik Mining and Construction, Cargotec Finland, Cassidian Finland and Tekla), as well as the Ministry of Environment, Ixonos and MySQL (for more references, see the practice page).

For more information, please contact Martin von Willebrand.