Mr Panu Siitonen > Hannes Snellman > Helsinki, Finland > Lawyer Profile

Hannes Snellman
PO BOX 333
00130/00131 HELSINKI

Work Department

Intellectual Property




Panu Siitonen heads our Intellectual Property practice in Helsinki. He has vast experience in intellectual property (IP) and information and communications technology (ICT) matters as well as IP and ICT related litigation. Panu also has substantial experience in life sciences, regulatory, marketing and e-commerce as well as sports, media and entertainment.

Panu has advocated several cases relating to trademarks and domain names, patents and utility models, copyrights and databases and complex IP-intensive contractual issues. In addition, Panu has advocated several cases relating to marketing and unfair business practices. Panu has represented clients in arbitration and litigation before the Market Court, the Helsinki District Court, the Helsinki Court of Appeals, the Supreme Administrative Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

As to ICT, Panu has advised and represented clients in numerous ICT-related assignments, such as ERP and other complex projects as well as ICT-related disputes. Panu is also an experienced negotiator and has advised clients in various agreement negotiations relating to IT system deliveries, software licensing and services, research and development projects, supply of components, manufacturing and co-operation projects. In addition, Panu advises regularly in transactions with respect to IP and ICT matters.

Panu also provides strategical advice and, according to clients, he is “able to use his intelligence to direct the client. He is a trusted person” (Chambers Europe, 2016). According to another client, “Panu has an exceptional business-oriented approach in addition to his extensive professional expertise.”(ILO Client Choice 2017).


English, Finnish


Member of the Finnish Bar Association, Member of the IPR Expert Group of the Finnish Bar Association 2013-2016, Chairman of the IPR Expert Group 2016-
Member of the Finnish AIPPI Group, treasurer 2012- and Member of the Board 2013-
Member of Finnish Association for Industrial Property Rights
Member of the Finnish Anti-Counterfeiting Group, Member of the Board 2013-
Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA)
Member of the Finnish IT Law Association, Member of the Board 2009-2011
Member of the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw)
Member of the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI)
Member of the Finnish Sports Law Association


Partner, Hannes Snellman, 2011
Senior Associate, Hannes Snellman, 2006
Associate, Hannes Snellman, 2004
Associate, Mäkitalo Rämö Virolainen Attorneys at Law, 2004
Associate, Risto Kurki-Suonio Attorneys at Law, 2002 – 2004
IPR Specialist, IPR University Center 2003
Master of Laws, University of Helsinki, 2001

Lawyer Rankings

Finland > Intellectual property

(Leading individuals)

Panu SiitonenHannes Snellman

Based in Helsinki and Stockholm, the cross-border practice at Hannes Snellman has both ‘wide and deep experience‘ in trade mark, patent and copyright disputes, particularly in the media, entertainment and sports, healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors. Its expertise also extends to high-value IP-related transactions and brand protection work. Practice co-heads Panu Siitonen and Jesper Nevalainen cover both IP-related transactions and IP disputes, while ‘very talented‘ managing associate Sarita Schröder specialises in IP, consumer law and marketing issues, with a focus on litigation and brand protection matters.

Finland > TMT

The ‘flexible‘ and ‘customer-centric’ TMT team at Hannes Snellman regularly advises on high-profile technology transactions, especially related to heavily regulated and technology dependent sectors. It also is a key resource for IT disputes and advice on distressed IT projects, and collaborates with international law firms on Finnish tech-intensive M&A work. Practice co-heads Jesper Nevalainen and Panu Siitonen focus on complex technology transactions and IT-related litigation, respectively, and Lasse Riski joined in 2022 from Bird & Bird.