Roberto Castagno

Head of IP Services, TECH at Nokia

Roberto Castagno is head of IP services for the TECH unit at Nokia Technologies.

Dr Castagno joined Nokia in 1999 and has held a number of positions relating to multimedia technology, including R&D, platform management, business development and technology marketing. After some exposure to the world of intellectual property and licensing, he transferred to Nokia’s IP team in 2007. Since then he has been operating at the nexus of intellectual property, technology and business.

Following the sale of Nokia’s devices and services business to Microsoft in 2014, Nokia’s IP team has been part of the Nokia Technologies business which pursues new opportunities built on Nokia innovations and the Nokia brand.

Dr Castagno is passionate about the logistics of ideas and the management of innovation, and sees patents and IP rights as key enablers in a knowledge-based society. His responsibilities at Nokia have included advising Nokia businesses on IP rights matters in their strategy and business operations, leading IP rights streams in M&A and working on patent acquisition and divestment transactions.

A citizen of Italy and Finland, Dr Castagno has served as the honourary consul of Italy in Tampere, Finland since 2004 and regularly advises the Italian embassy in Finland on potential cooperation projects in the areas of technology and innovation. He is a lecturer in intellectual and technology assets management at the Faculty of Industrial and Information Management of the Tampere University of Technology, and regularly speaks at conferences and executive training programmes.

Dr Castagno is a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Intellectual Property in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Dr Castagno holds a PhD in telecommunications from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and a master’s (cum laude) in electronic engineering from the University of Trieste, Italy. He is the author of over 25 scientific journal articles and conference papers in the area of multimedia signal processing.


  • Electronics
  • Telecommunications

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