Roberto Castagno is director of IP business development at Nokia Technologies.
Castagno joined Nokia in 1999 and has held a number of roles related 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 when 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.
He 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 mergers and acquisitions and, more recently, working on patent acquisition and divestment transactions.
A citizen of Italy living in Finland, Castagno has served as the honorary consul of Italy in Tampere since 2004 and regularly advises the Italian embassy in Finland on potential cooperation projects in the areas of technology and innovation.
Roberto Castagno holds a PhD in telecommunications from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and a master’s degree 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.