Mr. Pekka Tarkela

Senior Advisor, Borenius Attorneys
Doctoral Researcher, University of Helsinki


"Data Strategies for the Future"


Mr Pekka Tarkela joined Borenius Attorneys in 1997 and served as a Partner from 2000 to 2015. In 2015, he became a Senior Advisor and began his doctoral studies at the University of Helsinki.

Pekka has a background in intellectual property law. In the 1990s, he worked for the government of Finland as a copyright expert within EU preparatory bodies and the World Trade Organization. During his time as a Partner at Borenius, Pekka headed the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice from 2005 to 2012. He has extensive experience in digital business models and their global application as well as in information and communications technology contracts and transactions.

Currently, Pekka is working on his dissertation for the Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki. His doctoral thesis concerns the relationship between digital data and the law: What legal approaches would be best for data and on what grounds? If data has value, should data also count as property in the eyes of the law? What legal rules should apply to digital data in taxation or accountancy? Should policymakers and legislators treat data as a collective resource similarly to human labour or rather as falling under individual rights like intellectual property? Pekka’s study is an attempt to approach these and similar data related questions from the perspective of the law.

Pekka is a long time board member of the Finnish Copyright Society and the International Technology Law Association, and he currently serves and has served in a number of other expert and advisory functions during the twenty-five odd years he has practised intellectual property and technology law.