Heidi Härkönen, LL.M. (trained on the bench) is a PhD Researcher at University of Lapland Faculty of Law. Currently she works as a visiting researcher at Aalto University Department of Design. In her PhD dissertation, Härkönen is focusing on various copyright issues of fashion designs and investigating the balance between innovation and imitation in the world of fashion from a copyright perspective. Her most recent peer-reviewed article was awarded by the Finnish Bar Association as one of the best legal articles published in 2018.
Härkönen is also the founder of the Finnish Fashion Law Association and acted as the president of the association from 2014 to 2017. The association received IPR Innovation award from IPR University Center in 2016.