Brinkhof wint MIP Impact Case of the Year Award

31 maart 2021


Brinkhof wins Impact Case of the Year Award for the Netherlands


Brinkhof has received recognition at the Managing IP Awards for its role in the Sisvel v Xiaomi litigation before the Netherlands Court of Appeal. The Awards were presented in a virtual ceremony on March 30 2021.

The firm successfully represented Xiaomi in a high-profile infringement dispute concerning standard essential patents (SEPs). The District Court of The Hague rejected Sisvel’s preliminary injunction request and declared the SEP non-essential. The firm also defended OPPO against Sisvel.

In its judgment, published in April 2020, the Court of Appeal examined EU law and held that a preliminary injunction was disproportionate in an SEP/FRAND licensing dispute.

The award citation also recognizes other patent work the firm has handled in the past year. This includes advising Heineken on a patent dispute over a bottle-in-bottle technology, which resulted in a global settlement, and acting in complex EPO proceedings on behalf of clients such as Tata Steel and the Broad Institute.

Based in Amsterdam, Brinkhof is a leading law firm with a strong focus on innovation, technology and intangible assets, such as brands, goodwill and information.

Managing editor Ed Conlon said: “The pandemic has posed big challenges for businesses worldwide. IP practitioners have responded with diligence and imagination, and we are delighted to recognize some of their achievements at this year’s Managing IP Awards.”

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Each year our research analysts obtain information from thousands of firms, IP practitioners and their clients through interviews, email and online surveys.

Before compiling the shortlists, our researchers evaluated the work data supplied by firms and, where applicable, reviewed publicly available information such as court and IP office records. They focused on work done or concluded in the previous year, particularly looking for case studies that were of great significance to clients and/or IP law and practice. Firms or individuals can also be shortlisted based on the researcher’s independent research findings.

Managing IP launched its awards programme in 2006. The ceremony attracts hundreds of guests from private practice and in-house as well as prominent figures in the IP industry. It is regarded as the premier IP law firm awards event in the legal industry. In total, more than 1,000 guests attended the ceremonies in 2019 and 2020.

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