Thomas VinjePartner, Co-Chair Global Antitrust Group at Clifford Chance
Thomas Vinje is Partner and Co-Chair of the Global Antitrust group at Clifford Chance LLP, as well as the Co-Chair of the Firm's Public Policy Practice and Head of its Technology Sector Group. He is specialized in European Union antitrust and intellectual property law. He has been particularly active on dominance matters in the IT sector.
Mr. Vinje started his career in San Francisco in 1985. He moved to Brussels in 1989. While in the United States, he helped represent Fujitsu in its software copyright arbitration with IBM. He represented various clients against Microsoft before the European Commission and EU General Court in the landmark antitrust case finally decided by the EU General Court in 2007. In 2007 he filed a case against Microsoft on behalf of Opera, the Norwegian browser provider, regarding Microsoft's tying of Internet Explorer with Windows, which led to the adoption of changes to Microsoft's practices giving consumers a choice of browsers. Mr. Vinje represented Samsung before the European Commission and negotiated a resolution of the case it pursued regarding Samsung's seeking of injunctions against Apple based on standard essential patents. Thomas has acted for various clients, including FairSearch Europe, a trade association including Oracle, Naspers, and TripAdvisor, on the Commission's investigations of Google's conduct in the online search and mobile markets. He now represents Foundem as an intervenor supporting the European Commission in the Google Shopping case before the European General Court. He also represents Spotify and Epic in connection with the complaints they have filed against Apple and Nokia in its defense of SEP-related complaints filed against Nokia by Daimler and several others. Thomas has represented the Open Society Foundation on a number of international missions in Latin America advocating appropriate balance in intellectual property legislation and the appropriate application of competition law in technology markets.
Mr. Vinje obtained a B.A. (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Washington in 1977 and a J.D. with highest honours from the Colombia University School of Law in 1982 (James Kent Scholar).
Mr. Vinje is a member of the Dutch Bar of Brussels, a solicitor in England and Wales, and an attorney in Hawaii and California. Chambers places Mr. Vinje in its top rank of EC lawyers and he is listed by all the other major legal directories as a leading lawyer in EU law.