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Jurisdiction II: Global Networks/Local Rules

September 11-12, 2000
San Francisco, CA

Speaker Biographies

Thomas Vinje

Managing Partner
Morrison & Foerster LLP, Belgium

Mr. Vinje was born in Seattle, Washington in 1954. He earned his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Washington in 1977 and his J.D. Degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1982, where he was a James Kent Scholar, a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Note/Comment Editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law.

Upon graduation, Mr. Vinje served as a law clerk to Judge Martin Pence, United States District Court, District of Hawaii and to Judge Edmund Palmieri, United States District Court, Southern District of New York. After working with law firms in Germany and Australia, he associated with Morrison & Foerster in 1985. Mr. Vinje was admitted to practice in Hawaii in 1983 and in California in 1986.

Mr. Vinje practiced in Morrison & Foerster's San Francisco office before moving to Brussels in 1989. While in San Francisco between 1985 and 1989, Mr. Vinje's practice concentrated on intellectual property and antitrust matters in U.S. courts and complex international arbitration.

Mr. Vinje founded the firm's Brussels office and is its managing partner. Since moving to Brussels, Mr. Vinje has specialized in European Union intellectual property and competition law. In particular, he coordinates the European aspects of international intellectual property licensing and disputes. He also acts as "European counsel" to a number of U.S. companies with operations in Europe. In this role, he counsels non-European companies on the panoply of legal issues that may arise when doing business in Europe, as well as providing strategic advice with respect to the management of European litigation.

Mr. Vinje has lectured widely on European Union and U.S. intellectual property and antitrust law, as well as subjects related more generally to doing business in Europe. He is the author of articles on European intellectual property and antitrust matters in numerous publications.

Mr. Vinje chairs the U.S. Board of Editors for Droit de l'Informatique et des TÚlÚcoms and sits on the Board of Editors for Computer und Recht and The Computer Law and Security Report. He is also one of the editors of Computer und Recht International, first issued in January 2000. In addition, Mr. Vinje is a Member of the Board of Licensing Executives Society Benelux, Vice-Chairman of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of Licensing Executives Society International, and sits on the LES Copyright Committee.


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