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Most innovative law firms in Dispute Resolution 2012 (2)

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Award levelCommended
InnovationInternet Service Providers (ISP) obligations
Originality6
Rationale6
Impact6
Total18
DescriptionThe firm challenged a Belgian ruling which obliged ISPs to monitor and filter all traffic on their networks. Previous cases concentrated on ISPs' attempts to reduce copyright theft but the firm challenged the idea that ISPs should be responsible for policing. They argued that monitoring all content would infringe internet users' privacy and freedom. The impact of the case is being felt all over Europe and in the US, and the firm has potentially secured ISPs from having to submit to untenable business practices.

Most innovative law firms in Dispute Resolution 2012

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InnovationLongest running 'patent troll' litigation in the electronics sector
Originality7
Rationale6
Impact7
Total20
DescriptionThe firm advised Nokia in a patent trolling claim which suggested that it required a licence to patents owned by IPCom, who sought billions in royalties. Had Nokia settled IPCom's claim for anything near the demanded sums, it could have presented Nokia and Europe as a soft touch for 'patent trolling' and welcomed an onslaught of patent litigation. The work began in 2008 and over 70 separate actions have been completed involving 49 patent families. Litigation is ongoing but the bulk of the issue has now been resolved and the result has been an overwhelming success for Nokia.