Press release

Former mayor Rob van Gijzel opens the new dispute resolution institute for tech companies

Eindhoven, 21 May 2019 – During the Dutch Technology Week, this afternoon former mayor of Eindhoven Rob van Gijzel officially opened a new institute which prevents and settles tech disputes: Technology Arbitration & Mediation Institute (TAMI). It aims at preventing escalation quickly and cost-efficiently and offering an alternative for the ordinary courts of law.

During a mini-symposium at the Brainport Industries Campus on the settlement of disputes in technology, one of the themes is the prevention of disputes. If there is a dispute nevertheless and you cannot work things out together, you want this to be settled in an independent, impartial, professional, fast, cost-efficient and confidential way. Many entrepreneurs do not know that one does not need to take matters to court straightaway. Alternatively, the new institute focusses on de-escalation, mediation and arbitration.

Hans Bloemen (chairman of Brainport TechLaw and board member of TAMI):

‘The special quality of this new institute is that all mediators, advisers, and arbitrators mainly speak the technical language and not just legal lingo. There is already much collaboration in a region like this in the field of tech. It is of the essence to maintain relationships and seek common ground instead of differences. More importantly, the institute offers an economical and above all abridged procedure. All parties benefit from a fast solution. We are Brainport region orientated, but we work globally.’

Rob van Gijzel:

We moeten met elkaar blijven praten over het samen versterken van ons ecosysteem. We hebben in onze regio te maken met een andere afhankelijkheid, waarvoor een betrouwbare keten zeer relevant is. Natuurlijk gaat er altijd wel eens iets mis, maar dat los je beter ordentelijk op om iedere partij recht te doen. Dit nieuwe arbitrage instituut voor technologiebedrijven is daar een enorme hulp bij. En dat hadden we nog niet. Ik ben oprecht superblij met het oprichten van dit instituut en wens alle betrokkenen heel veel succes!

Voor diverse conflicten bij kleine of grote techbedrijven

We must have an ongoing dialogue on the reinforcement of our ecosystem. In our region, we have to deal with another dependency for which a reliable chain is of great relevance. Of course, things can go wrong, but solving it in an orderly fashion does better justice to all parties. This new arbitration institute for technology companies is immensely helpful there. We missed that. I am sincerely super happy with the foundation of this institute and wish all involved every success!’

For a diversity of disputes at small and large tech companies

The institute specialises in a diversity of disputes tech companies may experience, e.g. about technology licences, intellectual property, R&D collaboration, online services and technology contracts. Depending on the technology of the dispute involved, a subject matter expert is selected to act as a mediator or arbitrator. The institute is available to both start-ups, SMEs as corporate businesses, in the Netherlands and abroad.

Efficient and confidential
Communication preferably takes place via electronic means. For example, Skype meetings. This will save lots of time and money; most definitely also in international