Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Annette Kur

Senior Research Fellow
Fields of Law: Europe; Rights Providing Copyright Protection; Trademark Law; Law of Unfair Competition; Antitrust Law; Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resource and Folklore; General Private and Commercial Law; General Conflicts of Law; International Commercial Law

+49 89 24246-404
+49 89 24246-501
Areas of Interest:

European and international trademark law; European industrial design law; international procedural law in the field of intellectual property

Academic Résumé:

Doctorate awarded in 1981. Research Fellow at the Institute since 1980.

Academic Prizes / Honours / Memberships etc.:

Adjungerad professor (= Associate Professor) at the University of Stockholm

Member of NYU’s “Global Program”

Consultant to the American Law Institute on the project “Intellectual Property – Principles Governing Jurisdiction, Choice of Law and Judgments in Transnational Disputes”

President-Elect of the Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property, ATRIP)

Current Publications:

Lee , N. / G. Westkamp / A. Kur / A. Ohly: Intellectual Property, Unfair Competition and Publicity. Edward Elgar, p. 368, 2014.

Kur, Annette / R. Knaak / R.M. Hilty / J. Drexl: Stellungnahme des Max-Planck-Instituts für Innovation und Wettbewerb vom 12.5.2014 zum Vorschlag der Europäischen Kommission für eine Richtlinie über den Schutz vertraulichen Know-hows und vertraulicher Geschäftsinformationen (Geschäftsgeheimnisse) vor rechtswidrigem Erwerb sowie rechtswidriger Nutzung und Offenlegung vom 28.11.2013, COM (2013) 813 final .

Kur, Annette / et al.: Declaration on Patent Protection.

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Overlaps of trademarks and design – What’s the problem?

INTA, When Trademarks Overlap with Other Rights

  • Location: München


The Future of Trade Marks in the EU – The Trade Mark Reform Package

IPR-Center, Markenseminar

  • Location: Helsinki


The ‘Theory of Everything‘ in IP Law – Impossible Vision or Realistic Prospect?

CBL Center at NUS, Framing IP in the 21st Century

  • Location: Singapur

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SS 2012



  • Location: LMU München

WS 11/12



  • Location: LMU München

WS 10/11

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  • Location: LMU München

Participation in projects:

Geistiges Eigentum und Internationales Privatrecht (Intellectual property and international private law)

Intellectual Property Rights in Transition (with the University of Stockholm)

Interessenausgleich im Urheberrecht (Balance of interests in copyright law)

Perspektiven des Gemeinschaftsmarkenrechts (The future of the Community trademark law)