Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Joseph Straus

Professor of Law (Universities of Munich and Ljubljana)
Emeritus Scientific Member of the MPI for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law, Munich
Chair IP and Innovation Management, University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria
Marshall B. Coyne Visiting Professor of International and Comparative Law, GW University
Visiting Fellow Hoover Institution, Stanford University

+49 89 24246-410
+49 89 24246-506

Daniela Pfeuffer

Areas of Interest:

European and International Patent Law; Protection of Biotechnological Inventions; Law of Employee’s Inventions; International Protection of IPR and World Economic Order; Technology Transfer; IP Arbitration

Academic Résumé:

Born 1938 in Trieste, Italy. Received Law-Diploma 1962 from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and 1968 Dr. jur. from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich. Habilitation in 1986 at University of Ljubljana. Private practise from 1968 to 1977; since then with the Max-Planck-Institute. Teaches European and German Patent Law at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich since 1990. Nominated Full Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Ljubljana (1986-). Visiting Professor of Law, Cornell Law School, Ithaca, N.Y. (between 1989 and 1998); Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, George Washington University School of Law (Spring 2001-5). Distinguished Visiting Professor University of Toronto Faculty of Law (2005). Author or co-author of more than 250 publications in the field of intellectual property law, especially in the field of the protection of biotechnological inventions. Consultant toOECDWIPOUNCTAD, UNIDO, EC-CommissionWorld Bank, Scientific Services of the German Bundestag and the German Government, as well as the European Parliament, the European Patent Office, the Swiss Government and the Swiss Federal Institute for Intellectual Property. Vice-President German Association for Industrial Property and Copyright Law, Former President of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP), Chair Programme Committee, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) (1997-2006), Chair Intellectual Property Rights Committee of the Human Genome Organisation (HUGO) (1995-2006).

Academic Prizes / Honours / Memberships etc.:

Diploma of Merits, International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP), 1991

Medal of Merits, International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (AIPPI), 1997

Katz-Kiley Fellow 1999, University of Houston Law Center

Science Award 2000 of the Foundation for the German Science

Doctor Honoris Causa (Dr. jur. h.c.), University of Ljubljana, 2001 and University of Kragujevac, 2003

Honorary Director of the Intellectual Property Institute of the Tongji University, Shanghai

Honorary Professor, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan (2005-)

Honorary Professor Tongji University, Shanghai

Honorary Professor Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, and Honorary Director of its Chinese-German Institute for Intellectual Property

Selected as one of the 50 most influential people in Intellectual Property in 2003, 2004 and 2005 by the Journal "Managing Intellectual Property"

Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, 2005

Corresponding Member of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Art

Member and Vice-President of the Class „Social Sciences, Law and Economics“, European Academy of Sciences and Arts

Member of Honour, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), 2006

Inducted into IAM IP Hall of Fame 2007

Venice IP Award 2007 ("Premio Venezia per la Proprietà Intellettuale"

Honorary Professor, Xiamen University, Xiamen, 2009

Member Academia Europaea, Chair Law Section, 2009-

Chair, Standing Committee on Intellectual Property Rights, Federation of European Academies of Sciences (ALLEA), 2010

Order of Merits of the Republic of Slovenia, 2010

Ambassador of Science of the Republic of Slovenia (Ambasador znanosti Republike Slovenije), awarded by the Ministry for Higher Education, Science and Technology, Republic of Slovenia, 2011

NIPMO-UNISA Chair for Intellectual Property, University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria

Member of Honour, German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (Deutsche Vereinigung für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht – GRUR), 2013


Standing Advisory Committee before the European Patent Organisation (SACEPO)(1998-2009)

Advisory Board of the Research Fund of the European Patent Office, Munich (1998-2009)

Advisory Board of the Worldwide Academy of the World, Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

Standing Committee "Intellectual Property Rights" All European Academies (ALLEA)

Executive Council of the Center for Advanced Study an Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP) of the University of Washington, School of Law, Seattle

International Board of Assessors, Intellectual Property Research Center, University of Melbourne

Advisory Council of the McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology Law, University of San Francisco School of Law

Arbitrator with the International Court of Arbitration, Paris

Member of the Advisory Board of the Intellectual Property Office of the Repbulic of Slovenia (1991 - 2003)

Member of the Advisory Board of the Ifo Institute für Wirtschafsforschung, Munich (2002 - 2008)

Member of the Advisory Board of Intellectual Property Rights Annual Journal, Peking

Member of the Senate Commission on Basic Issues of Gene Re­search of the German Research Foundation (Senatskommission für Grundsatzfragen der Genforschung der DFG) 1993-1999

Member of the Academia Europaea (2001-), Chair Law Section (2009-)

Member of the Administrative Council, Center for International Industrial Property Studies (CEIPI), Université Robert Schuman (2001-2004)

Member Advisory Board, Creative and Innovative Economy Center, The George Washington University Law School, Washington D.C.

International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP), President (1993-1995), President Elect (1991-1993), Treasurer (1987-1991)

International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (AIPPI). Programme Committee (Member 1992-1994, Deputy Chairman 1994-1997, Chairman 1997-), Co-Chairman of Special Committee Q 144 - Publications (1998); Chairman of the Special Committee Q 114 - Biotechnology (1992-1998). Member of the Executive Committee since 1982; Member of the Board of the German National Group (1990-)

Human Genome Organisation (HUGO), Chairman of the Intellectual Property Rights Committee (1995-2006)

German Association for the Protection of Industrial Property and Copyright [Vice-President (2005‑)], Member of the Executive Board (2001-) and Member of the Committee for Plant Breedings (1986) and of the Committee for Patent- and Utility Models Law (1992-), Vice-President (2003-)

Association Littéraire et Artistique International (ALAI)

Association for Comparative Law

Member EU Commission’s Expert Group on Biotechnological Inventions (2002-)

Consultant to the OECD, Paris, on Biotechnology and Patent Protection, 1982-1985; 1991, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000; Chair Expert Group on Guidelines for Licensing of Genetic Inventions (2004-2006)

Consultant to World Intellectual Property Organization (WI­PO), Geneva, on Questions of Industrial Property Protec­tion of Biotechnological Inventions, 1985, 1986 and 1999

Consultant to the Commission of the European Economic Com­munity for the preparation of the Draft for a Council Di­rec­tive on the Legal Protection of Bio­technological Inven­tions, 1987-1989; On the Future European Patent System, 1995-1996; and on "Strategic Dimensions of Intellectual Property Rights in the Context of Technology Policy" (ETAN Working Group) (1998-1999)

Consultant to the Scientific Service of the German Bundestag (Parliament), 1996

Consultant to the European Patent Organisation on the Introduction of a Grace Period, 2000

Consultant to the German Federal Ministry of Justice, 2000

Consultant to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva, on the Impact of technologi­cal and commercial changes on policies and legislation affecting the creation and transfer of technologies, 1987/­1988

Consultant to the United Nations Industrial Develop­ment Or­ganization (UNIDO), Vienna, 1989

Consultant to the World Bank, Washington D.C., 1991

Member of the Advisory Panel for the Human Genome Project and Patenting DNA Sequences, Office of Technology Assessment (OT­A), Congress of the United States, 1993-1994

Consultant to the Ministry for Science and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia on the legislation in the fiel­d of em­ployees' inventions, 1993-1994

Member of the Working Group of the Conference of the Presidents of German Universities (Deutsche Hochschulrektorenkonferenz) for the Preparation of Recommendations aimed to Incent Patent Applications from Universities and other Institutions of Higher Professional Education in Germany (Präsidial-Arbeitsgruppe zur Vorbereitung von Empfehlungen zur Förderung der Patentanmeldungen aus den Universitäten und Fachhochschulen in Deutschland) 1996

Member of the Working Group on Bio-Sciences of the Technology Council of The German Federal Chancellor (Bundeskanzler) 1996

Testified as Expert before the ”Committee on Legal Affairs and Citizen’s Rights”, European Parliament, Brussels, June 10, 1996

Testified as Expert (”Auskunftsperson”) before the Special Committee on ”Gentechnik-Volksbegehren” of the Austrian Parliament, Vienna, October 24, 1997

Testified as Expert before the Committee on Legal Affairs of the German Parliament (Bundestag) on the Protection of Spare Parts by Design Law, Berlin, September 24, 2003

Testified as Expert before the Committee on Legal Affairs of the German Parliament (Bundestag) on Issues of Patenting Biotechnological Inventions, Berlin, September 29, 2004

Member of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center’s List of Neutrals


German, English, French, Italian, Slovene

Current Publications:

Straus, Joseph: The Impact of the New World Order on Economic Development: The Role of the Intellectual Property Rights System. In: Daily, J.E. / F.S. Kieff / A.E. Wilmarth, Jr. (Eds.): Perspectives on Financing Innovation, Routledge Publishers. Oxon / New York, Routledge, 2014, p. 102 - 117.

Straus, Joseph: Das Binnenmarktrecht des gewerblichen Rechtsschutzes (Gesamtsystem und Patentrecht). In: Hatje, A. / P.-Ch. Müller-Graff (Eds.): Enzyklopadie des Europarechts (Volume 4) – Europäisches Wirtschaftsordnungsrecht. Baden-Baden, Nomos, 2014, p. 1091 - 1145.

Straus, Joseph: A Marriage of Convenience: World Economy and Intellectual Property from 1990 to 2012 (Quan Yi Zhi Hun Yin: 1990 Nian zhi 2012 Nian Jian Shi Jie Jing Ji Yu Zhi Shi Chan Quan), translated by Gao Han, corrected by Zhang Taolue & Xu Zeyi. In: Intellectual Property and Competition Law Review, 2014, Volume 2, p. 3 - 56.

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The Scope of the EU "Bolar" Exemption – An Analysis of Astellas v. Polpharma

Seminar "Protection of Medicinal Innovation"

  • Location: Patent Office of the Republic of Poland, Warsaw


Patents as Determinants for Research, Innovation and Investment, Conference: Il ruolo strategico del sistema metalmeccanico italiano: dai metalli alla meccatronica

  • Location: Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome


Grace Period – A Matter of Patent Law Harmonization and International Trade Distortion

JPO – AIPPI – FICPI "Tegernsee Symposium" focused on Grace Period, organized by Japan Patent Office

  • Location: Hotel Okura, Tokyo

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Managing Intellectual Property and Innovation

Distant learning courses

  • Location: University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria

Winter 13/14


Advanced Topics on Law and Technology

Tsinghua University

  • Location: Peking

Winter 13/14


European Patent Law


  • Location: München

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Participation in projects:

IP Infrastructures in Asian countries (with Prof. Paul Goldstein, Stanford)