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Intellectual Property and Competition Law

The aims of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law lie in fundamental research of current, future-oriented questions surrounding the protection of intellectual property, such as inventions or creations as well as the regulation of competition mechanisms and behavior. The point of departure in defining the Institute's research topics are primarily phenomenological questions from which specific, long-term examined fields of researchare formed. Within these fields of research, the Institute determines mid-term variable main areas of researchwithin which various types of partially interdisciplinary research projects are located.

 

Field of Research
Intellectual property law and competition law between the marketplace and regulation

 

Main Area of Research
Legal and economic framework of the pharmaceutical industry

 

Main Area of Research
The Music Market

 

Main Area of Research
Legal and economic framework of markets for information goods and for information technology

 

Main Area of Research
Sport

 

Field of Research
The coherence of intellectual property law with competition policy

 

Main Area of Research
Exploring differences and commonalities in the intellectual property system

 

Main Area of Research
Overlaps

 

Main Area of Research
Coherency of IP Rights and Unfair Competition Law

 

Main Area of Research
Coherency of Antitrust Law and Unfair Competition Law

 

Field of Research
Promotion of innovation through intellectual property law and competition law

 

Main Area of Research
Incentive mechanisms

 

Main Area of Research
'Green' Antitrust Law

 

Main Area of Research
Competition in Innovation

 

Field of Research
Intellectual property law and competition law in the European Union

 

Main Area of Research
Union-Wide Intellectual Property Rights and Systems

 

Main Area of Research
Objectives of the European Union in Intellectual Property and Competition Law

 

Main Area of Research
Procedural Law

 

Field of Research
Intellectual property law and competition law in a global legal order

 

Main Area of Research
The Fragmentation of International Intellectual Property Law

 

Main Area of Research
The Concept of Territoriality and Its Impact on International Intellectual Property Protection

 

Main Area of Research
Global Competition Order

 

Field of Research
Enforcement of rights

 

Main Area of Research
Balance of interest

 

Main Area of Research
The structures of law enforcement

 

Main Area of Research
Alternative Dispute Resolution

 

Field of Research
The methodological basis of antitrust law

 

Main Area of Research
The Economic Approach to Competition Law

 

Main Area of Research
Methodological Challenges of Protecting Competition in Innovation

 

Field of Research
The social contribution and legitimacy of intellectual property law

 

Main Area of Research
Functions, objectives, values and evaluation criteria

 

Main Area of Research
Ceilings of Intellectual Property Protection

 

Intellectual property (IP) protection is not absolute; rather, in various aspects, it is limited. The exclusivity IP rights entail is typically curtailed by conditions for protection, the scope of protection, exceptions and limitations as well as a limited duration of such rights. These different forms of limits can be referred to as ceilings of IP protection. The motives for ceilings can, on the one hand, be considerations inherent to the IP system. For example, the objective of promoting innovation through patents demands a limited duration of these rights, so that the invention encourages further innovation in an efficient manner. A functional analysis of ceilings can, in this respect, offer insights as to whether current IP law protects too little or too much.

Motives for ceilings may also be values and interests external to the IP system. In this way, copyright law permits the usage of protected works for teaching and research purposes. The underlying relationship between IP systems and external values such as access to knowledge, environmental protection, free competition or public health must be re-examined and dynamically determined on a continuous basis.

The MPI for Intellectual Property and Competition Law thus scrutinises how ceilings in IP law may be optimally structured on the one hand through considerations inherent in the system, and through external values on the other. This examination may essentially take place on national, regional (in particular European) and international levels. Due to increasing regulation of IP protection on the international level, a central research question is whether the legal framework sufficiently considers ceilings or offers as least enough flexibility to introduce ceilings in a way corresponding to legitimate national interests. At the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and at the World Trade Organization (WTO), negotiations are taking place on ceilings in copyright law to the benefit of various user groups and on the appropriate consideration of traditional knowledge in patent law. In the wider context of international law, ceilings may result from the relationship between IP rights and norms of environmental protection, biological diversity and human rights.

On the European level, the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights provides an occasion to analyse its potential ceiling effect on IP law. The same is true due to advancing European integration in the areas of environmental protection and social policy. And on the national level, questions about the optimal limits of IP protection are also not completely resolved. However, national legal systems offer a distinctly more homogenous normative order with clear hierarchies and structures than regional or in particular international legal systems. But even here, technical, economic and social processes offer sufficient reasons to dynamically adapt the ceilings of IP law - for example, for the creative use of protected content on the internet or for the promotion of green technologies. Existing research on individual questions concerning ceilings call henceforth for a fundamental and systematic examination of this topic.

Projects

Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

A patent use exemption for user-generated innovation. The maker movement meets patent law.

Natalia Łukaszewicz

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Biopiraterie: neue Grenzen für das Patentrecht?

Pedro Henrique Dias Batista

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Defenses in Patent Infringement Litigations

Zeinab Ghafouri

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Der Teileschutz im Urheberrecht

Sebastian Benz

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Die bösgläubige Markenanmeldung – eine rechtsvergleichende Betrachtung im chinesischen und deutschen Recht

Bo Fu

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Die Kommunikationssensibilität des Rechts - Adaptionsfähigkeit und Anpassungsbedarf des Urheberrechts an digitales Lernen

Ricarda Lotte

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Die maßgeblichen Verkehrskreise im Markeneintragungsverfahren – unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Ermittlung und Interpretation der relevanten Verkehrauffassung

Raphael Nusser

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Die Schutzfähigkeit dreidimensionaler Formen unter besonderer Berücksichtigung von artbedingten und wertverleihenden Formen

Stefanie Vögl

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Die urheberrechtliche Zwangslizenz

Hubertus Weber

 
Funded publication
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Disability in Copyright Law

Vasileios Antoniadis

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Evidence and Narrative in Copyright Law - Why a Treaty on the Public Domain Makes Sense

Maximiliano Marzetti

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Gerechter Ausgleich im Sinne der Richtlinie 2001/29/EG – Nur ein gesetzlicher Vergütungsanspruch?

Claudius Pflüger

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Improving the Access to Medicines in Central Amercia: An Analysis of the Legislative Flexibilities

David Godoy

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Informationen und Daten als Erzeugnisse im Sinne des derivativen Erzeugnisschutzes?

Franziska Greiner

 
Funded publication
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Intellectual Property Crime Harmonization and Cultural Democracy

Dr. Jesus Ivan Mora Gonzalez

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Intellectual Property Infringement Compensation Research:The Types and The Celling of Compensation

Jingjing HU

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Kollektive Rechtewahrnehmung und Erweiterte Kollektive Lizenzen

Felix Trumpke

 
Further research project
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Limitations of Intellectual Property Protection: The Changing Rules of Permanent Injunction

Tao Yang

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Limits to Patent Protection of Crop Biotechnology for Sustainable Agriculture in Europe

Ali Seyhan Ugurlu

 
Further research project
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Patent Declaration

Prof. Dr. Reto M. Hilty, Dr. Matthias Lamping, Prof. Dr. Annette Kur, Prof. Dr. Hanns Ullrich, Dr. Henning Grosse Ruse-Khan

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Patent Information: a Technology Transfer Channel for Development?

Nefissa Chakroun

 
Further research project
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Reconciliation of Interests in Copyright Law in the Digital Era-A New Perspective from China

Yong Wan

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Reconstructing Copyright Limitations and Exceptions in the Digital Network Age: the Enlightenment from the Law and Practice of Developed Societies to China’s Digital Copyright Reform

Jie Hua

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Reconstructing the Doctrine of Use as a Trade Mark -- From a Perspective of Legal Transplantation

Lizhou WEI

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Software Linking as Alteration: Framework for Assessment under European Copyright Law

Pessi Honkasalo

 
Further research project
Interdisciplinary Research

Standard-Essential Patents and the Role of Standard-Setting Organizations

Prof. Dr. Josef Drexl, LL.M., Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D., Pedro Batista, Dr. Beatriz Conde, Dr. Fabian Gaessler, Martin Husovec, Dr. Peter Picht, Dr. Gintarė Surblytė, Charalampos Tsilikas, Alina Wernick

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

The experimental use exemption in the Italian and in the EU Patent system and the other free uses of the patented invention

Linda Briceno

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

The interoperability debate on copyright in computer programs: Solutions provided by German law and other issues of European interest

Begoña González Otero

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

The Inventive Concept in Patent Law

Julia Powles

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

The Open Source Software Paradigm

Vikrant Narayan Vasudeva

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

The Right of transformation in the Spanish Copyright Law

Marc Simon Altaba

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

The Use of Trade Marks in Keyword Advertising - Evaluating the Adequacy of the Trade Mark Directive’s Infringement Criteria

Nicole van der Laan

 

Main Area of Research
Acceptance of Intellectual Property Rights