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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

 

An appropriate protection of intellectual property and a modern competition law are essential factors for sustainable and integrative growth in the European Union and for the competitiveness of the European economy. These central strategic objectives on the part of the EU are promoted in particular through the creation of an internal market for intellectual property rights and an internal market-oriented concept of competition law. Basic research in the area of intellectual property and competition law within the EU must, therefore, continually keep these programmatic objectives in view.

The main area of research at the Institute performed within this framework touches on a number of topical issues. Firstly, there is the tension between the objectives of the internal market and the territoriality of national intellectual property and competition laws. Since the beginning of the EU, this conflict has been dealt with in the case law of the European Court of Justice regarding the relationship between the protection of industrial and commercial property within the meaning of Art. 36 TFEU and the principle of the free movement of goods.

An important instrument to counteract such conflicts is the harmonisation of national intellectual property and competition systems by Directives to approximate the laws of the Member States. This harmonisation must not be oriented solely on internal market policy objectives; rather, it must also consider the functions of IP and competition law systems, and thereby lead to an appropriate and balanced level of protection. The research activities at the Institute on harmonisation options are focused on this combination of functional and integrative perspectives.

Particular challenges for further harmonisation, especially in the areas of copyright law, trade mark law and unfair competition law, arise in view of the technical possibilities and consequences of digitisation and the changes due to the internet. The objectives of the internal market and an expansion of competitiveness in the EU require answers to these developments and an appropriate modernisation of the legal systems in intellectual property and competition law.

Ultimately, in order to surmount the territoriality of protection and to create an internationally competitive internal market, Union-wide intellectual property systems and their relationship to national systems are important elements. The Institute analyses these matters intensively and considers Union-wide intellectual property rights and systems as a separate main area of research.

Projects

Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Das Recht des unlauteren Wettbewerbs in Spanien - eine Analyse der aktuellen wettbewerbsrechtlichen Situation im Hinblick auf die Frage der europäischen Harmonisierung

Anna-Elisabeth Klein

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Der Schutz gegen unlauteren Wettbewerb in Deutschland und England vor dem Hintergrund fortschreitender europäischer Harmonisierung

Vera Haesen

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Der Werkbegriff in Europa

Eva-Marie König

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Die Behandlung digitaler Inhalte im VO-Entwurf für ein Gemeinsames Europäisches Kaufrecht

Johannes Druschel

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Die Übertragbarkeit der Marktabgrenzungskriterien des Kartellrechts auf das Beihilfenrecht

Beate Förtsch

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Evaluation Criteria of Misleading Advertising in the European Union

Mantas Rimkevicius

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Harmonisation of Trade Secrets: Requirements for the protection in the EU

Teresa Trallero Ocaña

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Harmonisierungsoptionen im Bereich des Rechtsübergangs und der Lizenzierung von Markenrechten

Claudia Langer

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Kollektive Rechtewahrnehmung und Erweiterte Kollektive Lizenzen

Felix Trumpke

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Neuordnung der Außenhandelskompetenzen der Europäischen Union bei ausländischen Direktinvestitionen und den Handelsaspekten Geistigen Eigentums

Sophie Beuttenmüller

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Private Autonomy in Intellectual Property Systems: a European Perspective

Silvia Scalzini

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

The construction of an EU Copyright Law. Towards a balanced framework

Franciska Schönherr

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

The Digital Borders within the EU: Geo blocking, IP and Competition Law

Laura Zoboli

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

The Role of Intellectual Property for Clean Technology Development in the European legal framework.

Marisa Aranda

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

The Trans-Frontier Management of Musical Rights in Europe: A European Regulation of Territoriality

Anne-Catherine Lorrain

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Towards a European law of exploitation contracts of IP rights?: Essay on the prospective (re)construction of the actual legal framework in a European perspective

Theodoros Chiou

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Unlauterer Wettbewerb im deutschen und französischen Recht im Lichte der europäischen Harmonisierung

Cécile Ridderbusch

 

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

 

Main Area of Research
Acceptance of Intellectual Property Rights