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The Board of Trustees of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition is the body where science and society meet. One of its important functions is to establish a trusting relationship between the Institute and the public. The Board of Trustees advises the Institute on matters of academic policy, economics and organization. For an institute of the Max Planck Society, the Academic Advisory Board represents the central instrument of academic evaluation.

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It advises the institute’s directors, in particular with regard to its research program, performs a triannual evaluation of the institute’s research, and reports to the President of the Max Planck Society. Every six years, groups of Max Planck institutes with a similar specialization (e.g. all law institutes) undergo a comparative evaluation. This comprehensive and independent assessment of the institutes’ research activities ensures the appropriate allocation of the public funds made available to the Max Planck Society.

Board of Trustees

Members of the Board of Trustees represent the areas of politics and the judiciary, governmental agencies and bodies, collecting societies and business:

Dr. Heinrich Arnold
CEO, Detecon Consulting

Dr. Marc Beise
Head of the business editorial office, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Büscher
Presiding Judge at the German Federal Court of Justice

Rolf Christof Dienst
Managing Director, Wessel Management GmbH

Juergen Dressel, Ph.D./Ohio St. Univ.
Head of Global Patent Litigation Strategy, Novartis Pharma AG

Dr. Carsten Fink
Chief Economist, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Dr. Tobias Holzmüller
Head of Legal, GEMA

Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann
President, acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering

Dr. Johannes Lübking
Head of Unit, Antitrust, Energy, Environment, DG Competition, European Commission

Raimund Lutz
Vice President, European Patent Office

Dr. Frank Montag
Committee Chairman, Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V.

Andreas Mundt
President, Bundeskartellamt

Prof. Dr. Andreas L. Paulus
Judge at the Federal Constitutional Court

Iris Plöger
Member of the Executive Board, BDI e.V.

Dr. Tillman Prinz
Federal Chairman, German Chamber of Architects (BAK)

Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer (Chair)
President, German Patent and Trademark Office

Beate Schmidt
President, Federal Patent Court

Dr. Robert Staats
Managing Director, VG WORT

Beat Weibel
Chief IP Counsel, Corporate Technology IP, Siemens AG

MinDir Dr. Hubert Weis
Head of the Directorate-General for Commercial and Economic Law, Federal Ministry of Justice

Dr. Manfred Wittenstein
Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Wittenstein AG

Dr. Gert Würtenberger
President, German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)

Academic Advisory Board

The Academic Advisory Board of the Institute includes leading academics from the areas of intellectual property law, competition law and economics:

Prof. Dr. Dan L. Burk
University of California, USA

Prof. Dr. Andreas Fuchs, LL.M.
Universität Osnabrück, Germany

Prof. Dr. Hans Gersbach
ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Inge Govaere 
Universiteit Gent, Belgium

Prof. Dr. Warren S. Grimes
Southwestern Law School, USA

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kaiser
Universität Zürich, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Patrick Llerena
University of Strasbourg, France

Prof. Dr. Hans-Wolfgang Micklitz (Chair)
European University Institute, Italy

Prof. Dr. Geertrui Van Overwalle
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Arnold Picot †
LMU Munich, Germany

Prof. Dr. Jens Hemmingsen Schovsbo, Ph.D.
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Prof. Dr. Rolf H. Weber
Universität Zürich, Switzerland