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Workshop  |  17.12.2024, 11:30  –  18.12.2024, 16:30

RISE – 7th Research on Innovation, Science and Entrepreneurship Workshop

Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb

Keynote: Matt Marx (Cornell University)

On 17/18 December 2024, the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition will host the 7th Research on Innovation, Science and Entrepreneurship Workshop (RISE7), an annual workshop for Ph.D. students and Junior Post-docs in Economics and Management. 


The goal of the RISE7 Workshop is to stimulate an in-depth discussion of a select number of empirical research papers. It offers Ph.D. students and Junior Post-docs an opportunity to present their work and to receive feedback.


Keynote speaker of the RISE7 Workshop is Matt Marx (Cornell University).


See the Call for Papers RISE7.


For more information see RISE Workshop.

Seminar  |  20.11.2024 | 15:00  –  16:15

Preview: Innovation & Entrepreneurship Seminar mit Marina Schröder

Marina Schröder (Universität Hannover)


hybrid (Raum 313/Zoom)

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Ansprechpartnerin: Svenja Friess


Eintragung in den Einladungsverteiler und mehr Informationen auf der Seminarseite.

Seminar  |  06.11.2024 | 15:00  –  16:15

Preview: Innovation & Entrepreneurship Seminar mit Eugenie Dugoua

Eugenie Dugoua (London School of Economics)


hybrid (Raum 313/Zoom)

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Ansprechpartnerin: Ulrike Morgalla


Eintragung in den Einladungsverteiler und mehr Informationen auf der Seminarseite.

Seminar  |  30.10.2024 | 16:30  –  17:45

Preview: Innovation & Entrepreneurship Seminar mit Carolyn Stein

Carolyn Stein (UC Berkeley)


Online-Veranstaltung, auf Einladung, siehe Seminarseite.

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Ansprechpartnerin: Marina Chugunova


Eintragung in den Einladungsverteiler und mehr Informationen auf der Seminarseite.

Seminar  |  23.10.2024 | 15:00  –  16:15

Preview: Innovation & Entrepreneurship Seminar mit Manuel Hermosilla

Manuel Hermosilla (University of Illinois at Chicago)


hybrid (Raum 313/Zoom)

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Ansprechpartnerin: Elisabeth Hofmeister


Eintragung in den Einladungsverteiler und mehr Informationen auf der Seminarseite.

Tagung  |  03.10.2024, 09:30  –  04.10.2024, 16:30

Florence Conference on IP, Competition and Innovation

Gemeinsam mit dem European University Institute - Badia Fiesolana

EUI Campus, Florenz (Italien)

Two years after the Florence SEP Seminar, the European University Institute (EUI) and the Max-Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition invite submissions to their scientific conference on ‘IP, Competition and Innovation’ to be held in Florence at the EUI Campus on 3 – 4 October 2024.


The relationship between intellectual property (IP) rights and competition law is complex. There is broad high-level consensus that IP laws and competition law, each with its specific legal instruments, share the common objective of enhancing consumer welfare and promoting innovation and are, as such, complementary. Though straightforward in theory, the extent to and how innovation considerations inform the competition law enforcement in general, and in IP-related cases in particular, pose significant challenges. Moreover, technological and societal developments are changing innovation processes and market competition. These changes, in turn, impact the role and use of IP rights in the market. Additionally, differences in how IP rights are treated under competition law across jurisdictions can be the source of geopolitical tensions, given the pivotal role that IP protection has acquired in international trade and the extraterritorial reach of competition laws.


Key topics at the intersection of IP and competition emerge across several innovative industries. As one of the most R&D-intensive industries, IP-related competition cases have been most prominent in the pharmaceutical sector. While competition authorities have focused much on reverse-payment settlements in the past years, the potential anticompetitive nature of other patenting and licensing strategies is becoming the focus of interest. Likewise, competition law enforcers are increasingly testing new innovation-related theories of harm in their assessment of pharmaceutical mergers. In the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, issues concerning licensing and enforcing standard essential patents (SEPs) have been hotly debated for years. At the same time, as the Internet of Things advances, novel questions arise from integrating ICT technologies in more traditional industries. Finally, competition law challenges to copyright exclusivity are expanding beyond the area of collective management organisations into digital markets. In this context, recent discussions revolve around restrictions on open-source licensing by dominant IP rightsholders and on interoperability obligations of digital platforms.


Policy developments in Europe are also reshaping the interplay of IP rights and competition law. Since April 2023, a proposal for a Regulation on SEPs, representing the most significant change in the standardisation context since the SDOs’ adoption of IPR policies in the early 1990s, is undergoing the legislative process. Moreover, starting in June 2023, the Unitary Patent system finally provides a single patent right and a court system for 17 EU Member States. The Unified Patent Court can significantly contribute to the EU competition law jurisprudence by hearing defences related to dominance abuses in patent infringement actions and making preliminary references to the CJEU


Furthermore, the Commission is working to introduce by 2025 new guidelines on exclusionary abuses, including IP-related practices. In parallel, the European Commission has just launched the process for reforming the Block Exemption Regulation on Technology Transfer Agreements, which expires in 2026. This regulation and the accompanying Guidelines are the primary reference source of the EU policy on IP licensing and serve as a role model for other jurisdictions.


Against this background, the Florence Conference on IP, Competition and Innovation welcomes unpublished papers from lawyers and economists both on cross-cutting and sector-specific IP and competition policy issues. In particular, we invite theoretical and empirical contributions on the following topics:

  • IP and competition within innovation networks and ecosystems
  • IP as an economic competitiveness index at the micro and macro levels
  • IP valuation and royalty rate calculation
  • Market definition and market power analysis in IP-related cases
  • The role of competition law and IP in R&D agreements
  • Bilateral and multilateral IP licensing, including the reform of EU Block- Exemption Regulation for Technology Transfer Agreements
  • The role of IP and innovation in merger control cases
  • IP, competition and innovation in digital markets, including challenges related to artificial intelligence
  • IP enforcement, alternative dispute resolution and competition law defences
  • Sector-specific IP and competition law issues (e.g., pharmaceuticals, standards and SEPs, open-source software)


Program

The goal of the Florence Conference on IP, Competition and Innovation is to stimulate an in-depth discussion of selected academic papers with particular emphasis on the policy impact of the research findings. Each paper will be allocated 30 minutes, divided between 15 minutes for the author’s presentation and the rest for discussion by a pre-assigned fellow participant and questions from invited attendees.


Keynote Speaker

The Florence Conference on IP, Competition and Innovation will feature a keynote lecture by Herbert Hovenkamp (University of Pennsylvania).


Submission

Please submit extended abstracts (min. five pages) or full papers to the following link by 2 June 2024: Submission
Acceptance notifications will be sent by the end of June 2024. The final paper versions of the selected submissions are due by 15 September 2024.


Best Junior Paper Awards

Two Best Junior Paper Awards will be given for the best contribution among those submitted by authors not older than 35 years, respectively in the fields of law and of economics. Scholars will be required to provide proof of their date of birth to be eligible for this award. All co-authors of joint papers must meet the age criteria.


Scientific Committee

  • Svend Albaek | EUI
  • Marco Botta | EUI
  • Giacomo Calzolari | EUI
  • Beatriz Conde Gallego | Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
  • Josef Drexl | Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
  • Lapo Filistrucchi | University of Florence
  • Niccolò Innocenti | University of Florence
  • Pier Luigi Parcu | EUI
  • Nicolas Petit | EUI
  • Anna Pisarkiewicz | EUI 
  • Maria Alessandra Rossi | University of Chieti Pescara – EUI 
  • Giovanni Sartor | EUI TBC


EUI TBC Organizing Committee

  • Niccolò Galli | EUI 
  • Leonardo Mazzoni | EUI


Costs

The cost of participating in the conference is € 150, including an evening social event, meals and refreshments at the venue. Participants bear their travel and accommodation costs. For information about accommodation facilities and logistics issues, please write to Marsida Nence at digital.society(at)eui.eu.


Venue

Villa Schifanoia, European University Institute, Via Giovanni Boccaccio 121, Florence, Italy (on Google Maps)


Contact

For further information about submissions and the programme, please contact niccolo.galli(at)eui.eu.

Seminar  |  11.09.2024 | 15:00  –  16:15

Preview: Innovation & Entrepreneurship Seminar mit Michael Park

Michael Park (INSEAD)


hybrid (Raum 313/Zoom)

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Ansprechpartner: Daehyun Kim


Eintragung in den Einladungsverteiler und mehr Informationen auf der Seminarseite.

Seminar  |  31.07.2024 | 17:00  –  18:15

Preview: Innovation & Entrepreneurship Seminar mit Charu Gupta

Charu Gupta (UCLA Anderson)


Online-Veranstaltung, auf Einladung, siehe Seminarseite

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Ansprechpartnerin: Elisabeth Hofmeister


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Seminar  |  10.07.2024 | 15:00  –  16:15

Preview: Innovation & Entrepreneurship Seminar mit Sina Khoshsokhan

Sina Khoshsokhan (University of Colorado Boulder)


Online-Veranstaltung, auf Einladung, siehe Seminarseite.

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Ansprechperson: Elisabeth Hofmeister


Eintragung in den Einladungsverteiler und mehr Informationen auf der Seminarseite.

Seminar  |  25.06.2024 | 14:00  –  15:15

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Seminar: Promoting Ethical and Sustainable Innovation in the Era of Generative AI - Comparative Analysis on Laws, Regulations and Cases in China and EU

Xiang Yu (Huazhong University of Science and Technology)


hybrid (Raum E10/Zoom)

Based on comparative research on recent AI regulation and Law between China and EU, especially “The Interim Administrative Measures on Generative AI Services” in China and the “EU Artificial Intelligence Act”, also based on recent AI case studies related to intellectual property, and ethics issues (including fairness and safety). This paper put forward some suggestions about restrictions and supplemental regulations etc. in the related laws (including patent law, copyright law). And gives considerations for promoting the sustainable development of AI industry by promoting ethical and sustainable innovation.


Prof. Dr. Xiang YU is a Member of Academia Europaea, Director of Sino-European Institute for Intellectual Property of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and Vice President of Hubei Normal University.


Ansprechpartner: Daehyun Kim


Eintragung in den Einladungsverteiler und mehr Informationen auf der Seminarseite.