Stellungnahme  |  20.02.2013

Nutzung verwaister Werke

Stellungnahme zum Referentenentwurf eines Gesetzes zur Einführung einer Regelung zur Nutzung verwaister Werke und weiterer Änderungen des Urheberrechtsgesetzes sowie des Urheberrechtswahrnehmungsgesetz

Stellungnahme  |  17.01.2013

Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights in Musical Works

Comments of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law on the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on collective management of copyright and related rights and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online uses in the internal market COM (2012) 372

Stellungnahme  |  27.11.2012

Leistungsschutzrecht für Verleger

Stellungnahme zum Gesetzesentwurf für eine Ergänzung des Urheberrechtsgesetzes durch ein Leistungsschutzrecht für Verleger

Der Deutsche Bundestag wird in Kürze über eine Änderung des Urheberrechtsge-setzes beraten, durch die ein Leistungsschutzrecht für Verleger geschaffen werden soll. Weite Kreise der deutschen und europäischen Rechtswissenschaft sind darüber besorgt. Der Bedarf für ein solches Schutzrecht wurde bislang in keiner Weise nachgewiesen. Es besteht die Gefahr unabsehbarer negativer Folgen.

Mit diesem Schreiben werden die Gründe aufgeführt, die dagegen sprechen, die geltende Rechtslage zu verändern. Verantwortet wird der Text vom Max-Planck-Institut für Immaterialgüter- und Wettbewerbsrecht, das seit seiner Gründung im Jahre 1966 das politisch und wirtschaftlich neutrale Kompetenzzentrum in den von ihm betreuten Rechtsgebieten ist. Das Institut unterstützt insbesondere die deutsche und europäische Urheberrechtsentwicklung seit Jahrzehnten mit wissenschaftlicher Expertise. Unterstützt wird dieser Text von einer großen Zahl von Unterzeichnern, die im Anhang aufgeführt sind.

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Stellungnahme  |  17.10.2012

The Unitary Patent Package

The Unitary Patent Package: Twelve Reasons for Concern

The Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, which has functioned as a politically and economically unbiased centre of legal competence for European intellectual property legislation ever since its foundation in 1966, is a well-recognized scientific commentator and advisor on the evolution of European patent law.

The Institute considers a balanced, innovation-friendly and uniform patent system as being indispensable for Europe. However, the current patent package is deemed to be both dangerous and misguided. While a superficial glance may create the false impression of a patent law advancement through the proposal, it instead actually threatens to forestall the necessary legal progress and innovation capacities for the foreseeable future.

The respective concerns of the Max-Planck-Institute are shared by experts throughout Europe. Likewise, considerable parts of the industry harbor doubts as to the proposed system's efficiency. Large undertakings might indeed benefit from a reinforcement of their patent portfolios through the proposed system. Particularly small and medium-sized enterprises are however likely to experience significant obstacles to their innovation activities.

Our criticism of the package is underpinned by a series of legal arguments which are elaborated in the analysis. Many of these points are also uncontested in the current debate. Yet remedies are only promised for the time after the entry into force of the package.

Experience shows that particularly in relation to legislation for intellectual property this promise for subsequent improvement is unlikely to be delivered on. Consequently, it might prove disastrous to implement a patent system which is already known to be detrimental from both the legal as well as the innovation perspectives. Much rather, the correct course must be set now. Against this background, the Institute believes it is indispensable to reconsider the content of the Unitary Patent Package afresh.

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Stellungnahme  |  06.07.2011

Zulässige Formen der Nutzung verwaister Werke

Stellungnahme des Max-Planck-Instituts für Immaterialgüter- und Wettbewerbsrecht zur Anfrage des Bundesministeriums der Justiz vom 6. Juli 2011 zum Richtlinienvorschlag der Europäischen Kommission über bestimmte zulässige Formen der Nutzung verwaister Werke, KOM(2011)289

Stellungnahme  |  24.05.2011

Übertragung Aufgaben Schutz von Immaterialgüterrechten

Stellungnahme zum Vorschlag der EU Kommission für eine VERORDNUNG DES EUROPÄISCHEN PARLAMENTS UND DES RATES zur Übertragung bestimmter den Schutz von Rechten des geistigen Eigentums betreffender Aufgaben, einschließlich der Zusammenführung von Vertretern des öffentlichen und des privaten Sektors im Rahmen einer Europäischen Beobachtungsstelle für Marken und Produktpiraterie, auf das Harmonisierungsamt für den Binnenmarkt (Marken, Muster und Modelle)

Studie  |  15.02.2011

Studie und Synopsen zum Europäischen Markensystem

Trade Mark Study

On 22 July 2009 the European Commission published an Invitation to tender for a Study on the Overall Functioning of the Trade Mark System in Europe. On 16 October 2009 the European Commission awarded the contract for the Study to the Max Planck Institute. The contract was signed in November 2009. The Study was carried out by a team under the direction of Prof. Reto Hilty, Dr. Roland Knaak and Prof. Annette Kur.

This website is to inform stakeholders and the interested public about the activities undertaken in the course of the Study.

Subject matter of the Study were the questions raised by the Commission in the above-mentioned call for tender. Proceeding from this mandate the Institute developed a work program that focused, as the first part of the study, on investigating the views of the relevant stakeholders on the European Trade Mark system and collecting information from the National Trade Mark Offices.

First, the trade mark user organisations were invited to present their views on the questions in the Commission's tender. Statements were received from the following associations: AIM, APRAM, BUSINESSEUROPE, CNIPA, COAPI, ECTA, EFPIA, FICPI, GRUR, ICC, INTA, IP FEDERATION, ITMA, LESI, MARQUES, ORIGEN ESPANA, VFA. On the basis of these contributions the Institute organized two hearings with representatives of these associations in June 2010. After these hearings the Institute received further comments.

In addition, a representative survey among users of the Community Trade Mark System was conducted by the "Institut für Demoskopie Allensbach". In cooperation with the Institute, Allensbach drafted a questionnaire reflecting the topics addressed in the Commission’s call for tender. The survey ran in February and March 2010. The Allensbach Report on the findings of the survey was finalized in October 2010.

Apart from that, the Institute contacted the National Trade Mark Offices in order to obtain information in particular on their structures, tasks, workflows, registration practices and cooperation with users and other Trade Mark Offices including OHIM. Fourteen offices had been visited and interviewed by members of the team while the others were asked to answer and comment per email to a questionnaire drafted by the Institute. The Institute received information and answers from all 25 Offices.

As a further fact finding element and based on statistical data obtained from OHIM and some National Trade Mark Offices, the development of the Community Trade Mark system was analysed from an economic perspective by the “Institut für Innovationsforschung, Technologiemanagement und Entrepreneurship” (INNO-tec) at Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich.

After completing the ‘fact finding’ part of the Study the Institute proceeded with the legal analysis and prepared the Final Report. This Report has been submitted to the European Commission on 10 December 2010. An amended version has been presented in February 2011. The Study was officially approved by the Commission on 3 March 2011.

Notice: This Study is a contribution to European Commission’s overall evaluation of the functioning of the Trade Mark System in Europe. The results of this Study do not prejudge any proposals which the Commission may make on the basis of its analysis of the European Trade Mark System and on the basis of an impact assessment of different conceivable options of legislative or non legislative nature.
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Study on the Overall Functioning of the European Trade Mark System

Stellungnahme  |  01.07.2010

Block Exemption Regulation on Research and Development Agreements

Comments of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law on the Draft Commission Block Exemption Regulation on Research and Development Agreements and the Draft Guidelines on Horizontal Cooperation Agreements

Max-Planck-Institut gibt eine Stellungnahme zum Kommissionsentwurf für eine Gruppenfreistellungsverordnung über Forschungs- und Entwicklungsvereinbarungen sowie dem Entwurf zu Leitlinien über horizontale Kooperationsvereinbarungen ab.

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Stellungnahme  |  01.05.2010

Customs Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

Statement of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law on the Review of EU Legislation on Customs Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights