Conference  |  06/07/2021, 9:00 a.m.  –  06/09/2021, 6:00 p.m.

Munich Summer Institute 2021

The Munich Summer Institute 2021 will take place from 7 to 9 June 2021. The call for papers will be released in late 2020. The program will be available in the spring of 2021. More information on the MSI website.


Research News

Die Digitalisierung sorgt für neue Herausforderungen im Patentrecht und für mehr gemeldete Patente
Research News  |  05/05/2020

Modernizing Patent Law: New Rules for the Digital Age

The claim for injunctive relief under patent law shall be subject to proportionality in the future. The Institute has issued a position paper on the amendments proposed by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection.

Study  |  04/30/2020

Digitalization by Corona? New bidt Study on Remote Work in Germany

Dietmar Harhoff, director at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and member of the board of directors of the Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation (bidt), is co-author of the study on the spread and acceptance of remote work in Germany. He stresses that companies should not return to old organizational patterns after the crisis.

Opinion  |  03/11/2020

Position Paper on the Proposed Reform of the German Patent Act

The Position Paper generally welcomes the initiative of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, but makes suggestions for improvements, in particular, with regard to the application of the principle of proportionality in the injunction relief proceedings and the protection of trade secrets in patent litigation. 


Institute News

Francis Fay (Europäische Kommission DG Agri) spricht beim GI-Workshop im Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb
Event Report  |  04/03/2020

GI-Workshop - Two Days in the Sign of Geographical Indications

Since many effects of the protection of Geographical Indications have not been sufficiently researched, the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition last year founded a research group to analyze the GI system within the EU and beyond. The researchers organized a workshop to present their preliminary research findings and to exchange views with international experts.

10. GWB-Novelle: Vortrag von Dr. Thorsten Käseberg zum GWB-Digitalisierungsgesetz
Event Report  |  02/20/2020

10th Amendment to the GWB: New Instruments for a Competition Policy in the Digital Age

The 10th amendment to the GWB (German Competition Act), which is called “GWB Digitization Act”, seeks to adapt the German competition law to the requirements of the modern platform economy. In a presentation at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition co-organized by the Münchner Kartellrechtsforum, Thorsten Käseberg, Head of the Department for Competition and Consumer Policy at the Federal Ministry of Economics, outlined and discussed the first draft bill.


Current Research Projects

Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Tracing the Path from Science to Technology

Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D., Dr. Stefano H. Baruffaldi (MPI and University of Bath), Dr. Fabian Gaessler, Felix Pöge

Further research project
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Regulation of the Digital Economy

Prof. Dr. Josef Drexl, Prof. Dr. Reto M. Hilty, Carolina Banda, Francisco Beneke, Luc Desaunettes-Barbero, Dr. Michèle Finck, LL.M., Jure Globocnik, Dr. Begoña Gonzalez Otero, Jörg Hoffmann,  Daria Kim‎, Shraddha Kulhari,  Michael Mertel,  Heiko Richter, Stefan Scheuerer, Peter R. Slowinski, Jannick Thonemann, Klaus Wiedemann

Further research project
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Modernisation of European Copyright Rules

Prof. Dr. Reto M. Hilty, Dr. Valentina Moscon (Project coordinator), Andrea Bauer, Dr. Silke von Lewinski, Ricarda Lotte, Heiko Richter, Moritz Sutterer, Tao Li