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European Commission Brussels
Opinion  |  02/07/2024

Position Statement on the Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation on Standard Essential Patents

The Position Statement of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition of 6 February 2024 on the Commission's Proposal for a Regulation on Standard Essential Patents, assesses the Commission’s Proposal in the light of its adequacy to address the challenges of SEP licensing in the context of the Internet of Things and its potential for contributing to a balanced global SEP licensing. Preceding these assessments, the Institute elaborates on the legal and economic foundations of an innovation-oriented standardisation and outlines the context in which major problems addressed by the Commission’s Proposal arise.

Symbolic image of genome editing. Image: vchalup/Adobe Stock
Opinion  |  08/11/2023

Position Statement on New Genomic Techniques and Intellectual Property Law

A new Position Statement of the Institute addresses concerns related to intellectual property protection for genome-editing technologies and genome-edited plants in the EU. It proposes a set of policy recommendations to facilitate access to and utilisation of IP-protected genome-editing technologies and their products in the plant breeding sector.

Symbolic image of transparency // Photo: Tom/Pixabay
Study  |  07/17/2023

Improving Transparency and the Right to Open Data

In his current discussion paper, Heiko Richter, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute, examines two goals of the coalition agreement of the German federal government: to further develop the freedom of information laws into a federal transparency law and to introduce a legal entitlement to Open Data.


Institute News

Dan L. Burk (1962 – 2024)
People  |  02/09/2024

In Memoriam Dan L. Burk (1962 – 2024)

We are deeply saddened by the news of the death of Dan L. Burk, Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. He passed away on 4 February 2024, leaving behind a profound and worldwide legacy on issues related to technology law, including the areas of patent, copyright, electronic commerce, and biotechnology law.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Reto M. Hilty
People  |  02/07/2024

Reto M. Hilty Retires

Reto M. Hilty, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, having reached the age of 66 at the beginning of 2024, officially retired at the end of January. The legal scholar is a leading authority in the field of intellectual property law and an internationally renowned advisor for legislation at European and national level. This also includes non-European legal systems, in particular China and Latin America.

Comparative Data Law, conference impression
Event Report  |  01/12/2024

Conference “Comparative Data Law”

Legal issues relating to the development of global data law were discussed at the "Comparative Data Law" conference on December 7 and 8, 2023. The Research Center for Legal Issues of Digitalization (FREDI) at the University of Passau, the Institute for Media and Information Law (Department of Private Law) at the University of Freiburg and the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (MPI) jointly hosted and organized the conference at the Haus der Bayerischen Wirtschaft in Munich. Moritz Hennemann (Uni Freiburg) and Josef Drexl (MPI) were responsible for the content.


Recent Publications

Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Research Papers

Kim, DariaData Usability as a Parameter of Rights and Obligations under the EU Data Act (Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition Research Paper, No. 24-04), 2024, 30 S. (gemeinsam mit Man Wai Kwok).

Journal articles

Dermawan, ArthaAI vs. Copyright: How Could Public Interest Theory Shift the Discourse? Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 2024, forthcoming.

Conference papers

Herrmann, LizaWettbewerbsrechtliche Herausforderungen durch international heterogene Gatekeeper-Regulierung – Plädoyer für ein strategisches Umdenken in: Johannes Buchheim et al. (Hg.), Plattformen - Grundlagen und Neuordnung des Rechts digitaler Plattformen (Assistententagung Grüner Bereich, 7), Nomos, Baden-Baden 2024, 143 - 162 (gemeinsam mit Lukas Kestler).


Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Discussion Papers

Opitz, Timm (2024). Interpersonal Preferences and Team Performance: The Role of Liking in Complex Problem SolvingCRC TRR 190 Discussion Paper No. 492.

Discussion Papers

Drexl, Josef; Harhoff, Dietmar; Conde Gallego, Beatriz; Slowinski, Peter R. (2024). Position Statement of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition of 6 February 2024 on the Commission's Proposal for a Regulation on Standard Essential PatentsMax Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition Research Paper No. 24-03.

Articles in Refereed Journals

Lutsenko, Anastasiia (2024). Threats to Science in Ukraine Skeptical Inquirer 2024.