The Alumni Association, “Friends and Former Employees of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition”, aims to promote study and research in the Institute’s fields of emphasis.

The MPI Alumni Association flyer can be found here (pdf).

The Executive Committee of the Alumni Association is composed of:

Dr. Friederike Busch
Dr. Federica Togo
Dr. Simon Holzer
Dr. Martin Stier

Dr. Friederike Busch (chairwoman), Dr. Federica Togo (vice-chairwoman), Dr. Simon Holzer (treasurer), Dr. Martin Stier (secretary)

Greeting from the Executive Committee of June 18, 2016

Dear Alumni and Friends of the MPI,

It is with great joy that I officially address you in the name of the new Executive Committee!

In May of this year, we celebrated the Institute’s 50th anniversary and looked back at an impressive history in the magnificent Munich Residence.

The Alumni-Association was founded (only) 10 years ago. A small idea born at a coffee shop table has grown into one of the strongest alumni-associations of all the Max Planck Institutes. In the meantime, the Association has almost 330 members und supporters from all continents, in universities and relevant institutions, courts, in large parts of the economy and attorneyship. Our annual meetings are a unique opportunity for exchange in the world of IP, competition and innovation, characterised by a highly interdisciplinary, academic content. A fantastic (interim) result!

Most importantly, we have to thank Gregor Schmid, who built up the Association with great commitment as its founding chairman. Gregor contributed valuably and, after the election at the last general assembly, passed on the chairmanship to me. Simultaneously, Alexander Bayer, who has also been an active board member since the beginning and not least promoted the digital presence of the Association, has passed on the vice-chairmanship to Federica Togo. We thank both founding members greatly!

I have been connected to the Institute since 2008, as a former Ph.D. student of Professor Drexl and his Ph.D. supervisor Professor Fikentscher. After working several years as a lawyer in an international corporate law firm, I am now a consultant at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin. Federica Togo was a scholarship holder of the Institute in 2007, obtained her Ph.D. degree in 2008 from the University of Florence, and is currently a German and Italian lawyer in Munich. Thankfully, two well-known and experienced committee members remain at our side – Martin Stier (Hamburg) and Matthias Bosch (Munich).

Together, as the Executive Committee, we would especially like to promote the exchange among our members also abroad, reanimate old friendships and discover new ones, and support the Institute in the best possible way, in particular regarding social events. To this extent, the Association has an exceptional international network at its disposal. We wish to further expand and strengthen this network, also at a regional level and thus offer all members an immediate additional benefit. Alongside the annual meeting, we wish to develop regional and international activities. Hence the first save-the-dates: On September 22, 2016 we will open the regional round with a northern meeting at the Monkey Bar in Bikini Berlin, on September 30, 2016, the second, southern get-together will take place in Munich. Planned for May 2017 is also an international meeting at the INTA in Barcelona. Details will follow.

I warmly invite you to come by and participate! Stay connected with us and the Institute, no matter where you are!

I look forward to contributing to the association and to the new times ahead “at the Institute” with you. See you in Berlin and/or Munich!

On behalf of the whole committee, kind regards,

Friederike Busch

Contact Information and By-laws

Our contact address is:
Alumni Association of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
c/o Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Marstallplatz 1
80539 München
Email: alumni(at)

MPI-Alumni-Group at LinkedIn

For further information see the Association By-laws (2016)

For our bank details see Membership.

Save the dates!

Due to the corona pandemic the annual meeting 2020 cannot take place. We regret this very much and wish you all the best in these difficult times. Stay healthy!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019: MPI Christmas Party together with the members oft the Alumni Association

Annual Conference 2019

The Annual Conference 2019, focusing on "Artificial Intelligence", took place on Friday, July 5, 2019 from 14:00 to 18:00 at the MPI. The program and a detailed report can be found here.


If you are interested in becoming a member of the Alumni Association, you can access the application form here:
Application form (pdf)

Bank details:
Hypovereinsbank München
IBAN: DE48 7002 0270 0659 5215 80

Direct debit authorization (SEPA):
You can have your membership fee transferred directly to the Alumni Association via direct debit by using the following SEPA authorization form. Please sign the form and return it either via e-mail or by post to the executive committee.
SEPA Direct debit authorization

Due to the Alumni Association’s charitable status, the membership fee in the amount of 35 euros is tax-deductible for anyone subject to German income tax (under Sec. 10b Income Tax Act). The tax authorities accept the bank transfer form as proof of payment provided that it contains the recipient’s name.

Donations of more than 50 euros require written confirmation by the executive committee. For this purpose, please send an e-mail with the payor’s name and address to



Annual Meeting 2015
7 pictures, zip-File (299KB)

Annual Meeting 2014
4 pictures, zip-File (24KB)

Annual Meeting 2009
11 pictures, zip-File (13,3MB)

Annual Meeting 2008
12 pictures, zip-File (12,6MB)

Annual Meeting 2007
14 pictures, zip-File (7,7MB)

Annual Meeting 2006
6 pictures, zip-File (613KB)

Annual Meeting 2005
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Activity Reports of the MPI

Activity Reports of the MPI are available here.