Miscellaneous  |  02/08/2021

Call for Papers – Munich Summer Institute 2021

Researchers who would like to present a paper are invited to submit it online until 15 March 2021.

From 7 to 9 June 2021, the Center for Law & Economics at ETH Zurich, the Chair for Technology and Innovation Management at TUM, the Chair for Economics of Innovation at TUM,  the Institute for Strategy, Technology and Organization at LMU Munich and the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition will jointly organize the fifth Munich Summer Institute.


The Summer Institute will focus on three areas:

The goal of the Munich Summer Institute is to stimulate a rigorous in-depth discussion of a select number of research papers and to strengthen the interdisciplinary international research community in these areas. Researchers in economics, law, management and related fields at all stages of their career (from Ph.D. students to full professors) may attend the Munich Summer Institute as presenters in a plenary or a poster session, as discussants or as attendants. The Munich Summer Institute will feature three keynote lectures, 12 plenary presentations and a daily poster session (including a poster slam). The Munich Summer Insti-tute focuses on quantitative empirical research. Participation in the Munich Summer Institute is by invitation only. 


Keynote speakers are:

Paper submission procedure

Researchers who would like to present a paper are invited to submit their paper online until 15 March 2021. The Munich Summer Institute only considers pa-pers which have not been published or accepted for publication at the date of submission. Paper selections will be announced in late April 2021. The program of the Munich Summer Institute will be available in early May 2021. Final papers will be made available to conference participants on a public website, and are due on 15 May 2021. Researchers who would like to attend the Munich Summer Institute without giving a presentation should contact one of the organizers by 15 May 2021. 


Further information

More information is available at the MSI website. Any questions concerning the Munich Summer Institute should be directed to Stefan Bechtold, Jörg Claussen, Dietmar Harhoff, Joachim Henkel, Hanna Hottenrott or Tobias Kretschmer.

Event Report  |  01/15/2021

RISE3 Workshop 2020 – Two Days of Intense Scientific Exchange for Young Scholars

On 17 and 18 December 2020, 40 international young researchers from over 25 universities across Europe, the US and Canada attended the 3rd Research in Innovation, Science and Entrepreneurship Workshop (RISE3).

For the third time now, the two-day event was organized by Ph.D. students and Postdocs of the Department for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research to give young scholars the opportunity to present and discuss their work.


On the first day, the workshop was kicked off with a session on Intellectual Property Rights, followed by sessions on Science of Science and Individuals in the Knowledge Economy. Speakers presented research findings related to the strategic drafting of patents, trademark enforcement and counterfeiting, the effect of government funding on follow-on innovation, and voluntary employee representation and its effects on innovation. The final presentation of the day shed light on the gender innovation gap by analyzing gender differential responses to early patent rejections.


The highlight of the first day was the keynote speech by Rosemarie Ziedonis and Sina Khoshoskhan who presented results on “Forty Years of Research on Intellectual Property and Innovation: Dominant Themes and New Horizons”. An interactive discussion emerged on what makes a scientific paper interesting, stand the test of time, and be considered at the frontier of its field.


The second day offered interesting insights on Firms and Innovation, Takeovers and Investment, as well as AI and Innovation. Young scholars presented research on the global innovation strategies of multinational firms, the impact of common ownership on markups, the innovation effects of killer acquisitions, and the effect of angel investments on corporate innovation. In the last session, the researchers focused on who is shaping AI given the differential access to computing power, and on the barriers to growth firms encounter in developing AI.


See the complete program with all topics here and find the coverage on Twitter under #RISE3Workshop.


The RISE workshop series aims at stimulating a rigorous in-depth discussion of a selected number of research papers by Ph.D. students and Junior Postdocs, providing feedback and connecting with peers from other research institutions. Accordingly, the workshop brings together young researchers from all over Europe and the US with researchers from the Munich Innovation Community.


We thank all participants, including the keynote speakers, discussants and presenters for a truly outstanding RISE3 Workshop 2020. Our special thanks go to the organizing team, especially to Cristina Rujan, Timm Opitz, Kathrin Wernsdorf, and Felix Poege. With great enthusiasm and motivation, we look forward to the RISE4 Workshop 2021 ‒ then hopefully again in person at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich.

“International Conference on Trade Secret Protection“ Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb . Luc Desaunettes-Barbero
Event Report  |  01/12/2021

“International Conference on Trade Secret Protection” - New Paths for Asia

Since the protection of trade secrets in Asia has not been sufficiently researched so far, in December 2020 the Institute participated in the organization of the “International Conference on Trade Secret Protection” in Taiwan. The program focused in particular on practices of trade secret protection in various Asian jurisdictions and the approach of the European Union.

“International Conference on Trade Secret Protection“ Max Planck Institut for Innovation and Competition, Luc Desaunettes-Barbero
Agenda of the “International Conference on Trade Secret Protection” held in Taiwan in December 2020.

Trade secret protection law has gained in importance over the last two decades in many parts of the world, including Asia. Nevertheless, there have been hardly any systematic studies on this from Asian countries thus far.


In order to discuss the various regulatory approaches to secrecy protection in more depth, the Institute participated as co-organizer in the “International Conference on Trade Secret Protection”, which was jointly organized with the Singapore Management University, the National Taiwan University and the Taiwan Intellectual Property Law Association in December last year. Participants were also able to follow the event via live stream.


The program provided a detailed analysis of legislation and case law in ten Asian countries. Legal systems based on a civil law tradition, such as those of the People's Republic of China, Japan and Korea and those based on a common law tradition, like Hong Kong, India and Singapore, were represented. Issues discussed included the validity and scope of confidentiality and non-competition clauses, the burden of proof for trade secrets and infringement and criminal prosecution of trade secret infringement.


To serve Asian countries as a benchmark for their own legislative process, the conference also focused on the approach of the European Union. Luc Desaunettes-Barbero, who attended the conference online as a representative of the Institute, gave an overview of trade secret protection law in the European Union and illustrated this with examples of its transposition in certain Member States, particularly Germany and France.

Porträt von Direktor Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D.
People  |  12/23/2020

Dietmar Harhoff Appointed as Expert to the Bavarian AI Council

To strengthen research in the field of artificial intelligence, a statewide AI network will be stretched across Bavaria as part of the HighTech Agenda Bavaria. The Bavarian AI Council with leading experts from science and industry will provide scientific and professional advice to the Bavarian AI Agency, which is being set up at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BAdW).

Porträt von Direktor Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D.
Dietmar Harhoff was appointed as an expert to the Bavarian AI Council.

In order to bundle existing competencies in science, industry and society, build a tight and synergistic network, and make it internationally visible, a Bavarian AI Agency is being established at the Leibniz Supercomputing Center of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities.


The AI agency will link research activities around artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation across the state. To promote AI and large-scale strategic projects, the agency will forge partnerships among research institutions as well as with companies and organizations. Through the resulting network, innovative smart applications and technologies from the scientific environment will be made available for general use. Another important objective of the AI agency is the scouting of specialists in this field. For the implementation of these strategic goals, the AI Agency cooperates closely with the AI Council.


The Bavarian AI Council, which provides expert advice and also represents the network externally, reflects a balanced spectrum of representatives with different research backgrounds from Bavarian universities, universities of applied sciences, and non-university research institutions as well as from the industry. The 21 Bavarian-based members of the AI Council were appointed by the Ministries of Science, Economic Affairs, and Digital Affairs. The inaugural meeting of the Council took place on 22 December 2020.
 

New Technologies and Projects for AI made in Bavaria


The Bavarian AI Council is chaired by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin, Director of the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence, and Chair of Robotics and Systems Intelligence at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).


He emphasizes: “The human being at the center of AI must be more than a leitmotif: It must be our guiding principle for action. AI, used as a tool, should help make our lives better. I am committed to ensuring that, starting from internationally visible cutting-edge research, AI technologies emerge for the benefit of people and society ‒ be it in medicine, the work environment, or mobility. This is especially true when it comes to using AI to tackle the global challenges of our time: demographic change and climate change.”


Co-chairs are Prof. Dr. Dr. Fabian Theis from Helmholtz Zentrum München, representing non-university research, and Thomas Hahn, Chief Expert Software at Siemens AG and President of the Big Data Value Association (BDVA), representing the industry.
 

Important Impulses for a Targeted Policy


The Bavarian AI Council is also set to provide important impetus to policymakers in the further strategic development of AI activities in Bavaria. Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D., Director at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, points out: “Artificial intelligence is one of the pivotal technologies for the future. AI research and AI applications can be further strengthened through wise measures ‒ for the benefit of the public. The AI Council can play a central role in developing courses of action for a targeted AI policy.”


The establishment of the Bavarian AI Agency and the AI Council complements the Bavarian AI strategy of the HighTech Agenda Bavaria and the accelerator program HighTech Agenda Plus.

Heiko Richter, wissenschaftlicher Referent am Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb, wurde on als Infrastrukfür seine Dissertation „Informatitur – zu einem wettbewerbs- und innovationsbezogenen Ordnungsrahmen für Informationen des öffentlichen Sektors“ mit dem Humboldt-Preis 2020 ausgezeichnet
Award  |  11/05/2020

Heiko Richter Receives Humboldt Prize for His Dissertation

Heiko Richter, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute, was awarded the Humboldt Prize 2020 for his dissertation “Information as Infrastructure – Towards a Competition- and Innovation-Oriented Framework for Public Sector Information”.

Heiko Richter, Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, was awarded the Humboldt Prize 2020 for his dissertation “Information as Infrastructure – Towards a Competition- and Innovation-Oriented Framework for Public Sector Information”.
Heiko Richter received the Humboldt Prize 2020 for his dissertation

For many people in the digital age it has become a matter of course to be able to use applications such as weather apps, digital city maps or interactive maps of infection spread at any time. These offers are based on data provided by the public sector. Public sector information is thus omnipresent in everyday life – often unnoticed by the users themselves. For the stability and the prosperity of an open information society, it is crucial that this information is in principle accessible to everyone. This raises the question of how rules should be designed to achieve the best possible use of public sector information.


Heiko Richter pursues this question in his dissertation entitled “Information as Infrastructure – Towards a Competition- and Innovation-Oriented Framework for Public Sector Information”. In this context, he brings together the public law regulations on the access to and dissemination of information, EU competition law and intellectual property law in a comprehensive infrastructure approach. Based on this approach, specific regulatory frameworks for public sector information can be further developed in a competition- and innovation-oriented manner. The study thus creates a new level of knowledge and reflection on the role of information for the economy, society and state.


Finally, the dissertation provides concrete recommendations for action on how the EU and its member states can adapt existing law in order to create and secure the functional conditions of a liberal society in the midst of the digital transformation. The study thus bridges the gap between legal-interdisciplinary fundamental research and the setting of rules. Accordingly, its results are just as relevant for academics in the applicable fields of law, as they are for decision-makers in legal policy.


With the Humboldt Prize, the Humboldt University of Berlin annually honors outstanding scientific work at university level at the opening of the academic year. So far, jurisprudential studies have been awarded the Prize relatively rarely. The dissertation will be published in 2021 by Mohr Siebeck Verlag.


All winners of the Humboldt Prize 2020 can be found here.

Josef Drexl, Geschäftsführender Direktor am Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb, ist Mitglieder der Data Governance Working Group der Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI)
People  |  11/04/2020

Josef Drexl Appointed as Expert in the “Global Partnership on AI”

This summer, the Federal Republic of Germany appointed Josef Drexl as an expert in the newly founded Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI). There, the Institute's Managing Director is a member of the Data Governance Working Group.

 Josef Drexl, Managing Director at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, is member of the Data Governance Working Group of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI)a
Josef Drexl was appointed as expert in the Data Governance Working Group of the Global Partnership on AI.

On 17 June 2020, 14 founding members (Australia, Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States of America) launched the "Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI)”. GPAI was jointly initiated and conceived by Canada and France during their G7 presidencies (2018, 2019).


GPAI seeks to enhance the responsible implementation of AI in the spirit of human rights, democratic values, inclusion and diversity, while promoting innovation and economic growth as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


GPAI establishes a global multi-stakeholder forum that brings together experts from research, politics, the economy and civil society to promote research and make recommendations for political decision-makers. GPAI conducts its activities in the framework of working groups established for the following topics:
 

  • Responsible AI
  • Data Governance
  • The Future of Work
  • Innovation and Commercialization

Moreover, it was decided to establish another ad hoc working group dealing with the use of AI to overcome the current COVID-19 pandemic.


First results of the Data Governance group


Josef Drexl, Managing Director of the Institute, was appointed by the Federal Republic of Germany as an expert for the Data Governance Working Group. This group has the mandate to contribute with its research and recommendations to the goal that the collection, use, sharing, archiving and deletion of data is in accordance with GPAI's stated objectives.


Having started its activities immediately after the launch of GPAI, the Data Governance Working Group has already drafted a “GPAI Data Governance Framework” as a basis for its future work and mandated an independent research institution to prepare a report on the “Role of Data in AI”. As a next step, three sub-groups will address the technical, institutional and legal dimensions of data governance.


To provide administrative support to GPAI, a Secretariat has been established at OECD in Paris. The activities of the working groups are coordinated by two newly created Centres of Expertise in Paris and Montreal. The Centre for Expertise for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence in Montreal coordinates the activities of the Data Governance Working Group.

Niccolò Galli, Doktorand am Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb,hat den EPIP 2020 Young Scholar Award gewonnen
Award  |  09/24/2020

EPIP 2020 Young Scholar Award for Niccolò Galli

On 10 September 2020, Niccolò Galli was awarded the EPIP Young Scholar Award in the category Law. He received the prize for his submitted paper on Patent Aggregation in Europe.

Niccolò Galli, doctoral student at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, won the EPIP 2020 Young Scholar Award gewonnen
Niccolò Galli won the EPIP 2020 Young Scholar Award, photo: EPIP
EPIP 2020 Young Scholar Award Law Finalists Niccolò Galli, Tamar Khuchua, Maurizio Crupi
The Finalists in the category Law: Niccolò Galli (top right) with Tamar Khuchua (top center) and Maurizio Crupi (bottom left), photo: EPIP

The doctoral student, who is receiving support from the Institute as part of the EIPIN – Innovation Society European Joint Doctorate project, won the Award for his paper “Patent Aggregation in Europe: The Spotlight on Patent Licensing by Patent Aggregators”. It was judged the best legal paper submitted by a PhD researcher to the EPIP (European Policy for Intellectual Property) 2020 annual conference.


In his paper, he investigates patent licensing as a prominent patent aggregation activity from both legal and empirical stances. At the core, he analyses the licensing business of patent aggregators using a multiple case study based on triangulated direct and secondary data sources. His findings bring transparency to the otherwise nebulous licensing activities of patent aggregators and provide an informational basis for academic and political debates on patent aggregation.


EPIP is an international, independent, interdisciplinary, non-profit association of researchers that grew out of a network financed by the European Commission from 2003 to 2005. Every year, the EPIP conference gathers from all over the world scholars and practitioners interested in the economic, legal, political and managerial aspects of intellectual property rights.


During the gathering, which this year took place as an online conference, the EPIP Association awards two Young Scholar Awards for the best papers submitted by PhD students in law and economics/management. The EPIP Board evaluates submissions that have qualified in the general conference peer-review process.

Miscellaneous  |  09/23/2020

Inaugural Meeting of the Supervisory Board of the Federal Agency for Disruptive Innovation

Dietmar Harhoff, Member of the Supervisory Board, points out that the Agency will foster pioneering research with a wide range of application possibilities and promote radical innovations with outstanding potential to change the market with new products, services and value chains.

Dietmar Harhoff (right) with members of the Supervisory Bord of the SPRIND and Founding Director Raffael Laguna de la Vera (middle). Photo: SPRIND.

In July 2019, the founding commission chaired by Dietmar Harhoff had issued recommendations for the new Federal Agency for Disruptive Innovation (SPRIND). Based on these recommendations, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy have appointed the software entrepreneur and open source pioneer Rafael Laguna de la Vera founding director of the new Agency. The SprinD GmbH was founded on 16 December 2019, with headquarters in Leipzig. Sole shareholder is the Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.


The Federal Agency for Disruptive Innovation is closing a gap in the German innovation landscape. SPRIND identifies new, groundbreaking technologies for the major challenges of our time and ensures at the same time that the added value of emerging companies and industries remains in Germany and Europe.


On 22 September, the Supervisory Board of the Federal Agency for Disruptive Innovation was inaugurated. The board consists of up to ten members who both represent the Federal Government as 100% shareholder and bring expertise from science and industry to the board.


The Members of the Supervisory Board are:


  • Yasmin Fahimi, German Bundestag
  • Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D., Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
  • Dr.-Ing. E. h. Peter Leibinger, TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG (Chair of the Supervisory Board)
  • Dr. Kristina Klas, Federal Ministry of Finance
  • Susanne Klatten, SKion GmbH
  • Ronja Kemmer (designated), German Bundestag
  • Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Lukas, Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • Dr. Ulrich Nußbaum, Federal Ministry for Economic Affaits and Energy
  • Maximilian Viessmann, Viessmann Werke GmbH & Co. KG
  • Prof. Dr. Birgitta Wolff, Goethe University Frankfurt (Vice Chair of the Supervisory Board)

Chair of the Supervisory Board is Dr. Ing. E. h. Peter Leibinger, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Vice Chairman of the TRUMPF Group Management Board. He emphasizes, “In Germany, the cooperation between fundamental research, applied science and innovative companies should be expanded. We will be able to tap the full potential of our country if our research leads to marketable products, new jobs, and an international competitive edge in new industries. The Federal Agency for Disruptive Innovation can make an effective contribution to this.”


Vice Chair of the Supervisory Board is the President of the Goethe University Frankfurt, Prof. Dr. Birgitta Wolff. She explains, “We spend more than three percent of our gross national product on research and development, which puts us at the top in Europe. With SPRIND, we want to build a solid bridge from science to industry – a meeting place for outstanding minds in our country who not only want to think up the future, but also want to help shape it as researchers and entrepreneurs.”


At the inaugural meeting in Leipzig, the Supervisory Board has already made the decision to found a first project company, which is to drive a radical innovation in the generation of wind energy. The ground-mounted generator of the “Bendix wind turbine” can take full advantage of stronger winds without overloading the generator, which currently limits the performance of conventional wind turbines. “This is not only highly innovative from a technical point of view, but also economically gratifying”, says Raffael Laguna de la Vera.


Further innovation projects are currently in the validation phase. So far, almost 300 project proposals have been submitted and are being reviewed by a committee of experts.


More information:


Federal Agency for Disruptive Innovation (SPRIND)

Silke von Lewinski, Senior Research Fellow am max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb und außerordentliche Professorin an der Universität Zagreb
People  |  07/27/2020

Associate Professorship at the University of Zagreb for Silke von Lewinski

The expert for European, international and comparative copyright law, Silke von Lewinski, has become Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Zagreb.

Silke von Lewinski, Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and Associate Professor at the University of Zagreb
Silke von Lewinski has become Associate Professor at the University of Zagreb

Silke von Lewinski, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute, has been appointed as Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Zagreb. Her research and teaching focuses on European, international and comparative copyright law, including challenges of new technologies. She will continue working at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich as well.


Silke von Lewinski is the author and co-author of several reference works, including the monograph “International Copyright Law and Policy” (Oxford/OUP 2008, Chinese edn. 2017) and the commentaries “European Copyright Law: A Commentary” (with Walter, Oxford/OUP 2010) and “The WIPO Treaties on Copyright” (with Reinbothe, Oxford/OUP, 2nd ed. 2015). Her numerous publications have appeared in more than 15 languages. She is also President of ALAI (Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale) Germany and Vice President of ALAI.


In addition to teaching at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC), she has frequently held visiting professorships and other teaching positions, inter alia at the universities of Paris (Panthéon-Sorbonne, Sud), Toulouse, Madrid, Québec, Montreal, Melbourne, Wuhan and Beijing. She was the First Walter Minton Visiting Scholar at Columbia University School of Law in New York, the First Distinguished Visitor to the IP Research Institute of Australia and The Hosier Distinguished Visiting IP Scholar at DePaul University in Chicago.


As a legal expert to the European Commission, she drafted the Rental Right Directive’s proposal and was a member of the EC delegation at the WIPO Diplomatic Conference 1996 (outcome: WCT, WPPT). At the WIPO Diplomatic Conferences 2012 (outcome: Beijing Treaty) and 2013 (outcome: Marrakesh Treaty), she was Deputy Head of Delegation for Germany. Starting in 1995, she was chief legal expert to governments of Eastern and Central European and former Soviet countries on their copyright legislation. In particular, in 2003, she advised the Croatian government on copyright to pave the way for accession to the EU.

An der Online-Konferenz “Fostering Innovation in Europe - Intellectual Property Policies and Law“ von der EIPIN Innovation Society und EUIPO nahmen Josef Drexl,Niccolò Galli, Vicente Zafrilla Diaz-Marta und Letizia Tomada teil
Event Report  |  07/22/2020

“Fostering Innovation in Europe”: Virtual Scientific Exchange for Early Stage Researchers

At the online conference “Fostering Innovation in Europe - Intellectual Property Policies and Law“ 14 Early Stage Researchers of the European Joint Doctorate project of the EIPIN Innovation Society had the opportunity to share their research results.

Josef Drexl, Niccolò Galli, Vicente Zafrilla Diaz-Marta and Letizia Tomada participated in the online conference "Fostering Innovation in Europe - Intellectual Property Policies and Law“ of EIPIN Innovation Society and EUIPO
The online conference "Fostering Innovation in Europe" gave 14 Early Stage Researchers the opportunity to share their research results. Photo: EIPIN/EUIPO

Notwithstanding the difficulties brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, the European Joint Doctorate project of the EIPIN (European Intellectual Property Institutes Network) Innovation Society remains committed to pursuing its main objective: supporting high-quality doctoral research on the role of intellectual property (IP) as a complex adaptive system in innovation. At the online conference “Fostering Innovation in Europe - Intellectual Property Policies and Law” on 25 June all 14 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) who are currently finalising their doctoral theses had the opportunity to present their research outcomes. In organising the event, EIPIN built on the active support of the Partner Organisation European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in Alicante. The Office also acted as the official host of the conference.


As the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition is a supporting institution of the EIPIN Innovation Society project, four representatives of the Institute actively took part in the event. Professor Josef Drexl, Managing Director at the Institute, moderated the Panel “Intellectual Property as a Complex Adaptive System” (Panel 1). Together with the ESRs, he discussed the relationship between IP rights and innovation stressing the tension between IP reward and access as the true innovation driver even in the foremost technological fields such as Artificial Intelligence. Furthermore, the three ESRs Niccolò Galli, Vicente Zafrilla Diaz-Marta and Letizia Tomada, whose doctoral theses are primarily supervised within the Institute, presented their research results during the conference.


The research results at a glance


During Panel 1 Niccolò Galli highlighted his research findings on the interplay between patent aggregation, innovation and EU competition law. Abandoning pejorative monikers such as patent trolling, he advocated for a conduct-based redefinition of patent aggregation as the building of ICT patent portfolios for subsequent non-manufacturing use. Based on such a redefinition he advanced an analytical framework to assess the possible innovation effects of patent aggregation activities within competition law analysis.


During the Panel “Governance of Production and Technologies” (Panel 2), Vicente Zafrilla Diaz-Marta focused his presentation on a very specific – and workable – proposal to prevent over- and underdisclosure of standard essential patents (SEPs) in the framework of standard developing organisations. His proposal builds on the aims of the disclosure system – primarily to ensure access of new market participants and secondarily to inform implementers for licencing purposes. It balances the incentives and dynamics that might encourage SEP holders to an under- or overdeclare SEPs or dissuade them from engaging in such behaviour.


During the Panel “Adjudication, Justice and Enforcement” (Panel 3), Letizia Tomada presented a part of her research findings concerning the implications of the establishment of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) for innovation of start-ups. She analysed certain UPC features that tend to favour strong established businesses over more financially constrained start-ups. The discussion focused on the lack of proximity to the litigation venue and the territorial scope of jurisdiction. Lastly, her presentation envisaged changes to the UPC Agreement to mitigate the existing imbalances.


Further information on the doctoral programme is available at the EIPIN-Innovation Society website.


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no 721 733.