Dr. Tobias Endrich-Laimböck,
MJur (Oxford)

Senior Research Fellow

Intellectual Property and Competition Law

+49 89 24246-5401

Areas of Interest:

(International) Intellectual Property and Competition Law; Comparative Law; Sustainability and Life Sciences

Academic Résumé

Since 10/2022
Senior Research Fellow, Department of Intellectual Property and Competition Law
Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich

2020 – 2022
Legal clerkship in Munich
e.g. Munich District Court and Bavarian State Criminal Police Authority

2021 – 2022
External Researcher
Institute for Comparative Law, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic

2017 – 2020
Doctoral student
Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Research Assistant, University of Oxford, UK
Master's Degree (MJur), University of Oxford, UK
Law studies, University of Passau Passau (EJP) with study abroad at Charles University Prague, Czech Republic


Books and Monographs

Technisch-funktionelle Marken nach PVÜ und TRIPS – Ist ein kategorischer Schutzausschluss zulässig? (Geistiges Eigentum und Wettbewerbsrecht (GEuWR), 183), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2023, XVIII + 329 pp.

    Contributions to Collected Editions, Commentaries, Handbooks and Encyclopaedias

    Gegen ein induktiv-empirisches Verständnis der Sittenwidrigkeit im Markenrecht, in: Sven Hetmank, Constantin Rechenberg (eds.), Kommunikation, Kreation und Innovation - Recht im Umbruch?, Nomos, Baden-Baden 2019, 211 - 220.

    Journal Articles

    Substantive Law Aspects of the 'Design Package', GRUR Int 72, 6 (2023), 557 - 565 (together with Annette Kur, Marc Huckschlag). DOI

    • On 28 November 2022, the EU Commission published proposals for amendment of the Community Design Regulation (CDR) and for the recast of the Design Directive (DDir). Both proposals (in the following: PEUDR, PDDir) were preceded by reports and comprehensive consultations with interested circles. The aim of both proposals is to streamline and simplify the proceedings, enhance harmonisation, and improve the functioning of design legislation inter alia regarding novel forms of designs and reproduction technologies, providing a more robust catalogue of limitations, liberalisation of the spare parts market, and clarification of the relationship with copyright. The present article highlights the issues which are considered to be particularly important and deserving of further comments and clarifications.

    Little Guidance for the Application of Copyright Law to Designs in Cofemel, GRUR Int 69, 3 (2020), 264 - 269. DOI

    • Cofemel does not provide sector-specific guidance for the application of the originality criterion to works of applied art or industrial designs.

    Are morality bars 'Friends U Can't Trust'? Iancu v. Brunetti in global context, GRUR Int 68, 11 (2019), 1028 - 1035.

      Legal Standing of Trade Mark Licensees in the Czech Republic after Hettich v. NÁBYTKÁR, GRUR Int 68, 2 (2019), 151 - 155.

        Pinning down functionality in European design law – A comment on the CJEU’s DOCERAM judgement (EUGH Aktenzeichen C-395/16), GRUR Int 67, 8/9 (2018), 766 - 775.

        • Also published in: Jourmal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, 14(2), 2019, 156 - 167

        Die Entscheidung des EuGH in der Rs. EUGH Aktenzeichen C-433/16 – BMW/Acacia im Kontext der geschmacksmusterrechtlichen Torpedoklage, GRUR Int 66, 10 (2017), 854 - 859.

        • Der EuGH hat mit seiner Entscheidung in der Rs. C-433/16 – BMW/Acacia die Zuständigkeitsregeln der GGV und deren Spezialität zur EuGVVO (2001) im Hinblick auf die negative Feststellungsklage gemäß Art. 81 Buchst. b) GGV in ihrer Eindeutigkeit bestätigt. Der Beitrag stellt die wesentlichen Feststellungen dieses Urteils dar und beschreibt deren Bedeutung im Hinblick auf die geschmacksmusterrechtliche Torpedo-Problematik.

        Case notes

        Abuse of Dominant Position in a Market by Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights - Case Note to Supreme Court (Nejvyšší soud České republiky), Judgment of 29 May 2019 – 23 Cdo 5955/2017, GRUR Int 69, 4 (2020), 413 - 414.

        Anmerkung zu EuGH: Markenrecht: Filmtitel "Fack Ju Göhte" verstößt nicht gegen die guten Sitten, Europäische Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht 31, 13 (2020), 579 - 580 (together with Svenja Schenk).

          Then Tell Me What You Think About Morality: A Freedom of Expression Perspective on the CJEU’s Decision in FACK JU GÖHTE (C-240/18 P), IIC 51, 4 (2020), 529 - 542 (together with Svenja Schenk).

          • This case note on the CJEU’s decision in Fack Ju Göhte focuses on morality bars and freedom of expression in EU trade mark law. Based on the presumption that a refusal to register a trade mark for being contrary to accepted principles of morality interferes with freedom of expression, an empirical concept of morality appears incompatible with freedom of expression. However, the test for morality developed by the CJEU seems to employ such an empirical concept at least partially. In addition, the test seems to lack legal certainty. In light of freedom of expression, both represent a potential shortcoming of the decision.
          • https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40319-020-00936-9


          Position Statement of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition of 23 January 2023 on the 'Design Package' (Amendment of the Design Regulation and Recast of the Design Directive), 2023, 15 pp. (together with Annette Kur, Marc Huckschlag).

          • This position statement of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition comments on the EU Commission’s proposals for an amendment of the Community Design Regulation and for a recast of the Design Directive. It highlights issues of particular importance, as, inter alia, the revised approach to the subject matter of protection, the acquisition of unregistered designs, as well as the extended list of limitations and the relation with copyright. The Institute welcomes the aim of the proposals, i.e. to streamline and simplify proceedings, to enhance harmonization and improve the functioning of design legislation. While it endorses most of the proposed changes, comments are made particularly where further adjustment and clarification is needed.
          • MPI_Position Statement on the Design Package_01-25.pdf
          • Also published as: Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition Research Paper No. 23-05

          Further Publications, Press Articles, Interviews

          Copyright/Design-Cumulation under the EU 'Design Package', Kluwer Copyright Blog 2023 (together with Marc Huckschlag).

          Honors and Academic Prizes

          Faculty Award (Fakultätspreis), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich


          International Association for the Advancment of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP)

          Deutsche Vereinigung für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht e.V. (GRUR)

          Deutsch-Tschechische Juristenvereinigung e.V. (DTJV)

          Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde e.V. (DGO)

          Gesellschaft Junge Zivilrechtswissenschaft e.V. (GJZ)


          The Tradition of “Non-Traditional Marks” in International Trademark Law
          IPRE Konferenz, WIPO/WTO/Universität Genf
          Location: Geneva, CH

          Copyright Issues in the EU Design Law Reform Proposals
          Masaryk-Universität Brünn
          Location: Online

          The state as an infringer of IP rights - “acta iure imperii” exceptions to intellectual property protection?
          Joint doctoral workshop Renmin University of China/Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich
          Location: Online

          Excluding functional trade marks in breach of TRIPS - what are “other grounds” in Art. 15.2?
          University College London, Institute of Brand and Innovation Law
          Location: Online

          Excluding technical trademarks in breach of TRIPS?
          University of Oxford, Intellectual Property Law Discussion Group
          Location: Oxford, UK

          Excluding Functionality: A Breach of International Trade Mark Law?
          Masarykova Univerzita, Faculty of Law
          Location: Brno, Czech Republic

          How legal standing is killing all formal requirements of trade mark licences, and what to do about it
          Cyberspace Conference 2018
          Location: Brno, Czech Republic

          The function of technical functionality and the protection of shapes
          University of Oxford, Intellectual Property Law Discussion Group
          Location: Oxford, UK


          Summer 2024
          International Intellectual Property Law
          Location: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München

          Industrial Property and Copyright
          Seminar, Masarykova Univerzita, Faculty of Law
          Location: Online

          Fall 2023/34

          Propädeutischen Übung zum Grundkurs Zivilrecht I
          Location: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), Munich

          Unfair Competition
          Location: Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC), Munich

          Immoral Intellectual Property
          Location: Masaryk-Universität, Brno, Czech Republic

          2019 to 2023
          Focus Area 3: Competition Law, Intellectual Property and Media Law
          Location: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich

          Industrial Property and Copyright
          Seminar, Masarykova Univerzita, Faculty of Law
          Location: Online

          Basic Features of Trademark Law
          Seminar (LL.M.)
          Location: University of Sheffield, UK