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Opinion  |  01/24/2023

Position Statement on the ‘Design Package’

On 28 November 2022, the EU Commission adopted proposals for a revised Regulation and Directive on designs - also called the Design Package. The aim of the proposals is to streamline and simplify procedures, promote harmonisation and improve the functioning of design law. In its position statement of 23 January 2023, the Institute welcomes the overall aim of the proposals and supports most of the proposed changes. However, some points deserve further comment and clarification. Here, the focus of the remarks lies on substantive law.

Opinion  |  07/05/2022

Position Statement on the Decision of the WTO Ministerial Conference on the TRIPS Agreement

On 17 June 2022, the WTO Ministerial Conference adopted a long-awaited decision on the TRIPS Agreement. The Decision has not waived any intellectual property rights as such, as proposed by India and South Africa in October 2020. Instead, it mainly clarifies the application of the existing TRIPS flexibilities. As a follow-up to its earlier Position Statement, the Institute issued a paper that outlines the legal and practical implications of the Decision.

This second Position Statement, which follows the Institute's Position Statement of 7 May 2021, reflects on the legal and practical implications of the Ministerial Decision in view of the ultimate goal of overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic. A particular focus here is on TRIPS flexibilities relating to compulsory licensing of patents.


Position Statement of 5 July 2022 on the Decision of the WTO Ministerial Conference on the TRIPS Agreement adopted on 17 June 2022

Heiko Richter, Shraddha Kulhari, Carolina Banda, Daria Kim, Valentina Moscon, Josef Drexl, Jörg Hoffmann, Klaus Wiedemann, Begoña Gonzalez Otero (v.l.n.r.)
Opinion  |  06/14/2022

Position Statement on the EU Data Act

Data generated through the use of digital services and products offer enormous economic potential. The EU Data Act is intended to regulate access to and use of such data. But does the current legislative proposal ensure that the interests of all stakeholders are adequately taken into account? A research group at the Institute has analyzed this question and written a comprehensive position statement on the subject.

Heiko Richter, Shraddha Kulhari, Carolina Banda, Daria Kim, Valentina Moscon, Josef Drexl, Jörg Hoffmann, Klaus Wiedemann, Begoña Gonzalez Otero (v.l.n.r.)
Research Group: Heiko Richter, Shraddha Kulhari, Carolina Banda, Daria Kim, Valentina Moscon, Josef Drexl, Jörg Hoffmann, Klaus Wiedemann, Begoña Gonzalez Otero (f.l.t.r.)

Directly to the Position Statement (PDF).

Opinion  |  09/08/2021

Artificial Intelligence Systems as Inventors?

Position Statement of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition of 7 September 2021

Opinion  |  05/07/2021

Covid-19 and the Role of Intellectual Property

Position Statement of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition of 7 May 2021

Authors of the Position Statement
Authors of the Position Statement (f.l.t.r.): Peter R. Slowinski, Daria Kim, Reto M. Hilty, Matthias Lamping, Pedro Henrique D. Batista, Suelen Carls


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Opinion  |  04/09/2021

Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property Law

Position Statement of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition of 9 April 2021 on the Current Debate

View the statement (pdf)

Opinion  |  01/18/2021

Position Paper on the Draft of a Second Open Data Act and a Data Usage Act (DNG)

The position paper of Heiko Richter welcomes the high ambitions of the legislative proposal, but criticizes its failure to completely fulfill them, as the draft hardly goes beyond the requirements of EU Directive 2019/1024, and Section 12a of the E-Government Act falls short of its potential. In addition, the position paper also makes specific suggestions for improvement for the further legislative process.

Opinion  |  12/08/2020

Position Paper on the Draft Bill for an Act to Strengthen Consumer Protection

The position paper relates to the changes to German unfair competition law (UWG) resulting from Directive 2019/2161/EU. Although they undermine the approach of the UWG (claim for damages of the individual consumer), the 1:1 implementation of the draft bill is to be approved - after an influence in advance was obviously impossible. It is suggested, however, that the Directive's opening clauses should be used more extensively and that guidelines not conditioned by them, such as influencer marketing, should be waived.

Opinion  |  11/11/2020

Position Paper on the Draft Bill for a Copyright Service Provider Act

In a position paper on the draft bill for an "Act to adapt copyright law to the requirements of the digital single market", the Institute provides suggestions in particular for the design of the planned Copyright Service Provider Act (UrhDaG).

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.