On 1 March 1966 the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law commenced its work under the direction of Professor Eugen Ulmer. In 2016, therefore, the Institute, now the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding.
Since its inauguration, the Institute has carried out basic research on various aspects of intellectual property and competition law. It regularly advises national and international decision-makers on matters of politics and business and provides guidance for important legislative proposals. Today the focus of research at the Institute is on the framework conditions for innovation and competition and the legal and economic instruments that can be used to shape the processes involved. The contributions of the Institute´s economic and legal research address a multitude of important issues in this realm.
We would like to celebrate our 50th anniversary together with you in a two-day event befitting the occasion – a ceremony on the first day and an academic symposium on the second – and to take the opportunity to discuss the Institute’s previous research contributions and possible avenues for future research.
Your Dietmar Harhoff, Reto M. Hilty and Josef Drexl