The Board of Trustees of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition is the body where science and society meet. One of its important functions is to establish a trusting relationship between the Institute and the public. The Board of Trustees advises the Institute on matters of academic policy, economics and organization. For an institute of the Max Planck Society, the Academic Advisory Board represents the central instrument of academic evaluation.


It advises the institute’s directors, in particular with regard to its research program, performs a triannual evaluation of the institute’s research, and reports to the President of the Max Planck Society. Every six years, groups of Max Planck institutes with a similar specialization (e.g. all law institutes) undergo a comparative evaluation. This comprehensive and independent assessment of the institutes’ research activities ensures the appropriate allocation of the public funds made available to the Max Planck Society.

Board of Trustees

Members of the Board of Trustees represent the areas of politics and the judiciary, governmental agencies and bodies, collecting societies and business:

Prof. Dr. Heinrich Arnold
Investor and Member of multiple Supervisory Boards, DXG Deutsche Digital GmbH

Dr. Ingo Brinker
Chairman of Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V.

Prof. Dr. Friedrich Wenzel Bulst
Head of Unit, Antitrust: Media, Directorate-General for Competition, European Commission

Rolf Christof Dienst
Managing Director, Wessel Management GmbH

Dr. Christoph Ernst
Vice-President of the European Patent Office

Dr. Carsten Fink (Chair)
Chief Economist, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Prof. Dr. Beate Gsell
Vice Dean of the Faculty of Law, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich

Dipl.-Ing. Sabine Herold
Managing Director, DELO Industrie Klebstoffe GmbH & Co. KGaA

Dr. Regina Hock
President of the Federal Patent Court

Dr. Tobias Holzmüller
Chief Executive Officer, GEMA

Carsten Knop
Editor, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Prof. Dr. Thomas Koch
Presiding Judge of the 1st Civil Panel, Federal Court of Justice

Dr. Christian Meyer-Seitz
Head of Department Commercial and Business Law, Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection

Andreas Mundt
President, German Federal Cartel Office

Lisa Nienhaus
Head of the Business Editorial Office, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Iris Plöger
Member of the Executive Board, BDI e.V.

Dr. Tillman Prinz
Secretary-General, Federal Chamber of German Architects (BAK)

Daria Saharowa
Managing Director, WF World Fund Management GmbH

Eva Schewior, LL.M.
President, German Patent and Trademark Office

Dr. Robert Staats
Managing Director, VG WORT

Beat Weibel
Chief IP Counsel, Corporate Technology IP, Siemens AG

Dr. h.c. Manfred Wittenstein
Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board and co-owner of WITTENSTEIN SE

Dr. Gert Würtenberger
President, German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)

Academic Advisory Board

The Academic Advisory Board of the Institute includes leading academics from the areas of intellectual property law, competition law and economics:

Prof. Dr. Margo A. Bagley
Emory University School of Law, USA

Prof. Dr. Torsten Körber, LL.M. (Berkeley)
University of Cologne, Germany

Prof. Imelda Maher
University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Prof. Dr. Duncan Matthews
Queen Mary University of London, UK

Prof. Dr. Dário Moura Vicente
Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Prof. Alexander Oettl, Ph.D.
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Prof. Dr. Christina Raasch
Kühne Logistics University, Germany

Prof. Dr. Rafał Sikorski
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland

Prof. Dr. Louisa Specht-Riemenschneider
University of Bonn, Germany

Prof. Dr. Ariel D. Stern 
University of Potsdam and Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany

Prof. Dr. Reinhilde Veugelers (Chair)
KU Leuven, Belgium

Prof. Dr. Peter K. Yu
Texas A&M University, USA