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Miscellaneous  |  07/17/2019

Rafael Laguna de la Vera has been appointed founding director of the German Agency for Disruptive Innovation

German Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek and German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier announced the unanimous decision of the Commission for the Establishment of the German Agency for Disruptive Innovation chaired by Dietmar Harhoff: The tech pioneer, founder and innovator Rafael Laguna will be the founding director of the so-called SprinD.

Rafael Laguna de la Vera. Source: Open Xchange

As future location for the new agency the Commission recommends a well-developed urban region with a strong science orientation, e.g., the metropolitan Berlin region.


The final decision on the location is to be made in accordance with the future director. Both ministers thanked the Commission chaired by Dietmar Harhoff for their valuable entrepreneurial, scientific and political input.


SprinD aims to foster pioneering research with a wide range of application possibilities. The new German Agency for Disruptive Innovation is to promote innovations with radically new technologies and a great potential to change the market with new products, services and value chains.


See press release (in German) of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


More on the Commission for the Establishment of SprinD here.

Miscellaneous  |  05/16/2019

Dietmar Harhoff hands over the Chair of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation to Uwe Cantner

After twelve years of scientific policy advice to the German Federal Government, the balance is positive, as the researchers state. The Commission has achieved important objectives - many of its recommendations have become reality.

Positive balance after 12 years of scientific policy advice. Photo: Myriam Rion.

The Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (Expertenkommission Forschung und Innovation - EFI) provides scientific advice to the German Federal Government and periodically delivers reports on research, innovation and technological productivity in Germany. A key task is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the German innovation system in an international comparison. Furthermore, Germany’s perspectives as a location for research and innovation are evaluated on the basis of the latest research findings. EFI presents proposals for national research and innovation policy.


To name a few of the EFI recommendations which have impacted German politics since the first report in 2008:

  • the increase in research and development (R&D) expenditure to 3.5 percent of the gross domestic product (3.5 percent target),
  • the improvement of the framework conditions for venture capital and start-ups,
  • the expansion of Germany's e-Government,
  • a stronger orientation of the German Federal Government towards digitalization and its implications,
  • the introduction of tax incentives for R&D activities, as well as
  • the establishment of a German agency for disruptive innovation.
Miscellaneous  |  05/15/2019

Munich Summer Institute 2019 - The Program

The program of the Munich Summer Institute 2019 is now available. Please see here.

From 17 to 19 June 2019, the Center for Law & Economics at ETH Zurich, the Chair for Technology and Innovation Management 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 fourth 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, 18 plenary presentations and a daily poster session (including a poster slam). Paper presentations will be grouped by topics, not discipline or method. The Munich Summer Institute will be held at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in the heart of Munich. Participation is by invitation only. The organizers will fund travel and hotel expenses for all plenary speakers and hotel expenses for all poster presenters and invited discussants.

Keynote speakers are:

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 or Tobias Kretschmer.

Miscellaneous  |  05/09/2019

Call for Papers - RISE2 Workshop

Researchers who would like to present a paper are invited to submit it until 28 July 2019.

On 16/17 December 2019, the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition will host the 2nd Research on Innovation, Science and Entrepreneurship Workshop, an annual workshop for Ph.D. students and Junior Post-docs in Economics and Management.


The goal of the RISE2 Workshop is to stimulate an in-depth discussion of a select number of empirical research papers. It offers Ph.D. students and Junior Post-docs an opportunity to present their work and to receive feedback.


Keynote speaker of the RISE2 Workshop is Pierre Azoulay (MIT & NBER).


Please send your submissions as a PDF file to rise_workshop(at)ip.mpg.de.


See RISE2 Workshop
See Call for Papers

Miscellaneous  |  03/12/2019

German Federal Government Installs Commission for the Establishment of a German Agency for Disruptive Innovation

German Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek and German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier appoint Dietmar Harhoff chair of the commission for the establishment of the new agency.

Commission for the establishment of the new German Agency for Disruptive Innovation. f.l.t.r. (front): Catharina van Delden, Prof. Dr. Birgitta Wolff, Dr. Nanne Diehl-von Hahn, Sabine Herold, Dr. Manja Schüle MdB, Dr. Stefan Kaufmann MdB; (back): German State Secretary Georg Schütte, Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D., Dr. Ingmar Hoerr, German State Secretary Christian Luft, Wolf-Dieter Lukas. Photo: BMBF / Hans-Joachim Rickel


The German Federal Government aims to foster pioneering research with a wide range of application possibilities. The new German Agency for Disruptive Innovation is to promote innovations with radically new technologies and a great potential to change the market with new products, services and value chains. Dietmar Harhoff has been appointed chair of the commission for the establishment of the new agency by the German Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek and the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier.


Further members of the commission are: Dr. Nanne Diehl-von Hahn (Telefónica Germany), Sabine Herold (DELO Industrie Klebstoffe), Dr. Ingmar Hoerr (CureVac AG), Prof. Dr. Achim Kampker (RWTH Aachen, streetscooter GmbH), Dr. Stefan Kaufmann MdB, Andreas König (ProGlove), Rafael Laguna (Open Xchange), Alfred Möckel (Alubi Capital GmbH), Dr. Manja Schüle MdB, Catharina van Delden (innosabi GmbH), Prof. Dr. Birgitta Wolff (Goethe University Frankfurt/Main).


For further information, visit the websites of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (in German) and the German Federal Government (in German).

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Miscellaneous  |  03/01/2019

Anniversary: 50 Years of IIC

A purely English-language journal on intellectual property law from Germany? That was quite revolutionary 50 years ago. Today, the International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law (IIC) is among the world’s leading academic journals in its field. What is the secret of its success?

Fifty years ago, shortly after the establishment of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright, and Competition Law in 1966, Eugen Ulmer as its founding director and Friedrich-Karl Beier, then assistant director, decided to launch IIC as a journal published entirely in English on intellectual property law. IIC — at that time titled the “International Review of Industrial Property and Copyright Law” — was to supplement the already existing German-language journal GRUR Int., also managed by Eugen Ulmer and Friedrich-Karl Beier as editors, yet in co-operation with the Deutsche Vereinigung für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht (GRUR).


The idea to expand into other regions of the world through a purely English-language journal, parallel to GRUR Int., proved to be a wise decision. In some regions — especially in Continental Europe and Asia — it was still common for IP lawyers to learn German and use it as a publication language. In the years to come, command of German became even more important for scholars who sought to excel in IP law, since it facilitated a research stay at the Institute and, above all, a doctorate at the University of Munich. Yet, given the very dynamic development of international IP law during that period and the growing belief that European IP rules would be needed in times of economic integration, it became essential to go beyond enhancing scholarship among German speakers and to address the international community in English as the new lingua franca with the objective of influencing the future directions of scholarship in international and, soon to be, European IP law.


In terms of content, IIC initially focused on comparative law studies and the revisions of the IP Conventions with the aim of expanding intellectual property protection. Yet, as early as the 1970s, IP scholars, not least from the Max Planck Institute, supported initiatives to establish more integrated European protection systems, with the European Patent Convention of 1973 as the most notable achievement. Moreover, IIC provided a platform for scholarly debate at a time when European harmonization of national IP laws and the adoption of legislation on the first unitary protection systems gradually became a reality in the late 1980s. On the international level, the establishment of the WTO in 1994 and the adoption of the TRIPS Agreement exported standards previously accepted in the industrialized world to major emerging economies, such as India, China and Brazil, but also a large number of smaller and often less developed countries. At the same time, the criticism of these standards of protection, which were not necessarily in the interest of less developed economies, was quickly growing both in the recipient countries and among the global academic community. These tensions are partly reflected in IIC’s 25th anniversary special issue compiled by members of the Institute (see IIC 6/1995).


The critical debates on international IP have continued ever since, with IIC becoming an important forum for the most diverse voices. In this journal, advocates of expanded protection as well as its critics had their say — provided that the scholarly quality and independence of a contribution were guaranteed. Today, thanks to a large, stable and extremely dedicated network of reviewers, IIC is now a peer-reviewed journal, guaranteeing the highest standards of quality control and impartiality with an acceptance rate of a mere 20 per cent. IIC is currently published nine times a year by Springer – with plans to further increase in the years to come.


Another reason for its success was the decision of the current Editors-in-Chief to expand the journal’s subject areas by including competition law, not only to reflect the broader fields of research at the Institute, but also to take into account the quickly growing importance of competition-related issues of intellectual property. Accordingly, the journal was renamed the “International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law”.


As the two Editors-in-Chief, Josef Drexl and Reto M. Hilty say: “In times of bilateral or plurilateral trade agreements, which economies with strong bargaining power, often in the interest of individual industries, use to impose unbalanced TRIPS-plus Standards on less developed countries, the international community should develop answers together in order to create a generally binding and sustainable regulatory framework. In this context, the existence of recognized journals which are not oriented toward the short-term mainstream, but committed to taking up basic research topics with a long-term perspective, thereby providing a forum for independent academic analysis is invaluable to ensure a balanced and competition-oriented IP system on the national, regional and international levels”.


For the first issue of IIC’s 50th volume, researchers from the Institute have undertaken to  delve into some particularly topical challenges, which will also most likely figure highly among the Institute’s research priorities in the next few years – such as “Artificial Intelligence and Collusion”“IoT Connectivity Standards: How Adaptive is the Current SEP Regulatory Framework?” and “Copyright Law on Blockchains: Between New Forms of Rights Administration and Digital Rights Management 2.0”.

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Miscellaneous  |  02/27/2019

Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (EFI) presents Annual Report 2019 on Research, Innovation and Technological Performance in Germany to German Chancellor Merkel

On 27 February 2019, the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation chaired by Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D., Director at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation, has presented the twelfth report on research, innovation and technological performance in Germany to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

f.l.t.r.: Prof. Dr. Christoph Böhringer, Prof. Dr. Katharina Hölzle, German Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek, Prof. Dr. Monika Schnitzer, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D., Prof. Dr. Uschi Backes-Gellner, Prof. Dr. Uwe Cantner. Photo: David Ausserhofer.

The Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (Expertenkommission Forschung und Innovation - EFI) provides scientific advice to the German Federal Government and periodically delivers reports on research, innovation and technological productivity in Germany. A key task is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the German innovation system in an international comparison. Furthermore, Germany’s perspectives as a location for research and innovation are evaluated on the basis of the latest research findings. EFI presents proposals for national research and innovation policy. Core topics of the report 2019 are start-ups, energy transition, blockchain, and digitalization in German tertiary education institutions.


Annual Report 2019 (english short version)
Media Review (in German)

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Miscellaneous  |  01/17/2019

Newsletter from the Institute

New concept for the newsletter: The Institute informs quarterly about research results, events and new publications.

The Institute relaunches its newsletter. From now on, the newsletter is available in German as well as in English. You can subscribe by using this link:

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German Version

Miscellaneous  |  01/14/2019

Call for Papers - Munich Summer Institute 2019

Researchers who would like to present a paper are invited to submit it online until 24 February 2019.

From 17 to 19 June 2019, the Center for Law & Economics at ETH Zurich, the Chair for Technology and Innovation Management 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 fourth 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, 18 plenary presentations and a daily poster session (including a poster slam). Paper presentations will be grouped by topics, not discipline or method. The Munich Summer Institute will be held at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in the heart of Munich. Participation is by invitation only. The organizers will fund travel and hotel expenses for all plenary speakers and hotel expenses for all poster presenters and invited discussants.


Keynote speakers are:

Paper submission procedure

Researchers who would like to present a paper are invited to submit their paper online until 24 February 2019, at the MSI website. The Munich Summer Institute only considers papers which have not been published or accepted for publication at the date of submission. Paper selections will be announced in early April 2019. The program of the Munich Summer Institute will be available in early May 2019. Final papers will be made available to conference participants on a protected website, and are due on 15 May 2018. Researchers who would like to attend the Munich Summer Institute without giving a presentation should contact one of the organizers by 15 May 2018.


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 or Tobias Kretschmer.

Joseph Straus - Foto: Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb
People  |  12/14/2018

Joseph Straus turns 80

The Institute wishes its former director a happy 80th birthday. Straus, one of the most distinguished figures in the field of intellectual property law, is active primarily in patent law.

Joseph Straus - Photo: Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Joseph Straus - Foto: Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb

On December 14 Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Joseph Straus will celebrate his 80th birthday. He has for decades been one of the world's leading and most respected research personalities in intellectual property law with a clear focus on patent law.


After completing his law studies at the University of Ljubljana in 1962, Joseph Straus moved to Munich. As the first doctoral candidate of Friedrich-Karl Beier, he obtained his doctorate in 1968 at the University of Munich with a dissertation on competition law in Yugoslavia. In 1977, Joseph Straus took over the Yugoslavia Department at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law under its director Friedrich-Karl Beier. After his habilitation at the University of Ljubljana in 1986, Joseph Straus was appointed titular professor there in the field of intellectual property law. At the beginning of the 1990s, Joseph Joseph Straus also taught at the Law Faculty of the University of Munich, where, to this day, as an honorary professor, he continues to supervise a large number of doctoral students.


Joseph Straus earned his worldwide reputation as a legal scholar first and foremost through his intensive research on forward-looking topics, primarily in patent law, at the Max Planck Institute. In 2001 he was appointed Director of the Institute - where he joined the sitting Director Gerhard Schricker.


In managing the newly established Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in 2003 and 2004, he was not only responsible for repositioning the Institute to meet new challenges. He also took on the demanding responsibility of establishing the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC), with its internationally leading Master's Degree program in intellectual property law. In close cooperation with the University of Augsburg, the Technical University of Munich and the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Joseph Straus led the MIPLC until his official retirement from the Institute in 2008. The success of this one-year degree course in its first 15 years, and the program's enormous international appeal, are due not only to a worldwide network of over 300 alumni but also in large part to the enthusiasm and strategic skills of its founder, Joseph Straus.


Retiring to a contemplative, private life is not in the nature of Joseph Straus. He continues to publish widely and is still a highly requested speaker at conferences all over the world. Among his many foreign research and teaching positions, consultancies in international organizations and activities in scientific organizations and societies, those deserving particular mention include his visiting professorships at Cornell Law School (1989 to 1998), the University of Toronto (2005), George Washington University in Washington, D.C. (2001 to present) and Tsinghua University in Shanghai (2015 to 2017) and his appointment to a research professorship (2011 to 2016) at the University of South Africa (UNISA).


Joseph Straus is a corresponding member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (since 1995) and a member of the Academia Europea (since 2001). In addition, Joseph Straus was co-editor of GRUR Int. and President of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP) (1993 to 1995), longtime Vice President and member of the GRUR Executive Committee, and finally chair of the AIPPI Program Committee and chair of the Human Genome Organization (HUGO). His scientific advice has been requested by the OECD, WIPO, UNCTAD, the European Patent Office, the German Ministry of Justice and the Legal Service of the German Bundestag, as well as by the European Commission as a member of the Expert Group on Biotechnological Inventions.


The award of the Science Prize of the Stifterverband der Deutschen Wissenschaft in the year 2000 stands out among his scientific honors. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by both the University of Ljubljana (2001) and the University of Kragujevac (2003). He was also honored by the University of Xiamen, Huangzhong University for Science and Technology (HUST) in Wuhan, and Tongji University in Shanghai as Honorary Professor. Joseph Straus is a bearer of the Grand Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2005) and of the Slovenian Order of Merit (2010).


The Institute honoured its former director with a special event in the patent law lecture series followed by a reception on December 18. The evening’s speakers were close and long-term companions of the honoree.  Prof. Dr. Rudolf Kraßer, Dr. Rainer Moufang, Prof. Dr. Bojan Pretnar and Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont spoke on particularly important topics of intellectual property law that are still a part of Joseph Straus’ research work today.


Updated 12/19/2018