Marco Kleine
People  |  02/01/2022

Assistant Professorship at the University of Groningen for Marco Kleine

Marco Kleine, Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition since 2014, joined the Faculty of Economics of the University of Groningen as Assistant Professor (tenure track) on 1 February 2022. His research and teaching focus on behavioral foundations of innovation and strategy.

Marco Kleine
Dr. Marco Kleine

His main research areas are Organization and Innovation, Innovation Research, Strategic Management and Behavioral and Experimental Economics.

Marco Kleine has been working as a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in the Department Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research headed by Dietmar Harhoff. He played a major role in the successful establishment and operation of econlab (Max Planck Laboratory for Experimental Research in the Social Sciences). In 2018/19, he served as an interim Professor of Strategic Management at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich.

Marco Kleine has published his research results in renowned international journals such as the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization and Research Policy. Currently, he is working on the role of user anonymity in organizational exchange platforms and the influence of innovation vouchers on the innovation performance of small and medium-sized enterprises.

His activities at the University of Groningen include research and teaching in the fields of innovation and strategy. He continues to be closely associated with the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition as an Affiliated Research Fellow.

William R. Cornish (1937-2022)
People  |  01/18/2022

In Memoriam Prof. William R. Cornish (1937–2022)

William Rodolph Cornish, External Scientific Member of our Institute and Professor Emeritus at the University of Cambridge, passed away on 8 January 2022, at the age of 84. Bill Cornish was a world leader in the field of Intellectual Property Law to whom our Institute owes an extraordinary debt of gratitude.

William R. Cornish (1937-2022)
William R. Cornish (1937-2022)

During a year abroad as a schoolboy, the Australian discovered his love of Britain and Europe and, back in Australia, felt cut off from the world. In 1960, after studying law at the University of Adelaide in Australia, he returned to the United Kingdom and applied himself for postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford. As early as 1962, he began teaching as a lecturer at the London School of Economics, where he had a fateful encounter. An exchange with his colleague and friend Otto Kahn-Freund sparked an interest in Intellectual Property Law, which had hardly been developed in England until then.

Bill Cornish had a special relationship with our Institute: In an interview in 2015, Cornish reported that Munich became the most important research site in the field of Intellectual Property in Germany from 1966 onwards with the foundation of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law (as the Institute was called at the time) and that he paid his first visit to this “intellectual Mecca” in 1978, during research for his textbook on Intellectual Property. Many more visits were to follow.

He played a formative role in the Institute’s journal IIC - International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law as a member of the Editorial Board from 1990 to 2019.

Bill Cornish researched and taught at the most important universities in England, including Cambridge, the London School of Economics and Oxford, and was elected a member of the British Academy in 1984. He received numerous scientific and social awards and honors.

We have lost not only an outstanding scholar, but also a very warm-hearted person and good friend. We will miss him very much.

Detailed information on the life and work of William R. Cornish as well as an extensive obituary can be found on the pages of the University of Cambridge.

Event Report  |  01/14/2022

RISE4 Workshop 2021 – Two Days of Intense Scientific Exchange for Young Scholars

On 6 and 7 December 2021, more than 40 international young researchers from over 30 universities around the globe attended the 4th Research in Innovation, Science and Entrepreneurship Workshop (RISE4).

The two-day event was again organized by doctoral students of the Department for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research headed by Dietmar Harhoff to give young scholars the opportunity to present and discuss their work.

In light of the continuing global health crisis, the workshop took place online. However, this was no obstacle to putting together an exciting program. Eleven doctoral students presented their papers on the Economics of Innovation, Science and Entrepreneurship. Their work was then discussed by experienced researchers. A special highlight of the event was the inspiring keynote speech by Catherine Tucker, the Sloan Distinguished Professor of Management Science and Marketing at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

The workshop was kicked off with a session on Entrepreneurship. The first speaker of the day presented research on high-growth entrepreneurship education in the context of a developing country. The second presentation addressed the understanding of probabilistic reasoning in entrepreneurship by studying the effects of applying a scientific way of decision-making in an entrepreneurial and uncertain context.

The highlight of the first day was the keynote speech by Catherine Tucker who presented research on Data and Inequality. An interactive discussion emerged on how data can lead to inequality and how it can on the other hand be used to reduce inequality.

A session on Global Science followed, where researchers first presented their work on the impact of a large-scale scientist recruitment program on Chinese research productivity. Another interesting topic in the context of global science was a life cycle analysis of researcher migration and changes in research interest.

The second day started with insights into Determinants of Firm Innovation. Kicking off the workshop day, young scholars talked about startups, unicorns and local inventor supply ‒ showing that high-growth entrepreneurship depends on the availability of high-skilled inventors’ human capital. A second presentation addressed the question of how metrics shape the rate and direction of innovation in firms based on the example of automotive safety and data from the US automotive industry.

The next session investigated Privacy and Innovation. Evidence from mobile gaming shed light on the question whether user privacy stifles innovation in platform ecosystems. The workshop continued with the topics Data-Driven Search and Innovation, and the consequences of machines ‘blackboxing’ knowledge production. Last but not least, researchers addressed the Determinants of Idea Creation and Innovation by presenting evidence on the role of ownership empowerment for promoting novelty creation, and by asking whether experts acquire knowledge through reviewing research projects.

See the complete program with all topics here and check out the coverage on Twitter under #RISE4Workshop.

The RISE workshop series aims at stimulating a rigorous in-depth discussion of a selected number of research papers by Ph.D. students and Junior Postdocs, providing feedback and connecting with peers from other research institutions. Accordingly, the workshop brings together young researchers from all over Europe, Asia, and North America with researchers from the Munich Innovation Community.

We thank all organizing parties involved and all participants, including the fantastic keynote speaker, thorough discussants and great presenters for a truly outstanding RISE4 Workshop 2021. Our special thanks go to everyone who worked so hard on the organization, especially Svenja Frieß, Klaus KellerKathrin Wernsdorf and Ann-Christin Kreyer. With great enthusiasm and motivation, we look forward to the RISE5 Workshop 2022 ‒ then hopefully again in person at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich.

Direktor Reto M. Hilty (r.) mit Staatsekretär Diego Hurtado
Miscellaneous  |  01/13/2022

Partnering to Optimize Intellectual Property Rights in Latin America

As part of the Smart IP for Latin America initiative, Director Reto M. Hilty signed a collaboration agreement with Argentina’s Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación on 27 October 2021. A similar agreement for Colombia is in preparation. The aim is to carry out joint studies in the field of intellectual property law, in particular on technology transfer. Local and regional development is to be promoted with a focus on disciplines and areas that promise positive social, ecological and productive effects.

Direktor Reto M. Hilty (r.) mit Staatsekretär Diego Hurtado
Director Reto M. Hilty (r.) with State Secretary Diego Hurtado
Reto M. Hilty in Buenos Aires, Argentinia
Reto M. Hilty in Buenos Aires, Argentinia
Members of the SIPLA team and of the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación
Members of the SIPLA team and of the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación

The SIPLA initiative is based on the idea that intellectual property protection can only bring sustainable benefits to an economy if local market and competitive conditions and the specific needs of the country concerned are considered. Free trade agreements concluded by countries in Latin America often take too little account of this, especially when contracting partners try to assert the interests of their own industries.

In the course of the collaborations, the aim is now to determine specifically which adjustments to the respective legal framework can actually help to promote technology transfer and local innovation. This also includes sufficient flexibility in the digital context, for example in the form of specific exemption regulations that allow text and data mining in the context of artificial intelligence.

The collaboration partners plan to publish their findings in a variety of formats, such as short publications on timely topics, interim reports on strategic issues, and more comprehensive edited volumes. Among other activities, the researchers will exchange ideas in workshops and seminars and also organize events to inform the public about results.

Development of Intellectual Property Law in Latin America

In the opening chapter of a recent anthology in memory of Brazilian legal scholar Denis Borges Barbosa, the SIPLA team traces the development of intellectual property law in Latin America and provides an outlook on what opportunities these countries can take advantage of to promote their economic development. In particular, national legislatures can make targeted use of the leeway left to them by international law.

The researchers conclude that countries in the region have the potential not only to overcome existing challenges, but also to contribute to solving global problems in specific sectors through their own innovation.


Smart IP for Latin America is a research initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition. It provides a neutral forum for academic and legal policy discourse on intellectual property and competition law in Latin America. It aims to inform and advise academia, policymakers, the business sector and the public on the basis of impartial and evidence-based fundamental research. The goal is to support the realization of Latin America’s social, cultural, and economic potential.

Smart IP for Latin America was launched in 2018 at an inaugural conference in Santiago de Chile, attended by representatives from academia, government, industry, and legal practice. An office at the University of Buenos Aires – the “Observatory” – has been coordinating research activities and events on site in close cooperation with the SIPLA team at the Institute in Munich since 2019. The team is supported by a top-class advisory board with scientific representatives from all over Latin America.

People  |  01/10/2022

Three Questions for Our New Research Coordinator Alexander Suyer

Since November 2021, the Institute has a Research Coordinator. The new position went to Dr. Alexander Suyer, who also takes on overarching tasks for the management of the Institute. We ask him three questions to introduce him.

Dr. Alexander Suyer. Photo: Myriam Rion

Hello Alexander, what is your professional background – and don’t we already know you from somewhere?

Hello, thank you for your interest in getting to know me as your new Research Coordinator.

Well, new technologies have always fascinated me. I find it just as exciting to see how they find their way into the market as innovations. My management studies at TUM, with a focus on innovation management and entrepreneurial finance, gave me profound expertise in this area. Just as importantly, I learned to appreciate the exchange with completely different disciplines in my chemistry minor.

And yes, many colleagues at the Institute are already familiar to me. I did my doctorate under the supervision of Dietmar Harhoff and later supported him in scientific projects to advise policymakers and the public sector. For most of the topics, I worked together with colleagues in the legal department.

What exactly do you do as a Research Coordinator?

The scientists at the Institute conduct basic research on innovation and competition processes and their regulation ‒ the common research area connects them all. Yet, they ask very different research questions and use a wide range of methods. After all, a considerable number of researchers work at the Institute.

As a research coordinator, I constantly get an overview of the diverse research topics at our Institute. I use this bird’s-eye view to initiate discussions among researchers time and again. This can be a brief hint to an economist that legal colleagues are currently working on a question similar to his or her own. But it also implies organizing the Institute’s regular strategy conferences. Most importantly, it means seizing current opportunities for interdisciplinary projects and bringing them to fruition. At the moment, for example, I am coordinating and supporting a new working group that has formed on the topic of sustainability.

In summary, I help colleagues network and identify common topics where interdisciplinary collaboration is particularly valuable.

Alexander Suyer about Alexander Suyer?

When researchers get involved in interdisciplinary working groups ‒ often in addition to their core projects ‒ and become acquainted with new perspectives and approaches, this usually is a gain for them personally, but also additional work. To win them over, it helps that I myself have a great appetite for new things, really enjoy communicating with people and ‒ at least according to my wife ‒ can usually be quite patient. But even when I’m calm and level-headed, I can be quite assertive when it comes to important concerns.

In my life outside the Institute, I enjoy everything tech, for example by teaching our smart home new tricks. I am even more passionate about making travel plans ‒ with pleasure sometimes for friends and relatives, too.

To the personal webpage of  Alexander Suyer

Ivz. Prof. Dr. Silke von Lewinski, Senior Research Fellow
People  |  01/10/2022

Silke von Lewinski Elected Member of the Board of VG Wort

At its meeting on 7 December 2021, the Administrative Council of VG Wort unanimously elected Silke von Lewinski as a new honorary member of the German collecting society’s Executive Board. She previously served as an honorary member of the Administrative Council of VG Wort. In 1991, she was the first laureate of VG Wort’s Heinrich Hubmann Prize.

Ivz. Prof. Dr. Silke von Lewinski, Senior Research Fellow
Ivz. Prof. Dr. Silke von Lewinski

Silke von Lewinski, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute, drafted the proposal for the second directive in the field of copyright for the European Commission, for which she invented the model of the collecting society-linked direct remuneration claim, which was also implemented in the German Act on Copyright Liability of Online Content Sharing Service Providers in 2021 for the benefit of authors and artists. She was a member of the EC delegation and deputy head of the German delegation to the WIPO Diplomatic Conferences on the WCT/WPPT and the Beijing and Marrakesh Treaties.

Silke von Lewinski has published several standard works on international and European copyright law and has taught for many years as a visiting professor at numerous universities in the USA, China and Europe. In 2020, she was appointed as »Izvanredne profesorice« (Associate Professor) at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb.

Personal Website of Silke von Lewinski

Porträt von Direktor Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D.
People  |  12/21/2021

Rotational Change of Management of the Institute as of 1 January 2022

As of 1 January 2022, Dietmar Harhoff, head of the economics department “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research”, assumes the role of Managing Director of the Institute through biennial rotation.

Porträt von Direktor Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D.
Dietmar Harhoff, Managing Director 2022/2023

He succeeds Josef Drexl, who has been Managing Director since 2020. Dietmar Harhoff has been Director at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition since 2013 and already served as Managing Director in 2015/2016.

RISE Workshop Logo
Miscellaneous  |  11/22/2021

The Program is available now! − RISE4 Workshop

On 6 and 7 December 2021, the fourth “Research in Innovation, Science and Entrepreneurship Workshop” (RISE4) from young researchers for young researchers will take place (online). The program of the RISE4 Workshop 2021 is now available. The participants can look forward to exciting topics and inspiring scientific exchange.

RISE Workshop Logo

The workshop was first organized by Junior Researchers in 2018, and is aimed at Ph.D. students and Junior Postdocs worldwide. RISE offers them an opportunity to present their work, receive feedback from experienced researchers and connect with peers from other research institutions. Keynote Speaker of the RISE4 Workshop is Catherine Tucker, Professor of Management Science and Professor of Marketing at MIT Sloan and Chair of the MIT Sloan PhD Program.

Get the program here (PDF).
More on the workshop website RISE4 Workshop.

Michèle Finck, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, University of Tübingen, Inaugural Chair of Law and Artificial Intelligence
People  |  09/20/2021

Michèle Finck Appointed Professor of Law and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Tübingen

Michèle Finck is the Inaugural Chair of Law and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Tübingen. Her research will focus on the legal implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI), particularly in relation to data law and data governance. Questions regarding AI and sustainability, as well as climate change, are also a focus of the Chair.

Michèle Finck, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, University of Tübingen, Inaugural Chair of Law and Artificial Intelligence
Michèle Finck is the Inaugural Chair of Law and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Tübingen.

The research professorship, supported by the Carl Zeiss Foundation, follows an interdisciplinary approach in research and teaching. A close collaboration is intended, inter alia, with the Cluster of Excellence Machine Learning in Tübingen, the AI Center and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. At her Chair Michèle Finck wants to establish a team of national and international experts for legal issues of Artificial Intelligence. In the first stage, there will be five positions for doctoral students and one postdoctoral position at the Chair.    

Prior to her appointment at the University of Tübingen, Michèle Finck from 2017 worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute in the Intellectual Property and Competition Law Department with Reto M. Hilty. She focused her research work primarily on data (protection) law and new technologies, especially AI and blockchain, as well as data governance. As an Affiliated Research Fellow, she will continue to be associated with the Institute.

Michèle Finck received her PhD in European Law from the University of Oxford in 2015. Apart from her work as a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute, her professional career includes, among others, positions as a Fellow at the London School of Economics, as a lecturer for European Law at Keble College at the University of Oxford, as a Fellow at University College London and as a visiting scholar of law and technology at several European universities.

Mor Bakhoum, Head of the Max Planck Partner Group, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Université virtuelle du Sénégal, “Regulation of the data economy in emerging economies”
Miscellaneous  |  08/12/2021

Max Planck Partner Group Founded in Senegal

The Max Planck Society has given its approval to the establishment of a Max Planck Partner Group affiliated with the Institute at the Université virtuelle du Sénégal in Dakar. The aim of the collaboration is joint research on issues of data access and regulation in relation to sustainable development.

Mor Bakhoum, Head of the Max Planck Partner Group, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Université virtuelle du Sénégal, “Regulation of the data economy in emerging economies”
Mor Bakhoum is Head of the newly founded Max Planck Partner Group in Senegal.

Head of the new Max Planck Partner Group will be Mor Bakhoum, who was a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute from 2009 to 2018 and is still associated with the Institute as an Affiliated Research Fellow. In addition, Mor Bakhoum continues to teach at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC) the course “Competition Law in Emerging Markets” and supervises master theses of MIPLC students. He also currently heads the doctoral school of the Université virtuelle du Sénégal (UVS).

The Partner Group, which is based at the UVS, will comprise, apart from Mor Bakhoum, seven postdoctoral researchers, two doctoral students and a research assistant. In collaboration with the team at the Institute in Munich, they will undertake research activities on the issue of regulation of the digital economy and data access in relation to sustainable development. The Group will publish position papers and articles as well as support doctoral students at the UVS doctoral school working on the topic of data and the digital economy. The research within the Partner Group is closely linked to the Institute’s Research Project “Regulation of the data economy in emerging economies”.

The Max Planck Partner Groups are an instrument of the Max Planck Society in the joint promotion of researchers with countries interested in strengthening their research through international cooperation. A Partner Group can be set up on condition that outstanding young researchers, following their tenure at a Max Planck Institute, return to their home country and carry out further research on a subject that is also of interest to their previous host Institute. More than 70 Partner Groups exist worldwide at the moment.