Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Newsletter #1

Winter 2020

We wish you a happy & inspiring year 2020!

The new study “Science Quality and the Value of Inventions” by researchers of the Institute has now been published in the renowned journal Science Advances. The study shows a strong positive correlation between the scientific quality of research contributions and the economic value of patents based on these contributions. The results indicate that quality measures commonly used in science can serve as good criteria for a system of science funding which simultaneously provides a basis for societal benefit and technological progress. More
Science Advances
Director Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Reto M. Hilty

Reto M. Hilty receives an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Buenos Aires for his achievements in the field of Intellectual Property and Competition Law. The award was presented to him on 31 October by the University Rector Alberto Barbieri. More

On Thursday, 19 December 2019, Dietmar Harhoff was presented with the Cross of Merit 1. Class of the Federal Republic of Germany for services to the nation in presence of Federal Minister Anja Karliczek at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Berlin. More
 Dietmar Harhoff and German Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek. Photo: BMBF/Hans-Joachim Rickel
Managing Director Prof. Dr. Josef Drexl, LL.M. (UC Berkeley)

Regular change of management: Since 1 January 2020 Josef Drexl is Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition. He succeeds Reto M. Hilty, who has been managing the Institute since 2017, and he will hold the position for two years. More

GRUR Int. has entered the new year with a revised concept: The journal, which covers topics related to Industrial Property and Copyright Law as well as Competition Law, is now called “GRUR International” and is published exclusively in English. Articles will be selected based on an independent peer-review process. More
GRUR International
The Innovation Society and Intellectual Property
Intellectual property (IP) rights impact innovation in diverse ways. This book critically analyses whether additional rights beyond patents, trademarks and copyrights are needed to promote innovation. Featuring contributions from thought-leaders in the field of IP, this book examines the check and balances that already exist in the IP system to safeguard innovation and questions to what extent existing IP regimes are capable of catering to new paradigms of innovation and creativity.
Josef Drexl, Anselm Kamperman Sanders (ed.)
The Innovation Society and Intellectual Property
European Intellectual Property Institutes Network series, Edward Elgar Publishing
The study examines the conceptual consequences the current shift of IP-related competition policy has for the relationship between Intellectual Property and Competition Law and raises the research question of whether access to data should be better based on a proper system of rights, responsibilities and obligations rather than on narrow competition considerations. 
View paper on SSRN
Hanns Ullrich
Technology Protection and Competition Policy for the Information Economy. From Property Rights for Competition to Competition Without Proper Rights?
Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition Research Paper, No. 19-12
Participants of the 2nd Research in Innovation, Science and Entrepreneurship Workshop
Event Report
On 16 and 17 December 2019, 50 international young researchers from over 20 universities across Europe and the US attended the 2nd Research in Innovation, Science and Entrepreneurship Workshop (RISE2). More
Event Report
In his academic lecture at the annual festive session of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, Josef Drexl addressed the question of whether the existing legal framework is still able to regulate new digital business models appropriately. More
Director Prof. Dr. Josef Drexl, LL.M. (UC Berkeley)
Heiko Richter (MPI), Consumer Rights Days (Verbraucherrechtstage) 2019
Event Report  
At the Consumer Rights Days (Verbraucherrechtstage) 2019, which were taken care of in scientific regards by the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, representatives from scholarship and politics discussed how access to data in the digital era should ideally be regulated.  More
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