Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Newsletter #1

Winter 2021

With this newsletter issue, we would like to send you a review of the Institute's activities in winter 2020/21. We are looking forward to spring!

A research group of the International Law Association (ILA) with the participation of Max Planck researchers has developed guidelines for the interplay of intellectual property and private international law. The “Kyoto Guidelines” are the first model law developed jointly by experts from all over the world.
The research group, that developed the “Kyoto Guidelines”, during a meeting in Geneva in 2015, Photo: ILA
Permitted Uses in Copyright Law: Research Team Develops “International Instrument”

With the International Instrument on Permitted Uses in Copyright Law”, a group of renowned copyright experts has developed a set of rules intended to promote a more balanced reconciliation of interests in copyright law. The project, which aims at a new international copyright treaty, was coordinated by the Institute. 

To strengthen research in the field of artificial intelligence, a statewide AI network will be stretched across Bavaria as part of the HighTech Agenda Bavaria. The Bavarian AI Council with leading experts from science and industry will provide scientific and professional advice to the Bavarian AI Agency, which is being set up at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BAdW). More
Dietmar Harhoff
In Brief

Board +++ Marketa Trimble, Reinhilde Veugelers, Torsten Körber, Alexander Oettl and Martin Senftleben have been appointed as new members to the Institute’s high-profile Academic Advisory Board.

Opinion +++ Current position papers on draft legislation: Strengthening Consumer Protection and Open Data Act and Data Usage Act.

Externally Funded Projects  +++ The Collaborative Research Center CRC TRR 190 “Rationality & Competition” with subproject B04 “Firm Size, Ownership, and Innovation” will be funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation) for four more years.
Econometric analysis in Economics of Science and Innovation often requires control groups. These control groups need to have similar observable characteristics to a sample of researchers of interest. There are specific methodologies and tools to assist Econometricians in the matching exercise. However, the identification of such a population often constitutes a daunting data effort, which may turn impossible for samples of scientists spanning multiple fields, institutions, or countries. The python package sosia – Italian for Doppelgänger – intends to simplify and automate the search for comparable researchers in the Scopus database.

Michael E. Rose and Stefano H. Baruffaldi
Finding Doppelgängers in Scopus: How to Build Scientists Control Groups Using Sosia
Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition Research Paper No. 20-20
Michael E. Rose and Stefano H. Baruffaldi
The public sector creates a wide variety of material that can potentially qualify as works under copyright law  – such as laws and court decisions but also brochures and information videos. The question whether this material is or should be protected by copyright has been controversial ever since. The copyright regimes of different states pursue different approaches, in this regard. The author takes current landmark decisions by the Supreme Courts of the US and Canada as an occasion to examine the subject against the background of rapid technological advancement and ongoing societal and political change.
Heiko Richter
Copyright Protection of Government-Related Material Before the Courts of the United States and Canada: Considerations for Future Reforms
International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, 52 (1), 6-33
Call for Papers
Researchers who would like to present a paper are invited to submit it online by  15 March 2021. More
Munich Summer Institute
RISE Workshop
On 17 and 18 December 2020, 40 international young researchers from over 25 universities across Europe, the US and Canada attended the 3rd Research in Innovation, Science and Entrepreneurship Workshop (RISE3). For the third time now, the two-day event was organized by Ph.D. students and Postdocs of the Department for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research to give young scholars the opportunity to present and discuss their work.
Event Report
Since the protection of trade secrets in Asia has not been sufficiently researched so far, in December 2020 the Institute participated in the organization of the “International Conference on Trade Secret Protection” in Taiwan. The program focused in particular on practices of trade secret protection in various Asian jurisdictions and the approach of the European Union. More
International Conference on Trade Secret Protection
In the winter semester 2021/2022, the MIPLC will again participate in the scholarship program “Development-Related Postgraduate Courses” of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The program aims to transfer knowledge to the countries of the Global South. After a successful reapplication in 2019, the MIPLC, in close coordination with the DAAD, can continue to award six scholarships per year to applicants who come from low- or middle-income countries. 
For further information on the program and the application guidelines please refer to the MIPLC website.
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