Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Newsletter #2/3

Spring/Summer 2021

After an eventful few months in terms of the Institute's research topics, we are sending you a double issue of our newsletter today. Before the summer break, we will come back to you with a special issue. Enjoy reading!
Are patents hindering the global availability of vaccines against Covid‑19? In a ten-point Position Statement a Research Group of the Institute shows why a suspension of intellectual property rights would neither foster vaccine production nor lead to a more equitable distribution of vaccines. More
Research group ‘Life Sciences’
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Research group ‘AI and IP’

The increasing use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to alter the parameters of the existing IP system. In an in-depth study, a Research Group of the Institute’s legal departments presents a broad overview of issues arising at the intersection of AI and IP law.

Demographic developments, climate change, globalization, digitalization, and the preservation of social cohesion are the topics of the report prepared for the Lower Saxony state government by the “Commission Lower Saxony 2030” headed by Dietmar Harhoff. Along these challenges, development trends, opportunities and risks as well as recommendations were identified and elaborated, which can be guiding not only for this state, but other states and countries as well.  More
Dietmar Harhoff, Stefan Weil
Cristiane Stülp

Cristiane Stülp has become the first woman to successfully complete her training at the Institute’s IT department. The 25-year-old Brazilian is thus a role model for many young women who would like to develop their talents and interests in areas of the professional world that traditionally have a male connotation. She tells us her story and confirms in the interview how important it is for women in this context to have the necessary support in their private environment. More

On 6 April 2021 Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Gerhard Schricker, Director of the Institute from 1971 to 2003, passed away at the age of 85.
Read the obituary
A detailed tribute to Gerhard Schricker's life's work on the occasion of his 85th birthday can be found in GRUR International.
Gerhard Schricker (1935-2021)
In Brief

People +++ Mark-Oliver Mackenrodt appointed to Professorship of Law of Digital Goods, Commerce and Competition at TU Munich

Video 🎬 +++ A short version of our image film (10 min.) is now available on the website.
Lucy Xiaolu Wang
In response to the opioid crisis, each U.S. state has implemented a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) to collect data on controlled substances prescribed and dispensed in the state. Lucy Xiaolu Wang studies whether health information technology (HIT) complements patient prescription data in PDMPs to reduce opioid-related mortality and morbidity.

Lucy Xiaolu Wang
The Complementarity of Drug Monitoring Programs and Health IT for Reducing Opioid-Related Mortality and Morbidity
Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition Research Paper No. 21-14
To what extent is basic research affected by changes in market demand for pharmaceuticals? In 2003, insurance coverage in the U.S. was substantially expanded under Medicare Part D. This caused a significant increase in demand for drugs treating diseases more prevalent among the elderly. The authors ask whether this has had an impact on basic research. For this purpose, they differentiate between various actors such as universities and companies as well as the nature and market orientation of the research.

Dennis Byrski, Fabian Gaessler und Matthew John Higgins
Market Size and Research: Evidence from the Pharmaceutical Industry
Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition Research Paper No. 21-16
Data Access, Consumer Interests and Public Welfare
Data Access, Consumer Interests and Public Welfare 

The question of how access to data should be responsibly managed is of crucial importance in the digital age. The open-access book “Data Access, Consumer Interests and Public Welfare” strives to device new approaches to future data access rules. The contributions of renowned authors first shed light on the justification for such rules from an economic and more general policy perspective. Then, building on the constitutional foundations and existing access regimes, they explore the potential of various fields of law as a basis for the future legal framework. The book also addresses the need to coordinate data access rules with intellectual property rights and potential data access rights of the users of connected devices and of governments to privately held data.
German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (Eds.)
Data Access, Consumer Interests and Public Welfare 
Nomos, Baden-Baden
With a special issue IIC honors Jochen Pagenberg on his 80th birthday. As a longtime co-editor, the patent law specialist decisively influenced the renowned journal for intellectual property and competition law, which was founded in 1970. After completing his law studies, Jochen Pagenberg became a staff member of today’s Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition. Throughout his later career as co-founder of the law firm Bardehle Pagenberg and as an expert in various committees he continued to maintain links with the academic world – not only as co-editor of IIC but also as a lecturer and author.

Alexander von Mühlendahl 
Jochen Pagenberg 80
IIC - International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Volume 52
IIC Cover
This year’s MSI took place from 7 to 9 June. New virtual presentation options enlivened the online format. Keynote speakers were Pierre Regibeau (Chief Economist of the European Commission), Reinhilde Veugelers (KU Leuven) and Christopher Sprigman (NYU School of Law). The complete inspiring program for review can be found here. Check out the Twitter hashtag  #munichsummerinstitute to get a lively impression. The next Munich Summer Institute will take place from 13 to 15 June 2022.
Review and Preview
Max Planck Law Teaching Sessions with Begoña Gonzalez Otero and Daria Kim
09/10 June 2021, online
IP Laws’ Game Changers? The Cases of IoT and AI Technologies
Workshop with Begoña Gonzalez Otero

03/04 September 2021, online
Intellectual Property Law-Making as Line (Re-)Drawing
Workshop with Daria Kim
Begoña Gonzalez Otero, Daria Kim
ALAI-Preisträger Seun Lari-Williams, MIPLC Class of 2019/20
The International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI) rewarded Seun Lari-Williams the first prize in the ALAI European Authors’ Right Award. The MIPLC graduate of the 2019/2020 class received the award for his paper on “Bridging the Value Gap Between Content Creators and Digital Media Platforms: A Case Study of YouTube”. With the annual award for students, ALAI as an independent society for the international protection of copyright honors the best submitted essay relating to authors’ rights.

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