Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Newsletter #3
Summer 2022

Before we head off for our summer break, we’re sending you some interesting news on current research and events from the Institute. Have a great summer!
On 17 June 2022, the WTO Ministerial Conference adopted a long-awaited decision on the TRIPS Agreement. The Decision has not waived any intellectual property rights as such, as proposed by India and South Africa in October 2020. Instead, it mainly clarifies the application of the existing TRIPS flexibilities. As a follow-up to its earlier Position Statement, the Institute issued a paper that outlines the legal and practical implications of the Decision.

Photo of the printed Position Statement on the WTO decision
Michael Rose beim Scan

Together with Germany’s largest association for family research (Verein für Computer­genealogie), the Institute is conducting a digitization project to collect data with the help of amateur genealogists. The data from over 100 volumes of annual directories of writings published at German universities and higher education institutions open up many new, exciting research questions. More

Data generated through the use of digital services and products offer enormous economic potential. The EU Data Act is intended to regulate access to and use of such data. But does the current legislative proposal ensure that the interests of all stakeholders are adequately taken into account? A research group at the Institute has analyzed this question and written a comprehensive position statement on the subject. More
Forschungsteam zum Data Act

It is with great sadness and dismay that we had to learn that our colleague and friend of many years Zdenko Caganic passed away on 5 July 2022. We are all deeply shocked by his death.
To the obituary
Ukrainian guest researchers at the Institute
On 31 May 2022, our eight Ukrainian guest researchers presented their current research topics to the members of the Institute in a seminar. For the Board of Trustees meeting on 4 July 2022, they introduced themselves and their their research with a poster to the members of the Board of Trustees (photo), meeting with a very positive response. A working paper on the initiative #ScienceforUkraine has been published in the Institute’s SSRN journal. In an open yoga class, led by the husband of one of our visiting researchers, Institute members and Ukrainian research guests deepen their informal and personal exchange twice a week.

Researchers at the Institute provide a systematic overview of questions arising at the interface between CRISPR/Cas technology and patent law. The results show that the case of CRISPR/Cas technology is prototypical of the policy dilemma in patent law: how to balance economic incentives for multiple innovators in an environment of cumulative innovation. The technical, legal, and economic factors analyzed suggest the conditions for underutilization of the technology. This paper presents the results of the exploratory phase and sets out a framework for further, more targeted interdisciplinary investigation of the identified issues.
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Daria Kim, Reto Hilty, Elisabeth Hofmeister, Peter R. Slowinski, Miriam Steinhart
CRISPR/Cas Technology and Innovation: Mapping Patent Law Issues 
Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition Research Paper No. 22-06
Die Zukunft der Arbeit in der digitalen Transformation Gutachten des Wissenschaftlichen Beirats beim Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz (BMWK)
The Board of Academic Advisors to the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), of which Dietmar Harhoff is a member, has published an expert report on the topic “The Future of Work in the Digital Transformation” under his co-authorship. In it, the advisory board recommends a digital catch-up process to strengthen the market position of German companies and an integrated system of education and further training. The board’s report thus draws attention to the fact that we are currently undergoing various transformations: The transformation towards ecological sustainability and climate neutrality, and the ongoing digitalization.

Wissenschaftlicher Beirat beim Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz
Die Zukunft der Arbeit in der digitalen Transformation
Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz, 2022
Collaborating Neuroscience Online: The Case of the Human Brain Project Forum

Ann-Christin Kreyer and Lucy Xiaolu Wang analyze user interactions on the public-access online forum of the Human Brain Project (HBP), a major European Union-funded neuroscience research initiative, to understand the utility of the Forum for collaborative problem solving. The results suggest that building novel collaborative forums can support researchers working on complex topics in challenging times.
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Ann-Christin Kreyer, Lucy Xiaolu Wang
Collaborating Neuroscience Online: The Case of the Human Brain Project Forum
Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition Research Paper No. 22-10

In her article, Begoña Gonzalez Otero examines the role of intellectual property law in solving the climate crisis. She concludes that it can only contribute to a solution if governments worldwide strategically position their economies to compete in a post-climate change world. Public investment and support for private enterprises must thus be targeted to help all stakeholders shift to sustainable technologies, and hence to preserving the livelihoods of all. What role intellectual property law plays as a problem or solution in this depends entirely on ourselves.
Begoña Gonzalez Otero
IP in Times of Climate Crisis – A Problem or a Solution?
IIC - International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law 53, 2022
Event Report
For the first time since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Munich Summer Institute took place again as an in-person event from 8 to 10 June 2022. After more than two years of countless virtual meetings, the organizers were particularly pleased to welcome the MSI community back live in Munich. 120 attendants experienced three days of interdisciplinary research with three keynote lectures, 17 full paper presentations as well as 34 poster slam presentations. More
Impression MSI
3. SIPLA-Konferenz, 16.03.2022, Buenos Aires, Argentinien
Event Report
Shaping the Internet for the Future – Workshop on Net Neutrality

On 24 and 25 June, the Institute organized a two-day workshop to discuss the issue of net neutrality rules, to which all relevant stakeholders were invited. But also more generally, the workshop addressed the question of how to shape an Internet of the future that can harness the full potential of the Internet for the public welfare.

Outlook Fall/Winter
08/09 September 2022
Workshop on Data Sharing for Good Health & Well-Being: India’s Way Forward to Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 3
Bengaluru, India

14 September 2022
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Seminar: The Effect of Public Science on Corporate R&D
Lia Sheer (Tel Aviv University)
Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
06/07 October 2022
Florence Seminar on Standard-Essential Patents
In cooperation with European University Institute - Badia Fiesolana

10/11 October 2022
CRISPR Green Life Sciences Workshop
Sofitel Munich Bayerpost
After a two-year hiatus from MIPLC alumni gatherings, MIPLC is looking forward to organizing the 9th Annual Alumni Conference on Saturday, 29 April 2023, in Munich. The MIPLC Alumni Conference serves as a forum of interaction in which alumni, current students, and supporters of MIPLC develop and maintain meaningful personal relationships as well as professional networks. Each year, MIPLC Alumni from around the globe travel to Munich to renew friendships, get to know other members of the MIPLC community, and listen to fascinating talks on the latest developments in IP and Competition Law. The encompassing program design of the conference reflects a conscious effort to accommodate the varying specializations of all alumni to create an engaging event for the entire MIPLC community.