Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Newsletter #4

Fall 2023

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The German Agency for Transfer and Innovation (DATI) is to break new ground in the fostering of transfer and innovation. The aim is to bring research results into application and to people more quickly and effectively, and to unleash new innovation potential throughout Germany. Dietmar Harhoff was appointed a member of the DATI founding commission by Federal Minister Stark-Watzinger at the beginning of October 2023. The commission has now taken up its work. More

A new Position Statement of the Institute addresses concerns related to intellectual property protection for genome-editing technologies and genome-edited plants in the EU. It proposes a set of policy recom­mendations to facilitate access to and utilisation of IP-protected genome-editing technologies and their products in the plant breeding sector.
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In Brief
Video + + + The Stifterverband has published a video on transfer and start-ups at German universities with contributions from Dietmar Harhoff on the occasion of the Unipreneurs Awards 2023. More 
Podcast + + + Peter R. Slowinski explains in the video podcast ‘MondAI bAIgel Bytes: Legal Tech & AI Insights’ why an artificial intelligence cannot apply for a patent today. More
Citizen Science + + + Progress in the citizen science project with the Association for Computer Genealogy (CompGen): The data from the first 15 years of the historical university publication directories have been evaluated. More
Award + + + Timmy Pielmeier has now also been awarded the LMU Faculty Prize for his dissertation, most of which was written at the Institute, following the GRUR Dissertation Prize. More

From the MPG + + + In their statement, the Max Planck Society and the Minerva Foundation strongly condemn the terrorist attacks by Hamas against Israel and also draw attention to the unspeakable suffering of the Palestinian civilian population. More
Event Report
On 10 November 2023, more than 80 participants, including 26 Alumni, Alumnae and Affiliated Research Fellows, gathered to celebrate and honor the tenth anniversary of the Economics Department at the Institute. Dietmar Harhoff had been appointed Director at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law in 2013. More
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he conference programme and registration for the Comparative Data Law conference to take place in Munich on 7 and 8 December 2023 are now available. The event is the final part of a three-part conference series on Global Data Law and part of a larger research agenda related to Global Data Law and Policy and is jointly organised with the University of Passau Research Centre for Law. More
On 18 and 19 December 2023, the sixth “Research in Innovation, Science and Entrepreneurship Workshop” (RISE6) from young researchers for young researchers will take place. The program of the RISE6 Workshop 2023 is now available. The participants can look forward to exciting topics, an interesting keynote, and inspiring scientific exchange. More
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Seeking advice at work can increase performance. However, it may affect how others perceive the seeker’s competence. In a large-scale online experiment, the authors investigated how white-collar workers navigate this tradeoff, and if others’ beliefs about their competence change their behavior. The results of the study show a sizable decline in advice-seeking when the decision is visible to a evaluating manager. Yet, the authors find no evidence that managers interpret advice-seeking negatively. Thus, they document a misconception that may hinder efficient knowledge flows in organizations.
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Lea Heursen, Svenja Friess, Marina Chugunova
Reputational Concerns and Advice-Seeking at Work
Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition Research Paper No. 23-17
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Understanding the cost and benefit of global public health institutions is important but challenging. A new study provides a structural-model-based cost-benefit analysis of the first public health-oriented patent pooling and licensing institution, the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP). The MPP is devoted to improving generic drug licensing and supply in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Lucy Wang analyzes a dataset covering 103 LMIC countries and 29 HIV drugs for a time period of ten years between 2007 and 2017.
Lucy Xiaolu Wang
A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Medicines Patent Pool
Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition Research Paper No. 23-18
Google occupies a special position in the markets for the placement of online advertising due to its size and data advantage. The fact that Google acts as an intermediary for several market sides in these markets and thus represents conflicting interests has prompted the European Commission to examine the imposition of structural corrective measures - a break-up of Google’s services - in competition law proceedings. In his article, Lukas Kestler, Doctoral Student and Junior Research Fellow at the Institute, examines whether this is possible under European competition rules and what impact the new Digital Markets Act (DMA) has on the case in question.

Lukas Kestler
Strukturelle Abhilfemaßnahmen – erste (An-)Zeichen einer neuen Zeit?
NZKart – Neue Zeitschrift für Kartellrecht, 23-09, 463-467
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Data plays a crucial role for society. Accordingly, creating a “single market for data” by improving the availability of public and private data is at the top of the EU’s political agenda. It is essential to balance public and private interests. In his article, Heiko Richter examines in particular the revised Directive on Open Data and Public Sector Information, the Data Governance Act and various national regulations governing access to and re-use of data from public companies. Five striking features are identified and their potential and limitations for the regulation of data sharing by private companies are discussed. The conclusions serve as a roadmap to advance the debate on building a single market for data in the EU.
Heiko Richter
The Public Interest Dimension of the Single Market for Data: Public Undertakings as a Model for Regulating Private Data Sharing
European Law Journal, 2023, 1-23

On 17 November 2023, the students of the class of 2022/23 celebrated the successful completion of their LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Competition Law. The 20th class had the special honor of celebrating with the MIPLC project director Professor Robert Brauneis, who was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Augsburg and in turn honored the LL.M. program and the students with a ceremonial speech. More
MIPLC Class of 2022/23
Academic Year Started and Application Phase Opened for Next Year 
MIPLC Class of 2023/24
On 2 October, the 2023/24 academic year began at the MIPLC with a diverse group of 25 students from 14 different countries. Among them are students from Mozambique and Paraguay for the first time. The majority are completing the program on site, while five are taking part in distance learning. 
At the same time, the MIPLC is opening the application window for the LL.M. Class of 2024/2025 from 1 December 2023 to 30 April 2024. Interested applicants will also have the opportunity to find out more about the program and the application process at an online event on 7 December at 3 pm.