The MIPLC operates under a compact governance structure comprising three boards to ensure proper management, scientific advice, and feedback from the international scientific and practice community. These boards are, respectively, the Managing Board, the Scientific Advisory Board, and the Board of Trustees.
The Managing Board is the governing body of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center. It formulates general policy for and manages the affairs of the MIPLC. The Managing Board is composed of four members, representing the cooperation partners Max Planck Institute, University of Augsburg, Technische Universität München, and The George Washington University Law School, respectively.
The Managing Board meets on a monthly basis. It is composed of:
Scientific Advisory Board
The MIPLC Scientific Advisory Board advises the Managing Board on the scientific research program, and especially on the development of the LL.M. Program, as well as on financial issues. It is composed of one representative each from the MPI, the UA, the TUM and the GWU as well as three external members who demonstrate recognized expertise in the research areas of the MIPLC.
The current partner representatives on the Board are:
- Professor Martin J. Adelman, The George Washington University Law School;
- Professor Reto M. Hilty, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law;
- Professor Thomas M.J. Möllers, University of Augsburg; and
- Professor Holger Patzelt, Technische Universität München.
The external members of the Board are:
- Professor Antonina Bakardjieva-Engelbrekt, University of Stockholm, Sweden;
- Professor Vincenzo Di Cataldo, University of Catania, Italy;
- Professor Charles Gielen, University of Groningen, Netherlands;
- Professor Andreas Heinemann, University of Zurich, Switzerland; and
- Professor Russell K. Osgood, Grinnell College, Iowa, USA (retired).
The Scientific Advisory Board convenes every year in the fall for a personal meeting.
Board of Trustees
The aim of the Board of Trustees (Kuratorium) is to promote the relationship between the Center and the general public interested in education and research in Intellectual Property and adjacent areas. The Board of Trustees is composed of representatives from politics, business, sciences, media, and other circles who have special ties to the research concerns of the MIPLC or who can substantially contribute to its support. The members are appointed by the Max Planck Society in consultation with the MIPLC Managing Board.
In June 2010, Professor Peter Gruss, the President of the Max Planck Society, appointed the following members for the six-year term until 2016:
- Professor Joachim Bornkamm, Presiding Judge of the First Civil Chamber, German Federal Supreme Court, Karlsruhe;
- Professor Winfried Büttner, Director Corporate Intellectual Property and Functions, Siemens AG, Munich;
- Dr. Bertram Huber, Attorney-at-Law, Principal IP*SEVA - Intellectual Property for Sustainable Energy Ventures, Backnang;
- Mr. Terrence McMahon, Partner, Head of the Worldwide Intellectual Property, Media and Technology Department, McDermott Will & Emery, Menlo Park;
- Dr. Michael Mihatsch, Senior Legal Secretary and Head of Division, Bavarian State Ministry for Research, Sciences and the Arts, Munich;
- Ms. Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs, US Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria;
- Mr. Yuki Shimizu, Counsellor, Japanese Consulate-General, Munich;
- Dr. Jochen Volkmer, Head of Trademarks, BMW AG, Munich.
The Board of Trustees, chaired by Dr. Huber, meets every two years.
The rules and regulations of the Max Planck Society stipulate that the scientific research each Max Planck Institute undertakes be regularly evaluated by a "Fachbeirat". Until 2010, the MIPLC had its own Fachbeirat, which met on a bi-annual basis. Following an overhaul of the MIPLC governance structure, the Fachbeirat was abolished. The MIPLC research will now be evaluated as part of Professor Drexl's work by the Fachbeirat for the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law.