The MIPLC Research Unit
IP and Competition Law research is a central focus of the MIPLC. The Cooperation Agreement establishing the Center lists the preparation and support of papers on research topics, "particularly those which seek to develop innovative practical recommendations based on the results of research undertaken by the MIPLC Partners," as the first goal.
To this end, the MIPLC has set up a dedicated Research Unit, which is overseen by Professor Josef Drexl, LL.M. (Berkeley), Chair of the MIPLC Managing Board and Director at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property. The Research Unit is directed by the MIPLC's Program Directors, Dr. Gintare Surblyte, LL.M. (Munich), and Mr. Seth Ericsson, J.D., LL.M. (Mainz) who are responsible for the coordination of research projects, scientific conferences and the MIPLC Ph.D. Program.
Dr. Gintarė Surblytė, LL.M. (Munich)
Gintarė joined the MIPLC in June 2011 as Program Director. In addition to providing academic support to MIPLC students, she conducts research in the field of competition law with a specific focus on the interface of competition and intellectual property law.
Gintarė studied law at Vilnius University in Lithuania and also holds an LL.M. degree which she obtained from Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich in 2007. During her LL.M. studies Gintarė was a DAAD scholarship holder. In July 2011 she finished her Ph.D. studies at Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, supported by scholarships from the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law as well as GRUR. In her doctoral thesis, supervised by Professor Drexl, Gintarė dealt with the topic of a refusal to disclose trade secrets as an abuse of market dominance based on the analysis of the European Microsoft case. The book was published in November 2011 as volume 28 of the Munich Series on European and International Competition Law.
Seth Ericsson, LL.M. (Mainz)
Seth has been a Program Director at the MIPLC since January 2009. His current research focus involves issues of copyright with a particular emphasis on digital content distribution. In addition to his research, Seth provides academic support to MIPLC students.
Seth obtained his law degree (J.D.) at the University of Minnesota Law School (USA) and completed an LL.M. in Media Law at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz (Germany).
In the context of our LL.M. program, Seth is teaching an elective course on "Media Law."
MIPLC Book Series
Since 2008, the MIPLC has been publishing outstanding Master's and Ph.D. theses in its own book series. This series is published by the well-known publishing house Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft. To see a list of all volumes, please refer to our Projects and Publications section.
Master's and Ph.D. Theses
As part of their degree requirements, all students must submit a Master's Thesis of 55-70 pages length. The thesis, which allows students to explore a particular IP area in great depth, is one of the central features of the LL.M. program.
Moreover, the MIPLC offers Ph.D. scholarships to its most promising LL.M. graduates who wish to pursue an academic career.
The majority of the completed Ph.D. theses, as well as the best Master's theses of each academic year, are published in the MIPLC Book Series. A complete list is available in the Projects and Publications section.
Visiting Research Scholars
We regret, but the MIPLC is unable to accommodate visiting researchers. Please contact the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law instead.