MIPLC Lecture Series

Initiated in 2005, MIPLC Lecture Series invites renowned scholars and practitioners from all over the world to give presentations on current issues of intellectual property law.

The lectures are organized with the kind support of and hosted at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition. They are aimed at the interested IP and competition law community and are open to the public.

Please email us if you would like to be added to our distribution list or if you would like to propose a topic for a lecture. We look forward to hearing from you.

The following lectures were held in the context of our Lecture Series:


Artificial Intelligence and Data Markets - from Contracts to Public Policy

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Paul Gagnon, LL.M. (MIPLC), Element AI

Striking the Right Balance between the Benefits of Transparency and the Need for Confidentiality in Licensing

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Dr. Claudia Tapia, Ericsson

International Data Transfers and the Nexus Between Data Protection/Privacy & Trademark Law

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Ray Thomas Jr., IBM, and Mikołaj Rogowski, Intel

IP Considerations for Industry 4.0 and Artificial Intelligence

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Sonia Cooper and Nicolas Schifano, Microsoft
2017Liability of Online Platforms in the Digital Single Market: A Closer Look at the 'Transfer of Value' DiscussionDr. Tobias Holzmüller, GEMA
2017The Most Important Intellectual Property Developments in the USMs. Sarah Columbia, Mc Dermott Will & Emery LLP, Boston


(IP) Negotiations as Multi-Party Joint Decision-Making

Mr. Jan Walter, Senior Policy Officer, International Trade at Eurogroup for Animals


Ten Common Mistakes to Avoid When Drafting and Prosecuting US Patent Applications

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Mr. Benjamin J. Hauptman, Lowe, Hauptman & Ham, LLP, Alexandria, VA
2015Governing Knowledge CommonsMichael J. Madison, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

After the America Invents Act – The State of US Patent Infringement Litigation

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Sarah C. Columbia, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Boston

Computer-Implemented Inventions in Europe

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Alexander Celland, European Patent Attorney and former Chair of an EPO Technical Board of Appeal

Nuances in the Indian Patent System and Their Implications in the Enforcement of Patents in India

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Prabuddha Ganguli, CEO VISION-IPR, Mumbai

Broader Protection of Trademarks with Reputation in EU

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Ewa Skrzydło-Tefelska, Maria-Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin
2014IP Underlying Media Value - Ecosystem Disruptions, Legal Uncertainty, and Revenues in JeopardyJeffrey C. Ulin, Irdeto, Amsterdam

The Right IP Mix – How To Choose a Good Balance Between Patents and Trade Secrets

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Eva Willnegger, European Patent Attorney, Brussels

Commission Proposal for Antitrust Damages Directive – Ends and Means of Harmonised Rules

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Filip Kubík, European Commission, DG Competition

The Comparative Law and Economics of Standard Essential Patents and FRAND Royalties

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Thomas F. Cotter, University of Minnesota

Patent Litigation in the Pharmaceutical Sector in Germany

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Anna Wolters, Bird & Bird
2013EU Competition Law: Procedure and Process before the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European UnionEileen Sheehan, Court of Justice of the European Union, Chambers of Advocate General Melchior Wathelet

The Apple v. Samsung Case: How Design Law in Europe Evolves

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Charles Gielen, University of Groningen
2012The WTO "Paragraph 6 System": Compulsory Licenses for Export to Third Countries - Diverging Theory and Practice?Beatrice Stirner, University of Neuchâtel, MIPLC Alumna, Class of 2003/04

Disintermediation in Copyright Law - A Skeptical View

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Guy Pessach, Hebrew University Jerusalem

Who Owns e-Sports Performances?

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Dan L. Burk, University of California, Irvine
2012The Rise and (Possible) Fall of ACTAChristophe Geiger, CEIPI

The Misappropriation of Trade Secrets in Germany and U.S. Discovery Aid

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Friedrich Klinkert, Klinkert Zindel Partner
2012Experimental Tests of Creativity and Innovation in Intellectual PropertyChristopher Buccafusco, IIT Chicago-Kent

The FRAND Defense in European Litigation Involving Standard-Essential Patents

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Christof Karl, Bardehle Pagenberg
2011Contextualizing Patent Linkages in the Indian Pharmaceutical Sector: Lessons from the Bayer Corporation CaseV.K. Unni, Indian Institute for Management
2011The "Death of the Author" Debate in Anglo-Saxon Scholarship and Its Unwelcome Side EffectsAndreas Rahmatian, University of Glasgow
2011Substantive Patent Law Harmonization in the Current Global Context: Issues in Comparative Law and PolicySylvie Strobel, European Patent Office
2011A Trade Agreement Creating Barriers to International Trade? ACTA Border Enforcement and Generic Drugs in TransitHenning Grosse Ruse - Khan, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law
2010Patent Rights, Patient Rights: The WHO's Role in the Intersection of Public Health and InnovationSusanne Weber-Mosdorf, World Health Organization
2010Copyright and Access to Knowledge in South America: The Debates Regarding Copyright Law in Argentina, Brazil, and ChileBeatriz Busaniche, National University of Buenos Aires
2010Harnessing Intellectual Property for Business Dominance: The Indian ExperienceV.K. Unni, Indian Institute for Management
2010Life or Death for US Business Methods Patents?Ronald E. Myrick, Finnegan
2010Pioneering Peer-to-Peer and Other Disruptive Dual-Use TechnologiesMichael A. Carrier, Rutgers University School of Law - Camden
2010Trademark Strategies in ChinaMaria Cristina Caldarola, LL.M., Robert Bosch GmbH
2009Recent Developments in US Patent Litigation LawTerrence McMahon, McDermott Will Emery
2009The Development of Germany as a Patent Litigation Venue in the Last Decade: Advantage Patentee?Johannes Heselberger, Bardehle Pagenberg Dost Altenburg Geissler
2009The Patenting of Antibodies and Their Medical Uses in the EPOHans-Rainer Jaenichen, Vossius & Partner
2009Is Information?Robert A. Heverly, Michigan State University College of Law
2009Innovation Policy and Friends of the Court: Patent Right Advocacy before the U.S. Supreme CourtJames G. Conley and David Orozco
2008U.S. Patent Reform LegislationJohn M. Whealan, The George Washington University Law School
2008The Federal Circuit and the Supreme CourtThe Honourable Randall R. Rader, U.S. Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit
2008Inventing Invention: The Patentability Standard as a Case Study in Legal InnovationJohn F. Duffy, The George Washington University Law School
2008IP Organisation and IP Strategy in a Globally Active Group of CompaniesBertram Huber, Robert Bosch GmbH
2007The Limits of Trademark Law: Proscriptive Principles and Permissive PrinciplesGraeme Dinwoodie, LL.M., J.S.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law
2007Copyright and Facts: Two Centuries of Changing Treatment Under U.S. LawRobert Brauneis, The George Washington University Law School
2007Removing Property from Intellectual Property and (Intended?) Pernicious Impacts on Innovation and CompetitionF. Scott Kieff, Washington University (St. Louis)
2007Valuation and Management of IP-Based Companies – Findings From a Research ProjectEva Nathusius, Center for Entrepreneurial and Financial Studies, Technische Universität München, et al.
2007The Quiet Revolution in American Copyright LawPaul Goldstein, Stanford University
2007Indian Patent Law and Patent Policy Facing New ChallengesMartin J. Adelman, The George Washington University Law School
2006Patent Legislation Reform in the United States: A View from the TrenchesJohn R. Thomas, Georgetown University
2006The Law Growth Nexus – The Implications of a Rule of Law Approach to Economic Development – China as a Test CaseKenneth W. Dam, University of Chicago Law School
2006The Internationalization of the American Law Curriculum: Intellectual Property Law and Criminal LawFrederick M. Lawrence, The George Washington University Law School
2006When Copyright Users Cannot Find Copyright Owners: Proposed U.S. Legislation on Orphan WorksPaul Goldstein, Stanford University
2006Developments in the Legal Protection for Sound Recordings under U.S. LawF. Jay Dougherty, Loyola Law School
2005Copyright Duration and Multinational DisharmonyKenneth D. Crews, M.L.S., Ph.D., Indiana University School of Law
2005Trademark Law and Social NormsGraeme Dinwoodie, LL.M., J.S.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law
2005Coordination, Property & Intellectual Property: An Unconventional Approach to Anticompetitive Effects & Downstream AccessF. Scott Kieff, Washington University in St. Louis
2005Secondary Liability in CopyrightPaul Goldstein, Stanford University
2005Criminal Law of Intellectual Property in the United StatesOrin S. Kerr, The George Washington University Law School
2005“Kirin-Amgen v. TKT” – an American Perspective to the U.K. House of Lords DecisionThe Honourable Randall R. Rader, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit