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Designing IP

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Max Planck Institute
Intellectual Property & Competition Law
This research is funded by the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Intellectual Property and Competition Law. It is one of nearly ninety different institutes operated by the Max Planck Society – carrying out research in the life sciences, natural sciences, and the social sciences. For over fifty years, this institute has been at the cutting edge of research on intellectual property rights and competition law.

Indeed, its researchers not only contribute in the academic environment, but they are highly involved in industry and the political arenas too. Design is no exception. A working group from the MPI – consisting of Prof. Dr. Friedrich-Karl Beier, Dr. Kurt Haertel, Prof. Dr. Annette Kur, and Prof. Marianne Levin drafted a report and proposal in the early 1990s that helped lay the groundwork for the design laws that currently govern the European Union.
Located in the heart of Munich, Germany, the International Max Planck Research School for Competition and Innovation (IMPRS­-CI) is a doctoral program jointly offered by the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, the Department of Economics, the Munich School of Management, and the Faculty of Law at the Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU). The IMPRS-CI contributes to interdisciplinary research at the interface of law, business administration and economics in the area of competition and intellectual property law. The program attracts lawyers and economists from around the world. This project was developed by Jason Du Mont, and is one example of the many innovative projects being conducted by the program's doctoral candidates.