Munich Intellectual Property Law Center MIPLC


Credit for the MIPLC's seed idea is due to Professor Schricker, the former Director of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law (now MPI for Innovation and Competition). From this seed idea grew the plan to establish an international top-quality LL.M. program to teach IP law to a diverse student body. The implementation of this plan was tackled by Professor Joseph Straus, one of Professor Schricker's successors as Director of the Max Planck Institute, and the Max Planck Society, especially its then-Secretary General Dr. Barbara Bludau.

With students from developing and developed countries, from practice and academia, from legal, technical and other educational backgrounds in mind, it was clear that the ensuing program would have to be as comprehensive as possible. Thus Dr. Bludau and Professor Straus set out to identify suitable partners with strong credentials in teaching intellectual property law, law in general, as well as economics and business.

They found the University of Augsburg; the Technische Universität München; and The George Washington University Law School (Washington, D.C.).

Following extended negotiations, the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC) was inaugurated at a Founding Ceremony on March 17, 2003. With the generous cooperation of the Bavarian Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts, the four partners were able to gain formal approval of the Master's Program "Intellectual Property and Competition Law" in record time. At the same time, we were busy recruiting faculty from all over the world, finalizing the administrative details of the program, and beginning to advertise for students.

By October 2003, we had been able to attract students from eight countries located on five continents. In August 2004, these 13 students of our first class graduated from MIPLC, with the University of Augsburg conferring the "Master of Laws" degree. Our first academic year – despite all teething problems of this ambitious new endeavour – had ended successfully. In the second academic year, our enrollment rose to 18 students from 13 countries. Additionally, the MIPLC LL.M. program was selected to contribute to the further education of seven ASEAN scholars, who joined the program for the winter term 2004/05 in the framework of the ECAP II program.

By 2008, we were able to enrol 30 new students for the first time and were in the midst of an accreditation process that has in the meantime been successfully concluded. The current class of 2013/14 holds 23 students from 15 nations in Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Asia.

We are indebted to numerous people for their critical contributions to this new venture. From the very beginning, the leaders of the four MIPLC partners showed their firm commitment to this unique cooperation, and handled complicated issues skillfully and flexibly.

Sincere thanks are due in particular to Professor Wolfgang A. Herrmann and Dr. Ludwig Kronthaler, President and (then) Kanzler of Technische Universität München; Professor Wilfried Bottke, the late President of the University of Augsburg; Professor Michael K. Young, then the Dean of The George Washington Law School (Washington, D.C.), and Professor Martin J. Adelman of GW Law.

All of these individuals were instrumental in helping set up the MIPLC as a strong multi-partner cooperation. Further thanks are due to Professor Thomas M.J. Möllers of the University of Augsburg and the late Dr. Manfred Scholz, a former member of our Board of Trustees, who together secured significant financing support from the Gesellschaft der Freunde der Universität Augsburg e.V.

Last but not least, Professor Josef Drexl, now the Chair of the MIPLC Managing Board, was instrumental in helping to draw up the Study and Examination Regulations to which all MIPLC students are subject.

Without their support, and without the friendly and helpful approach of the Bavarian Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts, we could never have started the LL.M. program in the fall of 2003, a mere six months after the Center had been created.

And of course, without our more than 65 faculty members, we would not have been able to create such a diverse and multifaceted program. Not least because of their continuous commitment to the MIPLC program, their dedicated lectures guarantee the quality of education the MIPLC offers.

Also, we thank our academic tutors, who, by conducting the one-to-one tutorial sessions with their students, make an important contribution to the quality of our LL.M. program.

On this basis we are looking forward to the development of the current and future academic years and strive to continuously improve the quality of our program by even more increasing the interconnectedness of the courses, by adapting the courses to the needs of the students, and, not the least, by offering new courses.

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LL.M. Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Munich

The MIPLC provides a truly international and interdisciplinary experience, thanks to its four partners, international faculty, and students from all over the world. [+]

Why Study IP Law at the MIPLC? Thank you for your interest in our LL.M. program "Intellectual Property and Competition Law." On this page, we would like to explain two things: a) why we feel intellectual property and competition law are relevant, and b) what makes the MIPLC special. Why Study Intellectual Property and Competition Law? As matters relating to intellectual property play an important role in the fields of science, technology, business and the arts, the need for expertise in intellectual property issues increases. No matter what your profession or educational training, in the course of your work you will have come across the multifaceted and fascinating nature of IP in action. The various aspects of IP law and related areas of competition law may seem independent of each other at first glance. However, in daily practice, especially when dealing with multinational clients, it quickly becomes apparent that they are highly interconnected. To cite just one example, in order to strategically manage an IP portfolio, one must have both a firm grasp of various areas of IP law as well as an understanding of the relevant markets. Whereas in the past such knowledge was divided among several departments within a company or various experts within a law firm, the complexity of modern IP transactions now demands that each person involved on a project or case possess well-rounded knowledge of IP related issues. This know-how improves the internal processes of communication, the image of the business and, last but not least, the finished "product". Our Program The MIPLC provides a truly international and interdisciplinary experience, thanks to its four partners, international faculty, and students from all over the world. With just 38 students (maximum) per year, our program is much smaller than others. This guarantees intensive interaction between students, professors, and staff, as well as personalized support. Our courses are designed specially for our program and our students. Our program is: Specialized and fully-accredited, and intensive Suitable for law graduates and students with other backgrounds alike Taught entirely in English Multi-jurisdictional, covering civil law and common law traditions and multiple countries Diverse with a wide variety of modules to choose from Interdisciplinary, discussing all aspects of IP from the legal and relevant economic perspectives Applicable, with the practical aspects of IP covered in simulations, case-studies, and internship Supplemented with study visits to European Patent Office and other IP organizations, an optional study visit to Washington, D.C., and guest lectures and talks throughout the year A member of the EIPIN network Located in Europe's IP Capital Munich Our Curriculum Our curriculum is highly comprehensive, covering a wide variety of areas, subject matters, and jurisdictions. We aim to give our students an extensive selection of courses to allow them to study their preferred area(s) of interest as broadly and deeply as possible. Comprehensive reading and study materials are provided for each course. Our Students An educational institution cannot live without students. At the MIPLC, we are proud of our outstanding student body, who further enliven the study experience with their diverse and amazing personalities. Our program is truly international and interdisciplinary, and so are our students. They have backgrounds in law, economics, engineering, natural sciences, and other fields. They come to the MIPLC from all over the world to prepare for ambitious careers in the IP sector, especially as attorneys, patent agents, judges, business experts, scientists, engineers, and university faculty members. We are especially proud of training a student sponsored by the Japanese Supreme Court every year. Many of our students join the MIPLC relatively soon after completing their primary studies and gaining initial professional experience. However, we also continue to attract professionals with extensive practical IP experience who decide to undertake further studies. We have therefore been able to welcome students aged 21 to 50 to our classroom. The average age of each class of students is about 30 years. Courses and Modules The courses offered at the MIPLC are split up into four types of modules: The Introductory Module: This is a preparatory, no-credit module. Participation is optional but strongly recommended to all students, a especially in classes that cover unfamiliar topics. The Basic Modules: There are four Basic Modules that are mandatory for all students and are completed by one exam per module. These modules cover the core areas of IP - patents, copyright, trademarks, and design - but also basic cross-cutting topics, such as European Law or Jursidiction and Conflict of Laws. The Elective Modules: 12 specialized Elective Modules allow students to focus their studies on subjects they are particularly interested in. Due to the students' varied interests, class size in the elective courses is usually small. While the majority of the Elective Modules work on an exam-per-course basis, three modules are concluded by a single exam per module. This allows students to take into account their preferred studying and examination style when selecting their modules. The Master's Thesis Module: Completing a Master's thesis is a requirement for all students, as the thesis is a central component of the LL.M. program. Its preparation is an excellent opportunity to explore a particular topic in great depth and on a highly sophisticated level. Students start to work on their Master's thesis early on in the program. They may choose their topic freely to correspond to personal interests and career goals. Each student is assigned a thesis supervisor with whom they can discuss issues that come up in the course of their research. The final thesis, due about six weeks after the completion of the summer term, should run to about 55-75 pages. In selecting a topic for the Master's thesis, students may benefit from MIPLC's participation in the European University Network set up by the Office for the Harmonization of the Internal Market (OHIM). In the context of this network, students from participating universities can write their Master's thesis on a topic suggested by one of the designated OHIM "research advisers." The advisers are experienced OHIM staff members who provide additional guidance and support to the students. A research session takes place at OHIM's premises in Alicante in July. Attendance of this session is mandatory for participating students, who will give a ten-minute oral presentation on their research. [-]


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