|Max Planck Institute of Competition,
Intellectual Property and Tax Law, Munich
The systematic study of German, foreign, European and international law of intellectual property (patents, copyright and neighboring rights, utility models, industrial design and marks), unfair competition, antitrust law, and, as of 2002, corporate disclosure and taxation on a legal-comparative and interdisciplinary basis. Participation in the international discussion on the further development of world trade law, in particular regarding IP law and antitrust law (WTO, TRIPS), and of international taxation and accounting (OECD, IASB).
Providing expert opinions, mainly for public authorities, courts, and intergovernmental organizations.
In 1952 the Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law was founded at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Under its first director, Eduard Reimer (1957), the Institute quickly achieved international standing and recognition. It was his successor, Eugen Ulmer (1988), a highly influential scholar in the field and a strong promoter of the expansion of national and international copyright and competition law, who founded the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright, and Competition Law in the year 1966.
Under the co-direction of Eugen Ulmer and, as of 1971, Friedrich-Karl Beier (1997) and Gerhard Schricker, the Max Planck Institute was influential during the following decades in a wide range of legal developments. This is exemplified by the Institutes collaboration, based on comparative analysis, on the European harmonization of the law of unfair competition, trademark law, design law and copyright law; the commentary of the German copyright and publishing law; and the comparative work preparing legislation on patents for biotechnological inventions or the study of the border areas between patent law and other intellectual property rights.
In the year 2002, the Institute was significantly restructured and enlarged, with new personnel, new workspace, and new areas of research. Gerhard Schricker and Joseph Straus, who became the Managing Director of the Institute in January, 2002, were joined by three further directors, Josef Drexl, Reto Hilty and Wolfgang Schön. In addition to the departments for intellectual property law and competition law which is currently undergoing rapid expansion, particularly in the field of antitrust law in July, 2002 a new department for accounting and taxation was established at the Institute. Its main objective is to examine the law of capital market information and the taxation of firms as components of international economic and competition law.
2002 was also the year of establishment of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC), which administratively forms a separate division of the Institute, but academically is a joint project of the University of Augsburg, the Technische Universität München, and the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. The MIPLC is a center for both research and education. Having started in the fall of 2003, it offers an English-language LL.M. program on IP and competition law with an international network structure and a faculty of worldwide renown. The program has attracted and continues to attract students from many countries from the five continents.
|ESRC Centre for Competition Policy,
University of East Anglia
The ESRC Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) at the University of East Anglia (UEA) undertakes interdisciplinary research into competition policy that has real-world policy relevance without compromising academic rigor.
We pride ourselves on the interdisciplinary nature of our research and our members are drawn from a range of disciplines, including economics, law, business and political science.
The Centre was established in September 2004, building on the pre-existing Centre for Competition and Regulation (CCR), with a grant from the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council). It currently boasts a total of 17 faculty members (including the Director and a Political Science Mentor), 7 full- and part-time researchers and 14 PhD students.
We produce a working paper series, run weekly seminars, hold a number of events throughout the year (including a yearly conference), and publish a regular newsletter and e-bulletin. We welcome links with academics, practitioners, policy makers and the voluntary sector.
CCP is a joint initiative between three schools at UEA: primarily the Schools of Law, Economics and the NorwichBusiness School, but in addition there is also input from the School of Political, Social and International Studies.
|De Paul University College
of Law, Chicago
Established in 1912, DePaul University College of Law is one of the academic entities of DePaul University and is located in the heart of downtown Chicago. The law school's 2005-2006 enrollment totaled 1,179 students, and it currently has 59 faculty members. Its alumni include state and federal judges; municipal, county, and state leaders; and two generations of Chicago mayors.
The law school has been recognized for its Intellectual Property Law program, headed by Professor Barbara B. Bressler, and its Health Law program, headed by Professor Michele Goodwin.
DePaul University College of Law was approved by the American Bar Association in 1925.
DePaul University President Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., said in a statement that the law school has built a national reputation for its centers and institutes that concentrate in areas such as health law, intellectual property, international human rights, aviation, and capital defense.
In addition, students pursuing a Juris Doctor have the option of earning a certificate in a particular area of law. Certificates are available in the following areas: Criminal Law, Family Law, Health Law, Public Interest Law, International & Comparative Law, Taxation, and Intellectual Property Law.
Glen Weissenberger, who was named dean in 2002, earned his law degree from Harvard University in 1972. He is a recognized expert on evidence, civil commitment, and the insanity defense. Prior to joining DePaul University College of law, he taught law for 27 years at the University of Cincinnati.