Workshop on Law & Economics of IP Near Munich

International Max Planck Research School for Competition and Innovation & the Professorship for Intellectual Property, ETH Zurich


From June 18 to June 20, 2012, the International Max Planck Research School for Competition and Innovation ( and the Professorship for Intellectual Property at ETH Zurich ( will jointly organize their


The workshop will enable a small number of junior researchers from law and from economics to engage in an intensive, rigorous discussion of their own scholarly work. Several senior professors from law and from economics departments in Europe and the United States will provide feedback on the research projects. Keynote speakers & commentators include faculty of both hosting institutions as well as Professors Harry First (New York University), Mark Schankerman (London School of Economics) and Geertrui Van Overwalle (Universities of Leuven & Tilburg). The workshop will be held at Castle Ringberg (, which is located in a lovely region one hour south of Munich, Germany. The organizers will fund travel and hotel expenses for all invited workshop participants.

Excellent junior researchers (doctoral students, postdocs, research fellows and assistant professors) from law and from economics are invited to submit their application online at
After registering a user account, please fill out the “New submission” form. You must attach an extended abstract or a draft paper (“Upload Paper”, draft paper is preferred, PDF or Word) as well as a curriculum vitae with a list of two references (“Attachment”, reference letters are not required at submission time). Papers may not be published by the conference date; papers already accepted for publication must be in a stage where substantial feedback is still helpful. The submission deadline is March 31, 2012. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by April 16, 2012. Papers are due for circulation among workshop participants and commentators on June 1, 2012. For junior researchers from economics, research projects should relate to industrial organization, competition, innovation and/or intellectual property and may include formal models as well as empirical or experimental approaches. For junior scholars from law, research projects should relate to intellectual property and/or competition law and must use law and economics as a research methodology. In order to achieve a good international mix of workshop participants, submissions from researchers from outside Europe are particularly encouraged.

The International Max Planck Research School for Competition and Innovation is a joint initiative by the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law as well as the Department of Economics, the Munich School of Management, and the Faculty of Law of the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich. Any questions concerning the workshop should be directed to Prof. Stefan Bechtold,