IMRSCI announces Second Workshop for Junior Researchers on the Law and Economics of Intellectual Property and Competition Law

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Followers of Spicy IP may be interested to know that the International Max Planck Research School for Competition and Innovation (IMRSCI: 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) and the Professorship for Intellectual Property at ETH Zurich have decided to jointly host the Second Workshop for Junior Researchers on the Law and Economics of Intellectual Property and Competition Law.

The workshop will see junior researchers from law and from economics discussing their own research projects and exchanging ideas, which will be commented upon by senior professors from the departments of law and economics in Europe and U.S.A. Commentators include faculty of both hosting institutions as well as Professors Dan L. Burk (University of California at Irvine), Michael Meurer (Boston University), and Timothy Simcoe (Boston University).

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.

Place: The workshop will be held in Wildbad Kreuth, a lovely region one hour south of Munich, Germany.

Fees: The organizers will fund travel and hotel expenses for all invited workshop participants.

Application Instructions: Excellent junior researchers (doctoral students, post-docs, research fellows and assistant professors) from law and from economics are invited to submit their application online here. After registering a user account, please fill out the “New submission” form. You must attach an extended abstract or a draft pa-per (“Upload Paper”, PDF or Word) as well as a curriculum vitae with a list of two references (“Attachment”, PDF or Word) in order to complete the submission. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted; reference letters are not required at the time of submission.

Important Dates: The workshop will take place from June 5 to June 7, 2011. The submission deadline is February 28, 2011. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by March 21, 2011. Papers are due for circulation among workshop participants and commentators on May 15, 2011.

Contact Person: Any further question concerning the workshop should be directed to Prof. Stefan Bechtold, [email protected], phone: +41-44-632-2670


Shouvik Kumar Guha

Shouvik is at present employed as a Research Associate and a Teaching Assistant at The W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. He has obtained his B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) degree from NUJS itself and is also currently pursuing his LL.M. degree from the same university. From his very year at law school, he had been attracted towards the discipline of Intellectual Property and that interest has been kindled further in course of time. The interface between IP and other disciplines such as Economics, Anti-trust Law, Human Rights, World Trade Law and the technological developments relating thereto, has especially caught his attention since then. He’s authored several papers on issues relating to IP and other legal disciplines for journals, books, magazines and conferences in national as well as international levels. He is also currently co-heading an organization called Lexbiosis, which is an endeavor meant to facilitate the collaboration between the legal industry and academia.

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