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    The Law School

    The MIPLC Partners

    The Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC) was founded in 2003 by the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law, the University of Augsburg, the Technische Universität München, and the George Washington University Law School, Washington D.C., to offer education and research. Supported by a small but dedicated administrative team, we offer a focused LL.M. degree program on “Intellectual Property and Competition Law” for students from all over the world.

    The year 2003 was not just another ordinary year in the life of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center; it was, and will always be remembered as, the year of the Center’s birth.
    After years of negotiations, the Center 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 in Intellectual Property 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, we had been able to attract students from eight countries located on five continents.

    In August 2004, 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 program.

    With the knowledge about and the reputation of the LL.M. IP program spreading, 29 students from 19 countries started in the third class on October 10, 2005. These students were able to attend the graduation of our second class, which took place on November 11, 2005 in the Golden Hall of the City of Augsburg, with the President of the European Patent Office, Professor Alain Pompidou, giving the keynote address.

    As of 2009, the number of graduates has risen to 116, with the current class holding an additional 30 students. They were able to take part in our Fifth Anniversary, celebrated in December 2008 by means of a symposium on "The Future of Intellectual Property" (details forthcoming). We are looking forward to their graduation ceremony this coming November.

    Looking back, we are proud of having been able to attract so many qualified students with such diverse backgrounds and countries of origin.

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    The Program

    MIPLC Graduates

    The MIPLC’s LL.M. degree program “Intellectual Property and Competition Law” is characterized by its strong international and interdisciplinary focus. It combines one year of full-time, rigorous, and intensive study with practical experience and relevant extracurricular activities to equip graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to deal with intellectual property issues in a global context at the most sophisticated level. The program is administered jointly by the four partners but located in Munich. Upon successful completion, the University of Augsburg awards the Master’s Degree of Laws in Intellectual Property (LL.M.).

    The language of instruction is English. All classes are taught by international professors from renowned institutions who are leaders in their field. They cover all areas of European and International Intellectual Property, Competition, and Media Law, as well as essential related fields such as economics and business administration. The program is structured to cover both common law and civil law traditions, thus giving graduates a comprehensive understanding of both legal systems and enabling them to operate successfully in any work context.

    Our teaching methods heavily emphasize problem-oriented learning and case studies. In addition, training in litigation and negotiation skills forms an integral part of our classes. Students have numerous opportunities to practice their newly acquired skills in simulated court cases, workshops, internships and exams.

    The MIPLC wants all students to be able to make the most of their time with us. We therefore take pride in providing excellent study conditions.

    Located across the street from the Max Planck Institute and in downtown Munich, the MIPLC occupies a private floor in an office building. All students are provided with individual desks in spacious shared offices, high-speed internet connections, and desktop access to a number of legal databases. A limited number of desktop computers are available for those students unable to bring their own laptop computer.

    The MIPLC offers a wide variety of specialized courses, which allow students to focus their studies as desired. Moreover, students may choose their Master’s Thesis topic according to correspond to their personal interests and career goals.

    Class size is small, especially in specialized courses, giving students ample opportunity to ask questions and discuss matters in detail with professors and fellow students. Moreover, each student is assigned a personal tutor who will provide additional assistance in individual sessions. The tutors, generally MIPLC graduates themselves, are highly qualified attorneys or researchers at the Max Planck Institute.

    Thanks to continuous exposure to our international faculty and their fellow students, our graduates have had a year’s opportunity to improve their intercultural and interdisciplinary communication skills, and to form networks.

    The library facilities available to MIPLC students deserve special mention.

    The Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law has a comprehensive, specialized library of around 150,000 volumes which is the largest of its kind in the world and to which MIPLC students have full access. As a specialized collection on national and international Intellectual Property Law, the Institute’s library is unique, providing outstanding resources for our students.

    In addition, the MIPLC has its own library, which is stocked with a large selection of textbooks on all areas and topics taught during the one-year program. The MIPLC library is located in the same building as the MIPLC offices and is accessible exclusively to MIPLC students.

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    LLM GUIDE - MIPLC - Munich Intellectual Property Law Center

    At MIPLC, we bring together distinguished faculty and accomplished students from around the world to teach, study and research intellectual property law - the law of innovation, creativity, and competition.

    Come join us in Munich, Germany - the home of the European Patent Office, the German Patent and Trademark Office, and the German Federal Patent Court, and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe...

    If you would like to apply for our LL.M. Program "Intellectual Property and Competition Law", please keep in mind the following deadlines for application:
    All applications for the 2009/2010 academic year must be submitted by April 30, 2009.
    Applications for the DAAD scholarship are no longer accepted for the academic year 2009/10.
    About MIPLC: The Team


    Ms. Margit Hinkel
    [email protected]
    Administrative Director



    Ms. Julia Pracht
    [email protected]
    Administrative Director


    Mr. Seth Ericsson
    seth.eric[email protected]
    Program Director



    Ms. Dagmar Klein
    [email protected]
    Administrative Assistant


    Contact

    MIPLC - Munich Intellectual Property Law Center

    For all inquiries please contact

    Ms. Margit Hinkel, Administrative Director:
    E-Mail: [email protected]
    Phone +49 (89) 242 46-5321
    Fax +49 (89) 242 46-522

    Address: Munich Intellectual Property Law Center
    Marstallstraße 8
    80539 München
    Germany


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    Re: Germany: MIPLC - Munich Intellectual Property Law Center

    MIPLC: LL.M. Program

    As economies all over the world increasingly shift from manufacturing products to creating ideas and knowledge, the need for specialized skills relating to intellectual property rights increases. However, until recently, education in the sector was seriously lagging behind, as IP was dealt with as a mere side topic in traditional legal studies.

    The MIPLC has stepped into this gap and is now offering the first comprehensive LL.M. degree program in Europe devoted to intellectual property rights: "Intellectual Property and Competition Law." Participation in the program equips postgraduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to deal with a variety of intellectual property issues in a global context at the most sophisticated level.

    As all classes are held entirely in English, the program is suitable for applicants from all over the world. German skills are not required for enrollment.

    Thanks to the program's international focus, students gain a truly global perspective on IP. Many classes are jointly taught by faculty members from Europe and the U.S., which ensures that most fields of law are treated from both the Civil Law and the Common Law point of view. MIPLC graduates can therefore comfortably operate in both legal systems. Furthermore, with a small but highly multinational student body, who not only meet in class but share a student office hall, intercultural communications are a daily part of life at MIPLC.

    Our courses cover all areas of European and international intellectual property, competition, and media law, as well as topics from related fields, such as economics and business administration. Our program is thus more comprehensive than a one focused solely on teaching legal skills and knowledge.

    Our teaching methods heavily emphasize problem-oriented learning and case studies. In addition, training in litigation and negotiation skills forms an integral part of our classes. Students have numerous opportunities to practice their newly acquired skills in simulated court cases, workshops, internships, and exams.

    To ensure that students enjoy excellent working conditions, the MIPLC provides individual workplaces including high-speed internet access and desktop access to a number of legal databases. Students also have at their disposal the world's most comprehensive intellectual property library housed at the Max Planck Institute, as well as MIPLC's own library, which is exclusively accessible to MIPLC participants and stocked with a large selection of textbooks on all areas and topics covered in the course of the program.

    To further support their studies, each student is assigned tutors for individual one-to-one tutorial sessions. The tutors, many of whom are MIPLC alumni, are highly qualified young members of the bar or researchers at the Max Planck Institute. The tutorials are one of the unique and innovative features of the LL.M. Program, and a core element of our efforts to provide education of unsurpassed quality.

    In recognition of the successful completion of the one-year program, the University of Augsburg awards the degree of Master of Laws (LL.M.).

    The MIPLC program is jointly administered by the four MIPLC partners.
    For further details on the program, please click the link below.

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