Munich IP Law Centre

The MIPLC takes particular pride in its distinguished faculty, one of the core pillars of any educational institution. The active faculty members are highly respected researchers and practitioners who among them have a wealth of experience. The majority are tenured professors and researchers working with one of the four MIPLC partners or with other renowned universities such as the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics, the University of California, and Columbia University. Others work as attorneys for renowned and internationally active law firms including Bird & Bird or Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; as IP officials for the European Patent Office or the World Intellectual Property Organization; as judges; or as practitioners in the world of corporate IP.

The MIPLC(LLM) 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 per year, the program guarantees intensive interaction between students, professors, and staff, as well as personalized support. The program is suitable for law graduates and students with other backgrounds alike, offering a wide variety of modules to choose from. Also the program is 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.

Location: Munich, Germany

Single/Double Diploma: Single

Language: English

Number of Places/Students per year: 38

Duration: 2 semesters

Fee: The total fee for the program is EUR 32,730 and consists of a tuition fee (EUR 5,430) payable to the University of Augsburg, and a participation fee (EUR 27,300) payable to the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition. The fee is due in three installments: EUR 3,000 as a non-refundable guarantee payment within four weeks after admission; EUR 16,330 by August 1; and EUR 13,400 by March 1 of the following year.

Scholarships: Yes, there are scholarships available. Please see more details here.

Accommodation: information not available yet.

Application Process:

  1. Deadline:

The LL.M. program starts every year in early October. Applications for admission are accepted from December 1 until April 30 for the academic year starting that fall. The same deadline of April 30 applies to applications for tuition waiver scholarships. Candidates who seek financial assistance from the DAAD scholarship for "Development-Related Postgraduate Courses" have to apply more than a year in advance. For them, the application period is June 1 to October 15 for the intake of the following year.

  1. Necessary Docs:
  • A completed University or College Degree(240 ECTS)
  • Proof of at least one year full-time professional experience
  • Proof of a very good knowledge of the English language(TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):minimum score of 85 (iBT), 223 (CBT), or 563 (PBT);or IELTS (International English Language Testing System, academic version): score of 6.5 or above; or Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English): minimum grade of "C"; scores from other Cambridge tests, such as the Key English Test and the Certificate of Advanced English, will not be accepted.)

Program Structure:

The curriculum covers all areas of intellectual property and competition law and in addition, it includes courses in related fields such as economics and business administration.

Courses (60 ECTS)

  • Compulsory: Basic Patent Law and Related Topics (European Patent Law, US Patent Law), Basic Copyright Law and Related Topics (European Copyright Law, US Copyright Law, Legal Research and Law), Basic Trademark Law and Related Topic (European Trademark Law, US Trademark Law, European and US Design Law, Unfair Competition), Basic Cross-Cutting Issues (European and US Competition Law, International IP Law, European Law, Jurisdiction and Conflict of Laws).
  • Optional: Introduction to Legal Systems, Introduction to IP, Introduction to Economics, Introduction to Competition Law
  • Extra: Advanced Patent Law, Advanced Copyright Law, Advanced Trademark Law, IP and Competition Law, IP Law in Practice, Innovation Management, IP and Technology, IP Licensing, Thesis Preparation
  • Thesis: Yes, in order to graduate the programme the candidates shall write a thesis.
  • Internship: It is optional for the candidates to pursue an internship in order to graduate the programme.

LLM Contact:

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition MIPLC

Marstallplatz 1

80539 Munich, Germany

Ph. +49 (0) 89 242 46-5321

Fax +49 (0) 89 242 46-522

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By Madalina Enea

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