Max Planck Series on Asian Intellectual Property Set

Max Planck Series on Asian Intellectual Property Set

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The Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law has pioneered intellectual property research and education in Asia since the late 1960s and in 1975 set up a Department for Japan and East Asia. The Institute has not only been involved in fundamental research on Asian intellectual property law, but also in drafting legislation for various Asian countries both on the Institute’s own account, and in cooperation with projects funded by the European Union, WIPO, the World Bank, UNDP, the German GTZ and others. Cooperation agreements have been concluded with institutions in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China and Thailand. The Max Planck Institute regularly receives guest researchers from Asian countries, conducts conferences and workshops on Asian intellectual property law, often co-hosted together with institutions in Asia.


Spurred by the TRIPS Agreement and an increasing number of bilateral free-trade agreements, most Asian countries have completely overhauled their intellectual property systems in the past 20 years. Extension systems for patents, protection of geographical indications or general fair use provisions have been added, enforcement structures have been improved and specialised IP courts been set up in China, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand and Korea.

These developments are reflected in the Max Planck Institute’s Asian IP series that includes both country-specific reports and comparative studies on current problems of interest. Particular attention in this respect is given to the non-English speaking countries of Asia where reliable information is often difficult to come by.

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The Max Planck Series on Asian Intellectual Property Law aims at providing expert coverage of intellectual property rights, their administration and enforcement in Asian jurisdictions for both academic and practicing lawyers. Since the year 2000, more than 15 volumes have been published.

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