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Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC)

As intellectual property (IP) plays an ever greater role in the fields of science, technology, business and the arts, the need for IP experts increases year by year. Taught to a maximum of 38 students per year, the LL.M. program "Intellectual Property and Competition Law" at the MIPLC equips its graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary to handle complex IP issues in a global context.

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



The Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC) was founded in 2002 by four partners: The Max Planck Society, the Technical University of Munich, the University of Augsburg, and The George Washington University. The LL.M. program "Intellectual Property and Competition Law" offers a unique blend of subjects which are all taught from both the European and the US perspective.


IP and Competition Law research is a central focus of the MIPLC. The Cooperation Agreement establishing the MIPLC lists the preparation and support of papers on research topics, "particularly those which seek to develop innovative practical recommendations based on the results of research undertaken by the MIPLC Partners," as the first goal.


The academic year at the MIPLC starts in October. Our students receive a list of internship sponsors when they take up their studies, and are asked to select three sponsors by early November. The allocation process thus starts in mid-November, with the MIPLC contacting the sponsors and forwarding the students' CVs. The internship itself takes place during the MIPLC's five-week spring break (generally March to early April). The exact dates should be agreed upon between the internship sponsor and the intern.

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Student services

All students are provided with individual desks in spacious shared offices, high-speed internet connections, and desktop access to a number of legal databases.

Library services

Access to the Max Planck Institute's IP library, comprising more than 200,000 volumes, and to the MIPLC's own library