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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 inaugurated at a Founding Ceremony on March 17, 2003. 
  • By October 2003, we had been able to attract students from eight countries located on five continents. 
  • By 2008, we were able to enrol 30 new students for the first time and were in the midst of an accreditation process that has in the meantime been successfully concluded. 


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.


Our graduates have obtained outstanding positions in the IP world. They have gone on to work for IP institutions such as various national Patent and Trademark Offices, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre, or OHIM; for national and international (patent) law firms; for government ministries; for NGOs, think tanks and similar organizations; or for the IP departments of large corporations in the private sector. Others have obtained Ph.D. degrees from the MIPLC or other top-rated universities to pursue academic careers.

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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. Maximum occupancy is four students per office. Students are generally expected to bring their own laptop computers; however, a limited number of desktop computers are available for students from developing countries unable to purchase their own laptop.

Library services

  • The Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, located across the street has a comprehensive and ever-growing IP library of around 210,000 volumes which is the largest of its kind in the world and to which MIPLC students have full access. 
  • The MIPLC has its own library, which is stocked with a large selection of books on all areas and topics taught during the one-year program.