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Joseph Straus

Joseph Straus.   Professor of Law at the Universities of Munich and Ljubljana, Marshall B. Coyne Visiting Professor of International and Comparative Law at George Washington University School of Law, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich, Chairman of the Managing Board of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, and Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Straus received his Law-Diploma in 1962 from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and his Dr. jur. in 1968 from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich.  He received Habilitation in 1986 at the University of Ljubljana. He entered private practise from 1968 to 1977; since then he has been with the Max-Planck-Institute.  He has taught European and German Patent Law at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität since 1990. He has been a Full Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Ljubljana since 1986.

Straus has been a visiting Professor of Law at Cornell Law School from 1989 to 1998, a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at George Washington University School of Law from Spring 2001 to 2005, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2005. He is the author or co-author of more than 250 publications in the field of intellectual property law, especially in the field of the protection of biotechnological inventions. Straus has worked as a consultant to OECDWIPOUNCTAD, UNIDO, EC-CommissionWorld Bank, Scientific Services of the German Bundestag, and the German Government, as well as the European Parliament, the European Patent Office, the Swiss Government and the Swiss Federal Institute for Intellectual Property. He is the Vice-President of the German Association for Industrial Property and Copyright Law (GRUR) and the former President of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP).  He served as Chair of the Programme Committee for the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) from 1997 to 2006, and Chair of the Intellectual Property Rights Committee of the Human Genome Organisation (HUGO) from 1995 to 2006.
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