The Center for Intellectual Property and Competition Law at the University of Zurich conducts research and exchange with practitioners in the fields of intellectual property (patents, trademarks, copyrights, know-how, data, etc.) and competition law (antitrust and unfair competition).
As a core purpose, the Center wishes to contribute to a functioning and future-oriented legal framework for competition and innovation.
A need for research and exchange exists: technical (e.g. nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, blockchain, 3D printing) and economic developments (e.g. Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, Sharing Economy, manufacturing on demand) lead to new challenges. In this changing environment, fundamental issues as well as the existing legal framework must be constantly evaluated and, where necessary, adapted.
The Center's approach crosses borders: In intra- and interdisciplinary cooperation as well as in close exchange with authorities and practice, the members and staff of CIPCO investigate theoretical questions and empirical findings. From basic research, teaching offers, practical advice as well as suggestions for policy making can emerge. The perspective is not only national, but also European and global.