Main Forum：Innovative Development and Intellectual Property
Joseph Straus (Dr.jur, Dres.jur. h.c.), Prof. of Law (Univ. of Munich and Ljubljana), NIPMO-UNISA Chair for Intellectual Property, University of South Africa (UNISA) (2011- end of July 2016), Pretoria, Marshall B. Coyne Visit.Prof. of Int. and Comp. Law, George Washington Univ. Law School, Washington D.C., Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University School of Law, Beijing Hon.Dir. of the IP Inst. of the Tongji Univ., Shanghai, Hon.Prof. at that Univ., Hon.Prof. Huazhong Univ., Wuhan, Hon.Prof. Xiamen Univ., Xiamen. Visit.Prof., Graduate Institute of IP, Taipei; Visit.Fellow, Hoover Inst., Stanford Univ. (2009-2014), Dir. of the Max Planck Institute for IP and Competition Law, Munich (2001-2009); Chair, Managing Board of the Munich IP Law Center (MIPLC) (2003-2009). Since 2009 Emeritus Scientific Member of that Max-Planck Institute. Nom. Full Prof. of IP Law, Univ. of Ljubljana (1986-). Visit.Prof. of Law, Cornell Law School (1989-1998); Distinguished Visit.Prof. of Law, Faculty of Law, Toronto Univ. (Spring 2005). Author or co-author of more than 350 publications. Consultant to OECD, WIPO, UNCTAD, UNIDO, EC-Commission, World Bank, the German Bundestag and the German Gov., as well as the Europ. Parliament, the Europ. Patent Org., the Swiss Gov. and the Swiss Federal Inst. for IP. Vice-Pres., German Association for the Protection of IP (GRUR) 2002-, Chair IP Rights Comm. of the Human Genome Org. (HUGO) 1995-2006, Chair Prog. Comm. AIPPI (1997-2006); Chair, Law Section, Academia Europaea (2009-2015); Chair Standing Comm. on IP, Federation of European Academies of Science (ALLEA) (2010-); former Pres. of ATRIP. Memb. European Acad. of Sciences and Arts (2001-), Vice-Pres. (2010-2015), Corresp. Memb. Slov. Acad. of Sciences and Arts (1995-). Science Award 2000 Foundation for German Science, Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the FR Germany 2005.