Uwe Weisner

As General Manager Corporate Intellectual Property at Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg, Germany, Uwe is responsible for filing, prosecuting, licensing and enforcing Volkswagen’s Patents, Trademarks, Design Rights, Internet-Domains and defending against third party IP claims. In addition, he is responsible for standardization. Prior, Uwe served more than 15 years as a Patent Manager for Volkswagen AG and Audi AG, also located in Germany. Further functions: Chairman of the IP Committee of VDA (German Association of Automotive Industry), Board Member of the IP Committee of BDI (Association of German Industries) and Board Member of VPP (Association of Industry Patent Professionals in Germany). From 2010 to 2017 Lecturer at the Technical University of Braunschweig for “Business Practice of Intellectual Property.”

The Battle Over Patents: A Summary

Adapted from The Battle over Patents: History and Politics of Innovation, edited by Stephen H. Haber and Naomi R. Lamoreaux (Oxford University Press, 2021). Complaints about the patent system are not new. Virtually all arguments that critics seize upon today to support their suggestions for a patent reform have
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IP is Not IP: Intellectual Property is Not Industrial Policy, and Why This Matters 

Competition by China with the United States for global leadership in innovation has prompted anew an age-old policy debate: What are the best policies and legal institutions to promote next-generation inventions like 5G, AI, and mRNA vaccines? Are innovations best promoted and distributed either through industrial policy initiatives like prizes,
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LeadershIP Hosts Webinar on the DMA and the US Antitrust Bills

On June 30, LeadershIP hosted a webinar titled EU DMA vs. US Legislative Proposals: Lessons and Path Forward, where the discussion focused on the Digital Markets Act (DMA)—the legislation recently adopted by the European Union that imposes obligations and prohibitions on the world’s largest digital platforms such as Apple,
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