Joseph J.R. Straus

Professorial Lecturer in Law and Marshall Coyne Visiting Scholar in International Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
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Joseph J.R. Straus is a professor of law at the Universities of Munich and Ljubljana, and director of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich. He is also an honorary professor and honorary director of the Intellectual Property Institute at Tongji University in Shanghai, at the Chinese-German Institute of Intellectual Property at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, and at Xiamen Univeristy. 

Mr. Straus has been associated with the Max Planck Institute since 1977, taught European and German patent law at the University of Munich since 1990, and was a visiting faculty member at Cornell Law School between 1989 and 1998. He is author or co-author of numerous publications in the field of intellectual property law, especially in the field of the protection of biological invention. 

In 2000, he was the first non-scientist to win the Science Award of the Foundation for German Science. He also has been awarded two honorary doctorate degrees, awarded the Venice IP Award, and inducted into IAM IP Hall of Fame. 

Mr. Straus is vice president of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, chair of the Law Section of Academia Europaea, corresponding member of Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, vice president of the German Association for Intellectual Property, and chair of the Standing Committee on Intellectual Property Rights of the Federation of European Academies of Science. 

Mr. Straus teaches Chemical and Biotech Patent Law.


LLB, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; Dr jur, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Germany