Dietmar Harhoff is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and Professor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich. His research focuses on innovation, entrepreneurship, intellectual property, and industrial economics.
Before assuming his current position at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Dietmar Harhoff was Full Professor and Director of the Institute for Innovation Research, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship at LMU Munich (1998-2013) and Associate Director of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) (1995-1998). Many of his contributions have focused on intellectual property, the design of IP institutions and the determinants and outcomes of innovation processes. Dietmar Harhoff is Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and elected member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BAdW). He has served in advisory functions to private and public organizations at various times. Since 2004, he has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Federal Ministry of Economics. From 2008 to 2013, he was a member of the Economic Advisory Group on Competition Policy (EAGCP). From 2012 to 2015, he chaired the Economic and Scientific Advisory Board (ESAB) at the European Patent Office. From 2007 to 2019, he was Chairman of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (EFI) who presents annual reports on research, innovation and technological performance to the German
Chancellor. In 2019, he was appointed chair of the Commission for the establishment of the German Agency for Disruptive Innovation (SPRIND). He is now member of the SPRIND supervisory board, director at the BIDT (Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation) and member of the Bavarian Council on AI. Dietmar was a founding member of the EPIP Association.