Reto M. Hilty has been Full Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Zurich since 2002 alongside his position as director and faculty member of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich. He is also a Honorary Professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. From 2001 to 2002, he held a chair for Technology and Information Law at the ETH Zurich. His special areas of interest are: Contract law for intellectual property; competition law and protection of intellectual property; fundamental questions of property rights and new technologies; harmonisation of international property rights. Reto M. Hilty studied mechanical engineering at the ETH Zurich until the first intermediate exam before taking up law studies at the University of Zurich where he earned his MA in 1985 and stayed on as a research assistant until 1988. He was a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich and received his Ph.D. in 1989. Reto M. Hilty has been a lecturer at the Universities of Zurich and, periodically, St. Gallen since 1990. He served as legal advisor and member of the Board of directors of the Federal Institute for Intellectual Property between 1994 and 1997 and was conferred the venia legendi for Intellectual Property Law, Competition Law, Media Law and Private Law in 2000. He is a member of a number of research institutions and public bodies.