Mr. Harald Mische

Directorate, General Competition, European Commission

The EU perspective: IP rights and competition law in the pharma sector

Harald Mische is an official at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition, where he currently forms part of the team in charge with antitrust enforcement in the pharma sector in Directorate E.  He joined DG Competition in 2002, first working in the Cartel Unit and then in the Pharmaceuticals, chemicals and basic industries Unit (moving to the newly created Pharma Sector Inquiry Task Force in 2008, which is now as unit responsible for the health sector as part of Directorate E). Prior to joining the Commission, and after qualifying as a lawyer in Germany, Mr. Mische practiced EC and German competition law in the Brussels office of a leading American law firm.  Before that, he worked as an intern in DG Competition’s Merger Task Force.  Mr. Mische obtained a Ph.D. in EC merger control from the Eberhard-Karls-University of Tübingen.  He is a regular speaker on antitrust issues, has written various articles on EC competition law and authored “Nicht-wettbewerbliche Faktoren in der Europäischen Fusionskontrolle – Wettbewerbspolitik zwischen Schutzpolitik und Gestaltung” (“Non-competition issues in European merger control”), Wirtschaftsrecht und Wirtschaftspolitik Bd. 175, Nomos, Baden-Baden, 2002.