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Welcome to GRUR!

Many thanks for your interest in the protection of intellectual property rights and our association. With approximately 5,000 members in Germany and abroad, the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR), founded in 1891, is the largest and oldest association in Germany that is devoted to the protection of intellectual property.

Its members include German and foreign individuals - lawyers, patent attorneys, judges, academics, as well as enterprises, associations of enterprises and their respective staff members and representatives. Staff members of the German and European trademark and patent authorities and of the international organisations competent for the protection of intellectual property are also among the members. The purpose of the Association according to its statutes is the academic advancement and development of industrial property and copyright law at the German, European and international level, i.e. in the field of law today called "intellectual property law."

Therefore, GRUR discusses issues of intellectual property protection at annual meetings, monthly events at the regional groups and in academic publications, thus contributing to the academic discussion and further development of this area of law, while at the same time enhancing the knowledge of its members. Assistance provided to the national, European and international legislative bodies and to the authorities competent for issues of intellectual property protection remains a major part of the activities. In contact with national and international associations and organisations devoted to the same or a similar subject matter, GRUR regularly participates in the discussion of current issues and developments in the field of intellectual property.

GRUR does not pursue personal, professional or commercial interests, but exclusively and directly academic objectives of a non-profit nature.

  • News
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2013-10-10 Review GRUR Annual Meeting 2013
The GRUR Annual Meeting 2013 took place from 25 to 28 September 2013 in Erfurt, Germany and was attended by over 670 participants from 33 nations and 5 continents.
To view and download presentations, photos, the list of attendees, the list of partners and other information related to the conference, please click on the icons "downloads" and "information" here.

2014-04-17 OHIM publishes Common Communication on the Common Practice of the Scope of Protection of Black and White (“B& W”) Marks
On 15 April 2014, the OHIM has published a Common Communication on the Common Practice of the Scope of Protection of Black and White (“B& W”) Marks in the framework of Project CP4 of the Convergence Programme. The Communication states that "The trade mark offices of the European Union in their commitment to continue to collaborate in the context of the Convergence Programme through the European Trade Mark and Design Network have agreed on a common practice with regard to trade marks in B&W and/or greyscale..."
2014-04-03 GRUR Opinion on Trade secrets
Today, the Association submitted its Opinion on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure, COM (2013) 813 final to key players of the European Commission and European Parliament.
2014-03-25 European Patent Package² - Tagungsbericht

Am 7. Februar 2014 fand im Interdisziplinären Zentrum für Geistiges Eigentum e.V. (IZG) zusammen mit GRUR, VPP und LES die Tagung "European Patent Package - Das deutsche (Patent-) Recht als Infrastruktur für das neue
Unionspatent" statt.

Der Einladung waren mehr als 190 Teilnehmer aus Patent-, Rechtsanwaltschaft, Justiz und Industrie sowie der Wissenschaft aus dem In- und Ausland in den Ostflügel des Mannheimer Schlosses gefolgt.