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Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice


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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2014-11-24 Coming up this week in Luxembourg

The following judgments in cases involving OHIM at the General Court or European Court of Justice in Luxembourg are available from the Curia website.

2014-11-24 Iceland joins TMview

As of 24 November 2014, the Icelandic Patent Office (ELS - IPO) has made its trade mark data available to the TMview search tool.

2014-11-24 Available now: New Fast Track for trade marks

Having your trade mark application examined and published faster is now possible with OHIM's new Fast Track. Twice as fast as the publication of regular applications, it also helps ensure a smooth processing of your application.

2014-11-21 UK landmark judgment regarding blocking access to websites selling counterfeit goods

On 17 October 2014 the High Court in London delivered a landmark judgment establishing that trade mark owners can secure court orders blocking websites that are structured to infringe trade mark rights by selling counterfeit goods online.