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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.

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2022-04-21 3rd GRUR Expert Round Table 2022 - The EU Data Act
The Data Act Proposal was finally published by the EU Commission on Feb 23, 2022. Following our first Round Table on the topic in December 2021 this GRUR Expert Round Table will now look at the main issues that are covered by the EU Data Act and give a first evaluation of its adequacy and its consequences. The focus will be on access rights, fairness in B2B contracts and competitive cloud services markets.
2022-02-09 EPO opens public user consultation on creation of Observatory
Stakeholders invited to share feedback by 4 March 2022
2022-02-08 Final preparations for the start of the Unitary Patent
EPO President Campinos met with Alexander Ramsay, Chair of the UPC Preparatory Committee, and Jérôme Debrulle, Chair of the Select Committee of the Administrative Council in charge of the Unitary Patent.
2022-02-03 Information from the Boards of Appeal – Presidium, business distribution and texts relating to proceedings is now available online