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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.

Date of message Text of Message Category
2019-06-17 4 Reasons to Patent: New interactive guide to help European SMEs unlock all the value of patents
On 21 May 2019 4iP Council launched “4 Reasons to Patent”, a practical interactive web guide that aims to help innovative European businesses draw economic and strategic value from their patents.  Developed in collaboration with GRUR, the guide identifies four key benefits to patenting - market access, negotiating, funding and strategic value - and breaks these down simply into methods for value-creation with clickable case study links, quotes and facts. 
2019-03-08 Celebrating International Women’s Day 2019: EPO launches ‘Women in the Lead’ mentorship programme
The EPO celebrated International Women's Day on 8 March by launching "Women in the Lead", a mentorship programme in which senior managers will mentor women at the Office.
2019-03-05 Report on the results of the user consultation on increased flexibility in the timing of examination process now available online
The consultation received a high interest in terms of user participation, with over 620 responses both from individuals and user groups.
2019-03-07 EU Presidency conference on Intellectual Property in Bucharest
EPO President António Campinos has spoken about the importance of cooperation at an IP conference in Bucharest, Romania.