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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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2014-11-21 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.

2014-11-21 Administrative Board and Budget Committee meeting at OHIM

OHIM's governing bodies, its Administrative Board and Budget Committee, met in Alicante from 18 to 20 November 2014. The Administrative Board and Budget Committee are composed of representatives of the Member States of the EU and the European Commission, and gather at OHIM twice a year.

2014-11-20 OHIM website update: Weekend works

This Saturday 22 our IT teams will carry out work on the OHIM website and on our Community trade mark efiling. As a result, the OHIM website and online applications will not be available from 08:00 to 16:00 CET.

2014-11-19 EuropeanTMDN News 4 out now

The latest edition of EuropeanTMDN reports on the latest activities and projects of the European Trade Mark and Design Network, and its members' efforts to share best practices and harmonise working methods across Europe.