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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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2020-03-20 Gesetz zum Abkommen über ein Einheitliches Patentgericht nichtig
Das Gesetz zu dem Übereinkommen über ein Einheitliches Patentgericht (EPGÜ-ZustG), das Hoheitsrechte auf das Einheitliche Patentgericht übertragen soll, ist nichtig. Es bewirkt der Sache nach eine materielle Verfassungsänderung, ist aber vom Bundestag nicht mit der hierfür erforderlichen Zwei-Drittel-Mehrheit beschlossen worden. Dies hat der Zweite Senat mit heute veröffentlichtem Beschluss auf eine Verfassungsbeschwerde hin entschieden.
2020-01-31 Available now: GRUR Newsletter 01-2020 "Green Tech & IP"!

The current edition opens with a welcome address by Prof. Dr Josef Drexl and Prof. Dr Reto M. Hilty on the first issue of the English-language journal GRUR International: Journal of European and International IP Law.

In our "Green Tech & IP" focus, we present five contributions on the question of what role intellectual property and competition law - as well as the various players in this field - play, or could play in the future, in coping with the consequences of climate change and promoting sustainable technologies and innovations:

2020-03-09 Celebrating women inventors
To mark International Women's Day, the EPO looks back at women whose ground-breaking inventions push the boundaries of innovation.
2020-03-02 Open for public consultation: EPC and PCT-EPO Guidelines
The EPO today launched a public consultation on its Guidelines and invites interested parties to provide input