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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.

  • News
Date of message Text of Message
2014-10-06 Changes in the composition of GRUR boards – Dr Gert Würtenberger elected as President
We have the pleasure to inform you that, during the Annual Meeting of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property Law and Practice (GRUR) held from 24 to 27 September in Düsseldorf, new board members were elected to the GRUR Executive Committee and the GRUR General Council to replace departing members. The new composition of the Executive Committee is now as follows:
2014-10-06 New Honorary Members elected
During its session held on Friday, 26 September 2014, the General Assembly of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) elected the following members as new Honorary Members in order to honour their outstanding merits and services for the Association:
2014-10-02 Review GRUR Annual Meeting 2014
The GRUR Annual Meeting 2014 took place from 24 to 27 September 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany and was attended by over 740 participants from 28 nations and 5 continents. To view and download the presentations, the list of attendees, the list of partners, a photo gallery and other information related to the conference, please click on the icons "downloads" and "information" here.
2014-10-01 List of of Community trade mark courts and Community design courts published
On 24 September 2014, the European Commission has published a comprehensive lists  of Community trade mark courts and Community design courts in accordance with Article 95(4) of Council Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 on the Community trade mark and Article 80(4) of Regulation (EC) No 6/2002 on Community designs.