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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
Date of message Text of Message
2015-02-19 Registrations open for GRUR/AIPPI Joint Brussels 2015 "The proposed EU framework for protection of trade secrets – state of play and challenges"
On 28 November 2013 the European Commission proposed new rules on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure. Meanwhile, the ministers in the Competitiveness Council have agreed on a general approach to the proposal and several hearings in the competent committees of the European Parliament have taken place. The dossier is now awaiting committee decision by the responsible Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI), with a vote expected at its forthcoming meeting on 24 March 2015. Subsequently, an indicative plenary sitting date/first reading is scheduled for 8 September 2015.
2015-03-02 Our webinar programme for March

The OHIM Academy holds a series of webinars every month covering topics of interest related to IP knowledge and dissemination.

2015-03-02 Alicante News February 2015

The aim of Alicante News is to provide up-to-date information on OHIM-related matters, as well as on other general IP issues, to the users of the Community trade mark and design registration systems.

2015-03-02 Coming up this week in Luxembourg

The following judgments in cases involving OHIM at the General Court or European Court of Justice in Luxembourg are available from the Curia website.