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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.

Date of message Text of Message Category
2016-03-22 Solidarity with the victims in Brussels
The staff and the management of the European Patent Office are deeply shocked and saddened by the abhorrent terrorist attacks which took place in Brussels today, 22 March 2016.
2016-10-19 MARKENFORUM 2016
Die Markenrechtstagung des Markenverbandes in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Deutschen Patent- und Markenamt und dem Bundespatentgericht. Das MARKENFORUM® findet vom 16. – 18.11.2016 im Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Promenadeplatz 2-6, 80333 München statt.
2016-10-20 Guardia di Finanza operation on copyright infringements

Last 6 October, in Rome, the Guardia di Finanza conducted the operation "UNDERLI © Ensing 2" under the coordination of the Nucleo Speciale Tutela Proprietà Intellettuale.  During the operation premises of 116 companies located throughout the national territory and mainly operating in the industrial and building design were inspected by the "C.F.D.A. - Computer Forensics Data Analysis " (Guardia di Finanza)

2016-10-20 Heads of EU Agencies meet at EUIPO

From 20 to 21 October 2016, a meeting of the Heads of the EU Agencies Network will take place on the premises and under the chairmanship of the EUIPO.