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GRUR/ Joint Conference 2024 “Intellectual Property in the European Courts”

GRUR - 23.04.2024

On Wednesday, 5 June 2024 the German Association for Intellectual Property Law (GRUR) and the University of Luxembourg ( will be hosting the GRUR/ Joint Conference 2024 at the „Palais” of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)  in Luxembourg (Kirchberg Plateau, Luxembourg City). It is a live and in person event, face-to-face and without online-attendance, streaming or recording. 

TOPIC: “Intellectual Property and the European Courts”

This full-day event, which will be opened by Judge Lars Bay Larsen, Vice President of the ECJ in Luxembourg, intends to shine a spotlight on the vital role which European courts play in shaping how we perceive, protect and enforce IP rights. Our highly distinguished speakers will discuss the following topics:

  • “The role played by the Court of Justice with respect to the unity, consistency and development of IP law within the EU. Recent case law”
    Speaker: Judge Dr Octavia Spineanu-Matei, President of the Ninth Chamber of the ECJ, Luxembourg
  • “Preliminary injunctions before the UPC – where is the threshold?”
    Speaker: Judge Dr Klaus Grabinski, President of the Court of Appeal of the UPC, Luxembourg
  • “How the UPC can develop and disseminate an autonomous understanding of patent law: importance of the language used”
    Speaker: Judge Florence Butin, President of the Court of First Instance of the UPC, Paris”
  • “UPC developing case law: a few takeaways from the first decisions”
    Speaker: Sabine Agé, Attorney, Paris
  • “Determination of substantive law and methods to fill remaining gaps in proceedings before the UPC”
    Speaker: Dr Mary-Rose McGuire, Chair of Private Law, Intellectual Property Law and German and European Civil Procedure Law, University of Osnabrück
  • “The construction of the right of communication to the public in CJEU case law: A future-proof building?”
    Speaker: Dr Eleonora Rosati, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Stockholm University
  • “The assessment of weak elements in complex trademarks: the approach of the General Court”
    Speaker: Judge Ulf Öberg, General Court, CJEU, Luxembourg

All presentations will be followed by a short Q&A sessions and/or a panel discussion so that you will have the opportunity to directly interact and discuss with the speakers. Our moderators are:

Dr Gert Würtenberger, President of GRUR; Attorney-at-law, Munich

Prof. Dr Martin Stierle, Associate Professor in Intellectual Property Law, University of Luxembourg

Dr Christof Keussen, Co-Chair of the GRUR Special Committee on Patent and Utility Model Law; Patent Attorney, Hamburg

Dr Frank-Erich Hufnagel, Co-Chair of the GRUR Special Committee on Patent and Utility Model Law; Attorney-at-law, Düsseldorf

Dr Pablo Mohr, Deputy Director, Institut de la Propriété Intellectuelle Luxembourg (IPIL), Luxembourg

Katia Manhaeve, President of AIPPI Luxembourg; Attorney, Luxembourg

The conference is free of charge but requires a binding online registration and the acceptance of our cancellation policy. For more information on the programme as well as registration information please note the attached progromme flyer and visit


The event is eligible for 6 hours of continued professional education according to § 15 FAO (Fachanwaltsordnung). Room availability is limited to 118 persons so that we recommend a very early registration.

See you in Luxembourg!

The team of the GRUR Head Office

Contact for requests:

Sandra von Lingen, GRUR Senior Manager International Affairs & Publications, E-Mail:; phone: +49 (0)151-40769322.

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