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GRUR/ Joint Conference 2024 - Intellectual Property and the European Courts

Update 17 April 2024:


GRUR and the University of Luxembourg ( are jointly organising the GRUR/ Joint Conference, a full-day event which will take place on Wednesday, 5 June 2024 on-site at the Palais of the CJEU in Luxembourg.

The topic of the conference, which will be chaired by Prof. Dr. Martin Stierle from the University of Luxembourg, is "Intellectual Property and the European Courts". The conference will be opened by Judge Lars Bay Larsen, Vice President of the CJEU and Dr Gert Würtenberger, President of GRUR.

The conference is organized in close cooperation with various national and European associations and institutions. This event promises the possibility to network with experts of the IP community from different European countries.


European courts have tremendous impact on the development of intellectual property (IP) law. This one-day conference aims at emphasizing this central role. It will address current topics in European IP law which are largely affected by decisions of European courts. The speakers are members of European courts, prominent attorneys, and leading academics in their field of research.


MORNING SESSION: "UPC - the first year"

The morning of the conference will address patent law topics in light of the first anniversary of the newly established Unified Patent Court (UPC). It will focus in particular on the standard applied by the UPC to issue preliminary injunctions and on the questions as to whether and how the UPC steers towards an autonomous understanding of patent law.

Confirmed speakers of the morning session are:

Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by

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

Dr Christof Keussen, Co-Chair of the GRUR Expert Committee on Patent & Utility Model Law; Patent Attorney, Hamburg.

Our afternoon session "CJEU - current issues and developments in EU IP law" will focus on recent copyright and trademark case law of the Court of Justice and the General Court but may also look beyond and present a number of IP topics which may arise before the Courts or legislators in the foreseeable future. Topics & speakers:

After the presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to ask interact with our speakers.

Moderators of the Q&As:

  • Prof. Dr Martin Stierle, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) | University of Luxembourg

  • Dr Pablo Mohr, Deputy Director & Senior Expert in Intellectual Property, IPIL, Luxembourg

  • Katia Manhaeve, President of AIPPI Luxembourg; Attorney, Luxembourg

Following the working sessions, all attendees will be invited to a cocktail reception taking place from 17.45 h - 19.30 hin the beautiful "Grand Staircase hall - Salle des Pas Perdues" at level 1 of the Palais of the CJEU.

The event will be held in English language without simultaneous translation. Please note that this is an on-site only event (no hybrid, no streaming, no recording). The conference is free of charge and open for GRUR members as well as non-members but requires a binding registration by 15 May 2024.


Room capacities are strictly limited to 118 seats and we want to make use of every single one of them. We therefore ask you to submit your registration as early as possible and in a binding manner.

We will close registration on 15 May 2024, 24.00 h but may close even earlier in case the event is fully booked.

The workshop is eligible for 5.75 hours of continued professional education according to § 15 FAO. In that case, be aware that we will check your continued participation during the event.


Please scroll down to the file tabs, click on the tab "Register/ Anmelden" and enter your data. Then click on "register". You will automatically receive a registration confirmation with organisational details by email.

After receipt of this confirmation, please send us your birth date & place personally via email (to: This is a pre-requirement for the security check-in and access to the Court building.


If you prefer to register by e-mail or already wish to secure your place today, please send a message with your full contact details to including your date & place of birth, the information whether or not you are a GRUR member, and whether or not you wish to receive a certificate of attendance. After successful registration you will receive a booking confirmation as well as organisational information.


Entrance to the venue - the CJEU´s Court Building PALAIS - is submitted to a strict security check-in procedure which takes around 45 minutes for the entire group. Therefore,

  • A prerequisite for admission to the courthouse is that you inform us in advance of your date and place of birth. You can do this by sending an email to

  • Admission to the courthouse also requires a very timely arrival so that the security check-in for all attendees can be processed in a smooth and timely manner. Check-in time is between 8.00 and 8.30 am. Late arrivals may not be able to checked-in any more.

  • Please have your identity card ready and respect the Court´s security provisions, especially the list of prohibited weapons, which you can download here:
  • The courthouse hosts special art exhibitions and permanent art exhibits. All visitors are requested to show utmost consideration for the art and exhibits and, above all, not to touch them.

Once in the building, it won´t be possible to leave the site and enter again, so all delegates are requested to stay inside of the building and in the conference area for the duration of the event.

This all sounds quite complicated but once you are in the building, we will reward you with a nice welcome breakfast and a high-level conference, two coffee breaks and an evening reception :-)


If you have registered but will not be able to attend the event, please cancel your registration no later than 15 May, 24.00 h so that we can allocate your seat to someone on the waiting list. You can send a replacement person but we will need their registration date no later than 15 May to put them on the group list.

By submitting your registration for this event, you acknowledge and agree that in case of no-show or cancellation after 15 May, GRUR is entitled to charge a no-show and/or cancellation fee of € 200.

For any questions please send an Email to Ms. Sandra von Lingen, GRUR Senior Manager International Affairs & Publications,


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Datum (von) 05.06.2024
Uhrzeit (von) 8.30 h - 17.45 h, followed by an evening reception from 17.45 to 19.30 h
Ort Luxembourg

Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Luxembourg

Building: PALAIS

Conference room: Hearing Room I at level 8 of the PALAIS


Visitors’ entrance:


Rue Charles Léon Hammes

L–2925 Kirchberg Luxembourg


Lars Bay Larsen (CJEU); Prof. Dr Martin Stierle (University of Luxembourg); Dr Gert Würtenberger (GRUR; Munich); Dr Klaus Grabinski (UPC; Luxembourg); Prof. Dr Mary-Rose McGuire (University of Göttingen); Dr Sabine Agé; Florence Butin (UPC; Paris); Prof. Dr Eleonora Rosati (University of Stockholm), Ulf Öberg (CJEU); Dr Frank-Erich Hufnagel(GRUR; Düsseldorf); Dr Christof Keussen (GRUR; Hamburg); Dr Pablo Mohr (IPIL); Katia Manhaeve (AIPPI Luxembourg)

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