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

Update 25 April 2024

The event is fully booked and there are currently no free seats available.

Please contact Ms. Sandra von Lingen ( if you wish to be placed on the waiting list and contacted when a seat becomes available due to cancellations.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.


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 organised 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.


In light of the manifest impact European courts have on intellectual property (IP) law, our one-day conference at the premises of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) intends to shine a spotlight on the vital role such courts play in shaping how we perceive, protect and enforce IP rights. We bring together renowned speakers from around Europe, including judges of the European courts, prominent attorneys, and leading academics, to discuss current developments in IP law.

After a welcome breakfast and opening remarks, our first presentation will focus on the recent case law of the Court of Justice (ECJ). It will demonstrate the essential role of the ECJ in all fields of IP law. As we are coming up on the first anniversary of the Unified Patent Court (UPC), we will devote the rest of our morning session and the beginning of the afternoon to patent law topics. The first presentation of this session will demonstrate the standards the new UPC has applied when issuing (or not issuing) preliminary injunctions. After a joint lunch, three speakers will give us their thoughts on whether and, if so, how the UPC is steering toward an autonomous understanding of patent law. Thereafter, the programme will shift away from patents to other IP rights. The following session will cover current issues and developments in copyright and trademark law with a particular focus on the role of the CJEU. In that regard, the presentations of our two invited speakers will discuss how the ECJ has constructed the right of communication to the public and examine the General Court’s approach to weak elements in trademark cases.

At the close of our conference, our attendees are invited to join us for a reception at which conference participants will have a final opportunity to mingle, allowing them to greet old friends and make new connections with others working in the same field.



Opening remarks by

  • Judge Lars Bay Larsen, Vice President of the ECJ, Luxembourg

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

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

"The role played by the Court of Justice with respect to the unity, consistency and development of IP law withing the EU. Recent case law"

Speaker: Judge Dr Octavia Spineanu-Matei, President of the Ninth Chamber of the ECJ, Luxembourg

followed by Q&A, moderated by Prof. Dr. Martin Stierle


I. Unified Patent Court - The first year

Confirmed speakers & topics:

Presentations will be followed by Q&As and a joint 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.

II. CJEU - current issues and developments in EU IP law:

Confirmed speakers & topics:

After the each presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to ask interact with our speakers in a moderated Q&A.

Moderators of the Q&As:

  • Prof. Dr Martin Stierle, Associate Professor, University of Luxembourg

  • Dr Pablo Mohr, Deputy Director, Institut de la Propriété Intellectuelle Luxembourg (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.


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


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

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