Grünecker is a leading IP boutique. With over 70 patent attorneys, 60 patent engineers and 35 attorneys at law, the firm is one of the largest in Europe. Grünecker was founded in 1924 and has offices in Munich, Berlin, Cologne and Paris.
Grünecker is one of the largest patent and trademark prosecution firms. The firm files thousands of new IP rights every year and is widely regarded as one of the top and most active IP prosecution firms in Europe. Grünecker provides full IP service, covering all technical and legal areas. The firm represents clients before the German and European courts, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the patent and trademark offices in Germany and France. Given the variety of technical backgrounds of its patent attorneys and engineers, Grünecker covers all technical areas, including mechanical engineering, information technology, telecommunications, software, electronics, physics and life sciences. In all of these areas, Grünecker files hundreds of new patent applications every year, making it one of the top filing firms in Europe. Many of those applications are drafted by Grünecker attorneys. A significant part of the firm’s prosecution work occurs in opposition proceedings, particularly before the EPO. The firm handles numerous EPO oppositions and regularly attends hearings in Munich and The Hague. Grünecker also handles a number of revocation actions before the German Federal Patent Court in Munich.
Grünecker also focuses on patent and soft IP (eg, trademark, design, unfair competition and copyright) litigation. In the area of patent litigation, parties seek Grünecker’s technical and legal competence and strength. Grünecker’s clients are represented by teams comprising a litigator and a patent attorney. The patent litigation group handles disputes in all technical areas, including telecommunications, information technology, software, mechanical engineering, electronics and life sciences. Over the years, Grünecker has been exposed to many litigation projects involving antitrust issues, in particular when dealing with standard-essential patents and the ‘fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory’ defence. The size and experience of Grünecker’s litigation group place it in a strong position to conduct litigation in the future Unified Patent Court which, once established, will likely require large teams that can handle complex litigation projects.
The team also handles litigation cases involving cross-border issues. Grünecker instructs and guides firms in jurisdictions throughout Europe. Clients from around the world seek the firm’s advice when it comes to asserting rights against infringers and counterfeiters. Grünecker handles numerous border-seizure proceedings every year, involving owners of valuable trademarks and designs.
In the area of soft intellectual property, Grünecker represents renowned trademark owners and designers, and asserts clients’ rights throughout the German and European courts and trademark offices. Grünecker is one of the most active soft IP litigation firms in Europe.
Grünecker’s attorneys at law also assist in licensing negotiations and advise on IT and data protection-related issues, as well as design law. The firm provides strategic advice in all areas of IP law.
Grünecker’s clients range from global corporations to renowned mid-sized companies and innovative start-ups. For all of them, the firm works worldwide with colleagues and international firms. Grünecker has patent attorneys admitted in France and Spain and is therefore in a position to advise on IP issues in those countries as well. From its Paris office, Grünecker serves the French market. It also employs Chinese and Japanese patent attorneys who not only know the European IP system, but also the legal system, culture and language of their home jurisdiction.
Grünecker continues to be highly recommended in rankings.
Bernd Allekotte, Partner
Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Paris
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