Grünecker Patent Attorneys and Attorneys-at-Law

Grünecker is a leading IP firm covering the full range of IP services in all technical and legal fields. Founded in 1924, Grünecker quickly became one of the largest IP firms in Europe and today is home to 85 patent attorneys, more than 50 patent engineers and 33 attorneys at law. The firm is headquartered in Munich and maintains branch offices in Berlin, Cologne and Paris.

Focusing solely on IP law, Grünecker is highly specialised and is consistently one of the most active firms in patent and trademark prosecution, with thousands of new IP rights filed every year. 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 each area, 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. Opposition proceedings make up a significant part of the firm’s prosecution work. The firm handles numerous EPO oppositions and appeals and regularly attends hearings in Munich and The Hague. Grünecker also handles nullity actions before the German Federal Patent Court in Munich.

Another focus area is patent litigation. The firm’s teams, litigators and patent attorneys alike handle disputes in all technical areas, including telecommunications, software, mechanical engineering, electronics, physics, medical devices and life sciences. Over the years, Grünecker has participated in many litigation suits involving antitrust issues, in particular when dealing with standard-essential patents and the ‘fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory’ defence.

The team also handles litigation cases involving cross-border issues throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Through many years of working for international clients, the team understands complex multi-jurisdictional proceedings and is able to fulfil the needs of the clients – no matter where they are located. The team is aware not only of the importance of having full knowledge of the case and its strategic aspects, but also of understanding its background. The firm’s expertise in the area of patent litigation is complemented by its experience in less contentious proceedings such as mediation.

Grünecker is also a leader in the field of soft intellectual property, representing renowned trademark and design owners. The firm asserts clients’ rights throughout the German and European courts and trademark offices. It draws on vast experience gained in countless trademark, design, unfair competition and copyright proceedings. Grünecker’s attorneys at law also assist in negotiating licence agreements, handling border seizures and advising on IT and data protection-related issues.

The firm not only provides first-class legal advice, but is also a strategic partner for its clients ranging from global corporations to renowned mid-sized companies and innovative start-ups. In order to serve its clients wherever needed, the firm has established a global network of IP specialists. Grünecker’s attorneys include professionals admitted in the UK, France and Spain. The firm is therefore in a position to advise on IP issues in those countries as well. From its Paris office, the firm serves the French market. It also employs Chinese and Japanese patent attorneys who not only know the European IP system, but also the legal systems, cultures and languages of their home jurisdictions.

Grünecker consistently ranks as a top-tier firm in legal directories and is highly recommended by clients and peers alike.

Contact details

Grünecker Patent Attorneys and Attorneys-at-Law
Leopoldstrasse 4
Munich 80802

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Other offices

  • Berlin
  • Cologne
  • Munich
  • Paris