EU grant scheme for the protection of IP rights

The European Commission and EUIPO support a 20 million Euro grant scheme to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to protect their Intellectual Property Rights. The “Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund” is aimed at businesses that wish to develop their IP strategies and protect their IP rights at a national, regional or EU level. The program covers inter alia trademark application and design application fees (50% off trademark and design basic application fees up to Euro 1.500). It also covers IP pre-diagnostic services (IP scan). The programme started on 11/01/2021. 5 application windows will open until 30/09/2021. This is a great opportunity for SMEs!

More information on the application process and eligibility can be found here.


Lecture on the occasion of 5th PAFA-Forum on 20 November 2020

The well-known PAFA-Forum will take place for the 5th time on 19/20 November 2020. The series of seminars focuses on the work of paralegals that are active in the area of trademark law, design law and patent law. On 20 November 2020, Dr. Ulrike Grübler will hold a lecture that covers recent developments regarding the registrability of trademarks. The lecture will cover current jurisdiction regarding the distinctiveness of trademarks, the requirements for colour marks and application strategies for slogans.

Further information can be gained here. You can register for the event directly via FORUM-Institut.

Where: Heidelberg
When: 19/20 November 2020 

The lecture on 20 November 2020 will focus on the following topics:  

  • News on the distinctiveness of word marks
  • Device marks with a descriptive meaning?
  • Update on the registration of colour marks
  • Registrability of slogans as trademarks.
  • Non-traditional trademarks (position trademarks, multimedia trademarks)


Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt recommends Dr. Ulrike Grübler

Ulrike Grübler has been included again into the circle of the most renowned German lawyers for Intellectual Property. The ranking has been conducted for the German newspaper Handelsblatt. It is based on a comprehensive peer-to-peer survey amongst lawyers which are asked for the reputation of their colleagues. The result is a list of recommendations named “Germany’s Best Lawyers”.

The American publishing house Best Lawyers has a reputation to be the US market leader for rankings in the legal market. It has been publishing lawyers’ rankings in the US for more than 25 years. The German ranking of Best Lawyers and Handelsblatt has now been published for the 12th time. It features German lawyers in more than 60 areas of expertise. Among the evaluated specialized areas is also Intellectual Property.

An overview of the results of the survey as well as the named lawyers can be found under the following link.


Intellectual Property Law Firm ERLBURG launches

The new Intellectual Property law firm ERLBURG has launched in Berlin as of March 2020. ERLBURG advises on all aspects of Intellectual Property Law with a focus on Trademark, Design, Unfair Competition and Copyright Law. Besides litigation in these areas the firm focuses on Brand Portfolio Management, advises on Copyrights including licensing and in relation to Anti-Piracy.