About us

Imitators follow innovation.

Your inventions are valuable assets. They require comprehensive protection to ensure an adequate return on investment and to prevent unauthorized exploitation by competitors. We support you on both sides of this process with our entire experience.

In case of technical inventions, this starts with describing and generalizing your idea as well as drafting and filing a patent application to obtain patent protection. In case of trademarks and designs, it starts with comprehensive searches regarding third parties’ earlier rights, comprehensive counseling if filing may be recommended, and filing of an application.

It continues with our support in defending your assets against attacks by third parties and enforcing the same against competitors. Whether you are a young start-up or a large corporation, your needs are our priority.

“The team carries out the work quickly and in an extraordinarily well-founded manner. The work performance is of an extremely high quality at all times.” (Client, Chambers Europe 2024)

“The firm’s commercial awareness is one of its biggest strengths.” (Client, Chambers Europe 2024)

“Grünecker is an excellent firm with great partners who are very hard-working.” (Client, Chambers Europe 2024)

“The lawyers understand the in-house mentality and our way of working. They understand our priorities and what the company is trying to achieve, and act accordingly.” (Client, Chambers Europe 2024)

“Grünecker demonstrates a high willingness to get deeply involved in specialist areas. They offer a very good overview in complex proceedings.” (Client, Chambers Europe 2024)

“Hervorragende Zusammenarbeit und Kommunikation mit dem hochspezialisierten Team. Sie liefern strategisch kluge und fachlich herausragende Lösungsansätze.” (Client, The Legal500, 2024)

“Das gesamte Team ist sehr hilfsbereit und stets freundlich, auch in urlaubsbedingten Vertretungszeiten brennt nichts an.” (Client, The Legal500, 2024)

“Sehr gut, sowohl bei Prosecution als auch bei Dispute Resolution. Breit aufgestellt. Wir arbeiten schon seit vielen Jahren mit der ganzen Kanzlei.” (Client, The Legal500, 2024)

“Ihr innovativer Einsatz von Technologie und ihr kollaborativer Ansatz zeichnet sie aus. Potenzielle Mandanten können von diesem hervorragenden Team effiziente und effektive Lösungen für ihre Markenbedürfnisse erwarten.” (Client, The Legal500, 2024)

Who we are

The heart of Grünecker is our international team: We bring together a highly qualified group of professionals from over 37 nations at four locations, in Munich, Berlin, Cologne and Paris. With us, you enjoy the experience of a traditional law firm, the advantages of modern thinking and the benefits of open, honest communication.

Thanks to our set-up, we can react quickly and directly to short-term challenges, adapting to changing circumstances as they develop. With passion and decades of experience, we represent you before various courts and offices, such as the DPMA (German Patent and Trademark Office), the EPO (European Patent Office), the EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office), the UIBM (Ufficio Italiano Brevetti e Marchi), the French Intellectual Property Institute (INPI), the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (OEPM), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), as well as before the recently constituted European Unified Patent Court (UPC).



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We believe…

…that curiosity and creativity are the driving forces behind innovation. We share that curiosity and truly want to understand things to their core. Where others say: “It can’t be done”, we feel the challenge to find the creative solution right for you. This ambition is the reason why our century-old evolution continues unbroken today. Over this whole time, we have never stood on the sidelines, but have always remained at the forefront, shaping the future of IP law then as now.

We share with our clients a fascination for inventions, trademarks and designs: Inventions challenge the known and seek answers for the future, while strong brands and designs signify content to the world.

That’s why we do everything we can to protect and defend your intellectual property – regardless of whether you are an individual inventor, start-up, SME or global corporation.


Our interdisciplinary team of patent attorneys, attorneys-at-law, and experienced professionals in the specialist departments and back office have one thing in common: they are passionate about protecting your ideas and products.


We combine tradition and modernity. Ambition and perseverance are just as important to us as team spirit, diversity and personal development. We want you to feel happy starting work every morning at some of the most beautiful locations in Munich, Berlin, Cologne and Paris – or in your home office – and believe that such happiness is essential to consistently delivering the excellent work on which we pride ourselves, and on which our clients depend.

Our areas of law

Trademarks, patents and designs must confer effective protection in order to be of value for their owner. We support you in protecting your inventions, enforcing your IP rights, and defending your products against IP rights of others.