M.Sc. Anja Franke, LL.M.

Admitted to the Bar, Certified IP lawyer

franke@grunecker.de     S/MIME

+49 (0) 89 21 23 50

Office: Munich

Languages: German, English


Anja Franke has been advising her clients for two decades, focusing on trademark, competition and copyright law. In this context, she provides strategic advice on product development and market launch and enforces rights against imitators and other infringers.

Her clients include medium-sized companies and start-ups from German-speaking countries as well as globally active companies, which she represents concerning the registration and enforcement of their rights at the German Patent and Trademark Office and the courts in Germany as well as before the EUIPO, the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Justice.

Anja works across all industries, particularly for clients from the automotive, consumer electronics, mechanical engineering, food & beverage and fashion sectors.

Anja is currently involved in MARQUES’ Anti-Counterfeiting & Parallel Trade Team. She is a member of INTA (International Trademark Association), where she has supervised and co-moderated the annual “INTA/EUIPO Industry Event” at the EUIPO for several years. Anja is now a member of the Commercialization of Brands Committee. In addition, she is a member of GRUR and was a lecturer at the Münster School of Design for several years.

Anja lives in Chiemgau and enjoys spending her free time on the water, in her racing single scull or other rowing boats. She is the chairwoman of the local rowing club.


  • Trademark Prosecution
  • Copyright
  • Competition Law

Key Points

  • Trademark registration
  • Trademark Infringement
  • Copyright Law
  • Design Law
  • Competition Law


  • Studied law at the University of Trier, first state examination 1995
  • University of East Anglia, UK, LL.M 1997
  • Legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf, second state examination 1998
  • Certified lawyer for intellectual property rights
  • Distance learning University in Hagen, M.Sc. (Management)
  • Partner at Grünecker, since 2013

Publications & lectures

Author in The German Trademark Act / Das Deutsche Markengesetz

Author in Praxishandbuch Designrecht, Eichmann / Kur (Hrsg.)
2. Aufl., 2016

Author in Praxishandbuch Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Wettbewerbsrecht, Götting / Meyer / Vormbrock (Hrsg.)
2. Aufl., 2020

Various lectures and webinars

Awards & Rankings

Often recommended; Trademark and design law, Competition law, Tier 3 – Germany
“Always fast and practice-oriented in trademark law advice and opposition proceedings”, Client”, JUVE, 2022/2023

Core Attorney – Trademark Law (Tier 1); Competition Law (Tier 2)
“Anja Franke always gives very clear and business-oriented advice.”, Legal500, 2023

“(…) while the firm’s strong China desk is driven by Anja Franke, among others, who is a central point of contact for clients from the Asian region on matters relating to filing and enforcement strategies within Europe.”, Legal500, 2023

(…) Anja Franke (competition and copyright), (…) are the key contacts.”, Legal500, 2023

Bronze – Germany – Individuals
“Franke has an extensive network of associates in Japan, China and Europe. She represents many top brands in the automotive, engineering and consumer electronic sectors.”, World Trademark Review (WTR), 2023

Leading; Best IP Agencies for Trademark Prosecution – Germany, Leaders League, 2023

Recommended; IP – Trademarks – Germany, Who’s Who Legal, 2023/2024