GJE has been in Munich, where the EPO is headquartered, since the start of the European Patent system in 1978, reflecting our position as a leading firm of European Patent Attorneys. The office is used by our attorneys when attending oral proceedings or interviewing examiners, as well as for meeting clients and witnesses. It provides a quiet oasis for the detailed and extensive work that is needed when preparing for oral proceedings before the examining and opposition divisions and boards of appeal. Permanent secretarial support is also provided in the office.
The Munich office will allow us to continue to have a full presence in the European Union after Brexit and to support all aspects of our clients’ intellectual property needs (patents, trademarks and designs) within the EU.