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Prof. Dr. Peter Chrocziel


Peter Chrocziel is a Partner in the Intellectual Property/IT practice in Munich. He heads the patent litigation group in Germany.



Antitrust, competition and trade
Intellectual property and information technology


Few IP lawyers can match Peter Chrocziel for experience and technical ability.

With more than 25 years’ experience in all aspects of IP work, he’s a much sought after adviser to major international companies in dynamic sectors such as technology and pharmaceuticals. They know he can help them maximise their return from IP, be it through licensing or enforcement.

Regularly cited in top lawyers’ listings, Peter is an acknowledged expert on the IP and antitrust interface. He was named a member of IAM 250 - A guide to the world's leading IP strategists and is a member of the IP Hall of Fame Academy.

US clients appreciate Peter’s experience and knowledge of US law, and his ability to bridge differences between different jurisdictions. They and other clients also benefit from the dedicated client support that Peter and his team provide.

Peter is a professor at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Bavaria, where he teaches patent, trademark and competition law. In 2006 he served as President of the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI), an organisation with more than 12,000 members worldwide.

At present he is managing partner for the Munich office.

‘The “brilliant” Peter Chrocziel is a patents and IT expert.’
Chambers UK 2012
‘Peter Chrocziel has an “immense reputation” and is an “authority on licensing, with deep international and domestic experience from work with many big clients”.’
IAM Licensing 250 2010/2011
‘One of Germany’s most experienced and revered experts, Peter Chrocziel makes frequent appearances in high-stakes litigation.’
IAM Patent 2000 2012
‘Peter Chrocziel is a highly regarded patent litigator, whose clients include global electronics and software companies.’
Chambers Europe 2014
Peter has been declared Lawyer of the Year 2016 by “Best Lawyers” / Handelsblatt for Intellectual Property Law in Germany
Best Lawyers 2015

Career to date

Peter joined the firm in 1989 and has been a partner since 1991.

Qualifications and education

Member of the New York Bar.
Rechtsanwalt, Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Certified Licensing Professional.
Admitted to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Court of International Trade.

Doctor of Law, University of Munich.
MCJ, New York University School of Law.
Law, the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg.

Visiting expert with the European Commission (DG Comp).
Research fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Munich.


German and English

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