Peter Chrocziel has more than 30 years’ experience in all aspects of IP and IT law. He counsels large international companies, especially in the technology, automotive and pharma industries, assisting clients to enforce their IP rights.
Peter Chrocziel acts for clients typically in cross-border patent infringement procedures. His clients value his experience and knowledge of US law. He is also an expert on arbitration proceedings in intellectual property and has published in that area.
Peter Chrocziel is also focused on antitrust counselling, whether licensing or court proceedings. He has also advised on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing issues and represented clients in such proceedings.
Further, Peter Chrocziel acts for several clients in their worldwide IP transactional activities. This includes corporate transactions with a focus on intellectual property and information technology, as well as R&D agreements and counselling in complex corporate transactions.
Recommended by practice area guides as a “go-to guy” for both intellectual property and information technology, Peter Chrocziel is recognised as “a high-calibre practitioner” and is regularly listed as a recommended expert for litigation and licensing. He has recently authored books on IP arbitration and IP and competition law. Peter Chrocziel was president of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) Germany for five years and president of LES International from 2005 to 2006. In 2018 he was named IP lawyer of the year for Germany.
Peter Chrocziel is a professor at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg, Bavaria, where he teaches patent, trademark and competition law. He was admitted to the German Bar in 1983 and to the New York courts and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as the US Court of International Trade. Peter Chrocziel is a Certified Licensing Professional.
He approached everyone in a humble and collaborative way. He really brings the message across in a great way.
Chambers Global and Europe, 2020
Peter Chrocziel is a ›very knowledgeable and diligent litigator‹. He is ›one of the landmarks in German patent litigation and has a very high standing with the courts‹.
Who's Who Legal Patents and Life Sciences, 2020
When you’re facing complex IP issues, ›Peter Chrocziel is the attorney you need by your side‹. The licensing thought leader and veteran litigator ›has the sharpest mind, outstanding negotiation skills and an unrivalled international network‹.
IAM Strategy 300, 2019
... familiarity with the US system and deep expertise in complex cross-border technology, pharmaceutical and automotive matters. He is as comfortable in the backroom as in the courtroom, having advised on some extremely significant R&D agreements over the course of his career.
IAM Patent 1000, 2019
Peter Chrocziel is an ›impressive lawyer‹ who commands a top-tier reputation in the region for his stellar performance on litigation in the pharmaceutical sector.
Who's Who Legal Patents and Life Sciences, 2019
Peter Chrocziel is highly experienced in patent litigation proceedings in the technology and pharmaceutical sectors. He acts for a range of multinational clients, and advised an international pharmaceutical business on its enforcement of a portfolio of licensed patents in validity proceedings.
Chambers Global and Europe, 2018
Peter Chrocziel boasts more than 30 years' experience assisting prominent pharmaceutical companies with transnational patent infringement proceedings.
Who's Who Legal Patents and Life Sciences, 2018
Peter Chrocziel war federführend an der Beratung von Genentech in einem Mandat beteiligt, das Patentrecht, Schiedsverfahrensrecht und Kartellrecht kombinierte.
The Legal 500 D, 2018
Sources describe Peter Chrocziel as a ›great litigator‹ and compliment his vast experience. He specialises in patent litigation, and is especially prominent in enforcement proceedings.
Chambers Global and Europe, 2017
Trusted by in-house counsel at some of the world’s most important companies, Peter Chrocziel ›has a sure hand with which to guide the most critical and complex transactional matters‹.
IAM Patent 1000, Intellectual Asset Management
Patent litigation head Peter Chrocziel impresses clients: ›A very fine lawyer – he is knowledgeable, diligent, responsive and has a good judgement. All of the characteristics you like to see in a lawyer.‹
Managing IP (Trademarks / Unfair Competition and Patents)
Peter Chrocziel focuses on contentious and non-contentious IP in the software, communications and IT sectors and is hailed as a ›go-to-guy‹ by contributors to our research.
Who's Who Legal Patents
Peter Chrocziel has ›an immense reputation‹ and is ›an authority on licensing, with deep international and domestic experience from work with many big clients‹. His expertise lies mainly in the telecommunications, IT and software sectors.
IAM Licensing 250
With more than 25 years’ experience, Peter Chrocziel is an ›acknowledged expert‹ in IT law, providing ›high-calibre, dedicated client support‹ to his wide-ranging client base.
Who's Who Legal Internet, E-Commerce & Data Protection
›Few can match‹ the ›brilliant‹ Peter Chrocziel, whose expertise in cross-jurisdictional technology and pharmaceutical matters makes him particularly popular with US clients.
Who's Who Legal, Life Sciences
Peter has been declared Lawyer of the Year 2016 for Intellectual Property Law in Germany
Best Lawyers / Handelsblatt, 2016
Licensing Executives Society (German president 1990-1995, international president 2005-2006)
American Bar Association
Münchener Kommentar, Europäisches und Deutsches Wettbewerbsrecht, Band 1: Europäisches Wettbewerbsrecht, Gruppenfreistellungsverordnungen C. GVO Nr. 1217/2010 (F&E-GVO) (together with Moritz Graf v. Merveldt), Verlag C.H. Beck, 2. Auflage 2015.
Handbuch Mediation, § 39 Mediation im Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz (together with Friedrich R. von Samson-Himmelstjerna), Verlag C.H. Beck, 3. Auflage 2016.
Handbuch des Vertriebsrechts, § 48 Computer und Software, Verlag C.H. Beck, 4. Auflage 2016.
Intellectual Property and Competition Law (herausgegeben mit Moritz Lorenz und Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont), Verlag Wolters Kluwer, 2016.
Lizenzverträge in der Insolvenz, in: Festschrift für Siegfried Beck zum 70. Geburtstag, Verlag C.H. Beck, 2016, S. 63.
International Arbitration of Intellectual Property Disputes (together with Boris Kasolowsky, Robert Whitener, Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont), Kooperationswerke der Verlage C.H. Beck - Hart - Nomos, 1. Auflage 2017.
Münchener Vertragshandbuch, Band 4: Wirtschaftsrecht III, I.2. Vertragsvorbereitende und -begleitende Maßnahmen sowie IX., 1-5 Lizenz- und Know-how-Verträge, Verlag C.H. Beck, 8. Auflage 2018.
Lectures & Seminars
Since 1997 Peter Chrocziel is a Honorary Professor for Intellectual Property at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg, Bavaria, where he teaches patent, trademark and competition law.