Peter Chrocziel

Prof. Dr.

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.

Attorney-at-Law (Rechtsanwalt), Attorney-at-Law (New York), Partner

Bureau: Munich

Langues: German, English

+49 89 928 05-221


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What I love about my job: You need to have both an overview of the big picture and attention to all of the details. This is what makes counseling and representing clients effective and, in the end, successful.



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.

2018 - aujourd'hui

Partner at BARDEHLE PAGENBERG in Munich, Germany


Certified Licensing Professional

1997 - aujourd'hui

Professor at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, for patent, trademark and competition law


Licensed to practice at the United States Court of International Trade


Licensed to practice at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC)

1989 - 2018

Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (and its respective predecessor law firms)

1987 - 1989

Attorney-at-law at Preu Bohlig in Munich, Germany


Visiting Expert at the European Commission, DG Competition

1986 - 1987

Foreign Associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering in Washington D.C., USA


Licensed to practice as an attorney-at-law at the Supreme Court New York, USA

1985 - 1986

Master of Comparative Jurisprudence at New York University, USA

1983 - 1985

Doctoral thesis at Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany


Licensed to practice as an attorney-at-law


Second State Law Examination

1980 - 1983

Practical legal training at the Higher Regional Court of Nuremberg, Germany


First State Law Examination

1976 - 1980

Legal studies at Friedrich-Alexander University, Nuremberg-Erlangen, Germany