> German FRAND practice – a webinar with RA Prof. Dr. Peter Chrocziel

On 24 November 2020, a one-hour LIDC webinar with our guest Prof. Dr. Chrocziel was held under the title “German FRAND practice – in line with EU law? After a welcoming address by Prof. Dr. Hoeren, our guest spoke about the current case law on FRAND licensing of standard essential patents in front of more than 100 guests.

Prof. Dr. Chrocziel has decades of experience in IP and IT law from advising large international companies. In the course of his work, he has specialised in questions concerning the licensing and judicial enforcement of industrial property rights within the scope of his antitrust advice.

In his lecture, Prof. Dr. Chrocziel first explained the ECJ’s “Huawei v. ZTE” decision from 2015, which is considered a signpost in FRAND licensing. Subsequently, the speaker explained the further development of the FRAND criteria by the jurisdiction of the courts of first instance in Germany. In particular, he addressed questions regarding the license seeker’s willingness to license and problems arising from licensing within value chains. The lecture was followed by a lively discussion with many interesting questions about FRAND licensing.