Curriculum vitae Prof. Dr. jur. Christoph Ann, LL.M.

Present Position

Full Professor of Law   Munich Technical University, Chair for Corporate & IP Law   
Managing Board Member   Munich Intellectual Property Law Center -  


1994-1998   Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Faculty of Law, FRG Habilitation
1989-1992   OLG (Ct. of Appeals) Nürnberg, FRG Bar Examination
1988-1990   Universität Bayreuth, Faculty of Law, FRG Dr. iur. (Ph.D.)
1987-1988   Duke University, School of Law Master of Laws (LL.M.)
1983-1987   FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Faculty of Law, FRG Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)
1972-1981   Emil-von-Behring Gymnasium, Spardorf, FRG Abitur (A-Levels)





2018   nominated to Federal Judge Selection Committee as candidate for Judgeship at German Federal Court of Justice – declined in favour of staying in academia  

Stays as Visiting Scholar, Anton Mostert Chair of Intellectual Property, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

2017     Visiting Professor, University of Queensland, T.C. Beirne School of Law, Brisbane, Australia      

Stays as Distinguished Guest Professor (Global) by Keio University Graduate School of Law, Tokyo, Japan

2017-date   Member of presidency of the VPP (Association of Intellectual Property Professionals)    
2015       Visiting Scholar, University of Cape Town, Center of Mercantile Law, IP Group, Cape Town, South Africa  
2015-date   Adjunct Professor at George Washington University Law School, Washington D.C.      


  Adjunct Professor at LaTrobe University, School of Law, Melbourne, Australia  

2013 & 2015

  Faculty Member, GWU Summer IP Law Program Munich  
2013   Visiting Professor, University of Washington Law School, Center for Advanced Studies and Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP), Seattle (USA)  
since 2013  

Organizer, Munich International Patent Law Conference at German PTO’s DPMA-Forum with on average 150 participants from 25 countries; supported by German PTO, Bavarian Ministry of Justice, EPO, German Patent Attys’ Bar

2013-date   Board Member, Licensing Executive Society (LES) Germany  
2012-2020   Member of Association Suisse de l’Arbitrage (ASA)  
2011-2019   Member of Austrian Arbitration Association (ArbAut)  
2011-date   Appointed Chairman of the Nuremberg Chamber of Commerce Standing Merchants’ Arbitral Tribunal  
2010-date   Member of German Arbitration Institution (DIS)  
2008-date   Scientific member of the Bavarian American Academy (BAA)  
2008-date   Neutral at WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center  
2007-2017   Visiting Professor, La Trobe University School of Law and Management, Melbourne (Australia)  
2005-date   Board Member, German Association of Patent Engineers and Patent Attorneys (VPP)  
2005   Visiting Professor, Duke University School of Law, Durham (USA)  
2004/2005   Visiting Professor, Andrássy University, Budapest (Hungary)  
2004-date   (governing) Project Board Member, Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC)  
2003-date   Professor of Corporate and Intellectual Property Law, TUM School of Management, Technische Universität München  
2002-2018   Visiting Professor, Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg (USA)  
2002-2006   Professeur Invité, Institut des Hautes Etudes Européennes der Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg (D.E.S.S. “Etudes Germaniques")  
2001-2003   Judge at Mannheim Regional Court (Landgericht Mannheim) IP-Infringement Panel  
2001/2002   Professeur Adjoint, Université Robert Schuman, Faculté de Droit, Strasbourg (MAGISTERE "Juriste d'Affaires Franco-Allemands")  
2001-date   Academic Member, France-Center, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg/Br.  
2000-2003   Professor of Civil and Intellectual Property Law, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg/Br., Faculty of Law  
August 1999   Visiting Associate Professor, Univ. of Oregon, Law School, Eugene (USA)  
1994-2000   Assistant Professor (wiss. Ass.), Faculty of Law, Universität Tübingen  
1993-2001   Attorney at Law and Founding Partner w/ ANN, FAIGLE, KITTEL, Erlangen  
1992-1993   Attorney at Law (Associate) w/ NOERR LLP, Munich  
1988-91   Research Associate w/ Profs. Dres. Heinrich Hubmann and Rainer Hausmann, FAU  
1984-87   Radio Host with stations Radio Neue Welle Franken and Radio Charivari Nuremberg  
1981-82   National Service, German Air Force  


2022   Apointed member of the Free State of Bavaria’s state government’s Ethics Council (Bayerischer Ethikrat)  
2021   Recipient of Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS) Research Fellowship for research on „The problem of profits - How does the quest for PTO profits impact patent quality?”  
2010-2011   Recipient of Kompetenzzentrum Mittelstand (KME) grant for research on „Strategies for Defending SMEs Against IP-Piracy – Trade Secret Protection vs. Patent Protection”  
November 2008   Recipient of Best Teaching Award 2008, Technische Universität München, School of Management (evaluation based)  
2008-2010    Recipient of German Federal Government (BMBF) grant for research on product piracy (ProAuthent)  
2007-2008    Recipient of DFG (German National Research Fund) grant for research project „Defensive Publishing“  
2006-2009   Recipient of German Federal Government (BMBF) grant for research on integration of products and services (HyPriCo)  
November 2006   Recipient of Best Teaching Award 2006, Technische Universität München, School of Management (evaluation based)  
March 2000   Recipient of DFG publication grant   
September 1995   recipient of DFG (German National Research Fund) funding of lecture series at St. Petersburg University of Economics and Finance, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation  
1989-1990   Recipient of Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation full doctorate scholarship  
April 1989   Recipient of German-Academic-Exchange-Service research grant for independent research at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Section of Legal Sciences, Jena, East-Germany, being one of the first West-German scholars in residence at an East-German institution of higher legal education  
1987-88   Recipient of full Rotary Foundation Scholarship for Graduate Studies at Duke University School of Law  



Born on June 12, 1962, in Wolfenbüttel, Germany

Married, 3 children





Modern languages


German, English, French (full working capacity),

Italian, Afrikaans (conversational)