Having graduated in law in Germany as well as in the U.S., Professor Ann holds the TUM School of Management’s Chair of IP Law, the German speaking world’s oldest and largest chair for patents and trade secrets and teaches IP Law at both, TUM and the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC). From 2001-03, Prof. Ann served as a judge on the Mannheim Regional Court’s renowned IP Infringement Panel, and in 2018 was suggested to the German judge selection committee as a candidate for a judgeship at the German Federal Court of Justice. Despite the honor, he decided to have his name taken off the list in order to stay in academia. Prof. Ann often teaches abroad and has done so at eminent universities on all continents. Prof. Ann’s academic focus are Patents & Trade Secrets including Licensing and Competition Law including their respective business environments (IP strategy and IP management). His publications include seven books, among them the German speaking world’s leading treatise on patent law, and more than 150 contributions to books and law review articles. Prof. Ann is a listed Neutral with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, chairman of the Nuremberg Chamber of Commerce’s Standing Court of Commercial Arbitration, and has served as an arbitrator in almost two dozens of arbitral proceedings.