Timo Minssen – University of Copenhagen

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Timo Minssen

Timo Minssen

Associate Professor

'Forskningsområdet', 'Center for Informations- og innovationsret'
Skt. Peders Stræde 19
1453 København K

Office: Studiegården, 3. sal, 02-3-31
Phone (Reception desk): +45 353-23149
E-mail: timo.minssen@jur.ku.dk

Timo Minssen's research concentrates on IPRs, Pharmaceutical Law & Competition Law with a special focus on the pharma, life science & biotech sectors. His studies comprise a broad variety of legal issues that emerge during the lifecycle of related products and processes -  from the regulation of research and incentives for innovation to technology transfer and commercialization. Timo is a frequent lecturer & speaker on a variety of topics and has published more than 30 articles in leading international journals. In 2012 he published a comprehensive study on the "Inventiveness of Biopharmaceutical Technology under European and US Patent Law" and he is collaborating with Oxford University Press on a book in pharmaceutical competition law.

Main research area

  • Pharmaceutical-, Life Science- & Biotech Law
  • Comparative European & US Patent Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • EU Competition- & US Antitrust Law

Fields of interest

  • Synthetic Biology & Nanotechnology
  • Law & Technology
  • EU Law
  • Medical & Health Law


Research management

  1. CoNEXT - Fertilizing the ground and harvesting the full potential of the new neutron and X-ray research infrastructures (e.g. ESS & MAX IV) close to UCPH (coPI, WP leader and member of the steering committee, 1 PhD student)
  2. Global genes, local concerns: Legal, ethical and scientific challenges in cross-national biobanking and translational exploitation (coPI, WP leader and member of the steering committee, 1 PhD student)
  3. BioSYNergy: Synthetic Biology - towards a Bio-Based Society (coPI, WP leader and member of the steering committee, 1 PhD student and post Doc)
  4. User Generated Law: Re-constructing Law in the Knowledge Society (coPI, WP leader)
  5. Co-supervisor for a PhD thesis and collaborator in a interdisciplinary research project on "Counterfeit Medicines" (in co-operation with the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences)

Internal and administrative tasks

  • Member of UCPH's summer school committee
  • Member of PhD committee (suppleant)

External tasks

  • Member of the steering committee of the Danish Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property


Teaching in PhD -courses

  • Innovation and intellectual property rights in biotechnology- Course for PhD-students, industrial biotechnologists and faculty in biotech patenting and entrepreneurship - organized by the Department of Plant & Environmental Sciences at the Faculty of Science and offered by the University of Copenhagen and Lund University as an collaborative effort.
  • Health Innovation - HealthZup - ideas for the future – new PhD course in innovation developed by the Faculty of Health Sciences at UCPH.  The course is based on the Stanford concept of "Biodesign - The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies”.
  • Information and Innovation law – Methodological Issues – organized by CIIR in cooperation with Professor Dan L. Burk, UC Irvine (visiting professor at CIIR in the spring of 2013).

Supervision of PhD students

  • Jakob Blak Wested - IPRs and Open Innovation in Synthetic Biology
  • Olga Kokoulina - Patents and standard setting. A comparative study of patent abuse in standard setting within the U.S. and European ICT industry
  • Rasmus Borup - Combating counterfeit medicines in the EU and Denmark: The Falsified Medicines Directive and its' impact on stakeholders in the pharma sector.

Selected publications

Selected activities

The Scope of Protection for Biotech-Patents after Monsanto v. Cefetra


IPR's and Biobanks - Barriers for Translational Exploitation?


The CAFC's decision in the "Myriad" gene patenting case: Background, outcome and ramifications


Recent developments in U.S. and European Patent Law & Policy


Pharmaceutical IPR and public health in an era of global challenges


Obama-forslag truer Novo


Juridisk krig for milliarder


Eksplosion af jurister hos Novo


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