Timo Minssen

Timo Minssen


Timo Minssen is Professor of Law specializing in legal aspects of biomedical innovation at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH). He is the Managing Director and Founder of UCPH's new Center for Advanced Studies and the Collaborative Research Programme in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL). He is also an LML Research Affiliate at the University of Cambridge, and Inter-CeBIL Research Affiliate at the Petrie-Flom Centre for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. As part-time Senior Advisor at the law firm X-officio Advokat AB, he specialises in supporting research infrastructures and their business partners in legal & governance matters.

Previously, Timo had been Professor of Biotechnology Law at UCPH's Centre for Information & Innovation Law (CIIR), Visiting Research Fellow and Guest Professor at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford (UK), Harvard Law School and at the Chicago-Kent College of Law (US), as well as Max Planck stipendiate at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition in Munich (Germany). Moreover, he was trained in the German Court system (Referendariat) and worked for shorter periods at the European Patent Office (EPO), leading law firms, tech start-ups and for an interdisciplinary epigenetics project as a fellow of the Swedish Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies.

Timo holds a German law degree (Staatsexamen) from Georg-August-University in Göttingen, as well as Swedish biotech & IPR related LL.M., LL.Lic., and LL.D. degrees from Lund University and Uppsala University. His PhD thesis delivered a comprehensive study on the patentability of biopharmaceutical technology in the US & Europe, which received the Swedish King Oscar award. He has also received the Awapatent and Jorcks Foundation research prizes and was a finalist of the Swedish Wallenberg Academy Fellows program. 

Education & Visiting Scholarships

2024TUM Global Visiting Professor, Technical University of Munich (Germany)
2016Visiting Research Fellow, University of Cambridge (UK)
2014Visiting Research Fellow, University of Oxford (UK).
2013-14Visiting Scholar, Harvard Law School (US). 
2012LL.D. - Doctor of Laws (Swedish "juris doktor"), EU/US patent law, Lund University, Sweden.
2007Visiting Scholar with course responsibility, Chicago-Kent College of Law, US.
2005-07Max Planck Stipendiate, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property-, Competition-, and Tax Law, Munich, Germany.
2005   LL.Lic. - Licentiate of Laws, Studies in Molecular Biology & Russian, Lund University, Sweden
2003M.I.C.L. - Master of International and Comparative Law, Uppsala University, Sweden 
2002-03Ref. iur. - "Referendariat", Department of Public Prosecution & District Court, Lübeck, Germany.
2002LL.M. - Master of European Affairs & Suffolk University (US) Summer School, Lund University, Sweden.
2001Juristisches "Staatsexamen" & Dipl. Jur., University of Göttingen, Germany.


2018-Professor of Law, Director of CeBIL, UCPH, Denmark.
2016-17Professor of Biotechnology Law, UCPH, Denmark.
2013-16Assoc. Professor of IP & Innovation Law, UCPH, Denmark.
2009-13Ass. Professor in Intellectual Property Law, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark.
2009Research fellow, Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies (Epigenetics group), Lund   University, Sweden.


Adjunct lecturer in EU-, Competition-, Market- & Intellectual Property Law, Lund University & Växjö University (now Linné University), Sweden.

2007Guest-Professor and course director, Chicago-Kent College of Law, USA.


PhD stipendiate in Civil Law, Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden.

2002-03Rechtsreferendar, State of Schleswig Holstein, Germany.

Part-time employment, internships etc.


Senior Advisor, X-officio, Law firm


Legal counsel in the life science sector, Magle AB, Sweden.

2007 European Patent Office, Munich, Germany.
2002Counsel, camPoint AG, Wiesbaden, Germany.
2001Mannheimer Swartling, Berlin, Germany.
2000Satorius AG, Göttingen, Germany.
1999Lagerlöf & Leman (now Linklaters), Stockholm, Sweden.
1998Landahl & Wistrand (now Wistrand), Gothenburg, Sweden.
1997Müller, Loebell & Ludewig, Jever, Germany.
1996District Court (Jever) & Department for Agriculture (Göttingen), Germany.


  • German (native)
  • English  (full professional skills)
  • Swedish (full professional skills)
  • Danish (limited professional skills)
  • Norwegian (limited skills)
  • Russian (basic)
  • French   (most basic EU certificate)
  • Advanced Latin Proficiency Certificate ("Grosses Latinum")


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