Alfred Köpf

Dr. sc. nat. ETH, European Patent Attorney, Swiss Patent Attorney


  • combines patent expertise with experience in non-contentious and contentious matters
    The Legal 500 2018
  • straddles the line between attorney and academic, prosecuting patents for industrial players and lecturing students
    iam – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2018
  • leading Patent Attorney
    Leaders League 2017 - The Best Law Firms in Switzerland - Patent Prosecution
  • prime pick for prosecution
    iam 1000 The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2017
  • knows biotechnology and organic chemistry like the back of his hand
    iam 1000 The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2017
  • The World’s Leading Lawyers chosen by their Peers
    Expert Guides – Patents 2017
  • Patent star – Switzerland
    Managing Intellectual Property 2017
  • a Chemistry Master
    iam 1000 The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2016
  • his support often proves essential in do-or-die high tech disputes
    iam 1000 The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2015

In his work as a European Patent Attorney, Dr. Alfred Köpf is focusing on biotechnology, organic chemistry, medical technology, process technology, and mechanics.

Dr. Alfred Köpf studied Biology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany and wrote his Diploma Thesis on the Chemical Ecology of Anthraquinones in leaf beetles. He joined the Masters Program in Entomology/Agriculture at the Kansas State University as a Fulbright scholar and came to the ETH Zürich for his PhD thesis on molecular evolution. Before he started his academic career, Alfred Köpf worked for several years as a CNC-lathe-worker and gained thereby practical experience in mechanical engineering. He has been active since several years in the public discussion about patentability of biological inventions (AIPPI Switzerland (Q 150 und Q159), Science et Cité, LES). Since 2003 Dr. Alfred Köpf is lecturing on patents at the Department of Chemistry and applied Biosciences (D-CHAB) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zürich. In 2011, he was elected by the Swiss Parliament to become a non-permanent judge of the newly established Swiss Federal Patent Court.





  • Alfred Köpf, Andrea Carreira
    Discussion Platform: Patenting Procedures in the Pharmaceutical Field

    Life Science Recht Nr. 2, 2018, S. 136 ff.


  • Alfred Köpf, Christian Ebner
    Decision G 1/16 of the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office – Disclaimer III

    sic! 2018, 500 ff.


  • Alfred Köpf, Renée Hansmann
    Paediatric Extension and Paediatric Certificate in Switzerland

    Life Science Recht Nr. 1, 2018, S. 23 ff.

  • Alfred Köpf, Christian Ebner
    Case Law of the Federal Patent Court – Selected Decisions in 2017

    Life Science Recht Nr. 3, 2018, S. 213 ff.

  • Alfred Köpf, Alexander Grosse-Kracht
    Geistiges Eigentum – Der Designschutz

    in: KMU-Magazin Nr. 6, Juni 2016, S. 40 ff.

  • Louis Lagler, Alfred Köpf, Demian Stauber
    Alles klar! - Entscheid der Grossen Beschwerdekammer G 3/14 vom 24. März 2015

    sic! 2015, 476 ff.

  • Christian Hilti, Alfred Köpf
    Patente auf Stammzellen - europäische Ethik und Verfahrenstaktik

    sic! 2009, 462 ff.