IP Law

The Danish Patent and Trademark Office is the authority responsible for developing Denmark's IP legislation and policy in relation to patents, utility models, trademarks and designs.
We are working with the aim to ensure an accessible and efficient system for protection of intellectual property rights in Denmark and internationally.

Law

Here is an overview of the Danish and International legislation on intellectual property rights, classified according to the type of rights, that is patent, utility model, trademark and design.

Patent

Laws

The Consolidate Patents Act

Consolidate Act No. 90 of January 29, 2019

The Unified Patent Court etc. Act

Act No. 551 of June 2, 2014 (This act is not in force)

The Consolidate Secret Patents Act

Consolidate Act No. 107 of January 24, 2012

The Consolidate Act on Employees' Inventions

Consolidate Act. No. 104 of January 24, 2012

Orders
Orders on International Agreements

Trademarks

Law
Orders
Orders on International Agreements
The Faroe Islands and Greenland (Not available in English)

Design

Law
Orders
Orders on International Agreements

Treaties and Regulations

The TRIPS Agreement

Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.

The purpose of the TRIPS Agreement is to harmonise the protection of intellectual property rights. The TRIPS Agreement contains minimum standards for each WTO member state's protection of intellectual property rights including copyrights and related rights, trademarks, geographical indications, industrial designs, patents, layout designs (topographies) and trade secrets.

 

The Paris Convention

Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property of 1883.

The Paris Convention is a global agreement from 1883. The agreement establishes basic rules in regard to patents, utility models, designs, trademarks etc and including the principle of priority.

 

WIPO-Administered Treaties

World Intellectual Property Organization

 

WIPOLEX

Database of IP laws and regulations in the WIPO Member States.

The Patent Cooperation Treaty

The Patent Cooperation Treaty regulates an international cooperation in relation to the grant of patent rights. The international patent system is administered by the World Intel-lectual Property Organization (WIPO).

 

The European Patent Convention

The European Patent Convention (EPC) regulates a European cooperation in relation to the grant of patent rights. The European patent system is administered by the European Patent Organisation (EPO).

 

The Patent Law Treaty

The purpose of the Patent Law Treaty is to harmonize and simplify the formal patent ap-plication procedures.

 

The Madrid Protocol

Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks of 1989.
The Madrid Protocol regulates an international cooperation in relation to registration of trademark rights. The international trademark system is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

 

The Community trademark

Counsel regulation (EC) No 207/2009 of 26 February 2009 on the Community trade-mark.

The regulation regulates the European Communities’ common system for trademark rights. The system is administered by the Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM).

 

The Nice Agreement

Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks.

The Nice Agreement is an international convention on the classification of trademarks rights.

 

Trademark Law Treaty

Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks.

The purpose of the treaty is to harmonize and simplify the formal application procedures for trademark rights.

 

The Geneva Act

The Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs of 1999.

The Geneva Act regulates an international cooperation in relation to registration of design rights. The International design system is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

 

Community designs

Counsel regulation (EC) No 6/2002 of 12 December 2001 on Community designs.

The regulation regulates the European Communities’ common system for design rights. The system is administered by the Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM).

 

The Locarno Agreement

Locarno Agreement Establishing an International Classification for Industrial Designs.

The Locarno Agreement is an international agreement on the classification of design rights.