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Patents, Utility Models and SPCs

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Patents

A Danish patent application is a good starting point if you want to protect your invention internationally.  With first search an examination completed within 6-7 months you can quickly secure a provisional right to your invention.

How to apply for a patent?

You can submit your application either online via eOLF, via e-mail or by ordinary post. We recommend that you use the patent application form to ensure an efficient examination process. See our information on secure e-mails.

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Price

The basic fee for a patent application is DKK 3,000. VAT will not be added to this fee.

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Examination of your patent application

Both a novelty search and a patentability examination are performed when examining the patent application and you will receive the first evaluation within 6 to 7 months of the date of filing. If the invention is patentable, the patent will be granted after approximately 1-3 years.

Patent abroad?

After filing the Danish application, it is possible to proceed with the patent application internationally, either as an international application (PCT), European application (EP), or filing in another country with priority from the Danish application. Such applications must be filed within 12 months of the date of filing the application. 

Guide on how to apply for a European patent

The Danish Patent and Trademark Office is PCT Receiving Office (RO), and via Nordic Patent Institute (NPI) also International Search Authority (ISA). You can submit your international patent application online via eOLF or via ePCT.

International application (PCT) via eOLF 
International application (PCT) via ePCT

Validation of EP patents 

You can submit your request for validation of an EP patent electronically, via e-mail or ordinary post. Request for validation requires representation by a European Patent Attorney (EPA). 

Utility models

In Denmark, an exclusive right to a creation may be obtained through the filing of a utility model application with the Danish Patent and Trademark Office. A utility model is faster and cheaper to obtain than a patent. This can be handy if you want to protect minor inventions or if you do not need a long term protection of your invention. 

How to apply for a utility model

You can submit your utility model application by e-mail or ordinary post. We recommend that you use the utility model application form to ensure quick processing. See our information on secure e-mails.

Read about the requirements for utility model protection 

Price

The basic fee for a utility model application is DKK 2,000. VAT will not be added to this fee.

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Registration of your utility model

Utility models can be registered for products, apparatuses and applications. If the utility model application meets the requirements of the Consolidate Utility Model Act, the utility model application will be registered within 2-3 months. You may request an examination to establish whether the creation is new and differs distinctly from the prior art and you will receive the first evaluation within 3 to 4 months from the date of filling the application. If such an examination is not requested, the utility model will be registered without examination.

Utility model protection abroad?

After application, it is possible to proceed with the utility model application internationally, either as an international application (PCT), European application (EP), or filing in another country with priority from the Danish application. Such applications must be filed within 12 months of the date of filing the application.

Supplementary Protection Certificates

Supplemental Protection Certificates (SPCs) play a unique role in extending the period of exclusivity of a patent to a possible overall maximum of 15 years from the time the medicinal or plant protection product first obtained a marketing authorisation. The Danish Patent and Trademark Office examines SPC applications and paediatric extension applications.

How to apply for a supplementary protection certificate

You can submit your application for a supplementary protection certificate via e-mail or ordinary post, using one of our forms. See our information on secure e-mails.

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Price

The basic fee for a supplementary protection certificate application is DKK 3,000. VAT will not be added to this fee.

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Supplementary protection certificates

Supplementary protection certificates are rights that serve as an extension to a patent right. They apply to specific pharmaceutical and plant protection products that have been authorised by regulatory authorities. The maximum duration of the certificate is five years. 

Paediatric extensions

Pharmaceutical products authorised in the EU with the results of studies from a paediatric investigation plan included in the product information, are eligible for an extension of their supplementary protection certificate by six months. 

 

Need an overview of forms and filing options?

We have collected all forms and filing options to give you a quick overview and easy access.

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