International Cooperation

A transparent and well functioning IPR system is a prerequisite when businesses work to gain a strong competitive position in foreign markets. We represent Denmark in a number of international organisations, and we work to streamline application processes and legislation as well as a harmonisation of legislation and practices.

The Danish Patent and Trademark Office strives to improve conditions for Danish companies seeking IP protection in foreign markets and for foreign companies seeking IP protection in Denmark. We work to ensure that IP protection systems are efficient, cost-effective and fit for purpose, and that the IT-solutions developed are smart, intuitive and benefit our users.

Our political work

We exert influence in several organisations, committees and working groups. Below is a few examples of our political work. 

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

We have supported measures to increase quality of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) system, by introducing solutions to overcome language barriers at different authorities. We are also a significant contributor to and partner for WIPO in developing their IT-services to the benefit of users.

European Patent Office (EPO)

We have for years played an active role in working on harmonising key aspects of patent laws. Our aim is to provide our users with a simplified and uniform set of norms to adhere to. We were also among the pilot offices driving an introduction of sharing national search results with the EPO to qualify EPO’s search work.

European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)

We are involved in a number of cooperation projects and working groups such as the group regarding harmonisation of European trademark practice. 

Faster Access to Foreign Markets

The Danish Patent and Trademark Office has been one of the first offices in the world to establish a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programme with other patent offices. A PPH agreement ensures efficient and fast-tracked patent prosecution, providing you with a faster entry to foreign markets.


If you have questions in relation to our international work or regarding PPH, you are welcome to contact Customer Service. If you need more detailed answers, we offer legal or technical guidance from our experts free of charge.