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Intellectual Property in Denmark

Intellectual Property in Denmark

Updated on Friday 29th September 2017

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Intellectual-property-in-DenmarkForeign investors opening companies in Denmark must know that they have the right to protect their work or trade names by registering them with the Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO). Denmark has a strong legislation related to the protection of intellectual property (IP), including a patent box which enables companies and individuals to benefit from special tax rates or deductions related to the use of intellectual property.

Our Danish lawyers can offer information on the legislation related to intellectual property.

What are the main laws governing intellectual property rights in Denmark?

It is important to know that Denmark has a local legislation protecting companies and citizens or residents registering copyrights, trademarks or patents with the DKPTO, but it has also adhered to various international treaties which provide for the extension of IP rights in other countries.

The most important local laws related to IP in Denmark are:

  • -          The Consolidate Patents Act;
  • -          The Consolidate Designs Act;
  • -          The Consolidate Trademarks Act;
  • -          The Consolidate Utility Models Act;
  • -          The Consolidated Act on Copyright.

Denmark is also a signatory member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) treaties and of the Vienna Agreement Establishing an International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks, among others.

Our lawyers in Denmark can offer information on the international treaties related to the protection of intellectual property.

How can intellectual property be protected in Denmark?

Based on the laws mentioned above, a Danish company or an individual can register trademarks, patents, utility models or copyrights related to their work with the Patent and Trademark Office. In order to do that they must file a set of documents with the Office depending on the intellectual property they want to protect.

They must prove their work is original. Also, the rights over the property registered with the DKPTO are:

  • -          70 years after the creator’s life in the case of copyrights;
  • -          10 years in case of trademarks;
  • -          from 5 to 25 years in the case of designs;
  • -          up to 20 years in the case of patents;
  • -          3 years in the case of utility models.

For more information on the legislation related to intellectual property, please contact our law firm in Denmark. Please keep in mind that we can also help you open a company in Denmark.

 

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