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How to file a utility model

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. The exclusive right applies from the date of filing the utility model application onwards for up to 10 years.To obtain a utility model for a creation, the creation must:
  • Be new (global novelty)
  • Differ distinctly from the prior art
  • Be industrially applicable

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. The applicant may request an examination to establish whether the creation is new and differs distinctly from the prior art. If such an examination is not requested, the utility model will be registered without examination.
Hereafter, it becomes possible for the applicant 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.

The utility model application will be registered within 2-3 months. If the utility model application is examined for novelty and inventive step, the applicant will receive the first evaluation within 3 to 4 months from the date of request.


The basic fee for a utility model application is DKK 2,000. The price list of the Danish Patent and Trademark Office includes information about other fees related to utility models.

VAT will not be added to the above fee.


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Find the application form here