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IP Law & Policy


Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO) is the official representative of Denmark acting on behalf of the Danish Government regarding all aspects of IP legislation and policy - nationally and internationally.

DKPTO's Policy and Legal Affairs Department is responsible for developing Denmark's IP legislation and policy in relation to:

  • Patents

  • Utility models

  • Trade marks

  • Designs

The role of DKPTO with regard to Danish IP policy and legislation can be seen on the following organizational diagram.

We are mandated to negotiate and make decisions in all matters related to these types of IP rights on behalf of the Danish government. This makes us Denmark's key player in IP legislation and policy making.

We work with our colleagues in the Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, the Prime Minister's Office and external stakeholders on providing policy advice to the Danish ministers.

National IP Policy 

The possibility of protecting knowledge is an essential prerequisite for many companies’ research, development and innovation. We work to give companies the best possible starting point for earning money on their knowledge by protecting it or trading it.

Regarding enterprise policy we continuously work with political initiatives, often in connection with the Danish Government’s work on new strategies. As part of these strategies we work on identifying and analysing the latest trends in Denmark within IPR and companies’ usage of IPR. Besides daily input from companies and individuals concerning the challenges they are facing, we also keep up to date with the development in foreign companies’ usage of IPR as well as the latest international trends in IPR. This knowledge is used in the department for enterprise policy to develop initiatives which can help Danish companies meet the challenges in the IPR area.

Read more about our national work and how IP contributes to growth

International IP Policy

We work to secure an efficient system for protection of intellectual property rights at reasonable costs both at the national and the international level. 

Read more about how we influence the international IPR scene


If you have any questions or if you would like to know more, please do not hesitate to contact Director of DKPTO's Policy and Legal Affairs Department, Mrs. Anne Rejnhold Jorgensen.