The protection of utility models is similar to that of patents, but the purpose of utility model protection is to serve the need for protection of smaller enterprises and of technical inventions which do not quite meet the criteria for patent protection. Utility models are particularly common in relation to agricultural instruments, furniture construction and household articles.
Utility model rights are obtained in Denmark by;
- filing a Danish national application directly, or
- filing an application in Denmark based on an international application.
A utility model registration is valid for 3 years from the date of application and may be renewed for a further 2 periods of 3 and 4 years respectively. The maximum length of protection for a utility model is thus 10 years.
Utility models are registered by the Danish Patent and Trademark Office.
Find more information about utility models on the website of the Danish Patent and trademark Office.