Facts on the case
On 2 October 2017, under its former name DONG Energy, the company announced that it would change its name to Ørsted in tribute to the Danish scientist Hans Christian Ørsted who discovered electromagnetism in 1820.
Ørsted has been using the name for nearly 100 years through its ownership of the H.C. Ørsted Power Station. When the power station was named in the centenary year of the discovery of electromagnetism, the choice of name was supported by Hans Christian Ørsted’s descendants.
Today, the Copenhagen Maritime and Commercial Court delivered its judgment in the case concerning the Ørsted Group’s right to use the Ørsted name. The action was brought by seven bearers of the Ørsted name. In the judgment, the Copenhagen Maritime and Commercial Court upholds Ørsted’s claim that the company has the right to use the Ørsted name.
Ørsted CEO Henrik Poulsen says:
“We’re very pleased that the judgment of the Copenhagen Maritime and Commercial Court upholds our claim that we have the right to use the Ørsted name. Our use of the name is a tribute to Hans Christian Ørsted, one of the greatest Danish scientists of all time. He discovered electromagnetism nearly 200 years ago and thus laid the foundation for how we produce electricity today.”
Among others, Ørsted collaborates with the Danish society ‘H.C. Ørsted Selskabet’ and the Danish Society for the Dissemination of Natural Science, which was founded by Hans Christian Ørsted, to increase awareness of Hans Christian Ørsted and his groundbreaking discoveries.