PPH Pilot programme with SIPO - China


SIPO and the Icelandic Patent Office signed an MoU in June on the piloting of the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH). The PPH pilot programme takes effect 1 July 2014 for a period of two years, with the possibility of extension for another two years.

The pilot programme includes a two-way national PPH route and a one-way PCT-PPH route, namely, for Chinese applicants filing in Iceland.

The requirements for requesting PPH are similar to other PPH pilot projects the Icelandic Patent Office already participates in.

Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH)


The Icelandic Patent Office is pleased to announce that on 6 January 2014, a total of 17 patent offices will be launched a Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) arrangement for both national and PCT-PPH routes.

The aim of the co-operation is to further simplify the PPH process for applicants and coordinate the requirements set for accelerated examination.

Amendments to Regulation No. 477/2012 on Patents


On 25 October 2013 a new Regulation No. 938/2013 was enacted which amends four provisions of Regulation No. 477/2012.  For the most part the amendments are minor corrections, apart from Article 96(2), concerning the period of protection of a Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC), which now reads:

The initial date of protection corresponds to the effective date of the basic patent but the final date of protection to the number of days the certificate is valid.

The Regulation as amended is available here.

OHIM signs MoU with Icelandic Patent Office


OHIM has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Icelandic Patent Office.

The agreement was formalised in Alicante between Mrs. Borghildur Erlingsdóttir of the Icelandic Patent Office and OHIM President, António Campinos, both of whom are attending the Plenary Session of the European Observatory on the Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights.

The Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Icelandic Patent Office extended indefinitely


On December 1, 2011, the Icelandic Patent Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), launched a pilot program on Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), enabling applicants, whose claims have been determined allowable/patentable in an application filed in the IPO to have the corresponding application filed with the USPTO advanced out of turn for examination. The same rules apply vis a vis US applicants in Iceland. The parties agreed that the pilot program would last for a period of one year ending on November 30, 2012, but may be extended thereafter.

Regulation on Patents


Regulation on Patents No. 477/2012 of 21 May 2012 is now available in English translation on our website.

New Patent Regulation No. 477/2012 in force


On 21 May, 2012 a new Icelandic Patent Regulation entered into force as published in “Stjórnartíðindi” on 5 June. The new regulation combines the rules of former Patent Regulation No. 574/1991 and Patent Advertisement No. 575/1991, which were repealed on the same date.

The Articles of the Regulation were updated and put in line with the current practice of the Icelandic Patent Office (IPO) with specific emphasis on clarity and transparency.

The IPO draws special attention to a few changes concerning time limits:

International conference – The Importance of Intellectual Property Rights


Over 160 delegates participated in the conference The Importance of Intellectual Property Rights which took place in Reykjavík on August 18. The conference was held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Icelandic Patent Office. Speakers came from various sources, both Icelandic and foreign, and among them was Mr. Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO.

Change in the tariff of fees for patents, trademarks and designs


Regulation amending Regulation no. 916/2001 on fees for patents, trademarks, designs, etc., as amended has been adopted by the Minister of Economic Affairs.

This regulation, which is placed under the authority of Act 17/1991 on patents(article 68), Act 45/1997 on trademarks(article 65), Act 46/2001 on the design(article 53) and Act 155/2002 on Collective Marks (article 9), will take effect on 1 April 2011.

New Director General at the Icelandic Patent Office


As from October 1, 2010 Ms. Borghildur Erlingsdóttir has been appointed Director General of the Icelandic Patent Office, for the next two years.

The former director, Ms. Ásta Valdimarsdóttir, has been appointed  Head of Operations in International Registries of Madrid and Lisbon Brands and Design Sector at WIPO in Geneva.