The Icelandic Intellectual Property Office (ISIPO) is a government agency under the auspices of the Minister of Industries and Innovation. The Office's organisation and scope of operation are defined by Advertisement No. 187/1991 and Regulation No. 188/1991. The Office is responsible for issues relating to patents, trademarks, design protection, municipal emblems and other comparable rights as provided for by law, regulations and international agreements on the protection of intellectual property rights in the field of industry.
ISIPO is under obligation to provide private persons, institutions and commercial undertakings with information and consultancy services on matters pertaining to intellectual property rights in the industry. Moreover, the Office is under obligation to ensure that information on new technology and knowledge protected by intellectual property laws is made available to the public. The ISIPO‘s Gazette (”ELS-tíðindi”), publishes advertisements and announcements relating to applications and registrations in the field of patents, trademarks, municipal emblems and design. The Gazette is published in electronic format and appears on the 15th of each month on the Office's website
Since 2006, ISAC (Icelandic Board for Technical Accreditation) has been operating within the ISIPO. ISAC is an independent department and the scope of operation is defined by Act No. 24/2006.
See organisational chart below.
The ISIPO has 38 employees situated at the office in Reykjavik. Our employees have various educational backgrounds and extensive knowledge in all areas of intellectual property law. With our combined expertise, we work to increase business owners' awareness of how they can use intellectual property rights as a strategic business tool, in order to increase the value of their business and strengthen their competitiveness.
The Icelandic Intellectual Property Office is committed to providing good and competent services. ISIPO is quality certified according to the international standard ISO 9001-2015. By employing an active quality management system, the Office seeks to meet the expectations and needs of customers and interested parties, as well as those of employees, through harmonisation and improvements in the work of the Office.
A vital part of the standard is to communicate with customers and if possible, to adjust services to their needs. Customer surveys are conducted every three years. The results provide information on how customers value our business and performance and help us to improve our overall performance. All processes are documented, in order for the employees to know what is expected of them and what their responsibilities are.
ISIPO Strategic Policy
A revised ISIPO Strategic Policy until the end of 2022 took effect on 1 May 2021 along with a new organisational chart.
The ISIPO Strategic Plan covers all ISIPO operations excluding accreditation. The policy was formed in consultation with ISIPO staff and and other stakeholders in the first half of 2018. It was revised in the early months of 2021.
The ISIPO is official government body responsible for intellectual property in Iceland. It disseminates information and knowledge, and has an active dialogue with society, on matters related to intellectual property rights.
The ISIPO will be a centre of knowledge on intellectual property rights in an IP-driven society. It will be a strong link in the chain of innovation and the economy.
1. Improving the image of the ISIPO and increasing awareness of intellectual property rights.
2. Building an efficient and user-centred customer service.
3. Increasing staff knowledge and disseminating it internally and externally.
4. Creating a dynamic workplace that brings out the best in all staff members.
5. Encouraging a stable and environmentally friendly ISIPO operation.