Despite COVID-19 and an economic downturn, 2020 saw a 5.2% increase in the number of trademark applications filed by Icelandic entities at the ISIPO. Newly published annual statistics by the ISIPO also reveal that the number of decisions on trademark registrations increased by 47% in 2020 compared to 2019.
- 671 national trademark applications were filed by Icelandic entities in 2020, a year-on-year increase of 5.2%.
- Total number of trademark applications increased by 1.2% in 2020 compared to 2019.
- Total number of decisions* by the ISIPO on trademark registrations increased by 47%. This is attributed to an increased effort on trademark examination at the ISIPO.
- National patent applications by Icelandic entities increased by 8.5% in 2020 compared to 2019. IS-PCT applications increased by 33% over the same period.
- The number of design registrations continue to decrease. Only 84 designs were registered at the ISIPO in 2020, of which nine were national registrations.
The total number of trademark applications increased slightly; the ISIPO received 4,110 applications in 2019 and 4,160 applications in 2020. The number of international applications decreased slightly from 2,893 applications in 2019 to 2,851 applications in 2020. In the light of recent economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic it is especially interesting to see that national trademark applications of Icelandic entities increased by 5.2% on a year-by-year basis (671 applications in 2020 compared to 638 applications in 2019).
These positive numbers are hopefully an indicator of a strength in innovation and marketing in Iceland. It is also interesting to see that among the Icelandic applications this year were many older and established trademarks that were registered for the first time. That is hopefully a sign that established Icelandic businesses are using these challenging times to overhaul their intellectual property management.
There was a substantial rise in the number of decisions* on trademark publications in 2020. 4,010 decisions* were made by the ISIPO in 2020 compared to 2,727 in 2019, an increase of 47%. The biggest increase was in the number of decisions* on international trademarks (Madrid applications). 3,091 international trademarks were published in 2020 compared to 1,783 in 2019, an increase of 73%.
This increased number of trademark registrations can be attributed to an increased effort in trademark examination at the ISIPO that started at the beginning of the year. The ISIPO examined 4,300 trademark applications in 2020 compared to 3,000 in the year 2019. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ISIPO has resorted to increased teleworking. However, this has not had a negative effect on productivity.
The number of trademark renewals increased by 13.2% on a year-by-year basis (3,282 renewals in 2020 compared to 2,900 in 2019). International trademark renewals increased by 10.4% while national renewals by Icelandic entities increased by 20% and foreign entities by 17.3%.
The number of national patent applications dropped by 14.5% on a year-by-year basis. There were significantly fewer national patent applications by foreign entities while applications by Icelandic entities increased by 8.5%.
The total number of national patents granted in Iceland in 2020 was the same as in 2019. Four national patents were granted to Icelandic entities and five to foreign entities.
2020 saw a significant increase in the number of Icelandic PCT applications. 24 IS-PCT applications were filed in 2020 compared to 18 in 2019, an increase of 33%.
For the first time since Iceland joined the European Patent Convention there was a drop in the number of European Patents (EP) validated in Iceland. In 2020, 1,443 EPs were validated by the ISIPO in 2020 compared to 1,502 in 2019, a decrease of 3.9%.
The number of applications for design registration decreased by 27.6% on a year-by-year basis. The ISIPO received 92 applications for design registration in 2020 compared to 127 in 2019. The steepest drop was in the number of international applications for design registrations; The ISIPO received 111 international applications in 2019 but only 74 in 2020. National applications for design registrations increased by two between 2019 and 2020.
2020 also saw a drop in the number of design registrations in Iceland. In total, 84 designs were registered in 2020 compared to 116 in 2019, a decrease of 27.6%.75 international designs were registered at the ISIPO in 2020 while the number of national design registrations continue to decrease. Only nine national designs were registered in 2020.
*With the changes in Icelandic trademark law that took effect on 1 September 2020, trademarks are now published for opposition two months before registration. For that reason, this statistical overview displays the number of decisions on trademark registrations to ensure consistency in how the data is presented before and after the new trademark law took effect.