According to statistics gathered by the ISIPO, trademark applications in Iceland increased by almost 7% in 2021. However, the number of Icelandic patent applications dropped by 23%. 

  • The ISIPO received a total of 4,287 trademark applications in 2021; a year-on-year increase of almost 7%.
  • This includes 688 national trademark applications from Icelandic applicants which was an increase of 2%.
  • The total number of decisions* by the ISIPO on trademark registrations decreased by 33%.
  • The number of national patent applications decreased by 26% while IS-PCT applications decreased by 52%.
  • Greater amount of national applications for design registration in 2021.

Trademarks

The total number of trademarks filed at the ISIPO increased by 7% in 2021. The ISIPO received 4,287 applications in 2021 compared to 4,107 in 2020. The increase was mainly due to an 11% increase in the number of international trademark applications filed through the Madrid system; 3,012 such applications were filed at the ISIPO in 2021 compared to 2,710 in 2020. 673 national trademark applications from foreign applicants were filed in 2021; a  year-on-year decrease of 9%. However, the number of national trademark applications from Icelandic applicants continue to increase. 688 such applications were filed at the ISIPO in 2021 compared to 673 in 2020; a year-on-year increase of 2%. 2020 also saw a 5% increase in the number of national trademark applications by Icelandic applicants which especially noteworthy in light of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There was a considerable decrease in the number of decisions on trademark publications in 2021. 2,658 decisions were made by the ISIPO in 2021 compared to 4,018 decisions in 2020; a year-on-year decrease of 33%. This was mainly due to a decrease of 45% in the number of decisions on international trademark applications filed through the Madrid system.

The number of trademark renewals decreased by 5%; 3,133 trademark registrations were renewed in 2021 compared to 3,287 in 2020. The number of renewals of international trademarks filed through the Madrid system fell by 1% while the number of Icelandic national trademarks and foreign national trademarks renewed fell by 8% and 12%, respectively.

Patents

The number of national patent applications fell by 26% in 2021. No national patent application by a foreign applicant was received by the ISIPO in 2021 while the number of national patent applications filed by Icelandic applicants fell from 44 in 2020 to 34 in 2021, a year-on-year decrease of 23%.

The total number of national patents granted in Iceland fell from nine in 2020 to seven in 2021. Four national patents were granted to Icelandic applicants in 2021 and three to foreign applicants.

The number of Icelandic PCT applications fell by 52% in 2021; 12 such applications were filed in 2021 compared to 25 in 2020 which was a record year for the number of applications. IS-PCT applications are international PCT applications filed in Iceland where the applicant is Icelandic.

2021 saw a slight decrease in the number of European Patents (EP) validated in Iceland. 1,409 EP were validated in Iceland in 2021 compared to 1,445 in 2020; a year-on-year decrease of 2%. This is only the second time since Iceland became a member of the European Patent Convention (EPC) that the number of validated patents decreased.

Design

2021 saw a surge in the number of applications for design registration in Iceland. 169 applications for registered design were filed at the ISIPO in 2021 compared to 120 in 2020; a year-on-year increase of 40%. This was mainly due to a considerable increase in the number of national applications for design registration by foreign applicants, 79 such applications were filed at the ISIPO in 2021 compared to only four in 2020. The number of national applications for design registration by Icelandic applicants stood unchanged at seven in 2021. The number of international applications for design registration filed through the Hague system fell by 24%; 83 applications were filed in 2021 compared to 109 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.

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