Published today, the ISIPO‘s Annual Report 2019 reviews an eventful year for our office. A major milestone in our 29-year history was our name change in July when we changed our name from the Icelandic Patent Office to the Icelandic Intellectual Property Office (ISIPO).
Trademarks in the ISIPO’s database can tell us a lot about the value behind the world’s most popular basketball league. Jón Gunnarsson, Communication Manager, delves into the world of trademarks and basketball.
Over the last decades, industry and business have undergone extensive and fundamental changes. Today, the value and income of companies are increasingly based on intellectual property, innovations and other intangible assets. Jón Gunnarsson, Communication Manager, examines this new reality and what significance could it have for Iceland.
We live in strange times. An unwelcome guest, COVID-19, dominates our lives at this moment, disrupting our daily routines and significantly slowing down the pace of society. However,this sudden increase in spare time may have positive consequences. Article by Sif Steingrímsdóttir, Legal Examiner.
With the new amendments to the Trade Mark Act that will take effect on 1 September 2020, we will see a lot of changes to the trademark system in Iceland. For example: the term "administrative revocation" will be history. In light of that, Hanna Lilja Karlsdóttir, Senior Legal Advisor, looks at the history of the term.
In the uncertainty and turmoil that have characterised the world in recent months, many opportunities can be found. We have all seen how the situation has brought forth fresh ideas, accelerated various kinds of development and, perhaps most importantly, shown us what the human spirit can do when faced with a sudden problem.
Icelandic companies that make intensive use of intellectual property rights contribute 39.6% of the GDP and create 29.2% of all jobs in Iceland. This is one of the findings in the EUIPO and EPO’s report on IPR-intensive industries and economic performance in the European Union, published in September.
On July 1st the name of the Office was changed to The Icelandic Intellectual Property Office (ISIPO). The Icelandic parliament, Althingi, passed a law on the name change on the 2nd of May 2019. The name change is a milestone for the office and will allow us to better serve the needs of Icelandic industry and help promote innovation, research- and development.