Intellectual property rights and the protection of intellectual property is substantially dependent on international co-operation. Iceland is party to a number of international agreements in this field.
Active participation in the international arena enables the Icelandic Patent Office to keep up with changes and to have an influence on the development of intellectual property rights in the future.
The principal international bodies in the field of intellectual property rights of which Iceland is a member are:
- World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
- The European Patent Office (EPO)
- The Nordic Patent Institute (NPI)
International agreements in the field of intellectual property rights to which Iceland is party:
- The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property
- The Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement
- Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
- The Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs
- European Patent Convention (EPC)
Moreover, Iceland, as a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), has adapted Icelandic legislation to the provisions of TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights). Furthermore, the Agreement on the European Economic Area, together with additions, has led to several legislative amendments in Iceland to accord with the Directives and Regulations of the European Union.