No stay of proceedings in SPC applications
The High Court of Vienna has referred two questions regarding the date of first marketing authorization concerning supplementary protection certificates to the CJEU (C-471/14 Seattle Genetics). Patent holders applying for supplementary protection in Iceland have requested stay of proceedings at the Icelandic Patent Office until a decision has been made in the CJEU case.
The Icelandic Patent Office will not stay proceedings, as it is the office's responsibility to come to a decision on grant as soon as possible.
Iceland joins TMview
As of 24 November 2014, the Icelandic Patent Office has made its trade mark data available to the TMview search tool.
The integration of ELS - IPO is a concrete result of the International Cooperation programme managed by OHIM in collaboration with its international partners.
This last extension brings the total number of offices participating in TMview to 37 and with the addition of more than 47000 Icelandic trade marks, TMview now provides information and access to almost 24,6 million trade marks in total.
New Regulation on fees for patents, trademarks and designs
New Regulation no. 804/2014 on fees for patents, trademarks, designs, etc., has been adopted by the Minister of Industries and Commerce and will take effect on 1 December 2014.
More information about the new regulation are available here.
PPH Pilot programme with SIPO - China
SIPO and the Icelandic Patent Office signed an MoU in June on the piloting of the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH). The PPH pilot programme takes effect 1 July 2014 for a period of two years, with the possibility of extension for another two years.
The pilot programme includes a two-way national PPH route and a one-way PCT-PPH route, namely, for Chinese applicants filing in Iceland.
The requirements for requesting PPH are similar to other PPH pilot projects the Icelandic Patent Office already participates in.
Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH)
The Icelandic Patent Office is pleased to announce that on 6 January 2014, a total of 17 patent offices will be launched a Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) arrangement for both national and PCT-PPH routes.
The aim of the co-operation is to further simplify the PPH process for applicants and coordinate the requirements set for accelerated examination.
Amendments to Regulation No. 477/2012 on Patents
On 25 October 2013 a new Regulation No. 938/2013 was enacted which amends four provisions of Regulation No. 477/2012. For the most part the amendments are minor corrections, apart from Article 96(2), concerning the period of protection of a Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC), which now reads:
The initial date of protection corresponds to the effective date of the basic patent but the final date of protection to the number of days the certificate is valid.
The Regulation as amended is available here.
OHIM signs MoU with Icelandic Patent Office
OHIM has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Icelandic Patent Office.
The agreement was formalised in Alicante between Mrs. Borghildur Erlingsdóttir of the Icelandic Patent Office and OHIM President, António Campinos, both of whom are attending the Plenary Session of the European Observatory on the Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights.
The Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Icelandic Patent Office extended indefinitely
On December 1, 2011, the Icelandic Patent Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), launched a pilot program on Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), enabling applicants, whose claims have been determined allowable/patentable in an application filed in the IPO to have the corresponding application filed with the USPTO advanced out of turn for examination. The same rules apply vis a vis US applicants in Iceland. The parties agreed that the pilot program would last for a period of one year ending on November 30, 2012, but may be extended thereafter.