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Intellectual property in Iceland

Intellectual Property

National Organisations
The organization in charge of the protection of intellectual property in Iceland is the Patent Office of Iceland (Einkaleyfastofan) Iceland signed the Paris Agreement regarding the protection of industrial property and the agreement which established the World Intellectual property Organization (WIPO). As for patents, the country adheres to the Munich Agreement for European patents, as well as to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Iceland did not sign the Madrid Agreement concerning the international register of trademarks but adhered to the 1989 protocol , which came into force in Iceland on January 1st, 1997.

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Patent Law 1996
20 years Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Trademarks Act 1997
5 years, renewable Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Design Protection Act 1996
5 years, renewable up to 25 years  
For the author's lifetime and up to 50 years after his death Berne convention For the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
Rome ConventionFor the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Industrial Models
Design Protection Act
5 years, renewable up to 25 years  

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