Registering a trademark in Iceland involves conducting a preliminary search, filing an application, undergoing an examination by the Icelandic Patent Office, and waiting for the publication and potential opposition period. If successful, the registration of your trademark will grant you exclusive rights to use it in Iceland for 10 years, renewable indefinitely. By following this guide and using the resources provided, you can take the necessary steps to protect your brand in Iceland. Make sure to adhere to the requirements and guidelines to ensure a smooth registration process.
Step 1: Preliminary Search
The first step is to conduct a preliminary search to verify that your proposed trademark is not similar or identical to an existing one. The Icelandic Patent Office provides a database for this search. You can access the database at this link: https://www.els.is/en/
Step 2: Application
Once the search doesn't reveal any conflicting trademarks, the next step is to file an application with the Icelandic Patent Office. The application must include a clear representation of the trademark and a list of goods or services to be covered by the trademark.
Step 3: Examination by Icelandic
Patent Office Upon receiving the application, the Icelandic Patent Office will review it to ensure that it adheres to the requirements of the Trademark Law. The office will also determine whether the trademark can be registered or if it infringes upon any existing trademarks.
Step 4: Publication
Once the application passes the examination, the Icelandic Patent Office will publish the application in the Official Bulletin. This step allows third parties to oppose the registration of the trademark if they wish. The opposition period lasts for two months from the date of publication.
Step 5: Registration
If no opposition is filed, or if any opposition is resolved in favor of the applicant, the Icelandic Patent Office will proceed with the registration of the trademark. The applicant will then receive a certificate of registration.
The official fee for filing a trademark application is approximately ISK 44,500 (as of 2023). If the application is successful, there is an additional fee for the issuance of the registration certificate. Please note that these fees are subject to change and it's recommended to check the latest fees on the Icelandic Patent Office website.
The entire process, from application to registration, typically takes between 6 to 9 months, provided that there are no objections or oppositions.
Icelandic Patent Office: https://www.els.is/en/