Agreement on the Establishing of Nordic Patent Institute

Nordic Patent Institute was founded with the signing and subsequent adoption by the member states of the Agreement of the Establishing of Nordic Patent Institute ("Agreement"). The Agreement was signed on July 5, 2006.

The preamble of the Agreement reads as follows:

"The Governments of Denmark, Iceland and Norway (hereinafter referred to as the "Contracting Parties") hereby establish an intergovernmental organisation for cooperation in the field of patents. The intergovernmental organisation shall be known as "Nordic Patent Institute".


The Contracting Parties,

- each having established their own patent offices which currently provide services within the area of patent law and practice, including, but not limited to, the granting of patent rights as well as services pertaining to patent rights;

- desirous that their patent offices cooperate to maintain high quality expertise within the area of patent law and practice for the purpose of supporting and promoting economical growth, innovation and competitiveness in the states which they govern by making available the services of the patent offices for the benefit of industry and commerce, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises;

- desirous to establish an intergovernmental organisation which shall seek appointment as International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority under the Patent Cooperation Treaty with respect to international patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty and shall act as such upon appointment by WIPO's General Assembly;

- desirous that such intergovernmental organisation shall be capable of performing certain search and examination services outside the scope of the Patent Cooperation Treaty [...] "