Nordic Patent Institute launched in Norway and Iceland

Norway

On the 17th of January, the Norwegian Industrial Property Office held a double celebration to mark both the launching of the Nordic Patent Institute, and Norway's membership of the European Patent Organisation.

The event was attended by about 100 guests, representing the private sector, patent attorneys and government. The directors of the three national patent offices involved in the Nordic Patent Institute were present – Jesper Kongstad (Denmark), Jørgen Smith (Norway) and Ásta Valdimarsdóttir (Iceland), as were the newly appointed director of the Nordic Patent Institute, Niels Ravn, and the EPO president Alison Brimelow.

The event was rounded off with a musical interlude and a tasty lunch.

Jesper Kongstad (Denmark) and Ásta Valdimarsdóttir (Iceland)
Jesper Kongstad (Denmark) and Ásta Valdimarsdóttir (Iceland)
  Niels Ravn (Nordic Patent Institute) and Jørgen Smith (Norway
Niels Ravn (Nordic Patent Institute) and Jørgen Smith (Norway)

Musical interlude

Some of the guests

 

Iceland

On February 22nd, the Icelandic Patent Office held a meeting and reception to present the Nordic Patent Institute to Icelandic patent attorneys, business interests and government representatives.

The directors of the three national patent offices involved in the Nordic Patent Institute were also present on this occasion – Jesper Kongstad (Denmark), Jørgen Smith (Norway) and Ásta Valdimarsdóttir (Iceland), as was the director of the Nordic Patent Institute, Niels Ravn.


From left, Elín Jónsdóttir Head of Patent division, Áslaug Árnadóttir, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Business Affairs, Niels Ravn, Director Nordic Patent Institute, Jón Ögmundur Þormóðsson, Director Ministry of Business Affairs, Einar Karl Friðriksson, Chairman of the Icelandic Patent and Trademark Attorney's Association, Jörgen Smith, Director Norwegian Intellectual Property Office

Jesper Kongstad, Director Danish Patent Office, Sigurður Ingvarsson and Gunnar Örn Harðarsson both from Árnason Faktor.