Culture, language and awareness of national industries are significant factors

Espen Hov, European Patent Attorney, Protector IP Consultants AS

- Nordic Patent Institute is frequently chosen as the Authority for international search and examination by me and several of my colleagues. Even though we like to support local search and examination skills, the close vicinity in culture, way of thinking, language and not least the awareness of national industries are more significant factors in favour of Nordic Patent Institute. Timeliness and less bureaucracy are other positive factors.

- For subsea petroleum technology, neither the EPO countries, except UK, nor Sweden are significant markets.