Nordic Patent Institute - status after 10 months

The Nordic Patent Institute has now been operational for 10 months and we estimate that the number of applications received will reach 100 by mid-November, a figure which we consider satisfactory.

Two thirds of the applications continue to be filed by Norwegian applicants and one third by Danish. It is a particular pleasure to report that the Institute has now received its first application from Iceland.

It has been important for the Nordic Patent Institute to deliver high quality work already from day one. We believe that this has been achieved, and we have also been able to issue all search reports on time. For this reason, we attach great importance to cooperation with the other PCT authorities in Europe regarding enhancing competencies and harmonising practice.

Looking ahead to 2009, one of the big issues will be the introduction of Supplementary International Searches (SIS) under the PCT system. The Nordic Patent Institute will offer this service from 1 January 2009. We believe that this additional search activity will contribute significantly to the experience and competencies of the examiners working for the Institute. It is important for me to stress, however, that this additional workload will not have any negative impact on delivery times for existing PCT work offered by the Institute.

Read more about the Supplementary International Search