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How to Renew a Patent in Iceland?

Renew a Icelandic patent validated through the European Patent Office (EPO):

If your patent is a European patent that was granted by the European Patent Office and then validated in Iceland, you can maintain the patent by paying an annual maintenance fee to the Icelandic Patent Office. The first renewal fee of a patent application is due on the second anniversary of the patent's filing date and thereafter, renewal fees are due on an annual basis. The rules that apply to a national Icelandic patent also apply to a European patent in Iceland. For more information on renewal fees related to the EPO, please visit another one of our articles at this link, here.

For example, if the filing date of a patent is 2017-06-15, and the grant date is 2023-04-25, you will have to settle the renewal fee with the EPO starting from 2019-06-30 onwards until 2022-06-30. From 2023 onwards, you will have to settle the renewal fee with the Icelandic Patent Office.

Renew a national patent with the Icelandic Patent Office:

In order to maintain a patent application in Iceland, a renewal fee must be paid to the Icelandic Patent Office on an annual basis. The first renewal fee of a patent application is due at the beginning of the patent's second filing date anniversary. The renewal fees in Iceland are always due on the last day of the month, in which the original filing date of the application falls.

For example, if the filing date of a patent is 2017-06-15, you will only have to settle the renewal fee on the last day of June starting from 2019-06-30 onwards.

Renewal Fees by Intellectual Property Type

In Iceland, there is one other type of intellectual property apart from patents, which are designs. At PatentRenewal.com, we have all the necessary tools and procedures to ensure that they can be renewed through us.  

Intellectual Property type #1 - Designs

An Icelandic design is valid for 25 years from its filing date. Initially, an Icelandic design is protected for 5 years after which it can be renewed every five years - up to a maximum of four renewals. In order to maintain the protection beyond the initial 5 year period, one will have to pay renewal fees at the beginning of the 6th year in order to extend the protection term a further 5 years. Renewal fees are required with each registered design, even if these are designs of multiple applications. The renewal fees in Iceland will always fall on the last day of the month. If the renewal fee is not paid by the due date, the design will enter a grace period of 6 months. This gives you the time to still renew the design, however, the fee is higher.

Written and edited by the PatentRenewal.com team.
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Patent Renewal Fee Intervals in Iceland

The patent renewal fees of a patent application are due at the beginning of the third anniversary from the filing date.  For further clarification, please refer to the breakdown below.

Patent Year Official renewal fee for patent (ISK)
1
2
3 34,800
4 13,400
5 14,600
6 15,800
7 17,600
8 19,400
9 21,800
10 24,200
11 26,600
12 29,000
13 32,000
14 36,200
15 40,500
16 44,700
17 50,200
18 55,100
19 60,400
20 66,500
Patent Year
Official renewal fee for patent (EUR)
3
490
4
610
5
1090
6
1210
7
1330
8
1450
9
1640
10
1640
11
1640
12
1640
13
1640
14
1640
15
1640
16
1640
17
1640
18
1640
19
1640
20
1640

Iceland patent renewal fees FAQ

When is the first patent renewal fee due in Iceland?
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National patent: The first renewal fee of a patent application is due at the beginning of the second anniversary year from the filing date.

For example, if the filing date of a patent is 2017-06-15, you will only have to settle the renewal fee on the last day of June starting from 2019-06-30 onwards.

Icelandic patent validated through the European Patent Office (EPO): The first renewal fee of a patent application is due on the second anniversary of the patent's filing date and thereafter, renewal fees are due on an annual basis - all of which must be paid to the EPO. Once a patent is granted by the EPO and validated in Iceland, the renewal fee is paid to the Icelandic Patent Office.

For example, if the filing date of a patent is 2017-06-15 and the grant date is 2023-04-25, you will have to settle the renewal fee with the EPO starting from 2019-06-30 onwards until 2022-06-30. From 2023 onwards, you will have to settle the renewal fee with the Icelandic Patent Office.

What happens to an Icelandic patent before it has been granted?
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National patent: Prior to the grant, the Icelandic patent application is in its filing stage. You will have to pay the renewal fee to the Icelandic Patent Office irrespective of whether the patent has been granted or not. The first renewal fee of a patent application is due on the third anniversary of the filing date.

Icelandic patent validated through the European Patent Office (EPO): Prior to the grant, the patent application is in its filing stage with the EPO. You can only begin paying the renewal fees to the EPO from the second anniversary of the patent's filing date and thereafter, renewal fees are due on an annual basis. Once the patent has been granted and validated in Iceland, the renewal fee is thereafter paid to the Icelandic Patent Office.

What are the due dates and payment windows?
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National patent: The payment window in Iceland opens six months before the renewal fees are due. It is important to note that the renewal fees cannot be settled prior to this window opening. This rule is applicable to both national patents as well as to an EP patent in Iceland.

For example, if the renewal due date of a patent is 2022-11-30, you will only be able to settle the renewal fee starting from 2022-05-31 onwards.

Can I renew a patent after I miss a renewal deadline?
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National patent: Yes, it is possible to renew an Icelandic patent after its deadline. If you fail to pay the renewal fee in due time, the patent will move into a 6-month grace period whereby the renewal fees can still be settled. However, when entering a grace period you will incur an increase of 20% to that of the original renewal fees. If you wish to maintain the patent, the (new) total renewal fee will have to be settled within the given 6-month timeframe.

Icelandic patent validated through the European Patent Office (EPO):The rules for missing a renewal deadline for an EP-patent follow the same rules as for national patents.

Do I need assistance from the local council?
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It is not mandatory to make use of a local agent or representative when renewing a patent in Iceland. If you choose not to, you can pay for the renewal by proceeding with a bank or online transfer to the Icelandic Patent Office account. No cash payment will be accepted.

How long do patents last in Iceland?
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In order to maintain an Icelandic patent, renewal fees need to be settled annually with the Icelandic Patent Office. By settling the renewal fees, the patent is guaranteed to last for a maximum of 20 years from the filing date. This rule is applicable to both national patents as well as to an EP patent in Iceland.

How can I contact the Intellectual Property Office of Iceland?

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You can get in touch with the Icelandic Patent Office via email or phone:

Email: postur@els.is

Phone: +354 580 9400

For more information on the renewal process in Iceland, visit the link to their official website. You can search for Icelandic patents here.

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