Why change the name?

The reason is first and foremost to accommodate Icelandic industry and businesses since The Icelandic Patent Office can be misleading for customers and other parties involved.

The new name further illuminates how the office operates since the previous name exclusively embraces patents while the new name describes intellectual property in general.

Other patent and trademark offices have recently changed their name to embrace intellectual property in general. For example, The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), United Kingdom (UKIPO), Australia (IP Australia) and Hungary (HIPO).

The law will take effect July 1st, 2019. The name will be changed in the Patents Act No 17/1991 and in other laws referring to the Patent Act.

The change is exclusively regarding the name, not the role or how the office operates. The domain will change to www.isipo.is and e-mails will be name@isipo.is on the date of the change.


The role and how the office operates will not change. Furthermore, address and phone number will remain the same.

No, the change won't affect registered trademarks, designs or patents. The change will not affect applications, the application process or rights.

No, copyright will still appertain to the Ministry of Education. However, everyone is welcome to the office to learn more about intellectual property in general, including copyright.

The Icelandic Intellectual Property Office will be changed to Hugverkastofan in Icelandic and the domain will be www.hugverk.is

About the office

The Icelandic Intellectual Property Office (ISIPO) is a government agency under the auspices of the Minister of Industries and Innovation. The Office was established on 1 July 1991 and assumed responsibility for the patent and trademark department of the Ministry of Industry. The Office's organization and scope of operation is defined by Advertisement No 187/1991 and Regulation No 188/1991. The Office's role is to be responsible for issues relating to patents, trademarks, design protection, municipal emblems and other comparable rights as provided for by law, regulations and international agreements on the protection of intellectual property rights in the field of industry. The Office is under obligation to provide private persons, institutions and commercial undertakings with information and consultancy services on matters pertaining to intellectual property rights in industry. Moreover, the Office is under obligation to ensure that information on new technology and knowledge protected by intellectual property laws is made available to the public.

Contact info

For general enquiries regarding the name change:

Please contact the office via e-mail: nafnabreyting@hugverk.is or phone: +354 580 9400.


For media enquiries: 

Please contact Jón Gunnarsson, Communication Manager, directly via e-mail: jon@hugverk.is or telephone: +354 848 4847.