The MoU aims to establish formal mechanisms for exchanging ideas and best practices on patent search and examination for the parties in their capacity as International Searching and Examining Authorities under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). It also aims to improve collaboration on Quality Assurance such as on the evaluation of EPO harmonization activities, as well as to align the Parties' interests and concerns regarding the European Patent Organisation/EPO and in other international forums.
The MoU, which was signed in Munich, March 22, 2023, by the Director Generals of all the Nordic patent offices, with Denmark, Norway and Iceland representing NPI, outlines the importance of maintaining competent national patent offices for innovation in the Nordic area, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises.
“The Nordic region is a significant innovation hub delivering global solutions and technologies within a variety of industries. In order to maintain this position in the global competition, strong national IP offices are important for business in the region and for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in particular," states Sune Stampe Sørensen, Board member of Nordic Patent Institute, Director General of the Danish Patent and Trademark Office:
Therefore, I am pleased to see this MoU come into force, taking Nordic cooperation to the next level by strengthening and boosting the cooperation of the Nordic IP offices. By enhancing our cooperation to all of the Nordic countries, we establish a unique opportunity to create a stronger and more strategic approach to the patent system benefitting our Nordic industries.”