Svalbard’s Tale (Norway or No-Way)

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Svalbard (of Svalbard and Jan Mayen fame) is an arctic archipelago portion of the Kingdom of Norway and home to around 2,500 miners, tourism workers, and researchers. Svalbard is also the home of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, an ambitious project to store a massive amount of seeds as a genetic backup plan precluding plant mass extinctions.

Below you’ll find a taste of Norway and Svalbard in the patent world.

Norwegian full text patent coverage is not currently available, with a few search systems offering partial text or bibliographic coverage (as you can see by using our Interactive Patent Coverage Map). Norway’s official Patent Office website provides basic information on patent protection in Norway as well as highlighting that Norway is a member state of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and party to the European Patent Convention (EPC). According to the 2009 year end report: “The Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO) received 3,604 patent applications in 2009.”

A few US patent documents have specifically mentioned research that took place on Svalbard, so let’s touch on those here:

Thanks for joining me on a little patent odyssey to the icebergs of Svalbard…and no taking the seeds!

(…and yes, the title is a reference to The Bard’s Tale)

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This post was contributed by Intellogist Team member Chris Jagalla.

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  1. […] a soft spot for Norway and patents before, covering patents related to Svalbard and Jan Mayen in a previous Intellogist blog post. Patentstyret is the homepage of the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO). One perk for […]

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