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Apr 04, 2019
IP Office Will Not Accept Division or Merger Requests of Intl. Registration
The Office of Norway has notified WIPO in accordance with new Rule 40(6) of the Common Regulations, which entered into force on February 1, 2019.

Accordingly, new Rules 27bis(1) and 27ter(2)(a) of the Common Regulations are not compatible with the laws of Norway and do not apply in respect of the Contracting Party. As a result, Norway will not present to the International Bureau of WIPO requests for the division of an international registration under new Rule 27bis(1) nor requests for the merger of international registrations resulting from division under new Rule 27ter(2)(a).

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Jul 01, 2011 (Newsletter Issue 9/11)
Trademark Duration Amended
The current Norwegian Trademarks Act, which entered into force on July 1st, 2010, amended the duration of trademarks. The trademark duration is 10 years from application date for applications filed on/after July 1st, 2010 and 10 years from registration date for applications filed before July 1st, 2010.

Source: HÅMSØ PATENTBYRÅ ANS, Sandnes, Norwegen

Jan 01, 2011 (Newsletter Issue 1/11)
Official Fees Changed
The Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry has passed a new Regulations on Fees for the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO). The Regulations entered into force on January 1st, 2011.

Source: Hamsö Patentbyra, Norway and

Jul 01, 2010 (Newsletter Issue 12/10)
Opposition Period Changed
The Norwegian Parliament has approved a new Trademark Act, which extends the opposition period from 2 to 3 months from publication date, effective July 1st, 2010.
Other important changes concern the access to administrative review of the Norwegian Patent Office. For example cancellation of trademarks can be reviewed by the PTO instead of having to proceed with a regular law suit.


The primary legal basis of Norwegian trademark law is the Norwegian Trademark Act, No. 8 of March 26, 2010. The act entered into force on July 1, 2010.
Norway is a "first-to-file" country, and trademark protection is primarily obtained through registration.
However, protection can also be acquired through extensive use, once the mark becomes "well known" within the relevant trade circle. Protection for unregistered marks remains for as long as the mark remains "well known". Norway is a member of the Madrid Protocol.
Nice classification, 11th Edition, updated Version per Jauary 1, 2019
Registrable as a trademark are all distinctive and graphically representable signs, such as words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices, colours or colour combinations, three-dimensional forms, the three-dimensional form of a good or its packaging as well as sound marks, holograms, moving images and any combination of the mentioned signs. Olfactory marks, taste marks and feel marks are theoretically registrable, but no such marks have yet been registered.
The following trademark types are registrable: trademarks, service marks, collective marks.
The application is filed with the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO).
Multiple-class applications are allowed.
Local counsel/representative is not formally required, but a trademark application, including the identification of goods/services, must be filed in Norwegian. Other documents can be in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish or English, but the NIPO will issue office actions, etc. in Norwegian.
A power of attorney is required, if the applicant is reprented by a counsel.
Foreign applicants need a domestic registration for their mark unless
- The applicant is domiciled in a Paris Convention member state
- The applicant is domiciled in a WTO Agreement member state
- The applicant is domiciled in a country which does not require for Norwegian applicants to submit proof of domestic registrations in support of trademark filings in that country.
The NIPO may, theoretically, request evidence of domestic registration in such instances, but does not perform ex officio examination in regard to such filing basis.
The application process includes a formal examination on absolute and relative grounds, i.e. a formalities check and an examination of distinctiveness and conflicting rights in the form of registered trademarks. An application can also be refused on the basis that it is deceptive, or that it includes a protected name.
The processing time from first filing to registration or first office action is normally between 3 and 6 months. Notably, however, there exists a fast-track option that brings the processing time down to approximately two weeks, but this requires use of pre-approved designations of goods.
After registration, the trademark is published in the weekly trademark journal “Norsk Varemerketidende”.
The opposition period is 3 months from publication of registration.

Details regarding the Opposition Period against designation of IR Mark are available in our publication on this topic here
Trademark duration is 10 years from application date for applications filed on or after July 1, 2010 and 10 years from registration date for applications filed before July 1, 2010. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
The grace period for renewals is 6 months after the expiration date of the registration.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
If the trademark has not been used in Norway within 5 years from the final registration date, or if the use has subsequently been interrupted for a continuous period of 5 years, the registration can be cancelled by third parties. Resumed use of a trademark can restore protection, but use during the three months preceding a non-use action will not restore protection if preparations for such use has been initiated after the trademark owner became aware that a non-use action might be filed.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
The official fee for filing a trademark application is NOK 2,900 for up to three classes and NOK 750 for each class in excess of three classes. Registration and publication does not incur any official fees.

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Practical details on licensing procedures, requirements and effectiveness are available in our publication on this topic here.
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Country Index is a free service of SMD Group. We thank the following law firms for their assistance in updating the information provided.

Jul 29, 2019
Bryn Aarflot AS, Oslo, Norway  

Jun 20, 2018
Bryn Aarflot AS, Oslo, Norway  

Apr 05, 2016
Bryn Aarflot AS, Oslo, Norway  

Feb 12, 2015
Bryn Aarflot AS, Oslo, Norway  

Feb 10, 2015
Håmsø Patentbyrå ANS, Sandnes, Norway

Aug 20, 2013
Bryn Aarflot AS, Oslo, Norway  

Jul 24, 2013
Håmsø Patentbyrå ANS, Sandnes, Norway

Aug 17, 2012
Oslo Patentkontor AS, Oslo, Norway

Aug 07, 2012
Håmsø Patentbyrå ANS, Sandnes, Norway

Jul 08, 2011
Håmsø Patentbyrå ANS, Sandnes, Norway
Oslo Patentkontor AS, Oslo, Norway

Bryn Aarflot AS

Kristine Aarflot

Kristine Aarflot
Stortingsgata 8
0161 Oslo
Norway (NO)
Tel +47 4690 3000
Fax +47 2200 3131

Bryn Aarflot was founded in 1947 and is today one of Norway’s leading intellectual property firms. Our clients range from large international companies to individual entrepreneurs, representing all fields of business and industry.

The firm provides technical and legal expertise at all levels on all areas of intellectual property law.

Bryn Aarflot’s professionals draw on their broad range of technical backgrounds and legal experience to serve the needs of the client.

What makes us unique and different from most other IP firms is that as well as being one of Norway’s leading filing and prosecution firms, we also act as litigators. This enables us to offer a full range of services in the IP field.

Bryn Aarflot has regularly been ranked by the renowned, independent publication Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) as the “Norwegian IP Law Firm of the Year,” and is listed in the top tier of MIP’s World IP Survey in trademark, copyright and patent law.

Whether you represent a company seeking Norwegian or international IP-representation, or are looking for an experienced full-service IP-partner for your international business, Bryn Aarflot is here to assist you.

Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO)
Sandakerveien 64
0484 Oslo
Tel +47 22 38 73 00
Fax +47 22 38 73 01
P.O. Box 8160 Dep., 0033 Oslo

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
34, Chemin des Colombettes
1211 Geneva 20
Tel +41 22 33 89 11 1
Fax +41 22 73 35 42 8