A patent protects a specific solution to a technical problem. The patent gives exclusive rights for a limited period of time during which you can deny competitors the right to use the same solution for as long as the patent remains in force.

Why apply for patent protection?

Developing a new product often requires large investments. A patent can give you an important competitive advantage because you get the exclusive right to exploit your invention commercially.

A patent gives you a documented exclusive right that can:

  • increase the competitive advantage and improve the opportunity to make money from the invention
  • help you achieve greater market shares
  • help prevent conflicts
  • used as evidence in a conflict
  • enable you to sell or license the invention
  • make your business more attractive to business partners and investors

The Norwegian Industrial Property Office - Patents

Before applying

It is generally a good idea to ensure that no one already owns the right to the same or similar invention. You can do this by using the Norwegian Industrial Property Office´s search engine.

Search - Find patents, trademarks and designs in Norway

You can also order a preliminary search from the Norwegian Industrial Property Office to uncover if the invention can be patented.

Preliminary Search Service – patents

What can be patented?

  • Procedures or methods
  • Technical products
  • Equipment
  • Devices

What is the duration of a patent?

A patent can normally be held valid for up to 20 years, starting from the date on which you submit your application. The patent must be renewed every year by paying an annual fee.

How to apply for a patent?

In order to apply for a patent, you can use the application guide on the Norwegian Industrial Property Office's website. The application guide provides a more convenient application process. You can write, submit, pay and receive your receipt, all in one operation.

Alternatively, you can submit applications for patents to the Norwegian Industrial Property Office via Altinn

You have to pay a fee to have the application processed. See the Norwegian Industrial Property Office website for processing fees.

Fees - Price List for Patents

The application process can be complex. If you have no previous experience with submitting such applications, you should consider getting professional help from a patent agency, for example.

Innovasjon Norge about IPR advisor database (in Norwegian)

The Patent Act (in Norwegian only)

Patent Regulation (in Norwegian only)

International patent registration

A patent will only be valid in the country in which it has been registered. However, there are schemes for applying for patents in several countries simultaneously.

The Norwegian Industrial Property Office - Apply for a trademark in other countries

Appealing against other parties' patents

It is possible to raise a complaint against others parties' patent or patent application. You can obtain more information about this from the Norwegian Industrial Property Office.

Appeal Options

Mortgaging of patents

It is possible to mortgage patents, patent applications and patent licenses in Norway.

Mortgaging of patents

IPR insurance

This type of insurance can significantly reduce the financial risk of legal fees and litigation costs in connection with IPR infringements. Contact your insurance company for more information.

The Norwegian Industrial Property Office - Legal dispute insurance

Employee inventions

Employees generally have the same rights to their inventions as other inventors. However, subject to certain conditions, the Act on employee inventions gives the employer the right to take over an invention. This only applies to patentable inventions. This does not mean that you have to apply for a patent, but the conditions for being granted a patent must be met.

The employer's right to take over an invention is determined on the basis of the employee's duties within the business, and what agreement the employee has entered into with the employer. If an employer wishes to take over an invention, the employee may be entitled to compensation.

The Norwegian Industrial Property Office - Employee Inventions

The Employee Inventions Act (in Norwegian only)

Keep up-to-date through courses from The Norwegian Industrial Property Office

The Norwegian Industrial Property Office offers various courses on how to protect your assets through patent, trademark- and design rights. Most of the courses are free, and many of them are streamed online.

The Norwegian Industrial Property Office - Courses

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