The Madrid Protocol is a system for the international registration of trademarks, of which Norway is a member.
Norwegian applicants wishing to make use of the system should submit an application to the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO). An application for international trademark registration must be based on an application or registration made in the country of residence.
Those countries for which you wish to apply for trademark protection must be indicated in the application.
NIPO will send the application to WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), which will register the mark and then distribute it to the countries designated. The patent authorities in each country will consider whether the trademark can be registered in the country concerned.
Processing time in each country may vary, but is not normally longer than 18 months. The reason for this is that the regulations regarding the Madrid Protocol stipulate that national authorities have only 18 months in which to refuse registration. If the mark is not rejected within this period, it is considered registered in the country concerned.
Applications must be written in English and must not be hand-written.
If you are applying for international trademark registration, you can use the classification assistant "Goods & Service Manager" available on the WIPO website (World Intellectual Property Organization). WIPO have also made a list of questions and answers concerning classification using the Nice Classification: Madrid Tips (PDF).
The Norwegian Patent Office requires a clearance fee of NOK 800.
A professional patent agency or patent attorney can help you prepare your trademark application, and follow up important deadlines and payments. Despite its name, a patent agency is usually expert in all forms of intellectual property, including trademarks. If you are applying for trademark protection in other countries, you should consider using a professional patent agency during the entire process, including filing your application in Norway.A list of professional patent agents can be found in the Norwegian Yellow pages (these pages are in Norwegian only - use the keyword "patent").
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