Turn ideas into assets

Innovation and entrepreneurship involve creating assets that can be protected in various ways. The Norwegian Patent Office (NIPO) is the registration authority in Norway for patents, trademarks, and designs.

We give you an overview of the opportunities available, what is required to apply for rights, and how to go about protecting what you have created.

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Types of intellectual property

NIPO is the authority for patents, trademarks and designs. There are also other intangible assets such as copyright, trade secrets, domain names and plant breeder rights.

What are intellectual rights and assets?

In short, it is about who owns the right to profit from a trademark, a patent, a design, or business secrets developed through creative, intellectual work.

These rights may include:

  • Inventions
  • Literary and artistic works
  • Designs
  • Symbols, names, and images

that are protected in various ways.

The purpose of granting exclusive rights is to encourage innovation and creativity. Originators or companies should be rewarded for their efforts. These rights stimulate economic growth and competition, making it worthwhile to invest in research and development.