How we work

The primary role of the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO) is to promote innovation and value creation. We grant rights for trademarks, patents and designs. NIPO is also a competence center for knowledge about intellectual property rights and values, and helps companies secure their investments, competitive positions and create economic growth.


NIPO offers guidance

Our Customer Service Centre and examiners are here to give you guidance. By guidance, we mean the information we can give you about patents, trademarks and designs, and what characterises them. Our staff can give you an overview of what opportunities exist, how to apply for rights and what it may mean for you and your business.


Do you need counselling?

If you need individual and strategic advice, we recommend using a patent attorney, IP advisor or other private actors who are experts in the field.

Our tasks

NIPOs primary task is to handle applications for patent protection, and for trademark and design registration.

Here you can read more about how we carry out our tasks.

What we cannot help you with

The NIPO is a neutral, government authority that assigns rights. Therefore, we cannot help you with the following:

  • Formulate and write your application - trademark application, patent application or design application
  • Give an opinion as to whether something can be patented or registered as a trademark or design based on a general request. You will receive an answer to this after you have filed your application or if you request a preliminary search examination. 
  • Advice on what to do in a conflict with a competitor.
  • Assess the commercial potential of your invention or your product.
  • Provide financial assistance. See list of potential funding organizations further down.
  • Recommend a specific advisor, attorney or attorney.
  • Help you find partners.
  • Provide specific advice on licensing or transfer of rights. 
  • Register company or company name. 

Create value through licensing

Do you want to find new business opportunities and sources of income? Maybe you dream of selling your products in new markets?

Read about how licensing can open doors to new opportunities.

Read more about licensing
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Register a company name or domain?

When you start your own business, it is important that you acquire an identity that shows who you are. A registered company name also prevents others from registering a company with the same name. It is very important to register the domain name before the company name and trademark, so you are sure that the domain name is available.

See if the name is available via navnesø
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Check if your idea is new

Have you got an idea for, for example, a product or a logo and want to find out if you can get exclusive rights to it? Then it is smart to investigate whether someone has already had the same idea as you. You can search in our national database or do an international search.

Read more about search in databases
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Order a preliminary examination

Do you find it difficult to navigate and get an overview of all registered rights that may affect your idea? Then you can let us conduct a preliminary examination for you. Preliminary search is a paid service.

Read more about our preliminary search service

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