(3 May 2023): From June 15th 2023, it will no longer be possible to file international patent applications to the Norwegian Intellectual Property Office as Receiving Office via EPO Online Filing (eOLF). The international applications must then be filed via WIPO's global portal ePCT.
(11 April 2023): The Norwegian Industrial Property Office and the Chinese patent authorities are extending the cooperation agreement on the processing of patent applications. It makes it faster and cheaper for patent applicants to obtain patents for their inventions in the other country. The agreement entered into force on 1 April 2023.
Latest update: 30. September 2022
(23 March 2020): In the autumn 2019, the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO) and the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) signed a cooperation agreement for processing patent applications. The agreement enters into force on 1 April 2020 and will initially last for three years.
(15th January 2020): ePCT and eOLF are replacing PCT-SAFE as a tool for filing international patent applications from 6th February 2020. After this date, it will no longer be possible to file international patent applications via PCT-SAFE to the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO).
(1 October 2019): From 1 October it has become easier for foreign companies to apply for rights to inventions, trademarks and designs in Norway. The Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO) is one of the first public authorities to open Altinn for foreign users.
5th July 2019: Amendments to the Patents Act, the Patent Regulations and the Regulation on Fees entered into force 1st of July 2019. There are also certain amendments to the Trade Marks Act, the Designs Act and the Regulations to these Acts.
25th June 2019: The amendments to the Norwegian Patents Act, the Patent Regulations and the Regulation on Fees will take effect from 1st of July 2019. There will also be certain amendments to the Trademarks Act and the Designs Act.