Norwegian Industrial Property Office

The primary role of the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO) is to promote innovation and value creation.
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NIPO is a government authority organised under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries.

NIPO contributes to competitiveness and helps to strengthen Norwegian trade and industry in various ways. We provide knowledge and expertise concerning intellectual property rights and values, enabling businesses to secure their investments, their competitive position and create economic growth in Norwegian society.

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NIPO's purpose

NIPO handles applications for patent protection, and for trademark and design registration. We offer courses, seminars and lectures on the importance of intellectual property rights, and how they can be protected and utilised to create value. We also carry out a variety of preliminary search services. We provide our customers with information on technological developments within a specific technical field, and we give prior assessments of ideas for patenting, trademarks and designs.

NIPO is a partner in Nordic Patent Institute, and as such acts as International Searching Authority for patent applications within the international system PCT. Nordic Patent Institute also carries out various patent searches and analyses for foreign companies.

NIPO's vision

"Gjør ideer til verdier" - turning ideas into values. Our vision touches the core of our activities. It refers both to the business side of intellectual property, and to a broader, collective perspective. This phrase can also be interpreted as a call to action for our customers.

NIPO's values

NIPO has four basic values that should characterize our daily work and the choices we make. These values help us to keep our vision alive, be committed to society and reach our goals. We will work actively with these values, and regularly ask ourselves and our customers if we are acting in accordance with them. We must be:

  • trustworthy
  • customer oriented
  • committed
  • solution oriented

Guidance and counselling

At NIPO we make a distinction between guidance and counselling.

Guidance refers to the information we give about our subject areas and their distinctive features. NIPO guides its customers by describing the possibilities that exist and the consequences of choices made.

By counselling, we mean providing concrete suggestions on what a customer should or should not do, or give advice concerning various protection strategies for patents, trademarks or designs. This type of advice is outside our mission as a public authority. If you would like councelling or advice, you should contact a law firm or a patent agent. These professional counsellors can assist you in exploiting and enforcing your intellectual property rights.

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