Two ways to register a design in Norway:
- File an application for registration of a design directly to NIPO. Most Norwegian applicants submit design applications in this way.
- Private individuals and enterprises connected to one one of the member states party to the Hague Agreement can apply for design registration in the other member states. More than half the design applications made to NIPO are such designations via the Hague Agreement.
The total number of design rights in Norway consists of a combination of these. A design registration applies for five years and can then be renewed for up to four new five-year periods. A design application and design registration may contain more than one design.
Designs: figures for period 2014-2017
|Design applications total||1219||1213||1229||1253|
|- direct to NIPO from Norwegian applicants||302||250||240||242|
|- direct to NIPO from foreign applicants||217||183||158||165|
|- international designations in Norway via Hague Agreement from Norwegian applicants||33||34||31||36|
|- international designations in Norway via Hague Agreement from foreign applicants||667||746||801||810|
|Decisions in design applications||1284||1148||1344||1078|
|- registered designs||1219||1089||1278||1041|
|- finally shelved or withdrawn||65||59||66||37|
|Number of designs||3900||3765||3923||4488|
|Total number of registered designs in effect||8402||8978||9543||9828|
There has, however, been a weak decline since the turn of the millennium with regard to design applications from Norwegian applicants. A design application may contain more than one design, and it is therefore also relevant to count the number of designs. This number increased in comparison with 2016.
Unlike patent and trademark applications, NIPO does not examine design applications unless the applicant explicitly requests that this be done. Most design applications are consequently approved soon after submission. Applicants themselves are responsible for not infringing the rights of others. They may, however, ask NIPO to make such an assessment, but this happens in less than 5% of applications.
175 fewer applications were decided in 2017 than were received that year.
Processing time for designs
The target is for applicants for registration of designs at NIPO to receive decisions on their applications within 2-3 months. The target was achieved in 2017.
In 2017, we decided an average of 525 applications per full-time equivalent employee. This means the applications were registered, denied registration, finally shelved or withdrawn by the applicant. The figures show that we were slightly less efficient in 2017, and we will take a closer look at the reasons why this is so.