Apply for design registration in Norway

To register your design in Norway, you file an application for design registration to the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO).

Apply for a design registration with the application guide

We recommend the application guide for Norwegian residents, entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) operating in Norway.

By using the application guide, you can fill out and send your application, pay and receive a receipt, all in one operation. The receipt will also be available here afterwards. You get useful tips along the way and everything you do is saved.

Once you have filed your application, all further correspondence in the application process between you and NIPO will take place online. All correspondence will be available under "My Messages" and in your Altinn message box.

Have you already started an application or just sent one?

Go to "Applications - drafts or recently filed"

Other ways to file your application

  1. If you wish to apply for design registration using Altinn, you can use our application form in Altinn. Here you can pay online or request an invoice to be sent.
    Apply via Altinn (NB: The application form is in Norwegian)
    More information about what your application should contain and what you should consider before applying
  2. No Norwegian personal ID number?
    To file your application via Altinn you need a Norwegian personal ID number. If you do not have such a number, you can use the application form in PDF format or ODT format. You can print and send this form to the Norwegian Industrial Property Office by post, or as an attachment to an e-mail. See contact details at the bottom of this page.
    Link to forms in PDF format

Correspondence in connection with an application or registration

We recommend that you use the form for correspondence in Altinn. You will receive a receipt immediately. The form is in Norwegian.

Altinn: Correspondence to NIPO 

If it is not possible for you to use Altinn, you can send an e-mail to

How much does it cost?

See list of fees

Apply in other countries with priority from Norway

Before filing an application for design registration, you should consider in which countries you need protection. It is advisable to register your design in each country in which you intend to exploit the design commercially. However, this is also more expensive as fees are payable to each country.

Once you have filed an application for design registration in Norway, you may, within six months file an application to other countries claiming priority from Norway.

Even if your application has not been processed at the NIPO, you must send your application to any other countries in which you would like to register your design within six months of getting priority from Norway. You are responsible for following this deadline.
Read more about design registration in other countries

Professional assistance in the application process

If you are not familiar with design registration or have little time to work on your application, you should consider using a professional patent agent (also called patent attorney or representative).

A list of professional patent agents can be found on the website Rådgiverdatabasen (in Norwegian only) or on Google.


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