How long does it take to process a patent application?

When can you expect an answer from the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO) to an application or letter.

Status for the 4-month period September-December 2022

Initial assessment of patent application

You can expect to receive an initial assessment of patentability within 6.7 months.

Our goal: 7 months

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Accelerated processing of patent application

If you have requested accelerated processing of your first application, you can expect an initial assessment within 3.6 months.

Our goal: 4 months

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You can expect at least half of all first filings (first patent application regarding the invention), which are patentable, to be decided within 19.1 months.

Our goal: At least half of all first filings, which are patentable, will be decided within 22 months.

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Validating European patents

You can expect your EP patent (European patent) to be validated within 1.6 months.

Our goal: 3 months

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Opposition and administrative review

Opposition contests the validity of a decision to grant a patent.

Administrative review is when someone files a request with the NIPO to declare a patent fully or partly invalid.

In cases concerning opposition or administrative review you can expect to receive a final decision within 17 months after both parties have been heard.

Our goal: To decide a case within 3 months of the case being sufficiently explained.

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Customer satisfaction

In interviews with patent agents and professional customers in 2020, 89% answered that they could recommend us to others.

Our goal: at least 85% of customers can recommend the Norwegian Industrial Property Office to others.

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PCT applications at the Nordic Patent Institute

You can expect PCT applications filed with the Nordic Patent Institute (ISA and IPEA) to be processed within the deadline set by the Institute.

Our goal: 98%

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