Symbols used in connection with trademarks and copyright

You may have seen the symbols ®, © and TM and wondered what they mean.

These symbols are often used when marketing products and services to indicate ownership and to hold competitors at a distance.

® = Registrered trademark

To be able to use ®, you must apply for registration of your trademark. You apply to the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO) for registration that will be valid in Norway.

Read more about trademark registration

Use of this symbol in connection with a product or service in Norway may be a violation of the Marketing Act if you have not registered the trademark or are entitled to the goods or services in any other way.

Other countries and territories have their own registration offices and there are also international systems for applying in several countries at the same time.

Read more about international trademark registration

TM = Trade Mark

TM stands for Trade Mark. You can use this symbol even if your trademark is not registered. It does not give you any protection in line with registration, but it can be used as a signal to the market that it is to be perceived as a trademark.

© = Copyright

© is the symbol for "copyright". There is no system for registration, but you must meet the requirements of the Copyright Act to obtain protection (in Norwegian - åndsverkloven).

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