How long does it take to register a trademark?

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

Status for September 2021

1. Applications: prepaid, filed via NIPO's application guide or Altinn
- and with a pre-approved list of goods and services from our Product Selector

You can expect an answer to your application within 3 weeks.

Our goal: 3 weeks 

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If NIPO rejects your application, you can request that we reconsider your case. You can now expect to receive a new assessment within 3 weeks of submitting your arguments to us (second assessment).

Our goal: 3 weeks

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2. Applications: prepaid, filed via NIPO's application guide or Altinn
- but without with a pre-approved list of goods and services from our Product Selector

You can expect an answer to your application within 6 weeks.

Our goal: 6 weeks 

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If NIPO rejects your application, you can request that we reconsider your case. You can now expect to receive a new assessment within 6-7 months of submitting your arguments to us (second assessment).

Our goal: 6 months

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3. Applications filed via Altinn, e-mail or on paper
- not prepaid

You can expect an answer to your application within 5 months.

Our goal: 6 months.

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If NIPO rejects your application, you can request that we reconsider your case. You can now expect to receive a new assessment within 6-7 months of submitting your arguments to us (second assessment).

Our goal: 6 months

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4. International applications filed via the Madrid Protocol (sent in via Altinn, e-mail or on paper)

You can expect an answer to your application within 8 months.

Our goal: 8 months

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If NIPO rejects your application, you can request that we reconsider your case. You can now expect to receive a new assessment within 7-8 months of submitting your arguments to us (a second assessment).

Our goal: 6 months

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5. Final decisions

This applies to applications where NIPO upholds the rejection of your application for two or more rounds. You can appeal this decision to the Board of Appeal for Industrial Property Rights (KFIR).

You can expect to receive a final decision within 11 months from the date we received your final comments in the case.

Our goal: 4 months

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6. Opposition

This applies to cases where a third party has submitted a complaint concerning a registration. Read about opposition.

You can expect to receive a final decision in an opposition case within 3-4 months from the date when both parties presented their comments.

Our goal: 4 months

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7. Administrative review

This applies to cases where someone has requested the cancellation of a registered trademark on the basis that it is, for example, not valid, has degenerated or is not in use. Read about administrative review

You can expect to receive a decision in your case within 2 months of both parties being heard.

Our goal: 4 months

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8. Customer satisfaction

77% of those who registered a trademark in 2019 were satisfied with NIPO (those who have given us a score of 4 or 5 on a scale of 1-5).

Our goal: 85% (measured annually)

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9. Quality measurement with random testing

In 2019, 99 % of all the applications we controlled had the right level of quality during the application process.

Our goal: 96 % (measured annually)

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