Changes in the Regulations on Fees - from three classes to one
From three to one class for goods and services
Before 1 March 2023, the application fee and the renewal fee for trademarks and collective marks included three classes of goods or services, and thereafter an additional fee for each additional class of goods or services.
From 1 March 2023, this was changed so that the application fee and the renewal fee only cover one class of goods or services with an additional fee for each additional class beyond one, see §§ 9 and 14 of the Regulations on Fees. The same applies to preliminary investigations.
For applied-for and registered trademarks with protection in more than one class of goods and services, this means that the total fee for registration and renewal will be higher than before. The purpose of the change is to avoid people applying for or maintaining protection for the trademark in more classes than necessary ("clogging" of the system).
No changes to the fees
No changes have been made to the fees. Current fees are listed in Sections 9 and 14 of the Regulations on Fees.
If you filed your application before 1 March, the old rules apply. It is sufficient that the application was received by NIPO before 1 March and that you paid the invoice. Applications filed before 1 March will be handled according to the old rules.
The new rules in the Trademarks Act Section 33 first paragraph on renewal only apply to trademark registrations that expire more than one year after the Act came into force. This means that the holder can renew registrations that expire no later that 1 March 2024 in the period from 1 March 2023 until 1 March 2024. Registrations that expire on 2 March 2024, on the other hand, can only be renewed from and including 2 September 2023, etc.
Updated list of fees
Several changes in regulations for trademarks
From 1 March 2023, the amendments to the Trademarks Act and the Trademark Regulations came into force, in addition to the Regulations on Fees. The changes are based on the EU's trademark directive, 2015/2436.
Norway also acceded to the Singapore Treaty from the same time.
See an overview of the most important changes the NIPO has made on the website in connection with the changes. (not yet in English)