Splitting and combining trademark applications

You can request that your trademark application or registration be split into two or more independent applications or registrations. You can also request that your separate applications and registrations be combined.

Why is an application split?

If the Norwegian Industrial Property Office rejects registration of an application for part of the list of goods, you as the applicant can ask that the application be split. This means that the trademark is registered for the goods and services for which the mark is registrable. Case processing will continue as normal for the remaining list of goods.

When can you request this?

You can request this at any time during case processing at the Norwegian Industrial Property Office, and while the application is being processed at the Norwegian Board of Appeal for Industrial Property Rights (KFIR).

Splitting registered trademarks

As a holder, you can request splitting of your registered trademark, for example when parts of the list of goods are to be transferred to a new holder.

You can request that your trademark (as long as it is still valid) be split into two or more registrations. You can also request that a previously divided registration be wholly or partially combined again.

How to proceed

If you wish to split or combine your trademark registration, send your request in writing to the Norwegian Industrial Property Office.

Request to split a trademark application

  • A request to split a trademark application must contain the original application number and information on which goods and/or services the original application and the new application(s) is (are) to cover.
  • You must pay a fee to the Norwegian Industrial Property Office for each new application. Such a new application is termed a divided application.
  • A divided application cannot cover goods and services that are not covered by the original application. Neither can the divided application and the original application cover the same goods and services.

Request to split a trademark application

  • A request to split a trademark registration must contain the original registration number and information on which goods and/or services the original application and the new registration(s) is (are) to cover.
  • You must pay a fee to the Norwegian Industrial Property Office for each new registration. Such a new registration is termed a divided application.
  • A divided registration cannot cover goods and services that are not covered by the original application. Neither can the divided registration and the original registration cover the same goods and services.

Requirements for combining divided applications and registrations

  • The request must contain the application and registration numbers, the number of the application of the registration desired to be combined with, and what goods and/or services the combined application or registration is to cover.
  • If you, as an applicant, request partial combining, the request must contain which goods and/or services are to be included in the application or the registration to which goods and services are transferred.
  • You must pay a fee to the Norwegian Industrial Property Office.

What if the conditions are not met?

If the conditions for splitting or combining are not met, as holder you will be given a time limit within which to make a statement. You will also be given a time limit to rectify the deficiencies if possible. If you do not remedy the deficiencies within the time limit, we will shelve the request, but with the possibility of resumption.

If you do not pay the fee before the time limit expires, however, there is no possibility of remedying the deficiency. The application will then be shelved.

What does it cost?

You can find the fee for splitting and combining a trademark application in the section "Trademarks - Other fees" on the page concerning prices.

Relevant legislation

Trademarks Act - Section 23

Trademark Regulations - Sections 18-22

Regulation on Fees - Sections 11-13

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