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Renew your rights
To maintain your rights it is necessary to renew them periodically.
- Trademarks: you may renew your trademark every 10 years as long as you wish.
- Designs: you may renew your design registrering every five years up to a maximum of 25 years.
- Patents: you may keep your patent in force for up to 20 years by paying annual fees.
You can renew your rights by paying online.
Is someone infringing your rights
To make sure nobody violates your rights, you can monitor the market, using the internet and following the activities of relevant competitors. There are also businesses that can monitor this for you. If you deal in several markets and with large quantities of goods, it may be appropriate to cooperate with customs authorities, so they can stop the imports if there is suspicion of illegal copies. You can also use our Alert Service. Then you'll know if someone is applying to register rights within the same field as you.
Is someone copying your designs?
If you discover that someone else is selling a design that you regard to be an infringement of your design registration, you should consider whether the other design has the same overall appearance as your design. If it is an infringement, you should contact the other party and explain your point of view. It pays to make written contact so that you can document it at a later date. You should also include a copy of your design registration, and ask the other party to stop using the design. In many cases you will be successful in stopping them by documenting the fact that you have exclusive rights to the design.
If the other party does not agree with you or take your registration into account, you will have to go to litigation before the courts. You should consult an attorney who specializes in intellectual property rights. A documented right in the form of a design registration will show the date of filing of the design with the NIPO. This will be of great importance in an eventual trial.
Is someone infringing your patent?
It may be necessary to engage the services of a patent attorney or law firm. It is common to first send a letter to the person you believe is infringing your rights. It will often be possible to come to a solution by negotiation, but sometimes the case must be resolved in court.
To stop the infringement, the courts can quickly issue a so-called preliminary injunction. This means that your competitor will be required to halt the production, marketing and sales of the product until the case comes to trial. Taking the case through the legal system takes longer, and the court will make a decision if compensation is granted. You can demand compensation from the time the patent application was published. Litigation will take place in each country, and if you have to defend the patent in several countries, the cost can be significant. In the long term there will be a Joint Patent Court for many of the EU countries.
Is someone using your trademark?
Have you discovered that others are using a trademark that is similar to your own, for the same or similar goods or services? This may be a violation of your rights. You can contact the other party and explain your position. It pays to make written contact so that you can document it at a later date. You should attach a copy of your trademark registration and ask the other party to stop using your trademark. In many cases you will be successful in stopping them by documenting the fact that you have exclusive rights to the trademark.
If the other party does not agree with you or take your registration into account, you can take legal action before the courts. You should consult an attorney who specializes in intellectual property rights. A documented right in the form of a trademark registration will show the date of filing of the design with the NIPO. This will be of great importance if the case goes to trial.
Make the most of your rights
If you can document your rights, it makes it easier to enter into agreements such as licensing. This will help you to expand your markets by cooperating with others. You can also use licenses to build on someone else's product. Good groundwork is important to establish the value of these rights and thereby enter into good agreements. Patent rights can also be used as security for a loan, and they can be bought and sold in line with other assets.
Keep an eye on your competitors
By using our Alert Service you can keep up to date with what your competitors are doing and what rights they are applying for. You can also get inspiration for further product development and find relevant partners with rights in areas that are of interest to your business.
Complaints regarding company names
Company names are registered at the Brønnøysund Register Centre. If you believe that a registered company name can easily be confused with your own company name or trademark, you can appeal against the registration by requesting a review of the registered company name. You send your request to the Norwegian Industrial Property Office.
Complaints - trademarks, designs and patents
You have the right to appeal against a decision made by the Norwegian Industrial Property Office concerning your own case or other cases where you think someone has been granted a right on the wrong basis.
You can contact us at the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO) if you have any questions. Ring our Customer Service Centre at +47 22 38 73 00 and talk to an adviser or a case officer. You are also welcome to visit us at our premises in Oslo.
Courses and seminars
We hold a wide variety of courses and seminars throughout the year. The majority of our courses are held in Norwegian, although we do offer some specialist courses in English. Information concerning our courses is on the Norwegian section of our website.
Other organisations and institutions
Other public institutions and organisations that can help you with your business strategy or offer you financial aid, are Innovation Norway, Research Council of Norway, Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture, SIVA's network of clusters, incubators etc.You will also find useful information on the Altinn website: Start and Run Business
A professional patent agency or patent attorney can help you prepare and formulate your application and follow up important deadlines and payments. Despite the name, patent agencies are experts on all types of intellectual property rights, including trademarks, designs and IPR strategies.
- Check list of professional advisers on IPRhjelp.no (in Norwegian)