Provisional patent protection
Patent Application in Norwegian
If your application is in Norwegian, you will receive provisional protection for your patent application once the application has been made publicly available, 18 months after you first submitted your application (or from the priority date). If you wish the application documents to be made public earlier than 18 months you will receive provisional protection from this earlier date.
Patent Application in English
If your application is in English the patent claims must be translated into Norwegian to obtain provisional protection. The provisional protection applies only insofar as the Norwegian and English texts correspond with each other. The Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO) will not check the translation. You are responsible for ensuring that this is correct. You may submit a correction of the translation. A fee is then payable.
When you submit a translation or correction, please let us know that they are submitted in order to obtain provisional protection.
Provisional protection takes effect once you have supplied a translation of the claims, and notice of this has been published in the Norwegian Official Patent Gazette (Norsk patenttidende)
The same applies if you wish to submit a correction of the translation. The correction takes effect once NIPO has published notice of this in the Norwegian Official Patent Gazette.
How to send in the translation
If you have a Norwegian national ID number, use the form: Correspondence to NIPO
If you do not have a Norwegian national ID number, you can still communicate electronically with us via the Altinn portal. Find out more here.
You can also send the translation by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. However we recommend you to use the Altinn portal mentioned above as it is the most secure way of submitting confidential documents.
Provisional protection for PCT applications and EP applications
You can obtain provisional protection in Norway for your PCT application in the period after it has been published internationally and before continuing it to Norway, see International Patent Application (PCT).
You can obtain provisional protection in Norway for your European patent application in the period after it has been published at EPO and until you have validated a patent in Norway, see European patent application.