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Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a time frame for filing for a trademark registration?

For applications where no oppositions arise and will go through a regular prosecution, the estimated time frame is 6 months.

If I register my trademark in Norway, do I have protection in other territories?

A registered trademark in this jurisdiction is protected in Norway including the Continental shelf and all of its territorial waters.

Do I need to sign a Power of Attorney?

Yes. Applicants are required to sign a power of attorney.

Are there any benefits from a pre-filing use of the trademark?

Yes. Provided the pre-filing use occurred in Norway, the applicant may benefit by being able to demonstrate the distinctiveness of the mark. This will also aid the applicant in winning against challenges based on non-distinctiveness.

Will there be problems in case I don’t use my trademark after registration?

Yes. When the owners are not using their registered trademark, they make it vulnerable to cancellation attacks from competitors.  

What are the types of trademark that can be registered in Norway?

The following marks that can be recreated graphically and can make a product/service distinct from others are allowed for registration: 

  • Names
  • Terms/words
  • Touch
  • Taste
  • Motion
  • Hologram
  • Smell/scent
  • Sound
  • Slogan
  • Colour
  • Devices
  • Shapes with 3 dimensions
What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in Norway?

The order of phases of application is as follows: examination, registration and publication. 

  1. Examination – the Norway Trademark Office will examine the application based on a number of factors namely formalities, classifications, clarity, descriptiveness, deceptiveness, distinctiveness and conflicts with other applications.
  2. Registration – The trademark office of Norway will perform the prosecution process and if no challenges or oppositions are received, the office will then issue the registration certificate.
  3. Publication – The trademark will be published in the Norwegian Official Trademarks Gazette.
What type of trademark is not registrable?

The following marks are banned by this jurisdiction for registration: 

  • Marks that oppose standard of moral or marks that are incompatible with public order
  • Common terms with plain or general meaning
  • Marks that lack acquired distinctiveness
  • Marks that primarily serve as last name or surname
  • Marks that primarily serve as name of a geographic location
  • Marks that use flags or symbols or names of states, nations and international organizations without permission from authorities
  • Marks that can be deceiving to the public
Does Norway use the "Nice Classification" system?

Yes. Nice Classification system is effective in Norway. For trademarks that will be covering multiple classes of goods/services, one application will suffice.

Is there any possibility to claim priority in Norway?

Yes. The filing date in your home country can be claimed as the filing date in Norway provided that your home country is a member of the Paris Convention and its filing date does not exceed 6 months from the filing date in this jurisdiction.

What do I need to do to satisfy the use requirement?

Use the mark 5 years from the date it was registered. You must use the mark for business purposes and the selling or marketing must occur in Norway.

Once my trademark has been registered, for how many years will be valid?

A registered trademark in Norway is initially valid for 10 years starting on the date of application.

What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

The first renewal of your trademark will take place 10 years from the filing of application date.

Is it legal to use my trademark even if it is not yet registered?

Yes. It is legal to use an unregistered mark for selling goods/services.

Does having a registered trademark in Norway give me any right?

The first-to-file rule applies in Norway. It is mandatory for owners to register their mark in order to secure rights. Rights are also possible to obtain through extensive or long-term use of the mark.

What is the web address of the trademark national office?

The website of Norway’s trademark office can be visited in this link:

Is there any need to use my trademark before I apply for registration?

No. This jurisdiction does not mandate applicants to actually use the mark before registration. Intent to use is also not mandatory.

Can a Trademark Application be opposed?

Yes. The grounds for opposition are as follow: 

  • Mark contradicts moral principles or public order
  • Mark contains a geographical indication
  • Mark has a general meaning
  • Mark has violation against rights in a personal name
  • Mark has violation against rights to a registered design
  • Mark has violation against rights under Article 6bis (notorious mark), Article 6ter (protected emblems, flags and armorial bearings), Article 6septies (representation of trademark), and Article 8 (trade names) of the Paris Convention
Who can contest my trademark registration?

Interested parties such as owners of an earlier right may challenge the registration of your trademark.

Is it possible to cancel a registration?

Yes. The following are grounds for cancellation: 

  • Breach of copyright
  • Proprietary rights
  • Rights to a registered design
  • Rights to a personal name
  • Application in bad faith
  • Misleading, descriptive, generic and non-distinctive mark
  • Mark contradicts moral standards
  • Mark includes a geographical indication
  • Mark includes a protected badge or emblem 
Are there any rights established by having a registered trademark?

Yes. As owner of a registered mark in Norway, you secure the following rights: 

  • Exclusive right to use and benefit from the mark
  • Right to object to conflicting applications filed at a later date
  • Right to request a cancellation against conflicting registrations
  • Right to file a legal case (infringement) against third parties that use the registered mark without permission or third parties that use similar-looking mark
  • Right to receive damages for infringement
  • Right to issue license to other business entities that want to use the registered mark
  • Right to request for seizure of fake goods
How long is the opposition period?

The opposition period starts on the date of publication in the Trademarks Gazette and ends three months after the said date.

Is Norway a member of the Madrid System?

Yes. Norway is a Madrid Protocol member.

Do I need to present periodic statement of use?

No. It is not required.

When should I renew my trademark?

Renewals are made every 10 years.

What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

The first renewal of your trademark will take place 10 years from the filing of application date.

Is there any documentation that should be presented when renewing a trademark?

There is none. Documentations are not needed for trademark renewals.

If my trademark expires, do I have a grace period?

A grace period of 6 months from the date of expiration is given to owners.

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