(WIPO code: NO) (last revised February 2022)

by Mr. Jens Fr. C. Langfeldt, LANGFELDT IPR, Oslo and KATZAROV SA, Geneva, Switzerland

General Information

Area

385,178 sq. km, including Svalbard and Jan Mayen.

Population

5,415,166 (end of September 2021).

Capital

Oslo with 1,043,168 inhabitants (January 2021).

Language

Norwegian.

Currency

NOK (kroner).

General Remarks

The country is long and narrow; the length of the mainland coastline (including fjords, bays and 239,057 islands) is approx. 100,915 km, and the largest and smallest width of the country is 432 and 6.3 km, respectively.

Other Norwegian possessions are the Antarctic territories of Bouvet Island, Peter I’s Island and Queen Maud Land (total area approx. 2,700,205 sq. km).

The country is thinly populated; average population density is 14.1 inhabitants per sq. km. Of the total area, 70.9% is non-productive land (mainly mountains), 22.8% is covered with forests, and only the remaining 3.3% is fertile, agricultural land.

Norwegian industry has traditionally been based on the country's national resources: ore, fish, forests, and abundant resources of hydroelectric power, used as the basis for electro-chemical and electro-metallurgical industry. Until 2015, the production of oil and gas has exceeded agriculture, forestry and fishing in importance in terms of the national product. Currently, oil and gas investments in the North Sea are on a lower level than before, which has since 2016 affected suppliers to North Sea activities. However, new regions for exploitation are planned, in particular in northern regions, although the "green wave" considerations are of concern to the newly elected government and parliament. Norway is the 2nd largest supplier of gas to the EU, and a new electric power cable at end of 2021 extends between Norway and England.

Further updated statistical information on Norwegian economy, population, etc., can be obtained from the Norwegian Central Office of Statistics (Internet address: www.ssb.no).

Norway is not a member of the European Union, but is related thereto via EFTA and EEA (European Economic Agreement).

 

Statistics (2020) – Patents
 
Patents filed:  (from Norwegians: 834 ; from abroad: 99) 1,444
       PCT national filings (NO applicants: 46 ; Foreign applicants: 465)  
EP validated patents 7,559
Final decisions 2,048
Applications abandoned or withdrawn 1,133
Applications rejected 8
Patents granted 907
Patents in force (both NO patents and EP validated patents) 46,398
PCT applications filed by NO applicants (55% having NO priority) 670

Remarks: first filed applications normally receive a first Office action within 7 months and final decision within 3.6 years. Average processing time for other applications 5 – 8 years.

 

Statistics (2020) – Trademarks
 
Trademarks filed:  (from Norwegians: 3,862 ; from abroad: 3,031) 16,659
     Other (IR via Madrid Protocol) (incl. 11 filed by NO applicants) 9,766
Final decisions 17,670
Granted registrations 14,464
Abandoned or withdrawn 3,022
Rejections 184
Trademarks in force 223,157
Trademarks renewed 11,963

Remarks: average processing time is 4.5 months until first Office action and 7.1 months until registration. However, in some cases longer time may apply.

 

Statistics (2020) – Designs
 
Designs filed:  (from Norwegians: 236 ; from abroad: 163) 1,279
    Hague Agreement (from abroad) 855
    Hague Agreement (from NO) 25
Final decisions 1,277
Granted registrations 1,237
Abandoned or withdrawn 39
Rejections 1
Designs in force 10,544
Designs renewed 1,359

 Remarks: note that some design applications and registrations often contain more than one design (joint registration). Average processing time is 4.7 months. 

Remarks on Appeals: the Board of Appeals (KFIR) is not part of the Norwegian Patent Office. Oral hearings can be requested, if desirable. KFIR decisions in 2020: Patents 16, Trademarks 107, and Designs 1. In general, appeals are seldomly filed on cases of designs and plant varieties. In 2020: 14 former KFIR decisions were ruled upon by the Oslo District Court, the Borgarting High Court, or the Norwegian Supreme Court.

Further details on patents, trademarks and designs statistics in Norway are available from the Internet site of the Norwegian Patent Office: www.patentstyret.no or from WIPO: www.wipo.int/ipstats/en