(WIPO code: NO) (last revised February 2020)

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

General Information


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


5,356,789 (end of September 2019).


Oslo with 1,019,513 inhabitants (January 2019).




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 13.5 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.

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 (2018) – Patents
Patents filed:  (from Norwegians: 1,016 ; from abroad: 101) 1,661
       PCT national filings (NO applicants: 53 ; Foreign applicants: 491)  
EP validated patents 6,826
Final decisions 3,343
Applications abandoned or withdrawn 1,787
Applications rejected 8
Patents granted 1,548
Patents in force (both NO patents and EP validated patents) 36,498

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 – 8.8 years. Most applications (2017) in Int.Cl. E21B.


Statistics (2018) – Trademarks
Trademarks filed:  (from Norwegians: 4,771 ; from abroad: 2,779) 17,284
     Other (IR via Madrid Protocol) 9,702
Final decisions 15,443
Granted registrations 12,450
Abandoned or withdrawn 2,817
Rejections 176
Trademarks in force 219,532

 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. Most applications in Nice Cl. 9.


Statistics (2018) – Designs
Designs filed:  (from Norwegians: 242 ; from abroad: 181) 1,154
    Hague Agreement 731
Final decisions 1,370
Granted registrations 1,328
Abandoned or withdrawn 42
Rejections 0
Designs in force 10,377

 Remarks: Note that some design applications and registrations often contain more than one design (joint registration). Average processing time is 4.7 months. Most applications in Locarno Cl. 9.

Remarks on AppealsThe Board of Appeals (KFIR) is not part of the Norwegian Patent Office. Oral hearings can be requested, if desirable. The majority of cases are currently related to trademarks. In 2018, a total of 75 appeals were filed at KFIR, a decline from 137 appeals filed in 2017. The 75 cases in 2018 were 10 patent cases, 60 trademark cases, and 5 cases on company names. However, the tendency by last half of 2019 indicates an increase in appeals. In 2018, a total 100 appeal cases were finalized, related to 17 patent cases, 80 trademark cases, 0 design cases, 5 company name cases, and 0 plant varieties cases. In general, appeals are seldomly filed on cases of Designs and Plant Varieties.

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