As of 1 January 2015, Norway acceded to the London Agreement thus waiving the right to demand full translations of granted European patents into Norwegian, if an English translation is available or if the relevant patents were issued in English.

Norway is now more interesting for patent applicants

Similar simplifications apply for Norwegian national patent applications and for the nationalization of international applications in Norway. Furthermore, if desired, also office actions may be issued in English in the future. Patent claims, however, must still be filed in the Norwegian language.

Norway has a population of over 5 million persons, a gross domestic product of $522bn US dollars, and a per capita gross domestic product of $102,000 US dollars, according to international monetary fund figures. 


Article Published April 21st, 2015