Watch out for Norway: An improving jurisdiction


Protecting and enforcing intellectual property (IP) in Norway may seem quite a gamble. Although Norway is an European Economic Area (EEA) member, studies show that the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO) and the Norwegian courts are both stricter in various areas regarding IP protection than the other Nordic countries.

Studies also show that counterfeits are often imported from Asia through Norway, and then spread from Norway throughout Europe. Help is at hand: Norwegian IP legislation is under revision at present.

But still, when protecting and enforcing IP in the Nordic region, the order in which you act in different jurisdictions is crucial, as is having your national legal counsel collaborating internationally on the course of action.

The implications of EEA membership