NorwayCourts move to harmonise patent law with EPO practice

To date, Norway’s accession to the European Patent Convention, which took effect on January 1 2008, has produced no direct changes in Norwegian patent practice since Norway is designated only for patents granted based on applications filed after January 1 2008. However, the harmonisation of Norway’s patent law and practice with that of the European Patent Office (EPO) is now even more important than ever and it appears that the courts are prepared to accept accession as a reason to ‘look to Munich’, even when Norwegian national patents or applications filed long before January 2008 are at issue.

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