Norway

Please contact our Dutch office for more information about our services in Norway:

REACT Netherlands
Amstelveenseweg 864
1081 JM Amsterdam
The Netherlands
T +31 20 6406363
Contact: Mr Bjorn Grootswagers
bgrootswagers@react.org


In relation to enforcement of intellectual property rights and Customs control, Norway is committed to the TRIPS-agreement through their WTO membership. This is the most important source of protection of intellectual property in Norway, as the country is not a member of the EU and the EC regulation 608/2013 does not apply. But via a standard court decision one will obtain a "one year Customs protection". The Norwegian Customs Authorities take this type of crime very seriously and is a valued partner in the fight against piracy. Cases are handled by our local partner NJORD Law FirmĀ in cooperation with our Dutch office.

Our services in Norway

  • Amicable settlements and/or negotiation settlement following Customs actions
  • Appearing in court hearings in criminal proceedings as witnesses or experts
  • Desk research
  • Drafting and filing of criminal complaints
  • Drafting and filing of expert reports, affidavits and written witness statements
  • Filing Customs applications
  • Follow up Customs/Police cases (C&D letters, negotiations, settlement drafting)
  • Handling court proceedings (appeals and civil claims)
  • Informing Customs officers on brand details
  • Organize and assist the police and relevant authorities in market raids
  • Organize inspections and investigations of markets, shops and events
  • Organize test purchases
  • Organizing training sessions and information meetings for Police, Customs and/or Trade Inspection authorities
  • Preparing and submitting civil actions (including C&D letters)

Country Procedures

  • Customs application not mandatory but Customs rarely acts ex officio and filing an application for action is advisable
  • Application filed via court (interim injunction) is valid for one year
  • Deadline for response to Customs notification of detention is 10 working days
  • Deadline for importer to respond to seizure is 10 working days
  • Public prosecutor and Police is tasked with taking criminal action against infringers
  • Criminal law remedies available: imprisonment, fines
  • Ex parte orders available: seizure and destruction
  • Damages must be substantiated or can be determined in fairness.