Customers expect to be able to find you and your business online. For most people, this will involve obtaining a domain name which they then use for a website, and e-mail, and also on registering in various social media channels.
The domain name can be the enterprise name, the marketing name, your own name or another name or expression. You are generally free to choose whatever domain name you like, but you must make sure that the name does not infringe anyone else's rights to trademarks, enterprise names or other name rights.
Find an available domain name
Using the navnesøk.no service, you can find out whether the name you want to use is available as a domain name, enterprise name and trademark in a single search.
Domain name first, enterprise afterwards
Once you have decided on a business name it is important to "play it close to the chest" until you have registered the domain name you want in order to prevent others from taking it. If you do not have an organisation number, you can register the domain name as a private individual and transfer it to your business once you have registered it.
Register the domain name
You can find information on how to register a domain name in the domain guide. In this guide, you will also find more information on choosing a domain name and for what purpose you can use a domain name.
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Protecting a domain name
If you want to protect your domain name, you may want to consider registering it as a trademark.
Appealing against an existing registered domain name
If someone has registered a domain name, to which you believe you hold the rights, and you believe that the person concerned is aware of this, you can appeal to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (ADR). Norid is the secretariat for the Committee and can help you with the complaint.