PATENT FILING IN FINLAND
Finnish Patent and Registration office (PRH) started in 1835. It was known as National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland, NBPR, until 2013. Finland joined WIPO in 1970 and it also became a full member of the European Patent Organisation (EPO). Year 2005 was a milestone in Finnish patent history as it became an International Searching and Examining PCT Authority (ISA and IPEA). The Finnish patent office also receives online patent applications through PRH. To make the patent filing process faster and smoother, the Finnish patent system starts the examination automatically once the filing request is made i.e. there is no need to file an examination request separately. With the vision of the Finnish Government for boosting the patent filings, GPF is dedicated in providing the one stop solution of all the requirements of patent filings. GPF can assist in efficiently and promptly, using accurate translations, filing of patent applications. GPF along with Khurana and Khurana, Advocates and IP Attorneys (K&K) has tremendous experience in dealing with Patent Filing/ Prosecution as per the Finnish Patent Laws, and can assist in hand-holding through the complete prosecution lifecycle of a Patent.
- Details of the Priority/ PCT Document
A patent can be filed in Finland as any of the following formats:
Paris Convention based national entry.
PCT National Phase based national entry.
Publication of Finland patents is done within 18 months of priority date.
Request for examination has to be made at the time of filing.
Annuity for 2’nd year onwards is to be paid after grant of the Patent. Protection of the Patent is for 20 years from the International Filing Date.