What is a patent?

A patent is an exclusive right accorded by society to an inventor to exploit his or her invention commercially.

Patents are also a useful tool to gain access to the latest technical information, as they give a picture of what is going on in research and development worldwide. Patents also give you access to the history of technology.

Do not reinvent the bicycle

You can find bicycles invented by others in our patent databases. Have a look at them first before thinking up improvements to your own – you might save money and speed up your R&D process.

Invent a new and better bicycle and patent it

A patent might be the key to the success of your invention. On these pages you will find information on how to apply for a patent in Finland or in other countries.

Current affairs

Patent filings at the EPO - Finland among the top three

Patent filings at the European Patent Office (EPO) grew by 2.8% last year and hit another all-time high. European countries have the most applications per inhabitants, showing that Europe continues to be a key market for innovation. The technological strength of the leading European countries is also reflected in the figures for European applications per million inhabitants: With 832 applications Switzerland tops the list, ahead of Sweden (402) and Finland (360).

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