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.
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).
- PRH Annual Report 2013 01.07.2014
- Register of industrial property attorneys to be launched in July 30.06.2014
- Road, hydraulic and thermal engineering most popular in patent applications in Finland 06.06.2014
- Interruption to search and feedback functions on our website on Monday 26 May from 4 to 8 p.m. 23.05.2014