A personal identity code will be required in future for trademark applicants and other private persons recorded in the Finnish Trademark Register

After the new Finnish Trademarks Act enters into force on 1 May 2019, trademark applicants and owners who are private persons must provide their personal identity code in their applications. Those who have no Finnish personal identity code must give their date of birth. This requirement also applies to all other private persons who will be recorded in the Finnish Trademark Register, including agents and representatives, opponents and licensees.

Identifying a person accurately is difficult without the personal identity code. Personal identity codes are collected and processed under section 26 of the Finnish Trademarks Act (Tavaramerkkilaki) and section 29 of the Finnish Data Protection Act (Tietosuojalaki 1050/2018). At the Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH), personal identity codes are processed confidentially, and they are not revealed in the customer details during normal processing.

For more information, please contact:

Pirjo Aro-Helander
Head of Division
Tel. 029 509 5524
Email: firstname.lastname@prh.fi

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Latest update 29.04.2019