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Patents

Have you invented something or created a product and now you would like to commercially profit from it? The invention, in which you have invested time and money, is your property. Therefore you should protect it so that your competitors will not be able to reap the benefit of your work. The tools available for protecting your invention are patents and utility models.

A patent is an exclusive right that provides you the right to prohibit others from utilising your invention commercially. Commercial utilisation means for example manufacturing, selling, using, or importing a product. However, a patent does not automatically give the owner the right to utilise the invention commercially, as the owner may need permits granted by other authorities or by owners of other patents.

The Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) employs over 100 highly qualified examiners whose main task is to examine patent applications. In their work, the examiners use advanced tools and the very best databases. Most of them have a PhD degree. The quality of our work is constantly monitored and developed.

Capitalise on our expertise.

Other possibilities to protect your rights

A utility model is an exclusive right like the patent to use an invention. It is primarily intended to protect simpler device and product inventions and can be an appropriate form of protection, if:

  • you need protection fast,
  • a 10-year protection period is enough.

A trademark is a symbol that distinguishes the goods and services of a company.

Design right protects the appearance of a product or a part of a product.

Current affairs

The PRH has stopped using OP bank accounts on 28 February 2021

The Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) has given up its bank accounts with OP Corporate Bank Plc. Our OP bank accounts are closed for good on 28 February 2021. After this, any payments made to the closed accounts are refunded to the customer by the bank.

The PRH uses two main advising banks: Danske Bank A/S, Finland Branch, and Nordea Bank Abp. Danske Bank is the primary bank.