Technical examination

After the formal examination, your patent application will proceed to the technical examination where a patent examiner specialised in the technical field makes a novelty search and assesses the patentability of your invention.

Conditions for a patent

According to the Finnish Patents Act, an invention can only be patented if it is new, industrially applicable and inventive, in other words, it must differ significantly from what is already known.

Read more about conditions for a patent.

Application process

If your invention meets the basic conditions for a patent and there are no obstacles to your patent application, you will receive a communication of approval from the patent examiner.

But if your invention does not meet the basic conditions for a patent and there are also other obstacles to your patent application, as referred to in Finnish patent legislation, you will receive an office action from the patent examiner.

When you have responded to the office action, the patent examiner will go through the documents you have submitted and continue with processing. After that, the examiner will either ask you to pay a publication fee or send you a new office action or a decision of refusal.

If you do not agree with the decision of refusal, you can file an appeal at the Finnish Market Court. Read more at the Market Court website.

Need help?

Contact the patent examiner or our client service, if you are having difficulties in understanding the office action you have received from us. See our contact details.

If your invention meets the conditions for a patent, your patent will be granted. Read more.

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Latest update 16.06.2015