PCT applications to the PRH

We are a Receiving Office (RO), and you can file your PCT application with us, and thus start an international PCT procedure in Finland. We will first check that your application meets the formal requirements. Then it will be handed over to an International Searching Authority (ISA).

We also act as an ISA and an International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA). This means that you can choose us to process your application.

The PCT application form (‘Request’) is in English. If you submit your application to us, your application documents may instead be in Finnish or in Swedish. However, they must be translated into English later on. If you choose us as the ISA, you must file a translation 14 months from the priority date at the latest.

If you want us also to carry out an international preliminary examination of patentability, you can also file your demand for that with us.

You can submit your application to us either online (eOLF or ePCT), by post, or by fax. You can also file other documents, such as your demand, replies to PCT office actions, and subsequent documents, by the above means. Below you can read brief descriptions of the above means of filing documents. In 2017 PCT applications can no longer be submitted to the PRH through PCT-SAFE.

Go to our information page. There is a link to the PCT forms, which are on the WIPO website.

See also our fees and payment instructions for international (PCT) patent applications .


You can submit your PCT application and related documents to the PRH using the EPO Online Filing software (eOLF). Patent agencies generally use the eOLF; thus, if you choose to entrust your application to an agency, you do not have to download the software yourself. Of course, you can download it free of charge, but please note that, besides the software, you will need either an electronic identity card or an EPO smart card plus a card reader for online identification.

Read more about the eOLF.

ePCT (ePCT Filing)

You can also file your PCT application and demand with the PRH using the WIPO’s browser-based ePCT service. Through the ePCT Portal, you will have access to the current bibliographic data on your application and all related documents, even if they are not yet public.

The ePCT system provides two types of online services:

  • ePCT public services: The services require the creation of a standard WIPO user account, and enable the upload of documents related to PCT applications, and the use of the third-party observation service.
  • ePCT private services: The services require additional authentication by uploading a WIPO digital certificate or an EPO smart card, and provide a full set of functions to authorized users for international applications filed as of 1 January 2009. Through this service, you can file your applications and demands with the offices that have joined the ePCT Filing.

On the WIPO website you will find guidelines for how to create a user account (“Getting started" in the right menu), guidelines for filing international applications ("ePCT-Filing guidelines"), and information about certificates ("FAQ"). Please contact the WIPO Helpdesk for help if needed.

PCT application by post or by fax

You can send your application to us by post, or bring it in person to our client service during our office hours.

An application can also be filed by fax but, in certain cases, you have to send the original documents by post afterwards. The date of receiving these documents is the day on which we get the fax. Fax filing may pose an information security risk. This is why we do not recommend using it for filing applications if you have any doubt at all about your machine’s data security.

Furthermore, you can file subsequent application documents by post, by fax, or by bringing them to our client service.

See our contact details and office hours.

PCT applications to other offices

Other offices where you can file a PCT application are the International Bureau of WIPO (IB) and the European Patent Office (EPO).

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Latest update 07.06.2017