Patents are public information. Each year, over 2 million new patent documents are published. In total, over 80 million patent documents have been published in several languages in over 100 countries.
There are two types of patent publications:
- application publications
- publications of granted patents
These are published in online databases.
You can also ask our specialists to carry out a preliminary novelty search or order one of our search services.
The following free databases are available:
- PatInfo – basic information on Finnish patents, utility models and supplementary protection certificates (SPC) and associated documents
- FI-EP – basic information on European patents currently in force in Finland
- Espacenet – patent and utility model publications from all over the world
- Publication server – translations of European patents into Finnish since May 2007, Finnish granted patents since January 2009, and Finnish registered utility models since February 2009
- Patent and Utility Model Gazettes
- Patent Gazette – a compilation published twice a month of all public notices associated with patents, informing you when patent applications will become available to the public and when patents are granted
- Utility Model Gazette – a compilation published once a month of public notices associated with utility models
In general, patent application become available to the public 18 months after the filing date. Therefore, your application can be pending, even though you cannot yet find it in the database.
Please note that when you are looking for inventions within a particular technical field, the patent classification can be of assistance. Our databases include a search field where you can enter the desired class. Read more about patent classification.
Finnish-Swedish-English-German-French dictionary of patent, trademark and protection of design terminology: