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Accessibility statement: Patent application

The Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) works constantly to improve the accessibility of the service. We will update the statement as accessibility problems are corrected.

The PRH is committed to making the patent application service accessible in accordance with the Finnish Act on the Provision of Digital Services (laki digitaalisten palvelujen tarjoamisesta 306/2019/Open link in a new tab, lag om tillhandahållande av digitala tjänsterOpen link in a new tab).

How the accessibility statement was compiled

This statement was compiled on 10 September 2020. The statement is based on an assessment carried out by a third party.

How accessible this service is

This online service is only partially compliant with the Finnish Act on the Provision of Digital Services 306/2019, due to the non-compliance listed below.

Inaccessible content

The content listed below is not accessible for the following reason: The service will be replaced with a new version that meets the accessibility requirements.

The following content or functions are not yet compliant with the requirements (according to the WCAG criteria), but the problems will be corrected:

  1. (WCAG 1.4.3, 1.4.11) Insufficient contrasts between the text and background and graphical elements.
  2. (WCAG 1.4.1, 3.2.4) Links are not distinguishable from the body text. The contrast between the link and the bodytext should be at least 3:1 and an additional distinction of the link must be provided.
  3. (WCAG 1.4.4, 1.4.5) Some elements do not scale properly on the page if the user increases only the fonts size to 200%.
  4. (WCAG 1.4.10) Some content elements do not scale responsively.
  5. (WCAG 3.1.1, 3.1.2) Page language attributes do not correspond to the language selected by the user.
  6. (WCAG 1.3.1, 2.4.1) Semantic structures are not marked properly to help user navigate different sections of the page.
  7. (WCAG 2.4.2) The pages don’t have titles.
  8. (WCAG 1.3.1) HTML heading levels are not used logically and appropriately.
  9. (WCAG 4.1.2) The step indicator is not marked as step indicator.
  10. (WCAG 2.4.4) Link tarkets, such as links to PDF files are not clearly marked. Link texts do not tell the user where the link leads or what is the purpose of the link.
  11. (WCAG 1.1.1) Some visual elements use text alternatives inappropriately. Text alternatives for images or imagelinks are not descriptive enough.
  12. (WCAG 1.3.1) Active elements on the page are highlighted visually, but they are not marked as active programmatically.
  13. (WCAG 2.2.1) User is not informed of login time-out.
  14. (WCAG 4.1.1) Quality of HTML code.
  15. (WCAG 2.4.1) There is no Skip to content link available on the site.
  16. (WCAG 2.1.1) Some elements could not be reached using just a keyboard.
  17. (WCAG 2.1.1, 2.4.3, 3.2.1) Content on the page should be in a logical order when the user navigates using a keyboard. The order should be unified with the visual presentation.
  18. (WCAG 2.4.7) Contrast between focused and non-focused state of a visible element is too low.
  19. (WCAG 2.4.3) There are modal dialogues in the service. Focus does not automatically move to them as it should. It’s not possible to close the dialogue with keyboard.
  20. (WCAG 1.3.1, 3.3.2, Usability) Form instructions (explanation for the * mark and the terminology) are placed in the reading order after the form. The screen reader user will probably miss the information.
  21. (WCAG 1.3.1, 3.3.2, 4.1.2) Many text fields are missing labels. Also the file attachment buttons should have labels.
  22. (WCAG 1.3.1, 3.3.2, 4.1.2) Radio buttons and the groups of them have not been marked as group. Also no legend is given for the group programmatically.
  23. (WCAG 3.3.1, 4.1.3) Error messages are not programmed so that their content is read automatically without the user having to move the focus. Incomplete or erroneous fields should be clarified for the user using a visually distinctive methdod and marked programmatically.
  24. (WCAG 1.3.5) The purpose of the form fields where personal information is collected is not defined.

How to give feedback on accessibility problems

If you notice any problems in accessibility at, first give feedback to us at the PRH. It may take up to 14 days to get an answer. The PRH feedback group processes your feedback. Give feedback about accessibility problems.

If you are not satisfied with our answer or if you do not receive an answer from us within 14 days, you can file a complaint with the accessibility supervisory authority, the Regional State Administrative Agency (AVI) of Southern Finland. See the webpage of AVI Southern Finland for more detailed instructions in Finnish and in Swedish on how to file a complaint and how your matter is processed.Open link in a new tab

Contact information for the Regional State Administrative Agency of Southern Finland

Regional State Administrative Agency of Southern Finland
Accessibility Supervisory Unit (in Finnish and in Swedish)Open link in a new tab
Telephone exchange +358 295 016 000

Printable version Latest update 22.09.2020