Examination of your application and registration of the trademark

The new Finnish Trademarks Act entered into force on 1 May 2019. The information on this page may be partly inconsistent with the new Act. We will update our trademark pages in English by the end of May 2019. Up-to-date information is currently available in Finnish and in Swedish. Click on the links at the top of the page to change the language.

We at the PRH check first that your trademark application is formally correct in terms of, for example, the classification and the relevant details. After this we start the actual processing and examine whether the trademark can be registered.

If there are no obstacles to the registration found in the search, the trademark will be approved and registered. We will publish the mark in the Trademark Gazette, which is issued twice a month, and send you a registration certificate.

The date of publication is followed by an opposition period of two months, during which anyone can file an opposition against the registered mark. The grounds for the opposition may be, for instance, that the mark is confusingly similar to an established trademark that we have not been aware of.

The registration is valid for 10 years from the registration date onwards. You can renew your trademark registration every 10 years.

Why has my application been rejected?

If you have not been able to overcome all the obstacles to registration, your mark will be rejected in terms of those parts which include obstacles. If you disagree with the decision, you can lodge an appeal with the Finnish Market Court and further with the Supreme Administrative Court. When you have used all possible ways to appeal and the final decision is still a refusal, only those parts of the mark can be registered that do not include any obstacles.

Read more about the requirements for registration.

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Latest update 06.05.2019