Examination of your application and registration of the trademark

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.

How your application becomes pending

In order to be granted an application date and become pending, the application must contain:

  • the applicant’s details;
  • a list of goods and services, identifying the goods and services covered by the application; and
  • a clear and precise representation of the proposed trademark.

In addition, you must pay an application fee to make the application become pending. If your application does not meet these requirements, we will contact you and ask you to complete it. The application will not get an application date until everything is in order.

Withdrawal

A pending application can be withdrawn free of charge. Use our online service (available in Finnish and in Swedish) to withdraw your application.

Registration and publication

If there are no obstacles to the registration found in the search, or if you have overcome the obstacles, the trademark will be approved and registered. We will publish the mark in the Trademarks 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 there is a risk of confusion between your mark and the opponent’s established trademark that we have not been aware of.

Validity of registration

If the application became pending before 1 May 2019

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

If the application became pending after 1 May 2019

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

Rejection of application

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 25.09.2019