Finnish Patent and Registration Office starts using artificial intelligence to evaluate patent applications

Artificial intelligence (AI) estimates the novelty of a patent application by comparing it to over 16 million patent publications, and provides the examiner with a recommendation list of closest technology and possible obstacles to granting a patent.

The Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) and Teqmine Analytics Oy have signed a contract to supply an AI system to the PRH.

‘Processing patent applications with artificial intelligence is the future, and the PRH wants to be at the international frontier when it comes to application of artificial intelligence in patent evaluation. Collaboration with a Finnish AI startup enables us to strengthen Finnish invention and AI capabilities, as well as ensure that Finland continues to be one of the most innovative countries in the world,’ says Customer Relations Manager at the PRH, Mr Jorma Lehtonen.

The PRH and Teqmine launched their collaboration to apply artificial intelligence in patent application evaluation in 2017, and the concluded contract now continues this work, and extends it to include a new collaboration to improve the accuracy and quality of the artificial intelligence.

‘Teqmine is the only company in the world that has made artificial intelligence trained with full-text patent specifications commercially available. Collaboration with the PRH signals an important step for the credibility of artificial intelligence,’ says Mr Hannes Toivanen, CEO of Teqmine Analytics.

The PRH comes under the administrative sector of the Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and is the Finnish government body responsible for intellectual property rights, including granting patents. The PRH is an International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for international PCT patent applications.

Teqmine Analytics Oy is a startup founded in 2013 and based in Helsinki, Finland. It develops artificial intelligence for patent and technology intelligence to support technology organisations.

For more information, please contact:

Mr Jorma Lehtonen
Customer Relations Manager
Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH)
Tel. +358 29 509 5904

Mr Hannes Toivanen
Teqmine Analytics Oy
Tel. +358 50 400 2947

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Latest update 25.05.2018