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European patent validation in Finland

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Detailed information related to the European Patent.

  • Translation into Finnish

For validation of the European patent in Finland, it is necessary to provide the Finnish translation of claims, if the European patent has been granted in English. If the European patent has been granted in French or German, the translation of the complete specification into English or Finnish and the claims into Finnish must be submitted. The term for filing of the translation is 3 months after the information about the European patent grant is published.

  • Validation fees

The fees associated with validation of European patent in Finland are available in the fee calculator.

  • Maintenance fees

Patents in Finland are valid for 20 years from the filing date. The due date for payment of annual fees is the last day of the month containing the anniversary of the filing date. The first maintenance fee is due for the year following the grant of the European patent. However, it is not due until the last day of the third month after the grant of the European patent. The annual fee cannot be paid earlier than 6 months before the due date. Late payment is possible within 6 month after the due date, provided that a 20% surcharge is paid.

  • Representation by a patent attorney

For foreign applicants, it is recommended to perform the validation of a European patent in Finland through an agent, a registered patent attorney.

Brief summary is based on the information provided by Patentia Oy on 14.02.2024
Please contact us if the above information is not in conformity with Finnish IP Laws