October 31, 2018

Finland: Amendments to Trademark Laws

The Finnish Trademarks Act has been revised and a Government bill was submitted on October 18, 2018.  It is intended that the new Trademark Act is to enter into force on January 1, 2019. Source:  
May 31, 2017

Finland: Increase in Official Fees for Trademarks Effective May 1, 2017

The Official fee for filing a trademark application for the first class is now EUR 225 if payment is made online, and EUR 275 if made by paper form.  The official fee for each additional class is now EUR 100.  The change went into force on May 1, 2017.
May 2, 2017

Finland: Changes to Patent Fees Effective May 1, 2017

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment approved the Patent and Registration Office’s (PRH) proposal for changes to some of its fees effective May 1, 2017.  Changes include: Annual Fees:  For years 1 to 3 no change.   Decrease in years 4 and 5.  Increase in fees from years 6 to 13 and no  change for years 14 to 20. Additionally, 15 patent claims can be included in the applications without any additional fee.  The current number of claims is ten.
January 21, 2016

Finland: Ratifies the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement

Finland has become the latest country to ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement (since Portugal ratified the Agreement last August), raising the total number of confirmed participants to nine.  Four more signatures are required to ratify the UPC Agreement including ratifications from Germany and the UK in order for the Agreement to take effect.  Issues related to renewal fees and how they are distributed between national IP offices and the EPO, have already been finalized.  
January 20, 2016

Finland: Pricing Structure and Official Fee Changes

The Finnish Trademark Office announced that they have changed the pricing structure and some of the fees for trademarks effective January 1, 2016. Changes to the owner’s name or domicile, and changes of representative are now free of charge. For renewals of trademarks and collective marks, the patent/trademark office has introduced a two-tier pricing system; fees for online renewals (done in Finnish or Swedish) are lower than filing paper forms.  Online renewal fee is EUR 275 vs. EUR 300 for paper forms.