How to Renew a Patent in Finland?
Renew a Finnish patent validated through the European Patent Office (EPO):
If your patent is a European patent, which was granted by the European Patent Office and then validated in Finland, you can maintain the patent by paying an annual maintenance fee to the EPO. The first renewal fee of a patent application is due on the second anniversary of the patent's filing date and thereafter, renewal fees are due on an annual basis. Once a patent is granted by the EPO and validated in Finland, the renewal fee is paid to the Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH). The rules which apply to a national Finnish patent, will also apply to an EP patent in Finland. For more information on renewal fees related to the EPO, please visit another one of our articles on this link; here.
For example, if the filing date of a patent is 2017-06-15 and grant date is 2023-04-25, you will have to settle the renewal fee with the EPO starting from 2019-06-30 onwards until 2022-06-30. From 2023 onwards, you will have to settle the renewal fee with the Finnish Patent Office
Renew a national patent with the Finnish Patent Office:
In order to maintain a patent application in Finland, a renewal fee must be paid to the Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) on an annual basis. The first renewal fee of a patent application is due at the beginning of the patent's third filing date anniversary. The renewal fees in Finland are always due on the last day of the month, in which the original filing date of the application falls.
For example, if the filing date of a patent is 2017-06-15, you will only have to settle the renewal fee on the last day of June starting from 2019-06-30 onwards.
Renewal Fees by Intellectual Property Type
In Finland, there are other types of intellectual property. At PatentRenewal.com, we have all the necessary tools and procedures to ensure that both types can be renewed through us.
Intellectual Property type #1 - Utility Models
A Finnish utility model is valid for 10 years from the filing date of the application, and is in force for four years from the filing date of the application. You can renew the utility registration twice: first, for four years and then for another two years. The renewal fees are due on the last day of the month, which is when the term of protection ends. If the renewal fee is not paid by the due date, the utility model will enter a grace period of 6 months. This gives you the time to still renew the utility model however, the fee is higher.
Intellectual Property type #2 - Designs
A Finnish design is valid for 25 years from its filing date. Initially, a Finnish design is protected for 5 years after which, it can be renewed every five years thereafter - up to a maximum of four renewals. In order to maintain the protection beyond the initial 5 year period, one will have to pay renewal fees at the beginning of the 6th year in order to extend the protection term a further 5 years. Renewal fees are required with each registered design, even if these are designs of multiple applications. The renewal fees in Finland will always fall on the last day of the month, and in this case, is when the term of protection ends. If the renewal fee is not paid by the due date, the design will enter a grace period of 6 months. This gives you the time to still renew the design however, the fee is higher.