Everything you need to know about paying your patent renewal fees in Finland

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.

Written and Edited by Kumari Rupali Bansal & Christina Botes

Patent Renewal Fee Intervals in Finland

The patent renewal fees of a patent application are due at the beginning of the third anniversary from the filing date.  For further clarification, please refer to the breakdown below;

Patent Year Official renewal fee for patent (EUR)
1
2
3 200
4 125
5 150
6 200
7 250
8 300
9 350
10 400
11 450
12 500
13 550
14 600
15 650
16 700
17 750
18 800
19 850
20 900
Patent Year
Official renewal fee for patent (EUR)
3
490
4
610
5
1090
6
1210
7
1330
8
1450
9
1640
10
1640
11
1640
12
1640
13
1640
14
1640
15
1640
16
1640
17
1640
18
1640
19
1640
20
1640

Finland Patent Renewal Fees FAQ

When is the first patent renewal fee due in Finland?‍

National patent: The first renewal fee of a patent application is due at the beginning of the third anniversary year from the filing date.

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.


Finnish patent validated through the European Patent Office (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).

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

What happens to a Finnish patent before it has been granted?

National patent: Prior to grant, the Finnish patent application is in it’s filing stage. You will have to pay the renewal fee to the Finnish patent office irrespective of whether the patent has been granted or not. The first renewal fee of a patent application is due on the third anniversary of the filing date. 

Finnish patent validated through the European Patent Office (EPO): Prior to grant, the patent application is in its filing stage with the EPO. You can only begin paying the renewal fees to the EPO from the second anniversary of the patent's filing date and thereafter, renewal fees are due on an annual basis. However, once the patent has been granted and validated in Finland, the renewal fee is thereafter paid to the Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH).

What are the due dates and payment windows?‍

National patent: The payment window in Finland opens two months before the renewal fees are due. It is important to note that the renewal fees cannot be settled prior to this window opening. This rule is applicable to both national patents as well as to an EP patent in Finland. 

For example, if the renewal due date of a patent is 2017-06-30, you will only have to settle the renewal fee starting from 2019-04-30 onwards.

Can I renew a patent after I miss a renewal deadline?‍

National patent: Yes, it is possible to renew a Finnish patent after its deadline. If you fail to pay the renewal fee in due time, the patent will move into a 6 month grace period whereby, the renewal fees can still be settled. However, when entering a grace period you will incur an increase of 20% to that of the original renewal fees. If you wish to maintain the patent, the (new) total renewal fee will have to be settled within the given 6 month timeframe. 

Finnish patent validated through the European Patent Office (EPO):The patent for missing a renewal deadline follows the same rules as for national patents.

Do I need assistance from the local council?

It is not mandatory to make use of a local agent or representative when renewing a patent in Finland. If you choose not to, you can pay for the renewal by proceeding with a bank or online transfer to the Finnish Patent and Registration Office’s (PRH) account. No cash payment will be accepted. 

If you choose not to, there are a few options of how you can settle the renewal fees to the Finnish Patent and Registration office’s (PRH) account; 

• Bank Transfer

• Credit Card 

• PHR Online Portal

• Payment by card if visiting their customer service in person.

How long do patents last in Finland?

In order to maintain a Finnish patent, renewal fees need to be settled annually with the PRH. By settling the renewal fees, the patent is guaranteed to last for a maximum of 20 years from the filing date. This rule is applicable to both national  patents as well as to an EP patent in Finland.

How can I contact the Intellectual Property Office of Finland?‍

You can get in touch with the Finnish Patent and Registration Office via email or phone;

Email: vm@prh.fi

Phone: +358 29 509 5030

For more information on the renewal process in Finland, visit the link to their official website. You can search for Finnish patents here.

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