COUNTRY : REPUBLIC OF FINLAND
CAPITAL : HELSINKI
LANGUAGES : FINISH & SWEDISH
MEMBER : PARIS CONVENTION, WTO-TRIPS, BERNE CONVETION, EUROPEAN UNION COMMUNITY TRADEMARKS, MADRID PROTOCOL, WIPO, PCT
The IPR office of Finland is known as the National Board of Patents & Registration of Finland (NBPR).
Protection to Trademarks in Finland:
1. National Registration - Direct Filing with National Trademark Office
Please refer our Treaties section on International protection under Madrid System and Community Trademark Registration.
Therefore, to obtain registration of trademark in Finland, there are three options from which the applicant can choose.
Applicants should bear in mind that the following will not be registrable as Trademarks in Finland:
It is highly advisable to conduct a search of the proposed mark to ensure that a similar mark has not been applied for by other contenders and is not pending registration or is already registered.
Filing is done with the Trademark office of Finland.
• Infringement & Opposition Actions
• License and Assignment procedures
• Trademark Watch Services
Once the application is lodged, it is examined for its registrability.
Once the trademark is examined, it is published in the IP journal, to which interested third parties may lodge thier opposition.
If the trademark application does not encounter any opposition by third parties, it is registered and Certificate of registration issued.
Pre – Registration: Usage of the mark before filing a trademark application is advantageous because, marks that are not sufficiently distinctive enough to be registrable can acquire the necessary distinctiveness through use.