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Finland Trademark Registration 

In order to obtain trademark protection in Finland you can register your trademark in two ways: First option is that you request registration in the entire European Union with one single application; this can be done via the European Union Trademark which grants trademark protection in the 28 country members of the EU (more info here). Second option is that you register directly your trademark in Finland. If you want to proceed this way please follow the steps described below.

A trademark attorney will process your trademark registration in Finland through the following steps:

 
Trademark Comprehensive Study   Step 1. Trademark Comprehensive Study:
A trademark search report with attorney's analysis and opinion about registration probabilities.
Step 1 Prices
 

 
Trademark Registration Request   Step 2. Trademark Registration Request:
A trademark attorney will file and process your trademark application before the Trademark Office.
Step 2 Prices
 

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Is there a time frame for the trademark registration approval?

    The average time frame for the registration approval is 10 months, if no objections or oppositions arise.

     

  • If I register my trademark in Finland, do I have protection in other territories?

    A registered trademark in this jurisdiction is protected in all geographical areas of Finland and the Aland Islands.

  • Do I need to sign a Power of Attorney?

    Yes. All applicants are mandated to submit a power of attorney.

  • Are there any benefits from a pre-filing use of the trademark?

    Yes. Pre-filing use lets the applicant show the mark’s distinctiveness and overcome challenges based on non-distinctiveness.

  • Will there be problems in case I don’t use my trademark after registration?

    Unless a valid reason can be provided, a trademark that is not in used for 5 consecutive years will be cancelled by a civil court order.

  • What are the types of trademark that can be registered in Finland?

    Marks that can be replicated graphically and can help distinguish a good/service from its counterparts are acceptable for registration. It can be a: 

    • Name
    • Word
    • Slogan
    • Colour
    • Device
    • Shape (must be 3-dimensional)
    • Sound
    • Smell
    • Motion
    • Hologram
    • Trade dress
    • Touch
    • Taste
  • What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in Finland?

    The sequence of the application procedure is as follows: 

    1. Examination – The trademark examiners will look at the application’s formality, clarity, classification, deceptiveness, distinctiveness, descriptiveness and conflicts with prior applications.
    2. Registration – The application will go through a prosecution process and if there are no grounds for refusal, the registration certificate will be issued.
    3. Publication – The following particulars will be published in print and online:
      • mark
      • applicant’s country of incorporation
      • goods/services
      • name, citizenship and address of applicant
      • date and number of application
      • priority claim
      • representation
      • status
  • What type of trademark is non-registrable?

    These marks are prohibited from registration: 

    • Marks that contradict morality and public policy
    • General words or generic terms
    • Marks that do not display acquired distinctiveness
    • Marks that serve primarily as a surname
    • Marks that use flags, names or symbols of states, regions, nations and international organizations
    • Marks that serve principally as names of geographic locations
  • Does Finland use the "Nice Classification" system?

    Yes. This jurisdiction uses the Nice Classification system. However, it use for administrative importance only without any legal bearing.

  • Does the Community Trademark apply for Finland?

    Yes. Community Trademark registration is effective in Finland.

  • Is there any possibility to claim priority in Finland?

    Yes. The date of your home application can be claimed as the application date in Finland if: 

    • Your home country is a signatory of the Paris Convention
    • The home application date is within 6 months prior to the application date in Finland
  • What do I need to do to satisfy the use requirement?

    The mark must be active within 5 years from the registration date. It must be for commercial use and must occur in Finland.

  • Once my trademark has been registered, for how many years will be valid?

    Registered marks in Finland are initially valid for 10 years counting from the date of its registration.

  • What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

    The first renewal will be on the 10th year from the date the registration was granted.

  • Is it legal to use my trademark even if it is not yet registered?

    Yes. You may legally use a mark for selling goods/services even if it’s not yet registered.


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