Finland (FI)

Procedures Applying when this Contracting Party is Designated


The Office republishes the registration in the Mallioikeuslehti (The Design Gazette) at

Examination Procedure

The Office carries out examination on substantive grounds, including a limited examination as to novelty, or examination as to novelty following opposition by third parties.

Opposition Period

Two months from the date of republication of the registration in the Mallioikeuslehti/Mönsterrättstidningen (The Design Gazette).

Time Limit for Responding to Refusal

Two months from the date of republication (non-extendable).

Effect as Grant of Protection

The international registration has the effect as a grant of protection, if no refusal has been issued, as from the international registration date. If a refusal (partial or total) has been issued and the refusal has been subsequently withdrawn, the international registration has the effect as a grant of protection as from the date the refusal was withdrawn.

Creator requirements

The creator of the industrial design must be a natural person.

Priority documents

Not applicable.

Representation before the Office

Holders of international registrations may file documents or appear before the Office directly, if domiciled in Finland. If that is not the case, the holder must appoint a representative residing in the EU/EEA. The Office does not maintain a list of intellectual property agents or representatives.

Fees payable on division of the international registration

Not applicable.

Last updated on: May 31, 2018