April 2019 | No. 04/2019


Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) Launches PCT Direct Pilot

On 1 April 2019, the Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH), in its capacity as receiving Office (RO/FI) and International Searching Authority (ISA), launched a pilot of the so‑called “PCT Direct”, which applies to international applications filed with the RO/FI and for which the PRH acts as an ISA.  This new service is similar to the one that was introduced at the European Patent Office in November 2014. 

Under the PRH’s PCT Direct pilot, an applicant filing an international application with RO/FI, and claiming priority from an earlier national application or PCT application already searched and examined by the PRH, may submit informal comments to overcome any objections raised in the search report and written opinion drawn up in relation to the priority application.

Informal comments should be sent to RO/FI, together with the international application, in the form of a separate letter entitled “PCT Direct/informal comments”.  Note that PCT Direct submissions are published on PATENTSCOPE.

Further information has been published on the PRH’s website at: