Patents and IP Rights

IPR in Finland

IPR is an abbreviation for Intellectual Property Rights. In general, IPR is divided into copyright and industrial property rights.

The industrial property rights – patents, utility models, trademarks, and design – are means to protect, manage and commercialize the results of development work. The owners of IPRs have legal right to deny others to utilize as well as to grant a license to utilize the object of the rights (such as technology, brand or design).

Moreover, every company has a business name, i.e. company name, and possibly auxiliary company names that provide the basis for the company’s reputation.

In addition to industrial property rights, copyright – protection of the results of creative work – and agreements on copyright are also important for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In Finland, the Ministry of Education and Culture deals with matters relating to copyright issues. A lot of useful information about copyright is found on the Ministry’s website.

In Finland, IPR matters are handled by Finnish Patent and Registration Office

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