Coronavirus: deadlines for trademarks and designs

We understand that the coronavirus causes difficulties for customers and therefore want to support applicants in all ways permitted by law.

 

Below you will find more instructions on the deadlines.

Trademarks

 

The deadlines for filing material or statements, or for correcting deficiencies, are set out in the Finnish Trademarks Act. Therefore, we cannot change the deadlines.

We will take into account the exceptional situation caused by the coronavirus when we consider deadline extensions. We extend deadlines easier if the customer cannot act by the deadline due to the coronavirus. Customers must pay an extension fee for each extension request.

We cannot extend the absolute deadlines for renewing trademarks or for submitting oppositions against registered trademarks.

Designs

The deadlines for filing material or statements, or for correcting deficiencies, are set out in our design right regulations. In this situation, we consider that there is no need to change the regulations.

We will take into account the exceptional situation caused by the coronavirus when we consider deadline extensions. We extend deadlines easier if the customer cannot act by the deadline due to the coronavirus. Customers must pay an extension fee for each extension request.

We cannot extend the absolute deadlines for renewing design registrations or for submitting oppositions against registered designs.

EUIPO and WIPO: coronavirus updates

Read the announcement on the EUIPO website.
Read the announcement on the WIPO website.

For more information, please contact:
Ms Tuulimarja Myllymäki
Head Legal Adviser
Tel. +358 29 509 5399
Email: firstname.lastname@prh.fi

About us

We work for the benefit of companies and organizations.

We register companies, associations, foundations and other organizations and corporations, as well as enterprise mortgages and LEI codes. We examine and grant patents and register utility models. We also register trademarks for products and services and provide design protection. We oversee and approve auditors and monitor foundations and the collective management of copyright.

We offer our customers advisory services and courses. We give information about companies, organizations, corporations and immaterial rights.

Our office is an International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for international PCT patent applications.

Our office comes under the administrative sector of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (MEAE), and we negotiate each year with the MEAE on our performance targets. Our office is subject to net budgeting, meaning that about 95% of our expenses are covered by the income we make from our services.

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