Finland

Overview

UP 

Yes

UPC 

Yes

Status of ratification

Yes. Finland ratified on 19 January 2016.

Local or Regional CFI 

Local. Finland has decided to establish a local division of CFI.

Location/Venue of CFI

Helsinki. It will be established in connection with the newly established IP court (the Market Court).

Judges 

Two regional judges and one judge from the pool.

Languages 

Finnish, Swedish and English.

UP/UPC implementing legislation

Regulations in the UPC Agreement falling under the scope of legislation have been implemented by a so called blanket act. Certain amendments have also been made to the Finnish Patents Act (in accordance with the UP regulations and the UPC Agreement) and some other acts (i.e. the Code of Judicial Procedure, the Act Concerning the Safeguard of Evidence in Cases of Intellectual Property Disputes, the Criminal Code, and the Enforcement Code).

The amending acts, along with the act on the local division of the Unified Patent Court in Finland, are intended to come into force on the date of entry into force of the Agreement on the UPC. The entry into force of the acts shall be enacted by a Government decree.

Other UP matters of interest 

A summary of a report on the impact of the reform of the European patent system on Finnish companies (published in 2014) is available on the related link below. The report has been prepared in collaboration by Bird & Bird Helsinki and Boco IP Oy Ab.

Finland signed the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities (PPI) in June 2016.

Related links

http://ek.fi/wp-content/uploads/EnkkuTiivistelma-nettiin.pdf

Twobirds contact 
Ella Mikkola