Finland to Join London Agreement, Relaxing Patent Translations

On March 8, 2011, Finland announced that it will join the London Agreement, bringing the total number of member EPC countries to 17.  Previously, validation of a granted European patent into Finland required translating the specification and claims into Finnish (patents in Swedish are also accepted in limited situations).

Once the London Agreement comes into effect, the translation requirements for Finnish validation will be significantly relaxed.  Although the exact details are yet to be determined, it is likely that only the claims will need to be translated into Finnish for applications in English. 

If you would like further information on European validation, with reference details for London Agreement and Non-London Agreement countries, and translation requirements, feel free to check out our European validation handbook and/or contact us.       


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