The Finnish patent office has stated that, together with applications in Finnish and Swedish, as from 1 November 2011 it will accept patent applications filled in the English language, since the number of Finnish companies seeking patent protection both internationally and domestically is increasing more and more.

In practice, “English is the lingua franca of the patenting business, because the majority of international PCT applications and applications for a European patent are published in English”, the office affirmed.

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The National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (NBPR),