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Finland is part of the European Union and is a signatory of the European Patent Convention.


[edit] Legislation

The law on patents clearly says that a mere software program cannot be patented (Patenttilaki 1 luku 1 §). Finland is a signatory to the European Patent Convention. However, the National Board of Patents and Registration (NBPR) does grant software patents, and EFFI claims this breaks the law. [1]

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[edit] Case law

[edit] Courts system

Applications for patents are filed with the National Board of Patents and Registration (NBPR) of Finland.

Decisions by the NBPR may be appealed against to the Appeals Board of the NBPR.

Decisions by the Appeals Board may be appealed against to the Supreme Administrative Court.

[edit] Politics

There is a political party called Piraattipuolue (The Pirate Party of Finland) which is seeking to abolish software patents in Finland.[2]

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  • Nokia - based in Finland

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