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. 
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.
There is a political party called Piraattipuolue (The Pirate Party of Finland) which is seeking to abolish software patents in Finland.
Related pages on en.swpat.org
- Nokia - based in Finland
- National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland
- Patents Act
- Act on Inventions of Importance to the Defence of the Country
- Act on the Right in Employee Inventions
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