These statistics contain data on patents applied for and granted in Finland by applicant (private person/enterprise and domestic/foreign), industry, the International Patent Classification and geographic area. The statistics also contain data on international patenting by Finnish enterprises and corporations (granted European and US patents by industry). R&D activity generates new knowledge and technology. The introduction and application of these into practice shows as new production processes and products and patents. A patent is a sole right granted by state authorities for a limited period to the exploitation of an invention to its inventor or the holder of the inventor’s rights. For enterprises, it is one indicator of the productiveness of their R&D activity.