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Producer: Statistics Finland
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Main topic: Science, Technology and Information Society
Related topics: Enterprises
Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Yes
European Statistical System (ESS): Yes


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.

Data content

The following information is described in the statistics yearly:

  • Patents applied and granted in Finland
  • International patenting by Finnish enterprises and corporations (European Patent Office (EPO), United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)).

Classifications used

International Patent Classification, IPC, character level A-H,

Standard Industrial Classification, Standard Industrial Classification TOL 2008, Handbooks 4, Statistics Finland.

Data collection methods and data sources

The Board of Patents and Registration supplies data by individual application on patenting in Finland. Data on international patenting are drawn from the EPO's PATSTAT database.

Updating frequency


Time of completion or release

Data are released approximately 11 months from the end of the statistical reference year. Exact release dates are reported in the Release Calender at

Time series

The statistics contain time series of different length (e.g. patents applied for in Finland are described starting from 1972).


innovation, innovations, patents, product development

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Last updated 24.02.2016