European Patent Applications
Through the EPC (European Patent Convention) patent system, patent may be applied for simultaneously in all Europe. A so-called EP application may also be filed with the Finnish patent office in Finnish. However, the application must be translated and its handling takes place in the European Patent Office in Munich in either English, German or French. The granted EP patent has the same legal effect as a nationally granted patent. However, the EP patent shall be registered separately in the target countries and often translated at least in part to the language of the target country.