(FINNBAY) – Helsinki, 16 June 2014. Construction and motor fields receive the most patent applications in Finland, says the Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH).
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According to PRH, “a patent is an exclusive right granted to an inventor for a limited period to exploit his or her invention commercially.” The data is based on national patent applications – applications filed by Finnish applicants in Finland – and international PCT applications filed for examination in Finland.
From 1 October 2013 to 31 March 2014, road, hydraulic and thermal engineering, which make up 19% of all applications. This field includes housing construction, mining engineering, internal combustion engines, heating, cooling and air-conditioning.
The second most popular field is handling and processing. 14% of patent applications made in Finland were related to clothing, sorting, waste treatment; processing of metals, plastics and wood; hand tools, transport, packing, storage, lifts, and manufacture and handling of textile and paper.
The third most popular area, at nearly 13%, was industrial chemistry, including inorganic chemistry, wastewater treatment, fertilizers, paints, fuels, metallurgy and casting.
Next, at nearly 10%, were human necessities, including agriculture, meat processing, furniture, household utensils, sport and game equipment, and printing.
Then came computer technology (6.2%), vehicle engineering and general mechanics (6.2%), electrical engineering and electrical devices (6.1%), and measurement technology and optics (6.0%).
During the same period the previous year, the top 5 fields included road, hydraulic and thermal engineering (15.3%), handling and processing (14.8%), telecommunications (10.1%), industrial chemistry (9.1%), and computer technology (9.1%).