The Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) has announced changes to its fee structure for trade marks and designs.

    Some changes to registered trademarks are now free of charge, such as changes to the owner's name or domicile, and changes of representative. The fee for other changes, such as transfer or pledging, has been raised from 50 to 100 euros.

    For renewals of trademarks and collective marks, PRH has introduced a two-tier pricing system, in which the fees for renewals done online in Finnish or in Swedish are lower than if conducted via paper forms. The renewal fee is 275 euros if done online, and 300 euros if done via paper forms.

    Designs have undergone a similar fee revision, with some services now free of charge and an adjustment in the fee for other changes, as in the case of trade marks.

    The design application fee is now 215 euros if conducted online and 250 euros if conducted via paper forms. The fee for multiple registrations has been raised for applications and renewals.

    For more information on these and other changes, in Finnish, Swedish and English, please consult PRH's website at: