Approval of electronic signatures in matters concerning patents, utility models, trademarks and designs

Due to the current exceptional situation, we have been getting queries about whether we approve electronically signed documents in matters concerning applications for patents, utility models, trademarks and design registrations.

We approve electronically signed documents, such as assignments and powers of attorney, if the document includes the following information:
- the document has been signed electronically;
- the name of the system used is provided; and
- the signature is a part of the signed document. The signature page must not be a separate attachment.

If we have reason to doubt the reliability of the document, we may ask for further clarification of the signature system used, or require signature by hand.

For more information, please contact:
Ms Niina Mikkonen
Senior Legal Officer
Tel. +358 29 509 5006

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Latest update 06.04.2020