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The evolving IP management landscape

Finland is a substantially greater source of innovation than the small size of its population might indicate. Finnish companies and research and development (R&D) centres are actively involved in top R&D in several fields. According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2007, Finland has one of the highest R&D spends as a percentage of gross domestic product. As a direct result, the number of patent applications and patents granted is among the highest in the world per capita (see Figure 1). Furthermore, according to several recent studies Finland is among the top countries in the world in the field of patenting activity.

New Corporate Governance Code in Finland

The Finnish Corporate Governance Recommendation (the “CGR 2003”), initially issued in the year 1997, underwent last considerable revision in the year 2003. Although it has proven to be well-functioning and of an internationally high standard, new regulations and recent international developments made an update necessary. Thus, the board of the Securities Market Association established a Corporate Governance working group on 26 December 2006. The main task of the working group was to evaluate the updating needs of the then-existing code and to develop the code further. As a result, the working group decided to propose a new Corporate Governance Code for Listed Companies (the “Code”), which was first published on 20 October 2008 and approved by the Board of the Finnish Securities Market Association on the same day. The Code shall become effective on 1 January 2009  and, apart from certain exceptions, replace the currently existing Corporate Governance Recommendation for Listed Companies issued in 2003.

IP Value 2009 Finland

Finland is a substantially greater source of innovation than the small size of its population might indicate. Finnish companies and research and development (R&D) centres are actively involved in top R&D in several fields. According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2007, Finland has one of the highest R&D spends as a percentage of gross domestic product. As a direct result, the number of patent applications and patents granted is among the highest in the world per capita (see Figure 1). Furthermore, according to several recent studies Finland is among the top countries in the world in the field of patenting activity.

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