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 The Finnish Patent and Registration Office has signed an agreement for the international Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot programme. Image: EAPO & PRH

DAILY BRIEF: Research and design awards, patents collaboration, gaming trolls and happy Finns

All the daily Finnish business news that works: the University of Turku, Konecranes, the Finnish Patent and Registration Office, YLE News Lab and Visit Finland make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki


University of Turku’s Kristiina Heikinheimo wins a Distinguished Scientist Award, Konecranes wins an order and a design award, the Finnish Patent and Registration Office takes part in an international pilot, YLE News Lab’s Troll Factory game wins at European Digital Media Awards, and Visit Finland’s successful Rent a Finn campaign moves online. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Kristiina Heikinheimo awarded for dental research

Kristiina Heikinheimo of the University of Turku has been named the recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award in Oral Medicine & Pathology Research by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). The award is one of 17 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards and one of the highest honours bestowed by the organisation. Heikinheimo’s main research focus is on molecular pathology of odontogenic tumours and their future individualised molecular treatment options. She is a visiting professor at the King’s College London Dental Institute and has held editorial membership in the Journal of Dental Research and WHO Classification of Head and Neck Tumours. Image:

Konecranes wins order and design recognition

Finnish company Konecranes has won a mobile harbour crane order from SIR S.p.A. Servizi Industriali (SIR) for the Port of Brindisi in southeastern Italy. The delivery is scheduled for May and the commissioning for June, when the crane will start handling mostly bulk, but also general and project, cargo at the important commercial port. Konecranes has also been recognised by Design Forum Finland with a 2020 Fennia Prize for its S- and C-series cranes launched in September 2019. The cranes were awarded the Fennia IPR Excellence prize for the protection of intellectual property rights, while the S-series also went on to receive an honourable mention for design. Meanwhile, Finnish company Woodio was also recipient of a Fennia IPR Excellence prize for developing a new kind of ecological water-resistant wood material. Image: Konecranes

Finnish patent office signs MOU for PPH collaboration

The Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO) for collaboration in the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot programme. In accordance with the agreement, PPH Pilot will commence for an initial period of three years in the second half of 2020. Covering both national and patent co-operation treaty applications, the programme seeks to fast-track the processing of patent applications and reduce overlapping work done by different patent offices. Image: Unsplash

YLE’s Troll Factory game awarded in Europe

Troll Factory, a mobile game developed by YLE News Lab, has been named the best digital project targeted at younger audiences at European Digital Media Awards 2020. The game tasks players with spreading fake news to teach them how social media can be used to manipulate people’s opinions. It combines gaming with real social media content. Read more about it in our breaking news article by clicking the link in the headline. Image: YLE

Learn how to be happy like a Finn online

Visit Finland is launching a new social media initiative on 15 May, inviting people to learn happiness skills from the world’s happiest people. The initiative follows last year’s successful Rent a Finn campaign, where visitors could rent a local guide to learn about the Finnish way of life. Learn more about it by following the link in the headline. Image: Visit Finland

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