Mari Komulainen

Principal Patent Examiner

Mari Komulainen is the principal patent examiner in the IT and electronics group in our Patents and Innovations Line. The group consists of nine patent examiners, and it is one of the three groups in our electrical engineering examination unit.

‘I direct the processing of patent applications in my patent examiner group and check their statements. I take part in the examination of applications if I have the time. I’m a member of two working groups – staff training and legal affairs – and have administrative tasks: I’m responsible for monitoring the finances of the Patents and Innovations Line and make income forecasts together with our Deputy Director General. I’m also involved in preparing an important law amendment required by the Unitary Patent System, and take part in international meetings.’  

As a principal patent examiner, you need to have an excellent knowledge of Finnish patent legislation and the regulations relating to international PCT examination, and good knowledge of your technical field. You should also be a quick learner and highly perceptive. Besides skills in Finnish, you need good spoken and written English skills, and satisfactory skills in Swedish, French and German. Competence in finance is important for an employee responsible for finances.

Mari has a number of degrees: Master of Science (Electronics), Bachelor of Science (Accounting and Financing), and Master of Science (Technology Management and Policy).

‘I began to write my Master's thesis at the PRH in 2002, and after graduation in 2003 I continued as a patent examiner. In 2008, I became principal patent examiner, and have taken on new tasks at regular intervals.

In my job, you need to be open-minded and willing to learn new things. The patent field is a world of its own, and only a few new employees at our office have previous experience in it. Training takes a long time. You must also update your knowledge on a regular basis as technology develops and regulations change.

It will be interesting to see whether our evaluations of future developments are correct.’