According to the Finnish Utility Model Rights Act, a utility model right cannot be granted for a process. Consequently, the Supreme Administrative Court confirmed in its recent decision KHO:2013:80 that process features included in the claims cannot affect even the overall assessment of inventiveness of an invention.
In the case, a company had applied for a utility model for a ticket sales system. The system was eventually deemed to lack inventiveness by the Board of Appeals of the National Board of Patents and Registration. Hence, the company appealed to the Supreme Administrative Court and submitted new claims to the Court in order to demonstrate an inventive step. However, the Court deemed these claims to include a process feature, and thus a utility model was not granted.