Finland’s Intellectual Property Organization has said that, for the first time, it has officially certified the intellectual property of its member nations.
In a statement released on Friday, Finland said that its IP licensing and certification program has found that the United States is the first of its four main international partners to do so, after the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
Finland also said that the country’s new IP licensing rules are “not in breach of international law”.
It added that the “IP agreement with the United states of America, the United Nations, and the European Union is an excellent example of cooperation between countries that share the same values and aspirations for the future of their citizens”.
Finland’s new rules are aimed at tackling piracy, counterfeiting and counterfeiting-related offenses.
Finlands has been grappling with the rise of online piracy for years.
The country’s Intellectual-property Office says that over the past two years it has identified more than 4,700 online piracy offenses.
Last month, Finlands President Alexander Stubb announced that the government will crack down on counterfeiting.
Finlanders first IP license was signed with the US in March.
The new agreement between the US and the EU will cover the period from 2021 to 2028, with the aim of “strengthening the interoperability of the EU’s national copyright legislation with Finlandic law”.
The country has said it plans to sign more than 80 agreements with foreign partners this year, including the EU.