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Helsinki-based software company Anarky Labs Oy has been granted a unitary patent (EP4047434) by the European Patent Office (EPO) for AirHUD™, which improves situational awareness and safety of drone pilots through augmented reality solutions.

The new unitary patent system entered into force on 1 June 2023 and more than 300 patents have already been granted in Finland, making Anarky Labs one of the first Finnish companies to be granted a unitary patent since the system went live in June.

”The best solution for the company’s business and the protection of AirHUD™ was to apply for a unitary patent directly. In the long run, the unitary patent will be cheaper than several separate land patents. In addition, recent world events have increased the interest in Finland and Europe as a market for non-European players,” says Hannu Lesonen, CEO of Anarky Labs.

The Unitary Patent (UP) of the European Patent Office (EPO) covers 17 EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden and the Netherlands.

“The EP application also allows for individual land patent applications, so additional searches are underway in several countries, including Spain and Poland,” lists Lesonen.

The unitary patent was granted by the European Patent Office (EPO). Anarky Labs also holds two patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) (U.S. Patent Nos. 11 409 280, 11 669 088). The USPTO has recently decided to accept Anarky Labs’ third patent application as an extension of two previously granted patents. Anarky Labs still has European and other international patent applications pending.