What is a Utility Model?
A utility model is similar to a patent in reference to the exclusive rights granted by the title. However, utility models –or petty patents—protect those inventions which did not qualify for patents based on insufficient innovation claims. While the invention protected by a utility model must meet the same requirements as a patent, the requirements for non-obvious improvement may be all together absent.
Usually inventions qualifying for utility models are those which incrementally better a current process, art, or object. Typical inventions covered by a utility model may include utensils, instruments, tools, appliances, or individual devices or parts thereof.
Utility models protect the invention for up to 10 years from the original application date. However, in some countries, this time frame may be limited to 7 without the possibility of extension or renewal.
About Utility Models
- Validity and idea protection for up to 10 years
- All utility model applications may be entered into the international PCT process
- Utility applications require proof of innovation and novelty
- Utility model applications do not require a prior IET application
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The IGLOBAX team has over 15 years of experience in the Intellectual Property sector and we are here to help with your IP needs.
How We Protect Your Utility Model
Our consultants will send you a confidentiality agreement to preserve the integrity of your invention. Additionally, our team will conduct a preliminary investigation of your invention to ensure the idea´s originality qualifies for a utility model.
IGLOBAX will work with your business to draft your invention´s specifications and to create explanatory technical drawings. After annotating your invention, we will finalize the draft and prepare documentation for a patent application in the appropriate Patent and Trademark Office.
We will continually monitor your application, advise your company on all deadlines, and further assist you with all international correspondences associated with your utility model.